Ham Nation

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Ham Nation
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Hosted by Bob Heil, Gordon West, George Thomas, Don Wilbanks, Valerie Hotzfeld, Amanda Alden, and Dale Puckett
Opening theme Joe Walsh
No. of episodes 230+
Runtime 60 minutes
Camera Switcher(s) Bryan Burnett
Editor(s) Bryan Burnett
Distributor TWiT
Original Run May 25, 2011 - Present

Ham Nation is the new TWIT show about ham radio. Bob Heil, with various co-hosts and guests will cover the excitement and importance of ham radio - from tossing an antenna wire in a tree allowing you to talk to the world, to the importance of ham radio operators in time of disasters. Ham Nation airs live every Wednesday at 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET on http://live.twit.tv.

The show started on May 25, 2011.

Connection to NSFW

NSFW followed Ham Nation at 7:00pm PT / 10:00pm ET until mid-2012. This sometimes resulted in NSFW starting later than scheduled if Ham Nation ran for the full hour, ran long, or started late. While Chatrealm was at first somewhat hostile toward the show because they viewed it as delaying NSFW. (This was especially true during the first week at the TWiT Brickhouse when all shows were running late and some uninformed people blamed Ham Nation without realizing it was technical issues at the new studio causing the delays.) By the end of the summer, everyone came around and most people appreciated the show and had nothing but the highest respect for the very knowledgeable Bob Heil.

NSFW often had a pre-show on Justin.tv until Ham Nation ended.

Ham Nation often ended the show by telling people to stay tuned for NSFW. After ending the show, Bob, Leo, or others on the line were sometimes still around when Brian and Justin called in. There was sometimes some interaction between everyone while Jammerb got things ready for NSFW.

Leo mentioned after one episode of Ham Nation that he wanted to move NSFW to give it a better lead-in. Eventually, it was Ham Nation that moved. NSFW's lead-in became All About Android (with more time between shows too).


Chatrealm has given the show some affectionate nicknames.

  • Hammer Time
  • Ham & Cheese Nation
  • Ham Rations
  • PiggNation

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