Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.16   Leave a comment

This week was exciting on amateur radio.  I made 107 QSOs on 20 meter HF, 105 of which were for the NM QSO Party.  I have finished tallying up my results and submitted my logs and contest photos this morning.  I am claiming the score of 41,720 points, as I earned 35,000 bonus points for activating 7 counties!  I will update my contest page soon.

I took two photos of my car in the contest.

I did make two more contacts that did not count for the contest- one was a DX station in Spain and the other made the contact, but never gave me his name, so his contact doesn’t count for the contest total.

Outside of the contest, I did very little radio.  I only checked into the SCAT Net once or twice last week.

I did tighten up the rope holding up my 20 meter antenna.  I want to see if that improves my reception, but I haven’t tested it during hours where 20 meters is open.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.15   Leave a comment

I have not been real active on amateur radio the past few days.  I drove to Golden, CO, with some students for a conference and did not get a chance to play on the radio.

While I was in the Denver area, I did stop by Ham Radio Outlet and pick up another 20 meter Hamstick.  I have one that is being shipped, but it will not arrive until next week, which is after the NM QSO Party, which happens this weekend.  I still need to plan a route.

Other than that, I haven’t done much radio at all.

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Posted April 9, 2019 by n3mra in Station configuration, Weekly Radio Report

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.14   Leave a comment

This week has been a roller coaster in amateur radio for me.  I did not check into the nets as frequently this week, so that was a bit disappointing.

I was only able to make like one or two contacts in the contest this weekend.  I did work a station in Canada on 40 meters, but I forget which province.  It may have been Ontario, which is a good haul.

I played around with antennas a bit this weekend instead.  I was able to get an 80 meter Hustler resonator setup for my car, but it is limited to like 3.700 MHz to 3.730 MHz, and I can’t adjust it much farther.  I would have preferred higher in the band, as the county hunters sometimes hang out around 3.900 MHz, but I’m on 80 meters and can’t complain.  I also tuned a 40 meter Hustler resonator as well.

I tightened the VFO knob on my Kenwood TS-450S, but am having trouble hearing or making contacts on 20 meters from any of my outdoor antennas.

Speaking of which, my 20 meter Hamstick, broke.  That annoys me, because it was tuned and rock solid on the air.  I’ll need to have that replaced by the NM QSO Party, and so that is in the works.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.13   Leave a comment

This week was slow on the radio.  I did make one or two contacts to the NORCARS net, and one random 40 meter contact.

I didn’t even check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net but a few times, and I missed the Caravan Club Net this week.  I’m having real problems with the Alinco DR-605.  I may swap it out this weekend and see if another radio will work better.

I swapped power supplies as part of an experiment.  I took my PowerWerx SPS-30DM out and put my Astron RS-20A back into service, just to see if it still works.  It fires up, no problems.

I strung up an MFJ-1779C dipole for 20 meters.  I was able to hear a few stations, but I still made no contacts.  I’ll be playing with this more over the next few weeks.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.12   Leave a comment

The 40 meter band was not very good this week.  I didn’t hear the NORCARS net or the RV Service net but a few times.  I did make a few random 40 meter contacts though.  I wasn’t able to break the pileup to a station in Nicaragua this morning, but perhaps the band is improving.

I missed the Caravan Club Net this week, but I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times.

Overall, it was a slow week on the radio.  I will probably post plans for the NM QSO Party soon, as it is less than a month away.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.11   Leave a comment

The conditions on 40 meters have been worse this week than last.  The NORCARs net and the RV Net have been very weak, and I did not work them nearly as often as I did last week.  I did hear a station from Chile, but couldn’t break the pileup.

I did send out a few QSL cards.  At this point, I have mailed out cards for 49 states on 20 meters.  I have made a contact in DE on 20 meters, but I believe he is a silent key, unfortunately.

I will probably send an envelope to the DX Bureau soon, as I have quite a few DX cards to send.  I should also check up and see how many envelopes I have at the incoming bureau as well.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times and the Caravan Club Net on Sunday night.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.10   Leave a comment

I had a really good weekend playing in the ARRL DX contest.  I only got to play for a few minutes, but I made twelve DX contacts, including Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Uruguay, Cayman Islands, and New Zealand.  All of my contacts were on 15 meter SSB.

I have been checking into the NORCARS net, as well as the Rocky Mountain RV Service Net.  Both are on 40 meter SSB and fit conveniently along my commute to the train station on weekday mornings.

I still check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net and the Caravan Club Net.  I’ve been checking into the Caravan Club Net on the 444.000 MHz repeater and the SCAT Net on the 145.330 MHz repeater.

I have updated my graphics and logbook, and will update DX4Win and submit my contest log tomorrow.

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