Ham Radio Crash Course originated from Josh Nass’s videos on YouTube but has evolved into a community of hams who are constantly learning, teaching and operating ham radio. The heart of this community is the team that keeps the community running smoothly on Facebook, Discord, YouTube and with the HRCC Net.
The Ham Radio Crash Course Team consists of an amazing group of volunteers who will be there for you to stop you from acting like a lid. This group has a massive cumulative knowledge on the cutting edge technologies developing in ham radio, while remaining humble and inclusive in their elmering.
Ethan Gollehon – KE7DUX
Got my Technician license in April of 2005 (I was 14) after receiving a Kenwood TS-520 from a relative.
I had been interested in electronics and technology for some time and that led me to radio communications.
I did some self-study in electronics textbooks to expand my knowledge and then took a ham class directed by Jill Mohr KC7ZZY.
Played on VHF/UHF for a couple of years, was Net Control for a young hams net in our area, and was active in a young hams club.
I passed my General exam in February of 2007 and primarily operated digital modes using a TS-520 and then a TS-130 feeding a G5RV.
I got married in 2016 and we lived in an apartment in Vancouver, WA. Since early 2017, I have been making an effort to get back into the hobby as I had not done much with the hobby for a few years.
Because of apartment and travel (We lived in florida and Madagascar for a year total in 2017/2018), I pursued a QRP setup, so I parted ways with most of my existing gear.
In 2020 we moved to Post Falls ID, where we plan to put down roots and start a family. Along with a new home came new gear and antennas.
Evan Hartman – W8KJR
I was licensed in October 2005 at age 14 as KD8CHQ, and upgraded to General Class in March 2007. Later that year I obtained the vanity call sign W8KJR.
Current antenna “farm” consists of a dualband verticle for VHF/UHF at 25 feet, an End Fed half wave antenna in a sloper configuration at 20feet, and a 20m delta loop.
I am active on HF SSB, FT8, and JS8CALL.
I am also active on 2m/440 FM, WIRES-X, and DMR.
I try to do POTA activations as often as possible. So far, I have done 6 in the year 2020 and hoping to get to 10 by year’s end.
Chris Coel – AD7PL
Chris has had as many call signs as Josh has radios.
Cameron Heard – N0YEP
I’ve always been into electronics and radios, grew up with CB’s and business band radios on the farms, I didn’t get around to getting licensed until July 2019, as KE0WIZ… A month before my wedding, (try explaining to your fiancée why there’s a freight truck at your house dropping off a pallet of radio gear when your wedding is exactly 27 days away). Current setup is an Icom IC-7300, a home made 10-80 Multiband vertical with elevated radials, and an End Fed Halfwave (72ft) for RX on the 24/7 SDR. I’m a digital HF kind of guy, so you’ll find me a lot on FT8, JS8CALL, and other obscure modes that are in the FLDigi suite.
Chris Flinn – w8wot
I was a big cb person back in the 90’s and wanted to get into ham radio but the code requirement turned me away for years and then life kept me away. In 2018, I decided I was going to get licensed and that July I took the test and the first week of August I was KE0SQN. That was a mouthful and I didn’t want to keep trying it. I made up a poll and left it up to the community to help me select my new call. W8WOT and N0BOT both got the same amount of votes. I failed to realize N0BOT was taken so I got W8WOT and have had fun with it since. When making contacts and people realize it’s a vanity and memeing, it’s great.
I upgraded to General in November 2018 and Extra in May 2019. For about a year, I operated on the rain gutters at my condo I loved it. I made 1500+ contacts and around 1200 confirmed. The most memorable one was with W4IPC, where he was on a station that is no longer on the air. He was beaming towards Alaska in Virginia and had me S7+ on the side of the beam. I joined the HRCC team in February of 2019 and it’s been great. I enjoy helping all the new and current members of HRCC. In 2020, I joined the group of people trying to get remote/online testing more common and a reality. April 8, 2020 was my first remote test and since then I’ve helped over 1000 new hams and current hams get their license or upgrade.
Recently, I’ve started to put together the HRCC VE team comprised of HRCC VE’s accredited with the GLAARG VEC. If you are interested in upgrading or getting your licenses you can contact me via discord, Facebook, Twitter, email or visit https://www.w8wot.us/