• 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.

  • 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

    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

    The VA7ST station has a new contesting amplifier — the Ameritron AL-80BX joins a pair of SB-221 amplifiers for high-power operation. See how they matched up in the DRCG Worldwide RTTY contest, and general thoughts about both approaches to QRO contesting.

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.