Daily Radio Report: 5/23/15   Leave a comment

I woke up late today, so I did not play on the radio at all. I did rearrange my radio bench, however, and will continue to do so as I can.

One thing I might do is take my LDG AT-100 ProII Autotuner out of the loop with my Kenwood TS-450S. The Kenwood already has a tuner built into it, and I am thinking the auto tuner may be better suited with my Yaesu FT-857D that I use mobile, connected to a variety of antennas.

Once I have another mobile to mount it in…

Yaesu FT-7800 is fixed   Leave a comment

I received a call a few days ago indicating that my radio was fixed. I will pick it up ASAP.

I am feeling a little better, so perhaps I will get on the air some tomorrow.

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Depressed, no radio contacts   Leave a comment

I’m sick of telling the whole tale, but my car has died. It is capable of limping around town for now, but will eventually be done for good. I’m crushed, 355,000 miles and 11 years with that car.

Now, I’ll take it to the scrap yard where they will crush it flat and then shred it, melt the pieces and turn it into Smart Cars or some other piece of shit, as though it were nothing. I think I want to watch them do it, so that I can effectively kill that fun part of my life entirely.

I won’t be doing any more cross country trips anytime soon. I should probably sell my radio equipment and give up.

Posted May 20, 2015 by n3mra in Ragchewing

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Storm Chase   Leave a comment

I have been on the road storm chasing the last few days and have not played on the radio much. I normally do, when there is down time, but yesterday was a fast-paced 817 mile day, with a lot of forecasting, driving and photography, so I did not get on the air much at all.

I did not see a tornado, but I saw a monster supercell near Wichita Falls, TX.

5-16-15 supercell 04

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Posted May 18, 2015 by n3mra in Storm Chasing

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Daily Radio Report: 5/14/15   Leave a comment

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net this morning on the 2 meter side. I will try to check into the Estancia Valley Net this evening as well.

I made three 20 meter SSB county hunter contacts this morning as well. This gives me 1500 QSOs from Sandoval County! Socorro County is the only place I’ve made more QSOs (over 2600).

I sent out some more QSL cards today and continued updating my Excel spreadsheet that contains which counties I have confirmed. I have 1500 QSOs in Sandoval County, but I’ve sent ZERO QSL cards from here (though I have returned ones for those I have received – minus the large pile on my desk that still need to be processed). It’s no fair to ask for cards when I still have a pile to return!

Thank you for reading my post. If you are waiting on a QSL card from me, be patient, as I am slowly getting through the stack!

Daily Radio Report: 5/13/15   Leave a comment

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net this morning on the 2 meters side.

This evening, I played around on 2 meters, and made a contact on the Socorro repeater (146.680 MHz) from my house in Rio Rancho. I was also able to get into the Valencia County repeater as well, but I missed their evening net.

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Daily Radio Report: 5/12/15   Leave a comment

I am not hearing many signals on 20 meters. My antenna is tuning, but I’m not hearing much. I will take a look at my antenna this afternoon.

I did make one contact on the 20 meter county hunter net, and I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net (2 meter side) this morning, however.

The big news, however, is that I have been accepted into the ARRL Teacher’s Institute for the Remote Sensing class!!!! I will be going to W1AW/ARRL Headquarters again for a week in July, and I’m really looking forward to it!

Now, to figure out this antenna, and to finish preparing for storm chasing…

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