Archive for the ‘20 meters’ Tag

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: 2020.18   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 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: 2020.13   Leave a comment

I was really active on the radio this week.  With very little work to do at my jobs (all shut down for COVID-19), I started working on my radio station.  I raised my 20 meter dipole up to 3 meters high, which seemed to help me on the air.

This weekend was the CQ WPX contest.  I spent several hours playing in the contest and ended up making 45 QSOs.  Most of them were on 20 meters, but I made a few on 10 meters.  I will submit my log later this week.  I also added a “WPX” page to my contests page.

All of my contacts this week were from my Kenwood TS-570D at my base station in my house.  I’m starting to get some of these problems hammered out and am on the air.

I did a little ragchewing on 2 meters on one of the Albuquerque repeaters.  It turns out that one of my former student’s parents is active and so that was neat.  A lot of folks are tied to New Mexico Tech and so I heard from a few alumni (none were my students) and a few other people who had relatives at NMT.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2020.10   Leave a comment

I went on a rampage, sending out QSL cards this week.   I went through a book of stamps and probably filled out a couple dozen DX cards as well.  I will probably send out a packet of DX cards this weekend.

The big highlight of the week was the ARRL DX contest that happened this past weekend.  I only got to play in it for about an hour, but I picked up 13 QSOs on 20 M SSB, four of which were new DX entities for me.  I worked stations in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Panama, and a few others.  I am working on a better way to display my DX contacts on this blog, but haven’t come up with a solution.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net once and the Caravan Club Net Sunday night.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2020.3   Leave a comment

This weekend, I played in the North American QSO Party.  I made about 14 contacts on 20 meters, and the band was wide open on Saturday afternoon.  One of the contacts I made was in the Cayman Islands.

I sent out a stack of SASE and QSL cards, using up the rest of my stamps.  I sent a few QSL cards for the contest, just as a courtesy, and the SASEs for states I still need to confirm on 20 meters.  I am still missing DE (the ham I talked to is now a Silent Key), so I need to work DE again.  Other than that, I have not yet confirmed CO, HI, IA, MD, ND, NV, NY, OR, RI, SD or WI, so I mailed a few more out to these states.

Going through my logs, I see that I only need SC from Socorro County, and I’ve worked all states on 40 meters from Socorro!

I also changed one of my changeable rubber stamps to reflect this blog’s address so that I don’t have to write it on all my QSL cards.

I tried running Torrance County, NM, on the 20 meter county hunter net, but made no contacts.  Oh well.

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