Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.50   Leave a comment

I didn’t make many new contacts this week, but I have been on fire updating my logbooks and sending QSL cards.  I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times and the Caravan Club once.

I had made it a goal to get my WAS on 20 meters by the end of the year.  I have worked all of the stations, but not sent the QSL cards.  Now, I’ve sent all but four.  However, my contact in Delaware passed away, so I will need to work that state again.  I put in a good effort.

I was in San Diego for the weekend, and listened on a local repeater from my Yaesu VX-7R, but was unable to hit the repeater from inside my hotel room.

I also read the December issue of QST.  I especially liked the article in “The World Above 50 MHz” titled “Hurricane Tropospheric Propogation from Florence”, by Jon Jones, N0JK.  This article discussed how there was increased tropospheric ducting ahead of Florence because of a high pressure system that lingered for days. [1]

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[1] Jones, Jon.  “Hurricane Tropospheric Propogation from Florence”.  QST, December 2018, pp 94-95.


Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.49   Leave a comment

On Saturday, I made seven contacts in the Skywarn Recognition Day, all on Echolink.  I didn’t do nearly as well as I would have liked, but I was pleased that I worked the National Hurricane Center.  It was good enough for the Towering Cumulus award:

I also sent out around 20 QSO cards, working towards confirming my Worked All States award from Rio Rancho.  I sent them out, though DX4Win lost which ones I sent cards to.  Oh well.  I’ll update it as I can.

At some point, I will make a page for my contest scores, just so I can keep track of them at a glance instead of going through all of my logs as a comparison.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.48   Leave a comment

I did not put forth a good effort on the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes this year.  It was my son’s 18th birthday, so we traveled to Carlsbad Caverns and the Roswell UFO Museum, and I only made 29 QSOs in the contest, all on 20 meters.  Many of them were in a new grid square (DM72), so that brings my total grid squares to 42.

I only checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net once or twice over the past week, and missed the Caravan Club Net.

Other than that, I have updated my logbooks, DX4Win, and LOTW.  I will send out some more QSL cards this week.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.47   Leave a comment

I was active on HF this weekend, though not as active as I’d hoped to be.  There was the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes this past weekend, and I normally try to make 100 QSOs, as this is the minimum to earn a participation pin.  Instead, I only got around 30, as I was traveling for my son’s 18th birthday.  I have not yet copied the contacts from my digital recorder, so I don’t know how many I made, and where they were from.  I will post that as soon as I copy them.

I sent out a handful of QSL cards as well.  I would like to get my Worked All States (WAS) for 20 meters award, as I have the contacts, but am woefully behind on sending QSL cards.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, though I was on the road and could not check into the Caravan Club Net.  I forgot to look for nets in Roswell and Carlsbad when I was there.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.46   Leave a comment

This week, I was actually active on HF again.  I made several HF contacts (all 20 meter SSB) to special event stations.  I had a nice path to British Columbia, and made several contacts there, including the University of British Columbia.  We chatted about the challenges of college radio clubs and some of the fun we’ve had with them.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times this week, though I missed the Caravan Club net.  I also hear we have a new UHF repeater on the west peak of M-Mountain, so I will need to test that one out.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.45   Leave a comment

The 20 meter band appears to be opening up a little.  The other day, I made several contacts; special event stations in various places.  I need to fix the 20 meter antenna on the truck so that I can take advantage of these openings.

I also checked into the SCAT Net several times and Caravan Club Net on Sunday night.  I will update my logs soon.

I will be out of town for part of SSB Sweepstakes, but I will try to participate anyhow.  I’d really like to get the participation pin, but it is over my son’s 18th birthday, and we are traveling to Carlsbad.  If I do participate, it will be mobile, across multiple counties and gridsquares.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.44   Leave a comment

I literally did nothing on the radio this week.  I flew to Pittsburgh for a conference, and did not bring anything other than my Yaesu VX-7R.  I actually forgot it was in my bag until this morning, so I did not even get it out to check into any local nets.

Better luck next time, as there are no nets between now and my flight.

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Posted October 30, 2018 by n3mra in Weekly Radio Report

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