Amateur Radio This Week: #39   Leave a comment

This week was relatively uneventful on amateur radio as well.  I listened on 10 meters on several occasions, but I made no contacts.

As far as other goals, I was able to get a new power connection in place in the Malibu.  I didn’t run a new from the battery, but instead ran it from the connection in the trunk (that already runs to the battery) back to the passenger compartment.  I now have both the Icom 2100 and the Radio Shack HTX-10 powered safely from the battery.

I did not get a chance to test the Yaesu FT-857, but that will be tested this weekend.

For the next week, the two goals are:

1.  Test the Yaesu FT-857D

2.  Run a coax to the VHF antenna in the Malibu.

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Amateur Radio This Week: #38   Leave a comment

This week was slow in terms of contacts, as I made none.  I did, however knock both goals off my list this week.

#1:  Skyler now has access to the TARA station, and he cleaned it up beautifully.  We hung up a US map and a world map on the wall as well.

#2:  I was able to swap the VHF antenna on the Malibu.  One NMO mount was in bad shape and the other worked fine.  I wanted to swap them, as one NMO mount is really close to the FM broadcast antenna, and I wanted to give them more space.

Not only did I do both, I also tuned a ten meter antenna for use with the Radio Shack HTX-10.

Goals for this week:

#1.  New power connection in the Malibu.  I have a nice power cable running to the trunk, but none running to the passenger compartment.  As the radios I will mount in here are not remote mountable, I need power to the passenger cabin, not to the trunk.  It would be a shame to rip out the existing cable, however.

#2.  Test out the Yaesu FT-857D.  I received it and it is still sitting in the box in my living room.

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Amateur Radio Goals   Leave a comment

I am terribly far behind on my amateur radio goals.  I have received my Yaesu FT-957D, but haven’t unpacked it from the box.  QSL cards are building up all around my desk.  My Radio Shack HTX-10 does not seem to be hearing much.  My vertical antenna is deaf as well.  The VHF/UHF radio in my Ranger is locked on a frequency.

This upcoming week, I intend to:
1.  Switch the VHF antenna in my Malibu.
2.  Get Skyler access to the TARA station.

After that, everything this week will be a bonus.

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Amateur Radio Week: #36   Leave a comment

This week had been great for amateur radio.  We had our first Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) meeting, as well as had our first day at the NMT club fair.

First, we set up an HF station at the club fair.  We made several 20 meter contacts in the Katrina Anniversary special event.  We started filling out our official paperwork.  I know several of the club members attempted a satellite contact, but I didn’t hear if they actually made contact.

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Amateur Radio This Week: #35   Leave a comment

I finally caught up on my DX4Win logs this past weekend.  I updated Socorro, Valencia, and Bernallio for the past month’s worth of contacts (which wasn’t many).

Other than that, I was able to work a station in South Carolina on the 20 meter county hunter’s net. I was in Socorro county at the time, and on my Kenwood TS-130S.

My goals this week are to call about the status of my Yaesu FT-857D and to pull off a successful Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) club fair.  A successful club fair means an updated charter, a budget submitted, twenty members (even if they aren’t yet hams) and all of the rest of the official packet submitted on time.

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NM QSO Party Plaque   1 comment

I received my award in the mail a few days ago, and finally got around to taking a photo of it.


Special thanks to Fred Homuth, K9GAJ, for sponsoring this award!

Otherwise, this week has been relatively quiet on the radio, at least for me. I tinkered with my HF antenna to try to improve its reception, but no dice there.  I also reinstalled the Radio Shack HTX-10 in my Malibu. I had removed it for a few days because I needed to repair the driver’s window.

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Posted August 10, 2016 by n3mra in Uncategorized