• 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.

  • Introducing the Zone Zero podcast

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

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.