Let’s take a look at February and a jam-packed roster of radio contests. There’s something for everyone this month – whether you’re a CW or RTTY lover, prefer phone contests or the newer digital modes like FT4.
As long as sunspots remain rare, these years of quiet solar activity are the heydays for 160M (that’s 1.8 Mhz -- also fondly known as the Top Band). You’ll have a ton of fun enjoying good DX through the night. If you’re keen to see what you can work on Top Band, this episode is for you.
High summer is time to relax in the sun, read back-issues of your ham magazines, or comb through catalogs and websites to contemplate new gear for the shack, maybe a new antenna or coax. Let’s get going with Episode 21 – the summer potpourri edition of Zone Zero.
Let's take a look at the ARRL 160M contest weekend just behind us -- conditions were pretty good, but depending on where you are located the difference-maker was how much access you had to DX contacts.
For my money, the CQ Worldwide DX CW contest is the biggest, best and most fun contest of the year. If you operate Morse code and want to work a ton of DX in a single weekend, get on the air and join the fun.
The fall contest season has begun and now we start a staccato rhythm of major contest weekends. How are you plotting your course for the upcoming months? I’ll walk through my plan for fall 2017 activity on the contest calendar. Here’s a hint: It’s a very busy season.
Something every contest operator has thought about at one point or another is, "Why?" Why do we put in the long hours for no tangible reward? Why do we build our stations with unstinting dedication? Nobody really knows, and we all know. That’s the focus for Episode 12 of Zone Zero.
When fall contest season rolls around, you’ll be thankful for every little improvement you made over the summer months. It’s no fun climbing a tower or working on antennas when it’s snowing and minus 20 degrees outside. So get it done now and be ready for the fall contest season.
Our long, hot summer rolls along with plenty to do. This week we report on the IARU HF World Championships held over the past weekend, and look ahead at the next fun ham radio contests on the summer calendar.
The prime contest seasons are behind us and ahead of us, so we’re in what I like to consider the summer doldrums. Coming up are the All Asian CW and Ukrainian RTTY worldwide contests. That plus talk about amplifiers this week.
Thousands of ham radio operators are in recovery mode after a hectic weekend of frantic action on the air. CQ WPX CW is over, and it was good when it started Friday but really bad by the finish on Sunday.