Amateur Radio This Week: #47   Leave a comment

I’m sorry, I’ve been avoiding you guys because I haven’t done any amateur radio activities for several weeks.

However, this weekend, I was able to operate for a little while in the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes contest.  I operated as W5MPZ with a team of folks around New Mexico at the ARRL NM Regional Manager’s house.

This weekend, I really need to catch up on my logbooks.  I will

1.  Log all contacts from my phone

2.  Send 5 QSL cards

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Posted November 22, 2016 by n3mra in Contesting, Special Event Station

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Amateur Radio This Week: #44   Leave a comment

This week has been busy, and I did not accomplish all of the things I wanted to in terms of amateur radio.

I made a few contacts in the DX contest this weekend.  I think I worked Hawaii several times, Cayman Islands as well as a few countries that I don’t recognize their call signs.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net yesterday and the Rusty Raider’s Net today on 2 meters.  I checked into the Rusty Raider’s Net from Magdalena using a repeater just east of Grants, so that was a pretty good distance.

I did play back a few digital recordings and log them into my paper log book.  I did not, however, send any QSL cards, as I am still out of stamps, and keep forgetting to buy them.

In terms of the Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA), we did some volunteer work, completing our mandatory volunteer hours for New Mexico Tech this semester.  We had a good time doing so- we helped set up the annual “Haunted Hospital” for the biology department’s Halloween fund-raiser activity.

This week, I will need to:

1.  Finish logging the contacts from my digital recordings
2.  Buy stamps and sent 5 QSL cards.

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Amateur Radio This Week: #42   Leave a comment

This week, I was able to set up my Icom 2100 in the Malibu.  I replaced the coax that ran from the antenna to the radio, as the old one had been split for a long time.  I tested it by checking into the SCAT Net from Belen on Monday morning.  The contact was cut short as my power cable popped out, but there was no actual problem with the radio or antenna.

I also went to the Socorro Hamfest this weekend.  I picked up a few cheap multimeters, as well as 95′ of coax to replace my hodge-podge coax that runs betwen my HF radios and my vertical antenna in the back yard at my house.

I also acted as a Volunteer Examiner (VE) for the amateur radio test sessions that were offered at the hamfest.  Everyone who showed up left with either a new license or an upgrade, so it was a successful test session.  In fact, we have nine new licensed ham radio operators at NMT, so the Tech Amateur Radio Association has grown considerably!

On Sunday, I made a contact or two in the NY QSO Party as well.

I did not send any QSL cards but that will be in my new goals in the upcoming week.  This week, I will:

1.  Update all of my logbooks (clear my phone of all voice recordings!)
2.  Send 5 QSL cards

Thank you for reading my post.

Amateur Radio This Week: #41   Leave a comment

I met neither official goal, but I had quite an active week on amateur radio.

I did play in the PA QSO Party as well as the North American Sprint.   I made maybe 5 contacts in the PA QSO Party and 10 in the North American Sprint.  I also worked two National Parks on the Air stations.  I will need to log these soon.

This evening, I hosted a cram session for the upcoming amateur radio exam.  I had quite a few students show up and ask their questions about amateur radio.  We spent around two and a half hours trying to talk about the fun stuff and make the rules and regulations fun as well.

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Amateur Radio This Week: #40   Leave a comment

This week, I actually did some amateur radio.  First, I made a 10 meter contact to Argentina from my Radio Shack HTX-10 in my Malibu.  Second, I made a VHF contact from the NWS Albuquerque office, WX5ABQ.

As far as my amateur radio goals are concerned, I did test the Yaesu FT-857D, finally.
I did not install a VHF coax in the Malibu.

For next week, I will:

1.  Install that VHF coax in the Malibu
2.  Send 5 QSL Cards

Thank you for reading my post.

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.

Thank you for reading my post.