SolderSmoke Podcasts

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This is an absolutely addictive podcast. After every episode Bill and Pete will make you want to fire up that soldering iron and melt some solder. They explain their various projects with just enough technical information to not bore you with absolute basics, but still not so complex as to be way beyond most of us homebrewers. They love tinkering with circuits and have years of experience and share in what they have learned. They even explain how they have released the magic smoke that makes components work. This and QSO today are the two ham podcasts that are extremely well done and inspirational. Bill has written a couple of books that are worth looking into. 73 DE K7RJ
Bill has the gift of the gab and his shows are always interesting and entertaining. The production isnt too cheesey or too over the top, he invites you into his shack to discuss electronics and ham radio over coffee and the lovely aroma of solder smoke. Keep up the great work Bill. Chris KJ4GUU


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I just found out about this and now I eagerly await new episodes.
SolderSmoke inspired me to get my amateur radio license after decades of apathy because it introduced me to a wonderfully refreshing corner of the hobby -- QRP homebrewing. I've learned a lot about this hobby by listening to this podcast. From LTSpice to WSPR to QRSS to DSB to Drake 2Bs to SPRAT and more, Bill covers a wide range of topics with enthusiasm and a flair for storytelling. The Mailbag segment brings a sense of community to the program with feedback from listeners and builders. Check out all 125+ episodes available on the web. Thanks Bill (and Mike) for bringing to my attention a niche in amateur radio that finally piqued my interest and got me motivated.
Solder Smoke is a great podcast for anyone with a curiosity or passion for the art of radio. What I like is Bill's openness and honesty about the difficulties involved in both understanding theory and in the practical issues of building, as well as the joys of getting your own creations on the air. Even more important than that, Bill conveys very clearly the mystery and excitement of radio that I think often times is missing in dry technical reports within many magazine articles. In hearing of his discoveries with part selections and new approaches, it gives the listener ideas of things to try. Also I find myself wanting to explore many new projects that I had either forgotten about or never heard of before (like Joe Taylor's "Whisper". Finally, Bill has a good speaking voice and style. It is a pleasure to listen to (with the one exception of his speech impediment with the "S"'s!). I only wish this show was weekly, and that it would be broadcast to a wider audience (like on TV or radio). It is a rare gem.
There isn't much chat about homebrewing, just a lot of chat about Italy and rambling ideas. Sigh, it could have been great. Sorry, no hard feelings, but that's the way it goes.
Bill Meara continues to produce an excellent podcast. Part ham homebrew electronics forum, part travelogue, part geek zeitgeist commentary. Keep up the great work Bill; thumbs up! 73s de Bob, WP4BQV/VQ9BQV.
Great podcast on radio and electronics. It's clean and can be useful for experienced and electronics newbies. A must for homebrewers.
This is a great homebrew / hacking / make podcast about amateur radio construction and building for low power devices. Just listening has given me many ideas and much information on how to build my first QRP transmitter (Pixie 2). Bill is a great guy and very funny to listen to, the podcast is varied and interesting to listen to. I often solder with SolderSmoke playing by my bench. Don't miss this.
For those of us who are afflicted with a malady know as "The Knack," there is no better medication than to listen to our beloved host, Bill Meara expouse the art of homebrewing amateur radio equipment and QRP gear. Bill also gives the listener a taste of what its like to live and work in Rome with his family. I give this podcast a solide thumbs up!
Currently I don't have space and time to do anything with my old passion. Listening to this podcast is very nice. Late at night / early morning with a nice warm coffee in my hand its just me and the mysterious radio waves presented in this podcast. One day I will have space to tinker and string a wire between some trees!