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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: 2018.10   Leave a comment

This week, I have slipped behind on my logbooks and QSL cards, but I hope to catch up soon. I left my voice recorder in Socorro, so I was not able to properly log everything that occurred since last week.

I did participate in the DX contest this weekend, off and on, and I made several contacts. I recorded these on my phone, so I need to record them into the logbook soon. I know I worked Aruba, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Hawaii, and I’m sure there were others I have forgotten.

I also checked into a few 2 meter nets, but I don’t remember how many or how often. The highlight of my radio experience this week was playing in the DX contest!

I did put up a 20 meter Hamstick on the Ranger, but I still need to tune it.

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This Week In Amateur Radio: 2017.52   Leave a comment

This week, I did not play on amateur radio nearly as much as I thought I would.  I had a whole route planned for running counties, and I think I only ran one, and only made one QSO in that county.  I had a report of audio problems, so I have been investigating that for the last few days.

I stopped by the Ham Radio Outlet in Atlanta.  I have been to most locations at this point.  Anyway, I picked up a few ferrite beads and put one on my antenna coax near the transmitter, as well as one on the cable between the alternator and the battery in hopes of limiting RFI during transmitting and receiving.

I also dropped the mic gain until the voltage remained above 11 V on transmit.  I have a major resistance problem somewhere as I am dropping to 9 V on my voice peaks, so I need to figure that one out as well.

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These Weeks in Amateur Radio: 2017.45, 2017.46   Leave a comment

The last few weeks have been quite busy.  Two weeks ago (2017.45), I played in the SSB Sprint contest, making 10 contacts on 40 meters.  I haven’t submitted my logs yet, but it is on the list for this week.   I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times.

Last week (2017.46), I competed in the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes contest.  I made 107 QSOs split among 40 meters and 20 meters.   100 QSOs is the minimum to get the participation pin, so I earned that this year.  It is the first year in several years, as I have did group events in 2016 and 2015 instead.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net quite a few times, as well as the Caravan Club Net.  I set up my Alinco DR-605 at home, though it still cycles the power every time I transmit at high power.  With low power, I seem to be able to make the contact.  Also, on low power, I am able to hit the Socorro repeater, which means that I probably won’t ever need to go to high power.

I have quite a bit of logging work to do to submit my contest logs, but I’ll hopefully be able to tell you that they are submitted by next week’s post.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.38   3 comments

This week has been exciting for me in Amateur Radio. I started out at home, working through some of my radio equipment and beginning repairs.

I am having troubles getting on HF at home. I have two three HF rigs, all of which seem to be having their own problems.

First, my Kenwood TS-130S display and sound are non-functional. The rig worked fine for a while in my Crown Vic a few years ago, but then, one day, stopped displaying and making noise. I powered this radio up in the house and found that the RF/AF knob is loose. As it wobbles, the display and the sound come and go. I tightened this as best I could (without disassembling the radio), and now it seems to work just fine.

Second, my Kenwood TS-450S has two problems. One problem was that the VFO has been loose for a long time, leading to a lot of play in the knob. I removed the VFO knob (through the set screw on the side), and then adjusted the screws that hold the VFO in place. The next problem is that the audio does some strange things. The radio “sounds” like it is stuck in USB mode, no matter what. An internet search and some poking around internally, and I found that the C104 capacitor ruptured, as shown below.

The final problem I addressed was trying to understand why my Morse Code key played a continuous series of dits on my Kenwood TS-570D.  As it turns out, there are two separate CW ports, and I have the key plugged into the paddle port.  Problem solved!

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.29   Leave a comment

This has been a good week for amateur radio.  I installed the Yaesu FT-857D in the Crown Vic and I made quite a few contacts driving around Rio Rancho.  Most of my contacts have been DX stations:  Spain, Mexico and Ecuador.  I did work a few stations in the US as well.

Last night, I attended the ARRL Hurricane webinar, which talked about the differnent hurricane nets that run all season (and even into the off-sesaon).  This was a really great presentation, and I was happy that I attended it, even if I missed the first twenty minutes due to no cellular service.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times from the 2 meter side, though I was unable to get in this morning.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.23   1 comment

I borrowed the NMT Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) Yaesu FT-857D to compare against my own.  While mine has S9 +20dB noise on all bands, all of the time, theirs hovers between S3-S7.  I am currently borrowing their rig for this particular road trip.

With TARA’s radio, I was able to make a few contacts this weekend, in both a shipboard contest and the Alabama QSO Party, though I have not yet updated my logs.

I spoke with Yaesu customer service and they said to send mine in for a repair, which I will do as soon as I have time to go to a post office.

I’m currently on the road to the east coast, but one of these mornings, I will have some extra time and can send it off.

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