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   Leave a 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

Monthly Summary: July 2016   Leave a comment

I haven’t written one of these in a long time.  I think it’s about time to start that trend again.

This month was slightly disappointing, as I was not able to make any contacts on our roadtrip to the Pacific Northwest.  I was in quite a few new counties (and one new state) with no working radio solution.  Oh well, better luck next time.

2 meters:  6
20 meters:  22

Bernalillo, NM:  14
Socorro, NM:  4
Valencia, NM:  3
DM65:  6

County Hunting:  22
Local FM Nets:  6

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Posted August 3, 2016 by n3mra in Monthly Radio Summary

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Amateur Radio This Week: #31   Leave a comment

This week, I made a few contacts on the 20 meter county hunter’s net from the Kenwood TS-130S in my car.  I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net and the Caravan Club Net on the 2 meter side.

I called Yaesu about the FT-857D repair, but thet haven’t looked into it yet, and said it will be at least another week before they will get a chance to investigate.

I also made contact with the NMT Student Government about keeping the Tech Amateur Radio Association up and running.

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Amateur Radio This Week: #30   Leave a comment

This week, I worked on a few radio-related projects.  Probably the one of the most interest was that I installed eight ground radials from a ground radial kit onto my vertical HF antenna in hopes of increasing its reception.  There was no change.  I also replaced a large length of coax with RG-13 that I found in my shed.  No change.

I think the next step will be to replace the connection where the coax splits to the antenna. I may build an actual box that houses this connection.

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Amateur Radio This Week: #29   Leave a comment

I finished logging all of the contacts on my digital recorder in both paper logs and DX4Win.  I am ready to start making contacts again!

I will probably ship my Yaesu FT-857D to the factory this afternoon, as it has not functioned properly for a few months now.  It is discouraging, but it needs to be done.

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