• 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.

Contest scores and stories

Written by admin On August - 9 - 2011 0 Comment

Want to see how VA7ST has done in contests since 2002? It’s all online in a sortable database — check out my contest scores, and read my 3830 stories about each contest.

End of paper QSLs from VA7ST

Written by admin On August - 5 - 2011 0 Comment

The cost and environmental impact of paper QSL cards makes this aspect of ham radio part of our history, not our future.

CDE rotator scale: refit for North center

Written by admin On April - 11 - 2011 0 Comment

Depending on your location, changing your rotator control meter’s scale to a north-centered scale could greatly reduce the turning required to work the most popular areas. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making the change on a CDE rotator control — including a printable high-resolution image of the North-centered meter scale.

NCJ Profile: VA7ST

Written by admin On November - 1 - 2010 0 Comment

It was a high honor to be chosen for a contester profile feature in the Nov.-Dec. 2010 edition of the National Contest Journal.

A new DX and contesting club

Written by admin On October - 22 - 2010 0 Comment

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.

The 80M elevated wire vertical array

Written by admin On August - 26 - 2010 0 Comment

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.

A cheap 40M DX machine: the twin half-square array

Written by admin On August - 19 - 2010 0 Comment

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.

Phased 40M Wire Verticals

Written by admin On August - 15 - 2010 5 Comments

Here’s a two-element array of wire verticals for 40M — read about using passive phasing, then Christman phasing. Includes a handy online calculator for phasing line lengths, and audio clips of the array in action.

Analyzing my terrain for HF gain

Written by admin On July - 11 - 2010 0 Comment

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.

QSL cards

Written by admin On May - 20 - 2010 0 Comment

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