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These Weeks in Amateur Radio: 2017.45, 2017.46   Leave a comment

The last few weeks have been quite busy.  Two weeks ago (2017.45), I played in the SSB Sprint contest, making 10 contacts on 40 meters.  I haven’t submitted my logs yet, but it is on the list for this week.   I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times.

Last week (2017.46), I competed in the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes contest.  I made 107 QSOs split among 40 meters and 20 meters.   100 QSOs is the minimum to get the participation pin, so I earned that this year.  It is the first year in several years, as I have did group events in 2016 and 2015 instead.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net quite a few times, as well as the Caravan Club Net.  I set up my Alinco DR-605 at home, though it still cycles the power every time I transmit at high power.  With low power, I seem to be able to make the contact.  Also, on low power, I am able to hit the Socorro repeater, which means that I probably won’t ever need to go to high power.

I have quite a bit of logging work to do to submit my contest logs, but I’ll hopefully be able to tell you that they are submitted by next week’s post.

Thank you for reading my (late) post.

 

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.45   Leave a comment

I am finally starting to catch up on my logbooks.  I logged quite a few VHF net check-ins, as well as the HF contacts from my trip to Minnesota.  My next steps are to log them in DX4Win, update the graphics here, and update my master counties list.

Over the past week, I was able to check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times.  I hope to check in a few more times this upcoming week.

I will also listen on 20 meters today along my commute to Magdalena.  Hopefully, there is some activity out there.

I will also attend this week’s Tech Amateur Radio Association meeting.  I haven’t attended a single one this year, so it is about time I reconnect with my club.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.44   Leave a comment

This week, I spent some time running counties on the 20 meter county hunter’s net, as I drove across Iowa and Minnesota.  I am a little disappointed, as I thought I would have more opportunity to play, but the conditions were not great, and the weather was bad, so I didn’t want to spend too much time distracted from the wheel.  I also did not check into any nets in MN on VHF/UHF, though I had intended to look.

I have not logged these contacts yet, so perhaps I will get that square this weekend. I am starting to fall behind on projects and it hurts.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.43   Leave a comment

I finally finished logging contacts from the past two months.  The biggest problem with this is that I don’t have the exact dates and times for some of my VHF contacts, as when I transferred them from my phone to my hard drive, it recorded the time I transferred them, rather than the timestamp of the actual file creation.  Oh well, I suppose.

I will be on the road later this week, and will operate 20 meters in the northern part of the country (Minnesota and maybe a few other states) on the 20 meter county hunter’s net.  I’m not sure of my operating hours or locations, as I will be traveling with a group of 26 students in four vehicles.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Thank you for reading my post.  Hopefully, I’ll have picked up a few new counties by this time next week.

Posted October 25, 2017 by n3mra in Logbook, Mobile Operating, Nets

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.42   Leave a comment

This week was relatively quiet for me on amateur radio.  I played in the 10-10 contest last week, calling CQ and listening, but never heard a peep on 10 meters.  My father said 10 was open yesterday, so I will probably try it out today on my way home from Magdalena.

I received an Amazon order that contained some ferrite chokes and a new 20 meter Hamstick.  I need to get the 20 meter Hamstick assembled and tuned by next week, so that I can take it to Minnesota with me.

I was able to check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times last week.  I also listened to a repeater in Moab, UT, on 440 MHz, but never heard anyone.  I announced that I was monitoring several times, but heard no response.

This week, I will also need to update my logbooks, as I have quite a few recorded QSOs that need to be processed from the past six weeks of radio.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.41   Leave a comment

I was a little bit more active this week on amateur radio.  I programmed a few repeaters into my truck’s Kenwood G707, so that I can check into nets around the Socorro area.  I managed to check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net on several occasions, as well as the Caravan Club Net on Sunday night.

I also put a 40 meter Hamstick on the truck.  On my drive down to Socorro from Rio Rancho, I checked into an RV service net, which marks my first 40 meter contact in quite some time.  I need to tune the antenna a bit, but I was able to get a signal out.

Today, I will probably put a 10 meter Hamstick on the truck, as today is 10-10, the day of the 10-10 Sprint.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.40   Leave a comment

I did not do much on the radio, as I only checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net one time last week.  I did, however do some radio related activities.

I spent Monday evening repairing my Kenwood TS-450S.  It had a bad capacitor, and I replaced it the other night.  My repair was mediocre, as I should have clipped the leads shorter before soldering instead of trying to get the entire length of the leads to slide through the holes on the PCB.   I finished soldering and then dropped one of the screws deep into the radio, so I had to take more things apart before reassembling the radio.  Anyway, I was able to reassemble the radio and put it back on the air.  Once it was connected to an antenna, I could hear CW signals on 40 meters, so I considered that a success.

I also hooked up an external speaker to the FT-857 I am borrowing from TARA.

Other than that, it has been a busy week, with little time for radio.