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Episode 17: Top Band in top form for ARRL 160M

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.

Duration: 00:09:26

Episode 16: Recapping CQWW CW 2017

The CQWW CW contest ended on Sunday afternoon. This is a short episode recapping what may be the biggest contest of the year.

Duration: 00:07:49

Episode 15: Bring on the world for CQWW CW

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.

Duration: 00:12:19

Episode 14: Fall 2017 contest season

We’re into contest season, with some major events coming up in late October and November. What can we learn from recent conditions to help earn better scores?

Duration: 00:08:32

Episode 13: Chasing the action

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.

Duration: 00:10:33

Episode 12: Why we do it

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.

Duration: 00:11:47

Episode 11: Gearing up for fall

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.

Duration: 00:12:09

Episode 10: IARU recap and 6M meteor scatter

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.

Duration: 00:07:24

Episode 9: High summer on the air

An early summer look back at All Asia CW, adventures with solar power in ARRL Field Day, my fishing trip, and a look ahead at RAC Canada Day and the DL-DX RTTY.

Duration: 00:10:34

Episode 8: Puttering about in the summer doldrums

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.

Duration: 00:13:16

Episode 7: Glass half-empty in CQ WPX CW

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.

Duration: 00:08:55

Episode 6: Psyching up for CQ WPX CW

The world will be alive with CW operators vying in the CQ WPX (Weird Prefix) CW contest May 27 and 28. It’s one of the biggest radio events of the year, with many thousands of hams competing from around the world. That’s the focus of this week’s Zone Zero ham radio contesting podcast.

Duration: 00:13:23

Episode 5: All modes in one weekend

On the horizon we have a royal weekend, with His Majesty the King of Spain CW contest, and something for fans of every other major contesting mode.

Duration: 00:08:40

Episode 4: Volta RTTY DX and the CQ-M International

Prepare for one of the great RTTY events on the annual calendar – the Volta RTTY DX contest this weekend. If you want to score 100 million points in a weekend, then this one is for you. We’ll also look at the CQ-M International DX contest for CW and phone operators.

Duration: 00:06:17

Episode 3.1: Recapping the 7QP, Indiana and New England QSO Parties

Let's recap the 7QP, Indiana QSO Party and New England QSPO Party – and here’s a hint… May 6 and 7 was a pretty darn good weekend to be on the air.

Duration: 00:07:46

Episode 3: Four more QSO parties and ARI International DX

Let's look ahead to the May 6-7 weekend QSO Parties for the 7th Call Area, Indiana, Delaware and New England states, plus the ARI International DX contest.

Duration: 00:06:54

Episode 2.1: Recapping the Florida QSO Party

On Saturday and Sunday (April 29-30), the bands were ignited by the Florida State QSO Party, or FQP. As the weekend rolled along I took notes for this post-contest mini-episode 2.1.

Duration: 00:06:12

Episode 2: Florida QSO Party

Organized by the Florida Contest Group, the Florida QSO Party is one of the more well-attended state contests, where everyone around the world turns their antennas toward Florida and tries to work as many stations in as many Florida counties as possible.

Duration: 00:06:06

Episode 1.1: When conditions go horribly bad

This is a special post-contest update on April 23, 2017. Oh my goodness, what a terrible weekend on the radio! Feels like I wasted a couple of days there in the SP International DX teletype and the BARTG 75 RTTY contests. Didn’t make many contacts in either one of them. In the previous podcast I … Read More Read More

Duration: 00:05:56

Episode 1: SPDX RTTY and BARTG 75 RTTY

In the first full episode of Zone Zero, Bud looks at the SP DX RTTY and BARTG 75 RTTY contests. Both events include a continent multiplier, which adds a fun extra dimension as you scour the bands trying to find all six continents - Africa, Europe, Asia, Oceania, North and South America.

Duration: 00:10:25

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