Archive for the ‘20 meters’ Tag

Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.38   Leave a comment

This week, I signed all of the paperwork for the Tech Amateur Radio Association.  I need to reprogram my keycard, but I did get all of the faculty advisor paperwork signed for the semester.

I was able to check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, as well as the Albuquerque Caravan Club on Sunday night.

I did make a contact or two on 20 meters, and I updated my logbooks.  I had meant to send some QSL cards, but I didn’t get around to it this weekend.

This upcoming weekend is the Albuquerque Hamfest, so I will try to get out there this weekend, and spend some money I don’t have.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.37   Leave a comment

This week, I made a few HF contacts on 20 meters.  I checked into several nets, including the Over The Hill Gang Net and the ARMS (missionaries) net.  I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net several times and the Caravan Club Net Sunday night.

I sent several QSL cards.  At this time, I don’t think I owe any stateside stations QSL cards.  I do have a stack of DX cards to go to the bureau.

I also worked on my VHF/UHF setup.  I took my Alinco DR-605 out of service and put my Alinco DR-135TP in service.  I can transmit full power from home on 2 meters without any issues.  I can hit the Socorro repeater and the Albuquerque repeaters with no problems.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.36   Leave a comment

I sent out a few QSL cards this weekend, and updated my logbooks.  I had sent some cards but not logged them properly in the logbook.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times over the past week.  I also made two contacts this morning on 20 meters:  one on the YL net and W1AW/150 from my Crown Victoria.  I played around with the UHF side of my Alinco DR-605 and made a few contacts on the 444.000 MHz repeater.

I did some work on my station.  I traced and labeled the coax for all of my antennas.  However, I have not figured out a few phantom problems in my antenna and power systems.

On the VHF/UHF side, my Alinco DR-605 powers down when I switch to high power.  This happens regardless of whether I power it directly from the power supply or through the RigRunner.  It does not matter whether I am on VHF or UHF.  At low power, I am able to hit the Socorro repeater from Rio Rancho, so it is not limiting my range, but it is annoying.  When I test the SWR, it never went above 1:1.3.

On the HF side, my Kenwood TS-570D powers down at high power, regardless of band.  I use two different antennas, both of which have a good SWR match (after the tuner).  If I use either antenna on my Kenwood TS-450S, it doesn’t power down, I just don’t hear many signals.

I’ll have to play some more and see what I can figure out.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.34   Leave a comment

I did a little more on the radio this week.  I made an HF contact or two on 20 meters, one special event station and one net checkin (I think it was the Over-The-Hill Gang, or something like that).  I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net on 2 meters a few times as well.

I also processed quite a few QSL cards that were piling up on my desk.  I sent out several, and updated my logbook and DX4Win.

I cannot get my VHF radio to work in the house.  It powers down, and I’ll describe this problem more next week as I define it a little more closely.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.31   Leave a comment

I wasn’t quite as active on the radio during my return trip from Anaheim.  I did, however, make a few contacts while driving through Riverside County, CA, which is a new county for me.  All of these contacts were on 20 meter SSB.  This makes my first new county of the year, I believe.

I missed out on photographing the International Space Station from California as well.  I thought there was a chance, but the only one was just as I was arriving in Anaheim and I couldn’t see it through the high buildings, and couldn’t get parked in time to take a photo anyhow.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.30   Leave a comment

This week, I was relatively active on 20 meters.  I drove from Rio Rancho, NM, to Anaheim, CA, and I ran counties until I could not get any responses.  I knew there was a county hunter net running, but I lost contact with the net control operators.  Instead, I posted spots when I had an internet connection, but I was also in a remote area, so connections were sparse.

When I was in some of the larger counties and was finished running the county, I switched over to 144.200 MHz SSB and tried to give out some VHF grid squares, though I made no contacts

In addition to this, I had an eyeball QSO with fellow county hunters, K7SEN and AB7NK.  They were headed east on I-40 and I was headed west, so we met up at a truck stop for a quick chat.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.29   Leave a comment

I did manage to make a few 20 meter contacts this week.  I have been operating from my Crown Vic with a Yaesu FT-857D and a Hamstick.  I worked Puerto Rico, Netherlands Antilles, North Carolina, and maybe one or two other places as well.

I was not able to make any contacts from Wisconsin.  I did find a working repeater that I could hit with my Yaesu VX-7R, but I did not make any contacts.  I kept transmitting that I was monitoring the repeater, but I had no replies.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net once as well.

I will drive to Los Angeles this weekend, so I may get a few contacts along the way.

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