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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.38   Leave a comment

This week, I signed all of the paperwork for the Tech Amateur Radio Association.  I need to reprogram my keycard, but I did get all of the faculty advisor paperwork signed for the semester.

I was able to check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, as well as the Albuquerque Caravan Club on Sunday night.

I did make a contact or two on 20 meters, and I updated my logbooks.  I had meant to send some QSL cards, but I didn’t get around to it this weekend.

This upcoming weekend is the Albuquerque Hamfest, so I will try to get out there this weekend, and spend some money I don’t have.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.37   Leave a comment

This week, I made a few HF contacts on 20 meters.  I checked into several nets, including the Over The Hill Gang Net and the ARMS (missionaries) net.  I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net several times and the Caravan Club Net Sunday night.

I sent several QSL cards.  At this time, I don’t think I owe any stateside stations QSL cards.  I do have a stack of DX cards to go to the bureau.

I also worked on my VHF/UHF setup.  I took my Alinco DR-605 out of service and put my Alinco DR-135TP in service.  I can transmit full power from home on 2 meters without any issues.  I can hit the Socorro repeater and the Albuquerque repeaters with no problems.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.36   Leave a comment

I sent out a few QSL cards this weekend, and updated my logbooks.  I had sent some cards but not logged them properly in the logbook.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times over the past week.  I also made two contacts this morning on 20 meters:  one on the YL net and W1AW/150 from my Crown Victoria.  I played around with the UHF side of my Alinco DR-605 and made a few contacts on the 444.000 MHz repeater.

I did some work on my station.  I traced and labeled the coax for all of my antennas.  However, I have not figured out a few phantom problems in my antenna and power systems.

On the VHF/UHF side, my Alinco DR-605 powers down when I switch to high power.  This happens regardless of whether I power it directly from the power supply or through the RigRunner.  It does not matter whether I am on VHF or UHF.  At low power, I am able to hit the Socorro repeater from Rio Rancho, so it is not limiting my range, but it is annoying.  When I test the SWR, it never went above 1:1.3.

On the HF side, my Kenwood TS-570D powers down at high power, regardless of band.  I use two different antennas, both of which have a good SWR match (after the tuner).  If I use either antenna on my Kenwood TS-450S, it doesn’t power down, I just don’t hear many signals.

I’ll have to play some more and see what I can figure out.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.35   Leave a comment

This week, I finally sent some of the QSL cards.  I’ve been piling envelopes on my desk, and finally started filling them out and sending them out this week.  I’ve been updating my logbooks and DX4Win as well.

Speaking of DX4Win, it crashed this week and wouldn’t open again.  I downloaded the automatic updater, and let it update all the files that needed updating.  The newest version of the country file fixed the error.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, though I did not check into any other nets or make any HF contacts this week.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.34   Leave a comment

I did a little more on the radio this week.  I made an HF contact or two on 20 meters, one special event station and one net checkin (I think it was the Over-The-Hill Gang, or something like that).  I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net on 2 meters a few times as well.

I also processed quite a few QSL cards that were piling up on my desk.  I sent out several, and updated my logbook and DX4Win.

I cannot get my VHF radio to work in the house.  It powers down, and I’ll describe this problem more next week as I define it a little more closely.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.33   Leave a comment

I didn’t do any of those things on my To Do list.  I will send some QSL cards this week though, as I did buy some stamps.

I have not been active on HF this week.  I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, and have developed a routine for making sure I have an HT charged in the mornings on my commute so that I can continue to check in.

I will turn on my HF rig today, and perhaps make a few 20 meter contacts along my commute to Magdalena, I hope.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.32   Leave a comment

I didn’t do a lot of radio-related stuff this week.  I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net this morning, and I found my HT charger so that I can take it with me, and check in again.

I updated my HF logs, which were out of date since I left for California a few weeks ago.  I also updated my graphics here, as I was able to operate from a new county (Riverside, CA) during my trip to CA.

This next week, I intend to sort and send a few QSL cards, which have piled up on my desk.  I also would like to play with recording the voltage drop when I transmit on VHF from my home.  I have a bug there that I haven’t yet figured out.  I’ll describe it when I have more data.

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