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Ham Radio Workbench Podcast

This podcast is your bi-weekly deep dive on making, DIY, electronics, and technical topics of interest to the ham radio operator. Join your hosts George KJ6VU and Jeremy KF7IJZ as they discuss current developments in ham radio while introducing listeners to a plethora of topics and skills such as test equipment, 3D Printing, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and more.

Dec 14, 2021

In this episode we talk with Thomas Witherspoon, K4SWL.  Thomas has a popular YouTube channel where he does real time on the air portable operating and gear reviews.  Thomas is also the editor for the web sites The QRPer and the SWLing Post.  A contributor to RADCOM, The Spectrum Monitor and other publications, Thomas is give us his perspective on gear, gear bags and organizing for portable operating.


QSO Today Expo

Thomas’ YouTube channel

SWLing Post


Short Wave Audio Archive

Radio Spectrum Archive

RADCOM Magazine (RSGB)

The Spectrum Monitor eZine

Mike’s fan controller link 

Vince’s aluminum tripod for portable antennas is something like this

Vince’s favourite tool bag - Craftsman Power Tools 14”x10x6’ish with handles and shoulder strap
Only available used, discontinued product

Red Oxx
Micro Manager: ($145.00) is all-around brilliant, boxy EDC pack.
C-Ruck: ($295) cavernous all-around POTA and SOTA pack.
Booty Boss: ($135) waist pack.
The Hound EDC bag: ($95)
Lil’ Roy: ($40) for SDR field kit and portable shortwave radios.

SpecOps bags


Tom Bihn
Synapse 25: ($220)  Insane internal organization and innovative design.
Travel Tray, Large: ($25) these are ingenious round travel trays that convert into stuff sacks.  Get the large size, not small.
Tom Bihn HLT bag 

CP Gear Aircrew/Pubs bag For Headphones & Cables

ASA “Pilot Bag” for Headphones and cables

Medic’s bag from 5.11 “UCR Sling Pack” 14 litre Rod's Padded choice for the KX2, antennas, coax 

Excessorize Me YouTube channel