The Doctor is In podcast from the ARRL has quickly become the most interesting and informative online amateur radio media resource. Hosted by QST Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IYY and the “doctor” Joel Hallas, W1ZR the bi-weekly program covers a main topic in some detail, like grounding, while spare time is used to answer a variety of questions submitted by listeners.
Technical topics can easily become tedious, but this duo have found the proper balance of light and heavy delivery so that time spent listening is always informative, never boring, and usually leaves me wanting a bit more.
Perfect, right? Well, almost.
The program is excellent, but the supporting Web delivery needs work. The ARRL did a great job of educating listeners on how to subscribe to the podcast feed, but direct program links on the primary Web page are rarely current.
As of this morning, the last program listed is from June 30. That makes it tough to find, or to point someone to the CURRENT program released on July 14.
In addition, the built-in audio player that permits someone to click a link to listen on the Web page uses Flash. Is it possible that the ARRL hasn’t heard that Flash is dead?
No, these links should be current and they should take advantage of modern methods of delivery from the Web page. On top of all that, there are no links for sharing via social media. Visiting the Doctor Web page is like traveling back to 2008.
C’mon ARRL, the program is excellent — let us help you share it with our friends. Give us links for each episode so these can be easily shared via Twitter, Facebook, etc.
That will make me happy, the fraternity happy, and I’ll bet program sponsor, DX Engineering, would be pleased for the extra exposure too!