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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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.51   Leave a comment

This week has been a little slow.  I had intended on running counties over the past few days, but we’ve been behind schedule.  I haven’t done any operating so far on my Christmas trip.

I did update my VHF logbook, as I had quite a few net logins recorded on my phone.

Looking forward, I do hope to operate more in the next few days, though I’m doubtful.  It is 1:30 pm local time, and we are still visiting and getting ready.  All of the counties nearby are ones I have run before, so I will probably skip them.  Maybe I’ll play on 6 meters, just be a little different, but we’ll see.  We are having a good trip though, so I’m not actually complaining.

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Posted December 19, 2017 by n3mra in Weekly Radio Report

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.50   Leave a comment

Somehow, I got out of sync with my week numbers.  I have two #45’s, which is why I am having to skip #49.  Better luck next year, I suppose.

This week had been really lazy on the radio.  I tuned around the ten meter band a few times during the ARRL 10 Meter contest, but I never heard a peep.  Typically, I make quite a few contacts in the contest, regardless of band condition, but I didn’t hear anyone!

I also didn’t participate in any nets this week.  It has been slow, to say the least.

I did, however, start planning our annual cross-country Christmas trip.  This will be an opportunity to work from a few new counties, as we are planning on going across the south, and maybe picking up some new counties in LA, MS, GA and FL (with a few repeats in TX, AL).

I also finished updating my DX4Win log.  Now, it’s time to work through the stack of QSL and MRC cards I have sitting on my desk…

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Posted December 12, 2017 by n3mra in Weekly Radio Report

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.48   Leave a comment

This week, I was not active on the air at all.  I don’t think I even really checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net.  I just didn’t do much radio at all.

I did play in the Skywarn Recognition Day event, both from home and from the Albuquerque National Weather Service office.  I made one QSO on my way to the office on 40 meters, and one as WX5ABQ.  It was a really slow Friday night, however, and we worked all of the stations we heard.

I did do some more logging on DX4Win.  I will have that caught up by next week, and I will hopefully go through some of the QSL cards I have piled up next to my desk as well.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.47   Leave a comment

I wasn’t nearly so active on the radio this past week.  I did manage to get my ARRL SSB Sweepstakes log submitted just in the nick of time, however.  The time to submit has been reduced to five days, and I turned it in on Day 4 after the contest.  I have also updated my logbook and am catching up on my DX4Win Logs.  I will need to send in for the pin soon, as that is a separate process.

Here is a section map for this year’s sweepstakes contest:

ssb sweepstakes 2017

I believe I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times 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: 2017.45   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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