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Icom America Becomes First Amateur Radio Manufacturer to Support Ham Nation Podcast on TWiT Network

BELLEVUE, WA – Icom America announces its sponsorship of the TWiT Netcast Network as the first amateur radio manufacturer to advertise on the Ham Nation podcast. Icom has supported the technology-centric network in the past and is regularly highlighted on the popular Ham Nation show. The radio manufacturer will begin an official 12-week sponsorship of Ham Nation, starting Wednesday, August 1, 2012.

"We are delighted that Icom America has stepped forward to support our efforts of Ham Nation," says Ham Nation Co-Host Gordon West, WB6NOA. "Ham Nation's hosts volunteer their time to deliver these weekly podcasts and Icom's support will keep our efforts on the air through the TWiT studios."

Ham Nation is a weekly podcast co-hosted by Heil Sound’s Bob Heil, K9EID, and West. Covering pertinent issues revolving around ham radio, Ham Nation features various guests and facilitates discussion with listeners’ via live chat. The show premiered in May 2011 and currently records live on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET. Audio and video episodes are available for download within 24 hours of airing at www.twit.tv/show/ham-nation.

Icom America is a diligent promoter of the radio hobby, volunteering time and providing resources to various amateur radio related endeavors. In 2011, Icom America helped TWiT Network install radios for the official opening of its TWiT Brick House Studios. Icom America Amateur Division Manager Ray Novak, N9JA, configured the radios for TWiT Founder Leo Laporte’s first QSO (amateur radio contact). "Of all my visits on Ham Nation—which celebrated its one-year anniversary recently—Leo’s first QSO was most memorable," says Novak.

Adds West, "Icom America makes ham radio happen. Ray [Novak] is everywhere in the field, introducing newcomers to our hobby and service."

Most recently, Icom America announced a partnership with the BSA as the organization's official amateur radio transceiver and repeater supplier for the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. "Icom is proud to extend its BSA support by providing ten complete amateur station kits for use by local Scouts councils," says Icom America's Novak.

"Whether it be support of Boy Scouts of America, the digital work with D-STAR technology, or a basic dual band hand held that is easy to program by beginners—Icom is always looking for new ways to support our service," adds West. "Ham Nation participants appreciate Icom continually taking the lead in presenting ham radio to the general technical public!"

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