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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.7   2 comments

I was not nearly as active on the radio as I had hoped to be this week. I barely checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net (once or twice), and that was literally my only radio activity this week.

I did talk about radio on quite a few occasions, with my father (N4ST), and a few of my students. I see that this semester, I will miss most of the Tech Amateur Radio Association meetings, and so that limits my time talking about radio.

I do have a 20 meter Hamstick antenna that I will transport to my pickup, so that I have more options besides 40 meters and 10 meters during the daytime hours. Hopefully, this will help.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.6   Leave a comment

I have been really active on VHF this week. I checked into the Albuqueruque SCAT Net several times and I checked into the Rusty’s Raiders Net as well.

Over the weekend, I intended to make contacts in the MN QSO Party and the VT QSO Party. As it turns out, I heard no stations from either QSO Party on 20 meters. Normally, I made quite a few contacts in the MN QSO Party, and so this was a little disappointing.

I did end up making four contacts in the British Columbia QSO Party, and I didn’t even know that was happening until I made the contacts. I have added these to my logbook, and will put them in DX4Win and LOTW this evening.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.5   Leave a comment

This week, I have been quite active on the radio. I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, and also played in the Winter Field Day contest.

I had intended to participate in the Montana QSO Party, but heard no MT stations over the Winter Field Day contest. Instead I made four or five contacts on 20 meters in this contest. I also did ragchew with a MT station a day after the contest ended.

I have also been doing a much better job of updating my logbooks, DX4Win, and LOTW. I need to adjust my certificate, as I did not think to include the entire time I have been N3MRA. Instead, I am only able to log QSOs from 2011, when I moved to Rio Rancho. Now, thanks to the grid chase game, I am quite versed at adding locations, and I will eventually load my county-hunting adventures to my LOTW logs.

I also renewed my ARRL Membership and requested my free book. What a great promotion!!!

This weekend, I plan to play in the MN QSO Party and process my pile of QSL cards.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.4   Leave a comment

This week, I was active on the radio in spurts.

I made a conscious effort to check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, including checking in before the official start time, just to get in.

I made a few contacts on 20 meters in the North American QSO Party. If I remember correctly, I worked WA, OR, CA and BC, but I need to check the digital recorder and log the QSOs.

I did make a 40 meter rag-chew contact to Nevada. I was in DM64 near Magdalena when I talked to a station in Pahrump.

However, my biggest accomplishment was getting established on Logbook Of The World (LOTW) and submitting most of my contacts for the GridChase. I have two left (DM64 and DM65), to which I keep adding contacts. I will work on this some more this weekend.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.3   Leave a comment

This week, I spent a little more time on the radio.  I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, and also operated on 20M and 40M SSB.

On HF, I operated from DM64 and DM65, picking up a few contacts in each of those grid squares.  There are two squares that I frequently visit, as I live in DM65 and work in DM64.  I may try for DM63 this week, as it is not too far from where I work.

I also set up eQSL.  I think I am ready to start logging contacts in it, finally.  It took me a while to navigate the security, but I think I’m finally done with it.

I added an ARRL Grid Squares part to my Mobile QSO page.  Right now, I’m up to 10 grid squares that I have operated from.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.2   Leave a comment

I finally put together my list of annual radio contacts.  This past year (2017) was a bit of a slump, as it was my worst year for HF contacts since 2006.  I did check into quite a few nets, however, as my number of VHF and UHF contacts were much higher than ever.

contacts 2017

This week has not been much different.  I didn’t make any HF contacts over the past week, unfortunately.  I did update my DX4Win Logs, and am finally in a place where I can start returning QSL cards.

I did play on the radio a bit, though I did not make any contacts.  Today, I called “CQ Grid Chase” on 40 meters for 15 or 20 minutes, but had no takers.  I did check into the Caravan Club Net once (70 cm) and the Albuquerque SCAT Net once (2 m).  I tried to check into it this morning from Magdalena, but I couldn’t quite hit the repeater.

I will try to make some contacts this week from DM65 and DM64 (Rio Rancho/Albuquerque and Socorro, respectively).

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.1   Leave a comment

This week, I started playing in the “Grid Chase” game developed by the ARRL.  In this game, you try to operate from as many Maidenhead Grid Squares as possible throughout the year, on HF.  For me, this works out great, because I get to do something new in some of these areas where I have already operated from all of the counties.  I have picked up several grid squares, though my logbook is in the car, so I can’t remember which ones or how many.

I have been operating on 40 meters at night and 20 meters during the day while we travel back to New Mexico on our annual Christmas trip.

For this upcoming year, I have several New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. Get on HF at my house.  I have to work out something antenna-wise.
  2. Repair my all-mode 2 meter rig.  I started taking it apart and got overwhelmed, but I think I know what I need to do.
  3. Operate from 50 Grid Squares.
  4. Earn a SSB Sweepstakes Participation Pin.
  5. Make 1000 HF QSOs.
  6. Operate from 100 new Counties.
  7. Set up antenna for Tech Amateur Radio Association.
  8. Compete in the NM QSO Party
  9. Send in for my WAS 20 meters from Rio Rancho.
  10. Set up Rio Rancho SDA Club.

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Posted January 2, 2018 by n3mra in Mobile Operating, Weekly Radio Report

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