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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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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.48   Leave a comment

This week, I was not active on the air at all.  I don’t think I even really checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net.  I just didn’t do much radio at all.

I did play in the Skywarn Recognition Day event, both from home and from the Albuquerque National Weather Service office.  I made one QSO on my way to the office on 40 meters, and one as WX5ABQ.  It was a really slow Friday night, however, and we worked all of the stations we heard.

I did do some more logging on DX4Win.  I will have that caught up by next week, and I will hopefully go through some of the QSL cards I have piled up next to my desk as well.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.47   Leave a comment

I wasn’t nearly so active on the radio this past week.  I did manage to get my ARRL SSB Sweepstakes log submitted just in the nick of time, however.  The time to submit has been reduced to five days, and I turned it in on Day 4 after the contest.  I have also updated my logbook and am catching up on my DX4Win Logs.  I will need to send in for the pin soon, as that is a separate process.

Here is a section map for this year’s sweepstakes contest:

ssb sweepstakes 2017

I believe I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times as well.

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These Weeks in Amateur Radio: 2017.45, 2017.46   Leave a comment

The last few weeks have been quite busy.  Two weeks ago (2017.45), I played in the SSB Sprint contest, making 10 contacts on 40 meters.  I haven’t submitted my logs yet, but it is on the list for this week.   I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times.

Last week (2017.46), I competed in the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes contest.  I made 107 QSOs split among 40 meters and 20 meters.   100 QSOs is the minimum to get the participation pin, so I earned that this year.  It is the first year in several years, as I have did group events in 2016 and 2015 instead.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net quite a few times, as well as the Caravan Club Net.  I set up my Alinco DR-605 at home, though it still cycles the power every time I transmit at high power.  With low power, I seem to be able to make the contact.  Also, on low power, I am able to hit the Socorro repeater, which means that I probably won’t ever need to go to high power.

I have quite a bit of logging work to do to submit my contest logs, but I’ll hopefully be able to tell you that they are submitted by next week’s post.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.34   Leave a comment

This week was relatively busy for me in the world of amateur radio.

I started out the week strong by checking into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, once from each vehicle.

On Saturday evening, I worked 12 stations on 20 meters during the North American QSO Party contest.  I have not yet submitted my log, but perhaps I will do that this week.

I also received a QSL envelope from the DX Bureau.  It looks like there are quite a few Japanese and Brazilian stations in there, but I haven’t checked my logs yet.

Also, the highlight of this week was traveling to the solar eclipse.  I went to rural Wyoming and saw the total eclipse, as we were right on the 100%, 2:28 duration line.  I tried making 6 meter contacts during the eclipse, giving out DN72, but nobody responded.

The traffic leaving the eclipse was incredible.  There were cars everywhere.  I hopped on the Wheatland, WY, 2 meter repeater (146.880 MHz) and listened in on the informal net.  Everyone was reporting their position and whether there was traffic (there always was).  I jumped in and gave a few reports, too.

I had an eyeball QSO with one of the operators, though he didn’t see me.  He described his family and where he was traveling on the radio.  Later, at a rest stop, my girlfriend waited in line behind his wife, who was describing their travel.  Sure enough, a few minutes later, both of them drove by us in the parking lot, with a magnet mount and an HT.

Overall, it was a good week, and I have some logging to finish up.

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