Contesting

Adding the Ameritron AL-80B to the shack

June 12, 2017

The VA7ST station has a new contesting amplifier — the Ameritron AL-80BX joins a pair of SB-221 amplifiers for high-power operation.

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Introducing the Zone Zero podcast

April 21, 2017

It’s time for a podcast devoted to amateur radio contests. Now we have one. Welcome to Zone Zero.

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New radio room is on the air

August 24, 2016

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

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Heathkit SB-221 brought back to life

May 9, 2016

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

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The Large and Powerful Spider Beam

January 23, 2016

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.

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Hybrid wire element SteppIR 40M yagi

January 23, 2016

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.

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LED lighting for CDE/Hygain rotator meter

September 7, 2015

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.

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Rebuilding the radio room

August 15, 2015

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

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Astron power supply digital meter (volts/amps)

July 10, 2015

Want to know what that “blind” power supply is putting out? Add a digital volt/ammeter to your meterless Astron power supply

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Contesting from the West

June 30, 2014

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.

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