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: 2018.20   Leave a comment

I am incredibly bummed.  I finally finished logging my NM QSO Party contacts on paper, but then I saw that I have exceeded the deadline for their official submission.  130 contacts in 8 counties, and I will get no credit for it.  I will take this into account next year, and may not participate- it’s not the contest’s fault, it’s that it is too close to storm chase season for me, and I simply don’t have time to log the contacts.

Anyway, I’m really bummed about it.  I haven’t touched my radio since I found out.  Hopefully, that will change soon.

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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: 2018.17   Leave a comment

I don’t have time for much this week.  I’ve done no radio anything at all.  I really need to get my log together for the NM QSO Party.

However, I am stuck in a giant mess with bureaucracy for storm chasing next week.  If I don’t get ten time-consuming things completed, I won’t get to take students.

Kinda hate life right now.

Posted April 24, 2018 by n3mra in Weekly Radio Report

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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: 2018.15   Leave a comment

I did not do much amateur radio this week.  I have been super busy and I have not been able to play as much as I would like.

I did manage to get my logbooks up to date, and am slowly working through DX4Win.

This weekend is the NM QSO Party.  I am excited about this as well.

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Posted April 11, 2018 by n3mra in Weekly Radio Report

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