Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.2   Leave a comment

This week in amateur radio, I checked into several local VHF nets here in New Mexico.  On Sunday night, I checked into the Caravan Club Net, and then today, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net and then the Rusty Raider’s Net.

I also spent some time listening on 10 meters, as two stations were ragchewing, and I could copy them.  They were, however, the only stations I could hear on the band.

I also read the January, 2017, issue of QST.  I always get mixed feelings when I read the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) issue.  On one hand, I am always inspired by all the neat projects, and I want to work on all of them…but on the other hand, most of them are well above my skill level.  Case in point- I have a vertical antenna in my yard that doesn’t work very well, and I haven’t fixed it.

I did order a transmission hump mount for the Crown Victoria.  I’ll see how that works out.  I need a better system than wedging radios between the seat and the transmission tunnel, and this is worth a shot.

I also received a QSL envelope from the ARRL QSL Bureau.  Mostly, it contained QSL cards from the W1AW/# event in 2014, but there were a few Japanese and Canadian cards in there as well.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.1   2 comments

Last Tuesday, I made a few contacts on the 20 meter county hunter’s net as I drove across Pennsylvania.  I operated from several new counties and had a grand ol’ time.

Thus Sunday, I decided to play around with 2 meters, and I made one contact on a repeater in Ohio as I drove south on I-71 towards Columbus.

Yesterday, I operated in Indiana and Illinois on the 20 meter county hunter’s net as well, adding three new counties.  I recorded most of these QSOs in my tablet.

This morning, after I copied a few of them to a paper log, I dropped my tablet.  Even though it was in an “armored” rubber case, and it fell a whopping two and a half feet, the screen spiderwebbed, and it is not sensitive to touch.  I have not been able to get the last two county runs, one of which was new, off this device.  Jasper, IL, and Effingham, IL.

Anyway, I’m really annoyed.  I’ll let you know next week if I figure it out.  So far on this trip:

*The windshield of my car cracked
*My netbook screen broke
*My tablet broke

I don’t get it.  It’s just been bad luck.

Anyway, happy new year.  Yippie-Kiyay, as Bruce Willis might say.

Amateur Radio This Week #53   Leave a comment

This week, I made quite a few more contacts on 20 meters.  We drove through Georgia and South Carolina, and I was able to operate from 10 new counties.

This evening, I went to my dad’s amateur radio station and watched him snag a few JT65 QSOs.  He’s also on the lookout for Alaska on 160 meter CW, but we didn’t hear any such stations this evening.

Tomorrow, I leave from Maryland, and then Ohio.  I’m not sure, but I may pick up a few more counties sometime in Ohio.  I doubt they’ll be many new ones between now and then, but there are a few other mitigating factors, so I don’t know what the next few days will bring.

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Amateur Radio This Week: #51   Leave a comment

This week has been active on amateur radio for me.  I am on my annual cross-country Christmas trip, and we have been traveling across the south.  I did not run any radio for the first few days, as the winds were so strong, I was afraid of losing my Hamstick antenna.

However, yesterday, I ran six new counties in Alabama, meaning I have now operated from 1100 counties total.  I will update the graphic on this page in the next day or so.

The total number of QSOs was low, but still worth it to me:

Lauderdale, MS:  2

Dallas, AL:  4
Hale, AL:  2
Lee, AL:  2
Lowndes, AL:  3
Macon, AL:  7
Marengo, AL: 6
Montgomery, AL:  3
Perry, AL:  2
Russell, AL:  2
Sumter, AL:  1

Watch for me on the air tomorrow, as I drive from Atlanta, GA, to Jersey, VA, running counties on 14.336 MHz along the way.

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Amateur Radio This Week #50   Leave a comment

Believe it or not, but I actually finished all that I set out to do this week.  I updated my DX4WIN logs and sent 5 QSL cards.

As an added bonus, I think I fixed the vertical antenna in my backyard, and even made a 40 meter contact on the Moonlighters Net to prove it.  I changed up the coax grounding and that helped.

I also checked into the Caravan Club Net Sunday Night.

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Amateur Radio This Week: #49   Leave a comment

I didn’t accomplish all I had set out to do again, but I did finally log all of the contacts from my phone.  I had contacts back through October that had not been put on paper.

I was disappointed at the number of callsigns I busted.  Out of 30 or so QSOs, I busted three.  I didn’t so much bust the callsigns as they did not make it onto the recording.

I did also check into the Albuquerque Caravan Club net on Sunday evening, as well as make an HF contact on my way to Skywarn Recognition Day.

I participated in Skywarn Recognition Day, making a few contacts on 20 meters from the Albuquerque National Weather Service office.  That was a lot of fun.  Conditions weren’t great, but it is always a fun event.  I also got to meet the person who sponsored the award I won during this year’s NM QSO Party, so that was an added bonus.

My goals this week are to:
1.  Add all of these QSOs to DX4Win
2.  Send 5 QSL cards
3.  Sketch out a radio box

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Amateur Radio This Week: #47   Leave a comment

I’m sorry, I’ve been avoiding you guys because I haven’t done any amateur radio activities for several weeks.

However, this weekend, I was able to operate for a little while in the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes contest.  I operated as W5MPZ with a team of folks around New Mexico at the ARRL NM Regional Manager’s house.

This weekend, I really need to catch up on my logbooks.  I will

1.  Log all contacts from my phone

2.  Send 5 QSL cards

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Posted November 22, 2016 by n3mra in Contesting, Special Event Station

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