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  admin - 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.

  admin - 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.

  admin - 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. 

  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 - 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 - September - 30 - 2011 - 1 Comment

Morse code is a joy, and with the right “paddles” it is pure bliss. Here’s an essay on the pursuit of ham radio happiness.