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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.25   Leave a comment

This week, I spent a few hours on the road, driving from Rio Rancho, NM, to Boulder, CO.  Along the drive, I made a few contacts on 20 meters on my drive, activating several new grid squares.  I will update the map later this week, after I have entered them into my log.

I had a great conversation with one guy from Arizona.  We chatted about mining and uranium and so on in the Moab area.  I knew a little about Moab and yellowcake and mining, so we had a great time.  You never know who you will meet on the radio.

This weekend, I will try to sneak out and do some operating for Field Day.  I don’t know what form that will take, whether I will find an organization and operate with them, or whether I will simply make a few QSOs from my car.  I will let you know next week.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.24   Leave a comment

Guess what?  I’m finally doing all that stuff I claimed I would do.  I have updated my entire logbook, and am about 3/4 of the way through DX4Win updates.  I have uploaded my logs to Logbook of the World, though many of them no longer count for the GridSquare Chase, unfortunately.

Speaking of Grid Squares, I went for a drive Saturday morning and picked up DM63 and DM73 in New Mexico.  Two new grid squares for me!  I made all of my contacts on 20 meter SSB.

I will update the graphics soon.  I worked three new counties on my storm chase and quite a few new grid squares.  All of that will be posted here.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.23   Leave a comment

I did not do anything amateur radio related this week.  I still have a ton of stuff to log and update in DX4Win, and will hopefully get to that over the next few days.

Other than that, I have no excuses.  I’ve been busy, but there is still no excuse.  By this time next week, I’ll be sure to have at least updated my grid square and county maps on this website.  I may try to check into some local nets as well, but I haven’t done that in several months.

I’m just really behind on my radio participation!

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Posted June 5, 2018 by n3mra in Weekly Radio Report

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.22   Leave a comment

This has been a roller-coaster week for my amateur radio participation.  I started off by running a few new grid squares in Colorado and Nebraska early this week.  However, my voice recorder has died, so I don’t know if I actually can log any of these contacts.  I’m sure they are saved in memory, but the device will not power.  I may take it apart in the lab tomorrow and see if I can fix it.

After nearly giving up on that, I started recording a few contacts on my phone.    I ended up running quite a few counties in KS, OK, TX, and NM on the final days of my storm chase and the return trip home.  There are quite a few new grid squares for me to count as well.  I will log these on paper and DX4Win ASAP to make sure I don’t lose them, too.

All of my contacts were on 20 meters SSB.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.21   Leave a comment

I have not spent a lot of time on amateur radio, other than vehicle to vehicle VHF communication between storm chase vehicles.  I have been in contact, off and on, with the Virginia Tech Storm Chasers, and have chatted with them when we are nearby.

I did try to run a gridsquare in the middle of the day on 20 meters, but did not make a contact.  That is frustrating, and I am reluctant to waste time if nobody is on and playing.  I may try again today, and throughout the next few weeks.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.20   Leave a comment

I am incredibly bummed.  I finally finished logging my NM QSO Party contacts on paper, but then I saw that I have exceeded the deadline for their official submission.  130 contacts in 8 counties, and I will get no credit for it.  I will take this into account next year, and may not participate- it’s not the contest’s fault, it’s that it is too close to storm chase season for me, and I simply don’t have time to log the contacts.

Anyway, I’m really bummed about it.  I haven’t touched my radio since I found out.  Hopefully, that will change soon.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.19   Leave a comment

This week, I have been active with radio-related projects.  I started logging all of my NM QSO Party contacts, and am about half finished that project.  I need to hurry up and finish that before I start storm chasing.

Speaking of storm chasing, I leave again tomorrow for chasing.  I have been prepping my Crown Vic for the chase.   I have not been able to get APRS up and running, unfortunately.  I have two possible paths for APRS:  TinyTrak3 and an Alinco DR-135TP with TNC board.

The TinyTrak3 is not working properly.  I cannot seem to program it.  I have tried multiple computers (two laptops and one desktop), and two different serial to USB converters (including a trusted Parallax device), and have also attempted the connection with and without the F-F null modem adapter.  The software can open the port, but does not see the TinyTrak3.  If I press the “Send 1200 Hz” tone button, the transmit LED lights on the TinyTrak3, so there is some communication.

I will play with the Alinco perhaps on the road.  It is not configured at this time, and getting Hyperterminal is pain.

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