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  admin - 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. See how they matched up in the DRCG Worldwide RTTY contest, and general thoughts about both approaches to QRO contesting.

  admin - 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.

  admin - August - 24 - 2016 - Comments Off on New radio room is on the air

After two years of “all talk, no action,” the radio room has been rebuilt.

  admin - May - 9 - 2016 - Comments Off on Heathkit SB-221 brought back to life

An overview of my SB-221 amplifier repair project — a notebook about what it needed and what I did.

  admin - 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.

  admin - 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.

  admin - 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.

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

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

  admin - 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

  admin - June - 30 - 2014 - Add Comments

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.