Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.2   Leave a comment

I finally put together my list of annual radio contacts.  This past year (2017) was a bit of a slump, as it was my worst year for HF contacts since 2006.  I did check into quite a few nets, however, as my number of VHF and UHF contacts were much higher than ever.

contacts 2017

This week has not been much different.  I didn’t make any HF contacts over the past week, unfortunately.  I did update my DX4Win Logs, and am finally in a place where I can start returning QSL cards.

I did play on the radio a bit, though I did not make any contacts.  Today, I called “CQ Grid Chase” on 40 meters for 15 or 20 minutes, but had no takers.  I did check into the Caravan Club Net once (70 cm) and the Albuquerque SCAT Net once (2 m).  I tried to check into it this morning from Magdalena, but I couldn’t quite hit the repeater.

I will try to make some contacts this week from DM65 and DM64 (Rio Rancho/Albuquerque and Socorro, respectively).

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.1   Leave a comment

This week, I started playing in the “Grid Chase” game developed by the ARRL.  In this game, you try to operate from as many Maidenhead Grid Squares as possible throughout the year, on HF.  For me, this works out great, because I get to do something new in some of these areas where I have already operated from all of the counties.  I have picked up several grid squares, though my logbook is in the car, so I can’t remember which ones or how many.

I have been operating on 40 meters at night and 20 meters during the day while we travel back to New Mexico on our annual Christmas trip.

For this upcoming year, I have several New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. Get on HF at my house.  I have to work out something antenna-wise.
  2. Repair my all-mode 2 meter rig.  I started taking it apart and got overwhelmed, but I think I know what I need to do.
  3. Operate from 50 Grid Squares.
  4. Earn a SSB Sweepstakes Participation Pin.
  5. Make 1000 HF QSOs.
  6. Operate from 100 new Counties.
  7. Set up antenna for Tech Amateur Radio Association.
  8. Compete in the NM QSO Party
  9. Send in for my WAS 20 meters from Rio Rancho.
  10. Set up Rio Rancho SDA Club.

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Posted January 2, 2018 by n3mra in Mobile Operating, Weekly Radio Report

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This Week In Amateur Radio: 2017.52   Leave a comment

This week, I did not play on amateur radio nearly as much as I thought I would.  I had a whole route planned for running counties, and I think I only ran one, and only made one QSO in that county.  I had a report of audio problems, so I have been investigating that for the last few days.

I stopped by the Ham Radio Outlet in Atlanta.  I have been to most locations at this point.  Anyway, I picked up a few ferrite beads and put one on my antenna coax near the transmitter, as well as one on the cable between the alternator and the battery in hopes of limiting RFI during transmitting and receiving.

I also dropped the mic gain until the voltage remained above 11 V on transmit.  I have a major resistance problem somewhere as I am dropping to 9 V on my voice peaks, so I need to figure that one out as well.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.51   Leave a comment

This week has been a little slow.  I had intended on running counties over the past few days, but we’ve been behind schedule.  I haven’t done any operating so far on my Christmas trip.

I did update my VHF logbook, as I had quite a few net logins recorded on my phone.

Looking forward, I do hope to operate more in the next few days, though I’m doubtful.  It is 1:30 pm local time, and we are still visiting and getting ready.  All of the counties nearby are ones I have run before, so I will probably skip them.  Maybe I’ll play on 6 meters, just be a little different, but we’ll see.  We are having a good trip though, so I’m not actually complaining.

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Posted December 19, 2017 by n3mra in Weekly Radio Report

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.50   Leave a comment

Somehow, I got out of sync with my week numbers.  I have two #45’s, which is why I am having to skip #49.  Better luck next year, I suppose.

This week had been really lazy on the radio.  I tuned around the ten meter band a few times during the ARRL 10 Meter contest, but I never heard a peep.  Typically, I make quite a few contacts in the contest, regardless of band condition, but I didn’t hear anyone!

I also didn’t participate in any nets this week.  It has been slow, to say the least.

I did, however, start planning our annual cross-country Christmas trip.  This will be an opportunity to work from a few new counties, as we are planning on going across the south, and maybe picking up some new counties in LA, MS, GA and FL (with a few repeats in TX, AL).

I also finished updating my DX4Win log.  Now, it’s time to work through the stack of QSL and MRC cards I have sitting on my desk…

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Posted December 12, 2017 by n3mra in Weekly Radio Report

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.48   Leave a comment

This week, I was not active on the air at all.  I don’t think I even really checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net.  I just didn’t do much radio at all.

I did play in the Skywarn Recognition Day event, both from home and from the Albuquerque National Weather Service office.  I made one QSO on my way to the office on 40 meters, and one as WX5ABQ.  It was a really slow Friday night, however, and we worked all of the stations we heard.

I did do some more logging on DX4Win.  I will have that caught up by next week, and I will hopefully go through some of the QSL cards I have piled up next to my desk as well.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.47   Leave a comment

I wasn’t nearly so active on the radio this past week.  I did manage to get my ARRL SSB Sweepstakes log submitted just in the nick of time, however.  The time to submit has been reduced to five days, and I turned it in on Day 4 after the contest.  I have also updated my logbook and am catching up on my DX4Win Logs.  I will need to send in for the pin soon, as that is a separate process.

Here is a section map for this year’s sweepstakes contest:

ssb sweepstakes 2017

I believe I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times as well.

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