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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.02   Leave a comment

I have not done much on the radio this week.  I had a frozen pipe in my house, so I had a minor flood to deal with when I returned from travel.

I did make a few HF contacts on 20 meters on my return trip.  I ran several counties in Indiana and Illinois.  I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net once this week, and will hopefully check in more often this week.

When I returned home, I saw that I had received an influx of QSL cards, and I will go through those next week.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.52   Leave a comment

I have been active on 20 meters and 40 meters throughout my Christmas trip.  I’ve added a few new Maidenhead grid squares and a few new counties in FL and GA.  I will update the graphics, DX4Win logs and LOTW in the next day or so.

I worked 4U1WB, the World Bank’s radio station in DC, twice.  I also worked several of the “12 Days of Christmas stations”.

On our return trip, I will drive through MD, PA, OH, IN, IL, MO, OK, TX and NM.  The grid square game will end at 23:59 Z on 1/1/19, so I will probably only get a few more grid squares.  Unfortunately, we are bound by time on the back end of this trip, and I’ll probably even retrace the same route.  Even so, I hope to get a few more.

Today, I’ve operated from 60 Maidenhead grid squares this year.  I’m up to 1206 counties total as well.  I don’t know how many more I will add on this trip.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.51   Leave a comment

I have been active on 20 meters this week.  We have been on our annual Christmas road trip.  So far, I have not made many QSOs, but I have operated from a few new gridsquares and several new counties as well.

I have not updated my maps yet, as some of my QSOs are on the my phone and have not yet been logged on paper/DX4Win/LOTW.  That is on my list today, but we’ll see how that goes.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.48   Leave a comment

I did not put forth a good effort on the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes this year.  It was my son’s 18th birthday, so we traveled to Carlsbad Caverns and the Roswell UFO Museum, and I only made 29 QSOs in the contest, all on 20 meters.  Many of them were in a new grid square (DM72), so that brings my total grid squares to 42.

I only checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net once or twice over the past week, and missed the Caravan Club Net.

Other than that, I have updated my logbooks, DX4Win, and LOTW.  I will send out some more QSL cards this week.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.46   Leave a comment

This week, I was actually active on HF again.  I made several HF contacts (all 20 meter SSB) to special event stations.  I had a nice path to British Columbia, and made several contacts there, including the University of British Columbia.  We chatted about the challenges of college radio clubs and some of the fun we’ve had with them.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times this week, though I missed the Caravan Club net.  I also hear we have a new UHF repeater on the west peak of M-Mountain, so I will need to test that one out.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.45   Leave a comment

The 20 meter band appears to be opening up a little.  The other day, I made several contacts; special event stations in various places.  I need to fix the 20 meter antenna on the truck so that I can take advantage of these openings.

I also checked into the SCAT Net several times and Caravan Club Net on Sunday night.  I will update my logs soon.

I will be out of town for part of SSB Sweepstakes, but I will try to participate anyhow.  I’d really like to get the participation pin, but it is over my son’s 18th birthday, and we are traveling to Carlsbad.  If I do participate, it will be mobile, across multiple counties and gridsquares.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.40   Leave a comment

This week was much slower to start out.  I did not make any 40 meter contacts in the evenings, like I did last week.  I did have a great conversation with a guy in Minnesota on 20 meters.

This weekend, I rerouted the coax at my house.  I have begun checking out my antenna situation at home, and the first step was to track each piece of coax.  I did make one contact on the vertical antenna (40 meters) during the Texas QSO party, to that was a good sign.  My dipole is trash, and I need to repair it.

I also ran Socorro County, NM, on the 20 meter County Hunters Net.  It has been a long time since I ran a county.  I made several contacts today during that net, both running Socorro and listening to the net.

In the VHF/UHF realm, I checked into the SCAT Net a few times, and I checked into the Caravan Club once.

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