A few words about HAM NATION
by Steven Hicks, W5NLR
If you have not seen the weekly video program called HAM NATION, you are really missing a great show. I want to encourage you to tune in–or rather CLICK IN, because it is on the Internet, not satellite or cable.
Ham Nation is a 60 minute, live video program that can be seen on www.twit.tv/hn It’s not a BROADCAST, it’s a NETCAST. Really, there are no time constraints with an web based netcast, so they often run over 15 to 30 minutes.
It is professionally produced, in HIGH DEFINITION and it airs live every Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. (I use the term “airs” loosely). It is technical, instructional, informative and also, quite entertaining at times.
The hosts of the show are: Bob Heil (K9EID), George Thomas (W5JDX), Gordon West (WB6NOA), Dale Puckett (K0HYD) and Don Wilbanks (AE5DW). Don Wilbanks is a professional broadcaster, originally from Oklahoma, who now lives and broadcasts from Picayune, Mississippi. If the name Don Wilbanks sounds familiar, it’s because he is the voice behind the famous Amateur Radio Newsline.
Although Ham Nation records live every Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., it is available for replay any time after that on TWIT TV. So, you haven’t missed anything but you are now 130+ shows behind–so you have a lot of catching up to do. TWIT TV is located in Petaluma, California. TWIT TV uses a Newtek Tricaster switcher to pull four or five HD webcams together from all across the nation in order to produce the show. If you know anything about television, you will find the production to be amazing!
You can watch or listen to Ham Nation on TWIT TV online OR, If you have a Roku Box, Sling Box or a Smart TV, you can watch Ham Nation in High Definition on your HDTV. I have a Roku box, so that’s how I watch Ham Nation. I simply added the TWIT TV app which is free from the Roku app store.
There are currently 130+ archived episodes of Ham Nation beginning with Episode 1 which “aired” on May 25, 2011.
Also, you may subscribe to Ham Nation (free) either as the full HD version, or standard video version on iTunes, Google and YouTube. For blind hams, the audio-only version of Ham Nation is available on iTunes, Winamp, Zune and also there is an RSS feed with files for various podcast clients.
So, every Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., don’t call me on the radio or phone, because I will be in front of my TV or computer watching Ham Nation LIVE–I wouldn’t miss it!