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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Amateur Radio This Week: #28   Leave a comment

I’m the mobile NM QSO Party Champion this year, so I’m just doing champion things, like posting this link:  NM QSO Party Results.   Go me!  (I’m not actually this big of a jerk, I just play one online).

I took a trip down to the Pacific Northwest, and have been spending time in Seattle.  I have been dealing with all sorts of RF problems (as mentioned before), so I have not been on the air.

Today, I took a trip to the Ham Radio Outlet in Portland, OR, and picked up a vertical ground radial kit for my vertical antenna at home.  I also picked up a thick grounding strap in hopes of providing a better grounding strap for the magnet mount on the van.  I ran the ground strap from the ring where the shield of the coax is connected to the magnet to a screw in the driver’s door.  So far, it appears all that has happened is that my antenna is now deaf.  I’ll have to look into this some more.

I used my ARRL Birthday coupon to buy a Field Day 2016 patch and a pin.  I think I paid $1 all said and done, so I am pleased.

I also finished out my NM QSO Party logbook entries- they are all logged in DX4Win.  I still have a handful of contacts on a digital recorder that happened post-NM QSO Party that need to be logged.

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Amateur Radio This Week: #26   Leave a comment

This week has bee quite busy for me on amateur radio. In spite of my out-of-date logs, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net several times, including this morning.

I also participated in Field Day at a site that included folks from New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, as well as the ARRL section manager.  Here I am, logging a few 20 meter QSOs.  I was only able to participate for a few hours, so I only logged around 50 QSOs.


Yesterday evening, I spent some time trying to set up a temporary station in my van.  I have a magnet mount on the roof, so I put my Kenwood TS-130S in the passenger seat and a 20 meter antenna in the mount.  I put an SWR meter in line and tried to tune up.  I accidentally touched the port for the field strength meter… RF burn.

Ouch.  Then, I tried to check the SWR again, this time without touching the port.  I was holding the mic, which has a big metal plate on the back.  Another RF burn.

I dropped the power, and I could get the antenna to tune, but only at low power. I wasn’t sure if this was a problem with the antenna, radio, or power.  I suspected the antenna mount, as it has been on the roof of the van for quite some time, and the coax may be crushed, as the van was in an accident that pins the door shut.  I put another magnet mount on the roof and, when I upped the power, another RF burn.

I know the antenna is good, as it was in use a few days ago on my Crown Vic.  I can also receive signals just fine.

I then put my Yaesu FT-857D.  It seems to tune, with no SWR message from the radio.  I, however, am not brave enough to grip the mic in a way that may yield another RF burn, so I will try to make a contact or two with it and see if I get a complaint about my signal.  I will also inspect the power cable; I have a direct (but fused on the positive side) connection to the battery, so I should at least have a DC ground.

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Amateur Radio This Week: #24   Leave a comment

I don’t remember exactly what week we are on, but I bet this is close.

I spent some time working through my DX4Win logs.  I have several counties left to log from the NM QSO Party, as well as an audio recorder full of things to transcribe.  Most of these have been done and I just forgot to delete them, but there are quite a few that I have not logged.

I also met with a new ham in the area about getting the Tech Amateur Radio Association up and running again.  It was a pleasant meeting, and I have a few action items to accomplish.

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Amateur Radio This Week   Leave a comment

This week, I was able to update my DX4Win logs from my March 2016 trip across country. I still have the NM QSO Party, storm chasing and miscellaneous contacts to log, however.

I renewed my Logbook of the World (LOTW) certificate this morning.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, the Caravan Club Net once, and I also made one HF contact on the County Hunter’s Net.

I also need to dump my voice recorder, as it is full. Some of the contacts have been logged, but not deleted, and some have not been logged yet.  I have my work cut out for me over the next few days.  If you are waiting for a QSL card from me, be patient, as I am desperately behind on sending those out.

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