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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.33   Leave a comment

I packed a magnet mount, power cord, 20 meter Hamstick and my Yaesu FT-857D and took them on the plane with me to New England this past week.

We drove around MA, VT, and CT, and I made a few contacts along the way.  I have not gone through my voice recorder, and thus I don’t remember which places I was able to make contacts.

The 20 meter band conditions have been strange.  On one hand, the band is quiet for most of the day.  However, I can hear DX stations in Europe in the evenings.  This has been an odd time for county hunting and grid chasing.

By next week, I will have logged all of these contacts and updated the grpahics.

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Posted August 14, 2018 by n3mra in Mobile Operating, Weekly Radio Report

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.32   Leave a comment

I told you this week I would be more active.  I operated from a handful of new counties and new grid squares along our drive to North Dakota.  I had not operated from North Dakota yet, so that was a new state for me.  I am only missing MT, HI, and AK.

I made all of my contacts on 20 meter SSB.  Quite a few of them were DX stations, including Slovenia.  There were others.  I actually had a good path over the pole into Europe over the past few days.  I heard several stations from Spain, Czech Republic, Germany, the UK, and Italy.

Today is the rest of my return trip to New Mexico.  Perhaps I’ll make a few more contacts along the way.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.28   Leave a comment

I did make an HF QSO this week, finally!  I talked to VE6AO in Calgary, AB.  The neat thing about this is that I made a contact from Boulder, CO, which is a new gridsquare for me.   I worked him on 20 meter SSB during the day, from my car.

I have logged my contact, but not set up DX4WIN or LOTW yet.  I will do that, soon, hopefully with a few more contacts.

I will try to find a VHF/UHF net to check into as well this week.

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Posted July 10, 2018 by n3mra in Weekly Radio Report

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.25   Leave a comment

This week, I spent a few hours on the road, driving from Rio Rancho, NM, to Boulder, CO.  Along the drive, I made a few contacts on 20 meters on my drive, activating several new grid squares.  I will update the map later this week, after I have entered them into my log.

I had a great conversation with one guy from Arizona.  We chatted about mining and uranium and so on in the Moab area.  I knew a little about Moab and yellowcake and mining, so we had a great time.  You never know who you will meet on the radio.

This weekend, I will try to sneak out and do some operating for Field Day.  I don’t know what form that will take, whether I will find an organization and operate with them, or whether I will simply make a few QSOs from my car.  I will let you know next week.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.24   Leave a comment

Guess what?  I’m finally doing all that stuff I claimed I would do.  I have updated my entire logbook, and am about 3/4 of the way through DX4Win updates.  I have uploaded my logs to Logbook of the World, though many of them no longer count for the GridSquare Chase, unfortunately.

Speaking of Grid Squares, I went for a drive Saturday morning and picked up DM63 and DM73 in New Mexico.  Two new grid squares for me!  I made all of my contacts on 20 meter SSB.

I will update the graphics soon.  I worked three new counties on my storm chase and quite a few new grid squares.  All of that will be posted here.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.22   Leave a comment

This has been a roller-coaster week for my amateur radio participation.  I started off by running a few new grid squares in Colorado and Nebraska early this week.  However, my voice recorder has died, so I don’t know if I actually can log any of these contacts.  I’m sure they are saved in memory, but the device will not power.  I may take it apart in the lab tomorrow and see if I can fix it.

After nearly giving up on that, I started recording a few contacts on my phone.    I ended up running quite a few counties in KS, OK, TX, and NM on the final days of my storm chase and the return trip home.  There are quite a few new grid squares for me to count as well.  I will log these on paper and DX4Win ASAP to make sure I don’t lose them, too.

All of my contacts were on 20 meters SSB.

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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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