Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.33   Leave a comment

I had a great time playing in amateur radio, this week.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net several times on the two meter side from several different radios.  Yesterday, I checked into the Sandoval County ARES Two Meter Net.  It was the first time I checked into that net.

This weekend, I attended the Duke City Hamfest, the state’s premier hamfest.  On Saturday, I browsed the tailgating section and the vendor section.  I chatted with a few of my friends that were in town at the hamfest; some of them were representing various clubs as well.

I missed out on buying a new-in-box Radio Shack HTX-10 for $30.  I figured I would make a lap before buying anything, and it was gone by the time I returned.  I did buy a low pass filter in hopes of reducing the noise in my Crown Vic (it didn’t help).

I attended several talks.  The first was about coax.  The second was the ARRL Forum, where ARRL representatives asked us what we would like to see in the league.   After that, I attended a talk about building electronic kits.

The highlight of the first day was attending a session where I built a tiny 20 meter transceiver.  So far, I haven’t got it running, but I will try again this weekend.

One day last week, I gave a tour of the Tech Amateur Radio Association to a first responder who was in town.  We had a great time talking radio.

I will dedicate an entire post to my 20 meter transceiver another time, as I am still troubleshooting it.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.32   Leave a comment

This week, I have finally updated the graphics from my trip to Illinois.  I did not, however, update the tally at the top of the page, so I will fix that soon.

This week, I sorted quite a few QSL cards and sent out a few new ones as well.  At this point, I think all that are left to tend to are DX QSL cards.  I will work on those ASAP.

In terms of actual radio activity, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times by HT, by my Kenwood 707, and by my Icom 2100, all on the 2 meter side.

My DX4Win logs are completely up to date as well.

Overall, it is a good place to start this week.  Perhaps I will make a few more contacts over the next few days.  Sometimes, I have a guilt complex about making more contacts when I am behind on my logs or my QSL cards.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.31   Leave a comment

I have been working through my logbook, updating DX4Win to reflect my travels to Illinois.  It looks like I operated from 25 new counties, and added 69 new QSOs to my logs.  All of my contacts were on 20 meter SSB, most of which were on the 14.336 MHz County Hunter’s Net.

I will update the graphics some time this week.

Other than updating DX4Win, I have checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net twice on the two meter side from my Yaesu VX-7R.  I will keep checking in when I can throughout this week.

I have also started some of my work at NMT.  I will see what needs to be done to restart the Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) again this year.  I would really like to get an HF antenna up and running.  I know the president of the club is working on a repeater project, and I’m sure the station needs a good cleaning.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.30   Leave a comment

I have been quite active in the world of amateur radio this week.

I started out by making a few contacts on 20 meters late at night each night this week.  I worked Ecuador, West Virginia and Hawaii.

I sent seven QSL cards this week, and organized a few more stacks.  I also updated DX4Win and my paper logs.  More QSL cards will be processed when I return from my road trip.

Speaking of road trips, I drove from Rio Rancho, NM, to Forsyth, IL, for a chemical process safety training.  Along the way, I played on the 20 meter SSB county hunters net.  I operated from ten or so new counties in KS and MO.

I will do some more site-seeing around Illinois before driving home in a few days.  I will operate from more counties along the way.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.29   Leave a comment

This has been a good week for amateur radio.  I installed the Yaesu FT-857D in the Crown Vic and I made quite a few contacts driving around Rio Rancho.  Most of my contacts have been DX stations:  Spain, Mexico and Ecuador.  I did work a few stations in the US as well.

Last night, I attended the ARRL Hurricane webinar, which talked about the differnent hurricane nets that run all season (and even into the off-sesaon).  This was a really great presentation, and I was happy that I attended it, even if I missed the first twenty minutes due to no cellular service.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times from the 2 meter side, though I was unable to get in this morning.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.28   Leave a comment

I received my Yaesu FT-857D back from repair.  I have plugged it into my home antenna station, and there is still a ton of noise.  However, I am having all sorts of base antenna problems, so that is not really an indication of a problem.  The real test will be when I plug it into my car.  Right now, the borrowed 857 is running S7 to S8 noise, with no filters.  If mine is still running S9+20dB, with or without filters, I’m going to send it back.

Other than that, I’ve been working through my stack of QSL cards.  I have quite a few still to go.  I did log all of my W1AW QSL cards from 2014, back when they did a number of special event stations to commemorate 100 years of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).  I wish I had participated in this event a little more, as I was missing quite a few states.  However, I was having problems with my 857 back then as well.

This week, I’ll test the 857, return a few direct DX cards, send a few more DX enveloped to the bureau, and return the rest of the SASE’D QSL/MRCs that are sitting on my desk.

I have my work cut out for me!

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.27   Leave a comment

I have finally caught up on all of my logs and DX4Win electronic logs.  Now, I don’t feel as guilty getting on the air!  When my logs are behind, I am reluctant to make more contacts.

Yesterday, I also sent away 15 QSL/MRCs, and I am slowly catching up on those as well.

Yesterday, I also received a call about my Yaesu FT-857D.  $145 and it is on its way home.  It had a bad coax connector (where it mounted to the board) and several other things.  The coaxial connector, I could have found and fixed, but the other stuff, not as easy.  Either way, it ships tomorrow, and I should get it back soon.

I posted a comment on the CountyHunter.com forum, as I will be going to Illinois in a few weeks, and, because I am driving, I will be running mobile counties.

Thank you for reading my post, and have a Happy Independence Day!