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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.42   Leave a comment

This week was really uneventful on the radio.  I switched over to a ten meter antenna for the 10-10 contest, but did not hear a PEEP.

I also switched cars, and now my antenna situation is backwards.  I have a 40 meter antenna for daytime use and a 20 meter antenna for the car I drive at night!

I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, but I missed the Caravan Club net.

I thought I might play on the radio this weekend in the Denver area, but with the nasty weather, I stayed indoors all weekend.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.40   Leave a comment

This week was much slower to start out.  I did not make any 40 meter contacts in the evenings, like I did last week.  I did have a great conversation with a guy in Minnesota on 20 meters.

This weekend, I rerouted the coax at my house.  I have begun checking out my antenna situation at home, and the first step was to track each piece of coax.  I did make one contact on the vertical antenna (40 meters) during the Texas QSO party, to that was a good sign.  My dipole is trash, and I need to repair it.

I also ran Socorro County, NM, on the 20 meter County Hunters Net.  It has been a long time since I ran a county.  I made several contacts today during that net, both running Socorro and listening to the net.

In the VHF/UHF realm, I checked into the SCAT Net a few times, and I checked into the Caravan Club once.

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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: 2018.16   Leave a comment

This past weekend was the NM QSO Party.  I did 130 QSOs in 8 Counties, earning “activations” of 15 QSOs or more in all eight.  I ran Sandoval, Bernalillo, Rio Arriba, San Juan, McKinley, Cibola, Catron and Socorro counties.  I used 20 meter SSB exclusively for this contest.

I will post photos and more details at a later time.  Right now, I have too much going on to deal with all that I’d like to say about this adventure.  I still need to log my contacts and submit my contest log.

Other than the NM QSO Party, I was not very active at all on any band.  I have not even checked into the local 2 meter nets in several days.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.13   Leave a comment

This week, my radio usage was initially slow.  I don’t remember if I checked into the local nets at all.

However, this weekend was much more active.  I drove to Provo, UT, with several students.  While I was in Provo, I operated from a new grid square (DN40), making around 12 contacts in the weekend contest.  I think it was WPX, but I can’t remember.

On the way home, I also made a contact in DM39.  This adds a total of two new grid squares and about 13 contacts total.  I was pleased.  I was afraid I wouldn’t get a chance to make any radio contacts on the road with students.  All of my contacts were on 20 meter SSB.

I also found my missing voice recorder.  Now I can catch my logs up, as they are woefully behind.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.10   Leave a comment

This week, I have slipped behind on my logbooks and QSL cards, but I hope to catch up soon. I left my voice recorder in Socorro, so I was not able to properly log everything that occurred since last week.

I did participate in the DX contest this weekend, off and on, and I made several contacts. I recorded these on my phone, so I need to record them into the logbook soon. I know I worked Aruba, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Hawaii, and I’m sure there were others I have forgotten.

I also checked into a few 2 meter nets, but I don’t remember how many or how often. The highlight of my radio experience this week was playing in the DX contest!

I did put up a 20 meter Hamstick on the Ranger, but I still need to tune it.

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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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