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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2018.38   Leave a comment

This week, I was quite active on HF.  Several evenings, I jumped on 40 meters from my truck.  I worked three or four stations in the Route 66 special event, as well as K4MIA/8, which was a special event station for members of the armed forces that went MIA in combat.  I also made a 20 meter contact on my way back from Magdalena as well.

I have updated my logbook, and will update DX4Win and LOTW in the next few days.

I was not as active on VHF/UHF.  I checked into the Caravan Club (444 MHz), and the SCAT Net only once (145.330 MHz).

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2018.37   Leave a comment

I actually made a few HF contacts this week. I worked the Fort Bragg 100 year anniversary station on 20 meters and one of the Route 66 stations on 40 meters. That was my first 40 meter contact in a long time!

I set up a Yaesu FT-857D in the Ranger with a 40 meter Hamstick. The antenna is not great, and my 40 meter contact was across town, but I will work on that soon.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times and the Caravan Club Net on Sunday night.

The Tech Amateur Radio Association is up and running as well. Soon, they will be having regular meetings and events, and I’ll see if I can attend any of them. I should once in a while, as I am the faculty advisor for the club.

I will update my logbooks soon.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.33   Leave a comment

I packed a magnet mount, power cord, 20 meter Hamstick and my Yaesu FT-857D and took them on the plane with me to New England this past week.

We drove around MA, VT, and CT, and I made a few contacts along the way.  I have not gone through my voice recorder, and thus I don’t remember which places I was able to make contacts.

The 20 meter band conditions have been strange.  On one hand, the band is quiet for most of the day.  However, I can hear DX stations in Europe in the evenings.  This has been an odd time for county hunting and grid chasing.

By next week, I will have logged all of these contacts and updated the grpahics.

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Posted August 14, 2018 by n3mra in Mobile Operating, Weekly Radio Report

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.32   Leave a comment

I told you this week I would be more active.  I operated from a handful of new counties and new grid squares along our drive to North Dakota.  I had not operated from North Dakota yet, so that was a new state for me.  I am only missing MT, HI, and AK.

I made all of my contacts on 20 meter SSB.  Quite a few of them were DX stations, including Slovenia.  There were others.  I actually had a good path over the pole into Europe over the past few days.  I heard several stations from Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, the UK, and Italy.

Today is the rest of my return trip to New Mexico.  Perhaps I’ll make a few more contacts along the way.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.25   Leave a comment

This week, I spent a few hours on the road, driving from Rio Rancho, NM, to Boulder, CO.  Along the drive, I made a few contacts on 20 meters on my drive, activating several new grid squares.  I will update the map later this week, after I have entered them into my log.

I had a great conversation with one guy from Arizona.  We chatted about mining and uranium and so on in the Moab area.  I knew a little about Moab and yellowcake and mining, so we had a great time.  You never know who you will meet on the radio.

This weekend, I will try to sneak out and do some operating for Field Day.  I don’t know what form that will take, whether I will find an organization and operate with them, or whether I will simply make a few QSOs from my car.  I will let you know next week.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.22   Leave a comment

This has been a roller-coaster week for my amateur radio participation.  I started off by running a few new grid squares in Colorado and Nebraska early this week.  However, my voice recorder has died, so I don’t know if I actually can log any of these contacts.  I’m sure they are saved in memory, but the device will not power.  I may take it apart in the lab tomorrow and see if I can fix it.

After nearly giving up on that, I started recording a few contacts on my phone.    I ended up running quite a few counties in KS, OK, TX, and NM on the final days of my storm chase and the return trip home.  There are quite a few new grid squares for me to count as well.  I will log these on paper and DX4Win ASAP to make sure I don’t lose them, too.

All of my contacts were on 20 meters SSB.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.21   Leave a comment

I have not spent a lot of time on amateur radio, other than vehicle to vehicle VHF communication between storm chase vehicles.  I have been in contact, off and on, with the Virginia Tech Storm Chasers, and have chatted with them when we are nearby.

I did try to run a gridsquare in the middle of the day on 20 meters, but did not make a contact.  That is frustrating, and I am reluctant to waste time if nobody is on and playing.  I may try again today, and throughout the next few weeks.

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