• 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.

Rebuilding the radio room

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

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

Astron power supply digital meter (volts/amps)

Written by admin On 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

Trip of a lifetime: camera outcomes

Written by admin On April - 29 - 2015 Comments Off on Trip of a lifetime: camera outcomes

General thoughts on the new camera after a trip to New Zealand and Australia.

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.

Lumix FZ1000 bridge camera — superzoom plus

Written by admin On January - 31 - 2015 Comments Off on Lumix FZ1000 bridge camera — superzoom plus

I think I’ve found the perfect camera for me. Big zoom range, stunning images, and 4K video all in a bridge camera sporting a one-inch, 20MP sensor. Check out some samples from the Lumix FZ1000.

Contesting from the West

Written by admin On June - 30 - 2014 0 Comment

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.

My CW (Morse code) paddles

Written by admin On 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.

RTTY contesting tips

Written by admin On September - 25 - 2011 0 Comment

If you’re new to radio teletype (RTTY) contesting, you’re about to fall in love with it. Here are some quick tips to help you get started.

New website “on the air”

Written by admin On August - 9 - 2011 0 Comment

Welcome to the VA7ST.ca website. You’ll find friendly notes about all kinds of things — a radio operator’s notebook that also touches on photography and recommendations about gear that helps get more out of the things many of us love to do.