The Large and Powerful Spider Beam

Written by admin On January - 23 - 2016 Comments Off on The Large and Powerful Spider Beam

Here’s a homemade, lightweight but full-size triband yagi (with directors and reflectors in V configuration) interlaced on a 32-foot boom. And it works like a dream.

Hybrid wire element SteppIR 40M yagi

Written by admin On January - 23 - 2016 Comments Off on Hybrid wire element SteppIR 40M yagi

Expand a 40M rotatable dipole into a 2-element yagi with a fixed wire element. Add a relay to the wire and get instant 180-degree rotation, too.

LED lighting for CDE/Hygain rotator meter

Written by admin On September - 7 - 2015 Comments Off on LED lighting for CDE/Hygain rotator meter

Tired of burned-out bulbs in your CDE rotator meter? Replace the bulb with an LED strip — it’s inexpensive and LEDs will last a very long time.

Rebuilding the radio room

Written by admin On August - 15 - 2015 Comments Off on Rebuilding the radio room

Big plans for the radio “shack” at VA7ST… will it ever be built?

Astron power supply digital meter (volts/amps)

Written by admin On July - 10 - 2015 Comments Off on Astron power supply digital meter (volts/amps)

Want to know what that “blind” power supply is putting out? Add a digital volt/ammeter to your meterless Astron power supply

Trip of a lifetime: camera outcomes

Written by admin On April - 29 - 2015 Comments Off on Trip of a lifetime: camera outcomes

General thoughts on the new camera after a trip to New Zealand and Australia.

Affordable Lumix FZ1000 battery packs

Written by admin On February - 2 - 2015 Comments Off on Affordable Lumix FZ1000 battery packs

Today’s portable gear — including cameras — demands a lot from batteries. Here’s a quick tip on where to get affordable extra batteries (that work really well) for the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 camera.

Low-cost photography filters from Fotodiox

Written by admin On February - 1 - 2015 Comments Off on Low-cost photography filters from Fotodiox

One of the best additions to a photographer’s toolkit is also one of the least expensive: this kit of three Fotodiox filters (circular polarizar, UV, and soft diffusion) for under $15 is a great deal.

Lumix FZ1000 bridge camera — superzoom plus

Written by admin On January - 31 - 2015 Comments Off on Lumix FZ1000 bridge camera — superzoom plus

I think I’ve found the perfect camera for me. Big zoom range, stunning images, and 4K video all in a bridge camera sporting a one-inch, 20MP sensor. Check out some samples from the Lumix FZ1000.

Contesting from the West

Written by admin On June - 30 - 2014 0 Comment

Here’s my perspective from the West Coast, looking at what we do that may be different from the tactics of contest stations located further East.