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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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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.19   Leave a comment

This week, I have been active with radio-related projects.  I started logging all of my NM QSO Party contacts, and am about half finished that project.  I need to hurry up and finish that before I start storm chasing.

Speaking of storm chasing, I leave again tomorrow for chasing.  I have been prepping my Crown Vic for the chase.   I have not been able to get APRS up and running, unfortunately.  I have two possible paths for APRS:  TinyTrak3 and an Alinco DR-135TP with TNC board.

The TinyTrak3 is not working properly.  I cannot seem to program it.  I have tried multiple computers (two laptops and one desktop), and two different serial to USB converters (including a trusted Parallax device), and have also attempted the connection with and without the F-F null modem adapter.  The software can open the port, but does not see the TinyTrak3.  If I press the “Send 1200 Hz” tone button, the transmit LED lights on the TinyTrak3, so there is some communication.

I will play with the Alinco perhaps on the road.  It is not configured at this time, and getting Hyperterminal is pain.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.18   Leave a comment

I had high hopes of finishing my NM QSO Party logs and being active on the radio, but none of it came to pass.

I did wire up a storm chase vehicle for the Magdalena High School Storm Chase, but we ended up only using an Icom 2100 for the Weather Radio.  It was too cramped in the vehicle, and I fought other technical issues throughout, so I didn’t get on the air.

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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: 2018.14   Leave a comment

I have been inactive over the past week.  I think I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, but other than that, I have been quiet.

I did develop a route for the upcoming New Mexico QSO Party, and am looking forward to running that on April 14.  I will go through Sandoval, Rio Arriba, San Juan, McKinley, Cibola, and Catron counties at a minimum.

I am also proud to announce that I will be leading a storm chasing trip for Magdalena High School!  We will be on the road from April 29 – May 4, and will go where the storms lead us.  One of the students has a ham radio license, and I will bring some 2 meter equipment with me.  Hopefully, other students will want to get licensed as well.

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