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Amateur Radio This Week: 2020.21   Leave a comment

This week was a little quiet on HF for me.  I made a 20 m contact and a 17 m contact last Tuesday, and I don’t remember if I reported them in last week’s post.  Either way, they are the only logged contacts.

I did check into the 40 m OMISS Late Night net, but the only station that talked to me was the net control station, and I didn’t get his callsign.

On VHF, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times and the Caravan Club Net on Sunday night.  However, I did receive word that I received first place (medium power) in the 2 m contest we had a few weeks ago here in the Albuquerque Metro area:

We have a 6 m contest coming up, and so I want to make sure I have an antenna up for that one as well.

Last week’s goals didn’t go so well:  I just bought more stamps, and I already used them up.

This week, I hope to:

  1. Finish reading QST – May 2020
  2. Set up the 6 M antenna
  3. Power and test the 6 M rig
  4. Buy more stamps

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2020.20   Leave a comment

This week was a little slow for amateur radio.  I didn’t make any HF contacts, though I did try a few times.  I called CQ on 17 meters as I drove to Socorro, but received no responses.

I also listened for the 10-10 Net at noon on a bunch of days,  but heard nothing.  I’m thinking now that maybe I have the wrong time for the net, but either way, it has been quiet.  I’ve parked my Radio Shack HTX-10 on 28.400 MHz and listen for DX, and I’ve heard nothing.  I’ve also set it to scan mode and heard nothing but static.

On VHF, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, the Caravan Club Net once, and the 432 UHF net once.  I also routed some coax for a 6 meter antenna, and will hopefully have that working by the end of the week.

I sent out a few QSL cards and made up a bunch of DX cards as well.  I have a stack of about 100 DX cards, ready to send.  I also set up my printer to print out return labels.

This week, I hope to:

  1. Finish reading QST – May 2020
  2. Set up the 6 M antenna
  3. Power and test the 6 M rig
  4. Buy more stamps

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2020.19   Leave a comment

I wasn’t very active on the radio this week, though I did tune around and try to work the one station I heard in the Arkansas QSO Party.  I did pick up a Brazilian station on 17 meters as well.

On VHF, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, but I have missed out on the additional evening nets this week.

This weekend, I did a lot of QSLing.  I probably sent 20 cards with SASEs to stateside stations, and also filled out another 30 or so DX cards as well.

Other than that, it was relatively uneventful, radio-wise.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2020.18   Leave a comment

This weekend, I was quite active on the radio.  I started out by participating in the local 2M FM Simplex contest, then the 7-QSO Party and the New England QSO Party.

The simplex contest was created by the High Desert Amateur Radio Club as a way to be active in these days where the solar conditions are not good for HF.  Stations tried to work as many other radio operators using 2 meter simplex over a two-hour contest period.  The exchange was call sign, name and zip code.  I made around 20 contacts, and will submit my log later this week.

I also tuned around in the 7-QSO Party and the New England QSO Party, getting around 15 QSOs, split between the two contests.  I really hoped to work some stations in the DE QSO Party that was also happening, but I didn’t hear a single DE station.

Other than that, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, as well as the 432 MHz SSB Net, making my first UHF SSB contact in several years.

As far as QSL cards go, I realized my box of cards is decreasing quickly.  I ordered these cards years ago and so a lot of information on them must be updated by hand.  I’m still doing that, but I went ahead and ordered new cards.  They won’t be here for several weeks, so I will probably finish using up these cards before the new ones arrive.  When they do, I’ll post a picture of them here.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2020.17   Leave a comment

I only made one HF contact this week.  I made one contact in the Florida QSO Party on 20 M SSB.

Outside of HF, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a bunch of times. I was able to check into the Caravan Club Net Sunday night as well.  On Thursday, I checked into the Tri-County ARES Net.  I’m not sure which counties are part of the Tri-County area, but I know the repeater is located in Socorro.

I forgot to mention that I sent out a big stack of DX QSL cards two weeks ago (68 cards).  I have another stack of about 20-30, and am making DX cards as fast as I can.  I maxed out the search on QRZ.com by searching 100 stations in less than 24 hours.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2020.16   Leave a comment

I did a lot of radio setup this week.  I started out by putting together a 10 meter antenna and setting up my Radio Shack HTX-10.  The antenna is a mount for a Hamstick, shown below:

While I was working on antennas, I noticed that my dual band vertical had lost a piece.  I found it in the yard, the lowered the mast and replaced the piece.  When it was down, I decided to slide the rope that connected it to my 20 meter dipole.  I added about 10′ to that end of the dipole.  I also added a rope for support and tightened all of the clamps before raising it again.

I moved my scanner discone antenna to the roof of the house.

Over the weekend, I made a few contacts in the Michigan QSO Party, as well as one in the Ontario QSO Party, all on 20 meter SSB.  Other than that, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, but was not really active on the air.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2020.15   Leave a comment

I was not very active on radio this week.  I did learn that my Alinco DR-605 still has transmit problems, and so I have disconnected it for now.   I’ll address those problems some other time.

I made no HF contacts, but I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times on 70 centimeters, until my DR-605 started acting up again.  I put the Alinco DR-135 back into service, but it is for 2 meters only.

On Saturday, I sent out a large handful of QSL cards, still catching up from the contest a few weeks ago.  I also have about 50 DX QSL cards that I will try to send out this week.  Other than that, I haven’t done much radio this week.

In my shed, I found an old device for converting a Hamstick antenna into a vertical antenna.  I may use this for 10 meters, as I can’t imagine it working on a lower band.

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