Episode 13: Chasing the action

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.

Episode 12: Why we do it

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.

Episode 11: Gearing up for fall

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.

Episode 6: Psyching up for CQ WPX CW

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.

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

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.