• My CW (Morse code) paddles

    Morse code is a joy, and with the right “paddles” it is pure bliss. Here’s an essay on the pursuit of ham radio happiness.

  • RTTY contesting tips

    If you’re new to radio teletype (RTTY) contesting, you’re about to fall in love with it. Here are some quick tips to help you get started.

  • New website “on the air”

    Welcome to the new VA7ST.ca website. Be sure to update your bookmarks to this new location (the old location at www3.telus.net/va7st will disappear soon).

  • Contest scores and stories

    Want to see how VA7ST has done in contests since 2002? It’s all online in a sortable database — check out my contest scores, and read my 3830 stories about each contest.

  • CDE rotator scale: refit for North center

    Depending on your location, changing your rotator control meter’s scale to a north-centered scale could greatly reduce the turning required to work the most popular areas. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making the change on a CDE rotator control — including a printable high-resolution image of the North-centered meter scale.

  • NCJ Profile: VA7ST

    It was a high honor to be chosen for a contester profile feature in the Nov.-Dec. 2010 edition of the National Contest Journal.

  • A new DX and contesting club

    The new Orca DX and Contest Club serves BC and the northern part of Washington State. I’m the webmaster, so my part has been developing the web site.

  • The 80M elevated wire vertical array

    Here’s a great 80M antenna: a pair of raised 1/4-wave (68′) verticals in the pine woods, using Christman phasing, and capable of firing in either of two directions. Mine aim east and west.

  • A cheap 40M DX machine: the twin half-square array

    This may be the cheapest, lowest, no-radials-required, no fancy networks, way to get great gain on 40M. If you have some rope, trees, junkbox wire, a couple of DPDT relays, and some coax laying around, you have all it takes to build this antenna.

  • Analyzing my terrain for HF gain

    Sometimes when my antenna is at 25′, I do quite well into Canada and the U.S — perhaps even better than with the antenna at 45′. Terrain analysis helped end the mystery of height vs. performance at this ridge-top QTH.

  • QSL cards

    Are you waiting for a QSL from VA7ST? All contacts in my log receive a confirmation using the ARRL’s Logbook of the World.

  • End of an Era: Kon-Tiki

    On Christmas Day 2009, Knut Haugland, the last surviving crew member of the Kon-Tiki voyage, passed away at the age of 92.

Removing vGrabber infection for Chrome

Written by admin On February - 14 - 2013 Comments Off

Here’s an easy way to permanently remove the vGrabber Community Toolbar from Google Chrome, using the Microsoft Registry Editor to delete Chrome’s extensions.

My CW (Morse code) paddles

Written by admin On September - 30 - 2011 1 Comment

Morse code is a joy, and with the right “paddles” it is pure bliss. Here’s an essay on the pursuit of ham radio happiness.

RTTY contesting tips

Written by admin On September - 25 - 2011 Comments Off

If you’re new to radio teletype (RTTY) contesting, you’re about to fall in love with it. Here are some quick tips to help you get started.

New website “on the air”

Written by admin On August - 9 - 2011 Comments Off

Welcome to the new VA7ST.ca website. Be sure to update your bookmarks to this new location (the old location at www3.telus.net/va7st will disappear soon).

Contest scores and stories

Written by admin On August - 9 - 2011 Comments Off

Want to see how VA7ST has done in contests since 2002? It’s all online in a sortable database — check out my contest scores, and read my 3830 stories about each contest.

End of paper QSLs from VA7ST

Written by admin On August - 5 - 2011 Comments Off

The cost and environmental impact of paper QSL cards makes this aspect of ham radio part of our history, not our future.

CDE rotator scale: refit for North center

Written by admin On April - 11 - 2011 Comments Off

Depending on your location, changing your rotator control meter’s scale to a north-centered scale could greatly reduce the turning required to work the most popular areas. Here’s a step-by-step guide to making the change on a CDE rotator control — including a printable high-resolution image of the North-centered meter scale.

NCJ Profile: VA7ST

Written by admin On November - 1 - 2010 Comments Off

It was a high honor to be chosen for a contester profile feature in the Nov.-Dec. 2010 edition of the National Contest Journal.

A new DX and contesting club

Written by admin On October - 22 - 2010 Comments Off

The new Orca DX and Contest Club serves BC and the northern part of Washington State. I’m the webmaster, so my part has been developing the web site.

The 80M elevated wire vertical array

Written by admin On August - 26 - 2010 Comments Off

Here’s a great 80M antenna: a pair of raised 1/4-wave (68′) verticals in the pine woods, using Christman phasing, and capable of firing in either of two directions. Mine aim east and west.

A cheap 40M DX machine: the twin half-square array

Written by admin On August - 19 - 2010 Comments Off

This may be the cheapest, lowest, no-radials-required, no fancy networks, way to get great gain on 40M. If you have some rope, trees, junkbox wire, a couple of DPDT relays, and some coax laying around, you have all it takes to build this antenna.

Phased 40M Wire Verticals

Written by admin On August - 15 - 2010 6 Comments

Here’s a two-element array of wire verticals for 40M — read about using passive phasing, then Christman phasing. Includes a handy online calculator for phasing line lengths, and audio clips of the array in action.