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  admin - November - 1 - 2020 - Comments Off on Real-time competition: online scoreboards

For the active contester, seeing your performance moment-by-moment ranked against the performance of other participants can be a real motivator. Welcome to online scoreboards!

  admin - October - 27 - 2020 - Comments Off on When the aurora light up

A quick word on the Northern Lights, when to look up (what conditions create them), and how to enjoy these awesome night sky displays with a radio or a camera.

  admin - October - 25 - 2020 - Comments Off on FT8/FT4 from a contester’s perspective

Why do I compete in the growing number of WSJT-X-friendly contest offerings? Because they are there, and even more important, a LOT of people who are new to contesting have been drawn to radiosport because they enjoy FT8 and FT4 modes.

  admin - June - 14 - 2020 - Comments Off on Solving IC-7610 low TX audio for WSJT-X

Noticing that your IC-7610 transmit audio is low when using WSJT-X and the Icom audio CODEC? Here’s one area to check — simple and quick.

  admin - April - 26 - 2020 - Comments Off on BARTG75 and 75-baud MMTTY

I’m in the BARTG 75 Sprint today. Why does MMTTY keep reverting to 45-baud when I have told it to use 75-baud? Easy fix here…

  admin - January - 6 - 2020 - Comments Off on Recap: 2020 RTTY Roundup

The new decade opened with the annual ARRL RTTY Roundup, and I was excited to get on the air to cap off a wonderful three-week holiday break. Boomer (seen here) and I had one antenna repair to make in the deep snow late at night.

  admin - December - 1 - 2018 - Comments Off on Tracking progress with Athena log analysis

View your real-time totals during a contest, and compare them in real-time with previous contests. Athena, created by PC5M (sk), does exactly that.

  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. 

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