Contest Recaps

BARTG75 and 75-baud MMTTY

April 26, 2020

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…

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Recap: 2020 RTTY Roundup

January 6, 2020

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.

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Tracking progress with Athena log analysis

December 1, 2018

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.

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VA7ST 6M7JHV on tower

Adding 7 elements on 6M

October 10, 2018

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.

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ARRL 160M pre- and post-contest

December 8, 2017

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.

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CQWW CW 2017 — pre- and post-contest

November 30, 2017

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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Recapping 2017 CQWW Phone

October 31, 2017

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.

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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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