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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.7   2 comments

I was not nearly as active on the radio as I had hoped to be this week. I barely checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net (once or twice), and that was literally my only radio activity this week.

I did talk about radio on quite a few occasions, with my father (N4ST), and a few of my students. I see that this semester, I will miss most of the Tech Amateur Radio Association meetings, and so that limits my time talking about radio.

I do have a 20 meter Hamstick antenna that I will transport to my pickup, so that I have more options besides 40 meters and 10 meters during the daytime hours. Hopefully, this will help.

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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: 2018.1   Leave a comment

This week, I started playing in the “Grid Chase” game developed by the ARRL.  In this game, you try to operate from as many Maidenhead Grid Squares as possible throughout the year, on HF.  For me, this works out great, because I get to do something new in some of these areas where I have already operated from all of the counties.  I have picked up several grid squares, though my logbook is in the car, so I can’t remember which ones or how many.

I have been operating on 40 meters at night and 20 meters during the day while we travel back to New Mexico on our annual Christmas trip.

For this upcoming year, I have several New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. Get on HF at my house.  I have to work out something antenna-wise.
  2. Repair my all-mode 2 meter rig.  I started taking it apart and got overwhelmed, but I think I know what I need to do.
  3. Operate from 50 Grid Squares.
  4. Earn a SSB Sweepstakes Participation Pin.
  5. Make 1000 HF QSOs.
  6. Operate from 100 new Counties.
  7. Set up antenna for Tech Amateur Radio Association.
  8. Compete in the NM QSO Party
  9. Send in for my WAS 20 meters from Rio Rancho.
  10. Set up Rio Rancho SDA Club.

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Posted January 2, 2018 by n3mra in Mobile Operating, Weekly Radio Report

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.45   Leave a comment

I am finally starting to catch up on my logbooks.  I logged quite a few VHF net check-ins, as well as the HF contacts from my trip to Minnesota.  My next steps are to log them in DX4Win, update the graphics here, and update my master counties list.

Over the past week, I was able to check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times.  I hope to check in a few more times this upcoming week.

I will also listen on 20 meters today along my commute to Magdalena.  Hopefully, there is some activity out there.

I will also attend this week’s Tech Amateur Radio Association meeting.  I haven’t attended a single one this year, so it is about time I reconnect with my club.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.44   Leave a comment

This week, I spent some time running counties on the 20 meter county hunter’s net, as I drove across Iowa and Minnesota.  I am a little disappointed, as I thought I would have more opportunity to play, but the conditions were not great, and the weather was bad, so I didn’t want to spend too much time distracted from the wheel.  I also did not check into any nets in MN on VHF/UHF, though I had intended to look.

I have not logged these contacts yet, so perhaps I will get that square this weekend. I am starting to fall behind on projects and it hurts.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.43   Leave a comment

I finally finished logging contacts from the past two months.  The biggest problem with this is that I don’t have the exact dates and times for some of my VHF contacts, as when I transferred them from my phone to my hard drive, it recorded the time I transferred them, rather than the timestamp of the actual file creation.  Oh well, I suppose.

I will be on the road later this week, and will operate 20 meters in the northern part of the country (Minnesota and maybe a few other states) on the 20 meter county hunter’s net.  I’m not sure of my operating hours or locations, as I will be traveling with a group of 26 students in four vehicles.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.

Thank you for reading my post.  Hopefully, I’ll have picked up a few new counties by this time next week.

Posted October 25, 2017 by n3mra in Logbook, Mobile Operating, Nets

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