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  admin - October - 22 - 2010 - Add Comments

The new Orca DX and Contest Club serves BC and the northern part of Washington State. I’m the webmaster, so my part has been developing the web site.

  admin - August - 26 - 2010 - Add Comments

Here’s a great 80M antenna: a pair of raised 1/4-wave (68′) verticals in the pine woods, using Christman phasing, and capable of firing in either of two directions. Mine aim east and west.

  admin - August - 19 - 2010 - Add Comments

This may be the cheapest, lowest, no-radials-required, no fancy networks, way to get great gain on 40M. If you have some rope, trees, junkbox wire, a couple of DPDT relays, and some coax laying around, you have all it takes to build this antenna.

  admin - July - 11 - 2010 - Add Comments

Sometimes when my antenna is at 25′, I do quite well into Canada and the U.S — perhaps even better than with the antenna at 45′. Terrain analysis helped end the mystery of height vs. performance at this ridge-top QTH.

  admin - May - 20 - 2010 - Add Comments

Are you waiting for a QSL from VA7ST? All contacts in my log receive a confirmation using the ARRL’s Logbook of the World.

  admin - January - 20 - 2010 - Add Comments

On Christmas Day 2009, Knut Haugland, the last surviving crew member of the Kon-Tiki voyage, passed away at the age of 92.

  admin - November - 16 - 2009 - Add Comments

If you have room to run a short 270′-long Beverage antenna, you’ll improve your reception on the low bands (160M and 80M). Here’s how I built the antenna and just-too-easy transformer.

  admin - May - 15 - 2009 - Add Comments

Choosing the SteppIR 3-element was not a difficult decision. Those who have used this antenna swear by it. Read my notes as I purchased, installed and put one on the air at VA7ST.

  admin - January - 1 - 2009 - Add Comments

Observations about owning the Yaesu FT-2000 — with a few tips and tricks for happy owners.

  admin - August - 27 - 2006 - Add Comments

The “crappie pole” is a short, linearly loaded 40M rotatable dipole you can build for $50 or less. And it works!