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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.01   Leave a comment

Happy New Year!!!

I was active on the radio over the last few days.  I operated on 20 meters and 40 meters, finishing out the ARRL Grid Chase with around 63 grids operated FROM.   I don’t really know what happened with this event, as I heard very few stations on chasing grids, versus the National Park game, where there were tons of contacts to be made.

County hunting was disappointing this year as well.  Often, there was nobody around to make the contact, and so I didn’t go out of my way for many counties.  In the past, I would weave complex routes to cross as many county lines as possible.  This year, I drove through entire counties calling CQ with no response.

I did make a few contacts in the Canadian contest that ran this weekend.  I liked that stateside contacts counted as well, though I made contacts in several Canadian provinces.

I will post my total QSO count and break downs by band once I return home and have my logbooks available.

In the meantime, happy new year, and I hope to see you on the air!

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.49   Leave a comment

On Saturday, I made seven contacts in the Skywarn Recognition Day, all on Echolink.  I didn’t do nearly as well as I would have liked, but I was pleased that I worked the National Hurricane Center.  It was good enough for the Towering Cumulus award:

I also sent out around 20 QSO cards, working towards confirming my Worked All States award from Rio Rancho.  I sent them out, though DX4Win lost which ones I sent cards to.  Oh well.  I’ll update it as I can.

At some point, I will make a page for my contest scores, just so I can keep track of them at a glance instead of going through all of my logs as a comparison.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.48   Leave a comment

I did not put forth a good effort on the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes this year.  It was my son’s 18th birthday, so we traveled to Carlsbad Caverns and the Roswell UFO Museum, and I only made 29 QSOs in the contest, all on 20 meters.  Many of them were in a new grid square (DM72), so that brings my total grid squares to 42.

I only checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net once or twice over the past week, and missed the Caravan Club Net.

Other than that, I have updated my logbooks, DX4Win, and LOTW.  I will send out some more QSL cards this week.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.47   Leave a comment

I was active on HF this weekend, though not as active as I’d hoped to be.  There was the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes this past weekend, and I normally try to make 100 QSOs, as this is the minimum to earn a participation pin.  Instead, I only got around 30, as I was traveling for my son’s 18th birthday.  I have not yet copied the contacts from my digital recorder, so I don’t know how many I made, and where they were from.  I will post that as soon as I copy them.

I sent out a handful of QSL cards as well.  I would like to get my Worked All States (WAS) for 20 meters award, as I have the contacts, but am woefully behind on sending QSL cards.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, though I was on the road and could not check into the Caravan Club Net.  I forgot to look for nets in Roswell and Carlsbad when I was there.

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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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