• BARTG75 and 75-baud MMTTY

    I’m in the BARTG 75 Sprint today. Why does MMTTY keep reverting to 45-baud when I have told it to use 75-baud? Easy fix here…

  • Recap: 2020 RTTY Roundup

    The new decade opened with the annual ARRL RTTY Roundup, and I was excited to get on the air to cap off a wonderful three-week holiday break. Boomer (seen here) and I had one antenna repair to make in the deep snow late at night.

  • Tracking progress with Athena log analysis

    View your real-time totals during a contest, and compare them in real-time with previous contests. Athena, created by PC5M (sk), does exactly that.

  • Adding 7 elements on 6M

    6M is about to be a whole lot more fun from VA7ST with the addition of an M2 6M7JHV yagi — 7 elements on a 30-foot boom.

  • ARRL 160M pre- and post-contest

    The Zone Zero podcast featured two episodes devoted to the 2017 ARRL 160M contest. See how I thought I would do in the contest, then listen to how I actually did.

BARTG75 and 75-baud MMTTY

Written by admin On April - 26 - 2020 Comments Off on BARTG75 and 75-baud MMTTY

I’m in the BARTG 75 Sprint today. Why does MMTTY keep reverting to 45-baud when I have told it to use 75-baud? Easy fix here…

Recap: 2020 RTTY Roundup

Written by admin On January - 6 - 2020 Comments Off on Recap: 2020 RTTY Roundup

The new decade opened with the annual ARRL RTTY Roundup, and I was excited to get on the air to cap off a wonderful three-week holiday break. Boomer (seen here) and I had one antenna repair to make in the deep snow late at night.

Tracking progress with Athena log analysis

Written by admin On December - 1 - 2018 Comments Off on Tracking progress with Athena log analysis

View your real-time totals during a contest, and compare them in real-time with previous contests. Athena, created by PC5M (sk), does exactly that.

WSJT-X 2.0 — Why some FT8 stations don’t respond

Written by admin On November - 15 - 2018 Comments Off on WSJT-X 2.0 — Why some FT8 stations don’t respond

If you’re working FT8 using WSJT-X version 1.9.1 or earlier, you may not be able to work stations using the latest release candidate of WSJT-X 2.0. Update your software to the latest release version and all will work.

Adding 7 elements on 6M

Written by admin On October - 10 - 2018 Comments Off on Adding 7 elements on 6M

6M is about to be a whole lot more fun from VA7ST with the addition of an M2 6M7JHV yagi — 7 elements on a 30-foot boom.

ARRL 160M pre- and post-contest

Written by admin On December - 8 - 2017 Comments Off on ARRL 160M pre- and post-contest

The Zone Zero podcast featured two episodes devoted to the 2017 ARRL 160M contest. See how I thought I would do in the contest, then listen to how I actually did.

CQWW CW 2017 — pre- and post-contest

Written by admin On November - 30 - 2017 Comments Off on CQWW CW 2017 — pre- and post-contest

This year, I prepared two special editions of the Zone Zero podcast — one a preview of the CW Worldwide CW contest on Nov. 25 and 26, 2017, and a post-contest report. 

Recapping 2017 CQWW Phone

Written by admin On October - 31 - 2017 Comments Off on Recapping 2017 CQWW Phone

The world came out to play in the 2017 CQWW Phone contest, October 28-29. See a brief analysis of running domestic stations vs. chasing DX in one of the biggest worldwide contests of the year.

Adding the Ameritron AL-80B to the shack

Written by admin On June - 12 - 2017 Comments Off on Adding the Ameritron AL-80B to the shack

The VA7ST station has a new contesting amplifier — the Ameritron AL-80BX joins a pair of SB-221 amplifiers for high-power operation.

Introducing the Zone Zero podcast

Written by admin On April - 21 - 2017 Comments Off on Introducing the Zone Zero podcast

It’s time for a podcast devoted to amateur radio contests. Now we have one. Welcome to Zone Zero.