Review: Linux in the Ham Shack – Linux, open source, and ham radio

Last Updated on July 6, 2021

Linux in the Ham Shack Blurb

Linux, Open Source and Amateur Radio for Everyone.

Originally begun to help amateur radio operators move from Microsoft and other closed-source operating systems and applications over to Linux and Free Software, the show has broadened its scope. Now consisting of a bi-weekly audio podcast, live streaming audio. The most terrific amateur podcast on the internet.

About the Show

The show is recorded record live every Monday night and every other Thursday night at 8:00pm Central Time.

The shows treat listeners to a varied and interesting exchange of ideas, knowledge, tips, tricks and traps on everything that open source software, hardware, and ham radio offers. There’s lots of coverage of ham radio news, topics, activities, contests, and events. Their occasional detailed interviews are particularly absorbing. Listener feedback is also occasionally aired, and there are social media roundups. The shows are ad-free.

They attend various amateur radio and free software events in the USA including Ohio Linux Fest, Southeast Linux Fest, Hamvention and Indiana Linux Fest.

Their web site hosts show notes for each episode of the podcast. Linux in the Ham Shack has a presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, and Discord.

About the Hosts

Russ Woodman, callsign K5TUX, is a systems administrator for an internet service provider offering service using the free software philosophy and Linux. Besides podcasting, Russ is keen on YouTube, poker, hats, indie music, audio engineering, travel, and motorcycles.

Cheryl Jones, callsign W5MOO, brings the power of Google, an unbridled enthusiasm and Cheryl’s Recipe Corner (winner of the Audience Choice Awards Best Segment award) to the program.

Bill Stearns, callsign NE4RD, is active on the HF Bands with the Big Sky Contesters Club and the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association. He describes himself as a father, programmer, electronics geek, amateur extra, and nerd forever!

There have been other hosts of shows.
Length30-90 minutes
Formats/strong>Ogg Vorbis, MP3
First Show8 October 2008
LicenseCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
What do we think of this podcast?
Content7 out of 10 rating
Conversational6 out of 10 rating
Engaging6 out of 10 rating
Verdict:If you're a fan of ham radio, this podcast is a great source of information. But the coverage is wide enough there's good material for everyone else. Recent highlights include a useful introduction on methods for distributing software packages in Linux. The presenters are professional, knowledgeable in their field, and well spoken.

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