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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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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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