Stress and the ham radio operator

Stress and the ham radio operator

There are lots of ways being a contester can raise your blood pressure — and so many ways it can relieve your stress, too. That, plus a look ahead at CQ Worldwide SSB and CW this time out.

Episode 21: Summer potpourri

Episode 21: Summer potpourri

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.

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

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.

Episode 15: Bring on the world for CQWW CW

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.

Episode 14: Fall 2017 contest season

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?

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.