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These Weeks in Amateur Radio: 2017.45, 2017.46   Leave a comment

The last few weeks have been quite busy.  Two weeks ago (2017.45), I played in the SSB Sprint contest, making 10 contacts on 40 meters.  I haven’t submitted my logs yet, but it is on the list for this week.   I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times.

Last week (2017.46), I competed in the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes contest.  I made 107 QSOs split among 40 meters and 20 meters.   100 QSOs is the minimum to get the participation pin, so I earned that this year.  It is the first year in several years, as I have did group events in 2016 and 2015 instead.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net quite a few times, as well as the Caravan Club Net.  I set up my Alinco DR-605 at home, though it still cycles the power every time I transmit at high power.  With low power, I seem to be able to make the contact.  Also, on low power, I am able to hit the Socorro repeater, which means that I probably won’t ever need to go to high power.

I have quite a bit of logging work to do to submit my contest logs, but I’ll hopefully be able to tell you that they are submitted by next week’s post.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.41   Leave a comment

I was a little bit more active this week on amateur radio.  I programmed a few repeaters into my truck’s Kenwood G707, so that I can check into nets around the Socorro area.  I managed to check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net on several occasions, as well as the Caravan Club Net on Sunday night.

I also put a 40 meter Hamstick on the truck.  On my drive down to Socorro from Rio Rancho, I checked into an RV service net, which marks my first 40 meter contact in quite some time.  I need to tune the antenna a bit, but I was able to get a signal out.

Today, I will probably put a 10 meter Hamstick on the truck, as today is 10-10, the day of the 10-10 Sprint.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.40   Leave a comment

I did not do much on the radio, as I only checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net one time last week.  I did, however do some radio related activities.

I spent Monday evening repairing my Kenwood TS-450S.  It had a bad capacitor, and I replaced it the other night.  My repair was mediocre, as I should have clipped the leads shorter before soldering instead of trying to get the entire length of the leads to slide through the holes on the PCB.   I finished soldering and then dropped one of the screws deep into the radio, so I had to take more things apart before reassembling the radio.  Anyway, I was able to reassemble the radio and put it back on the air.  Once it was connected to an antenna, I could hear CW signals on 40 meters, so I considered that a success.

I also hooked up an external speaker to the FT-857 I am borrowing from TARA.

Other than that, it has been a busy week, with little time for radio.

This Week In Amateur Radio: 2017.20, 2017.21, 2017.22   Leave a comment

I have been on the road on my annual storm chase trip for the past two weeks.  I spent quite a bit of time talking to my chase team, all five of which (including me) are amateur radio operators.  We spent all of our time on 2 meters.

Outside of that, I did try to get APRS running in my car, using an Icom IC-281H, a TinyTrak3, a Garmin eTrex GPS, and a magnet mount.  Not only was I not able to get good packets to the TinyTrak, a giant tumbleweed knocked off the magnet mount, and destroyed it.

I also tried to run a few counties on both 20 meters and 40 meters from my Yaesu FT-857D.  The noise floor was too great, and I couldn’t hear anyone.  I am going to borrow the Tech Amateur Radio Association’s radio, and see if that helps.  If not, I am not sure what to do next.  If their radio works, I will send mine off for repair.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.15   2 comments

This week has been unfortunately quiet on the radio for me.  I checked into the Albuqeurque SCAT Net once or twice on the UHF side.

The big disappointment was the NM QSO Party.  I had big plans to drive all over New Mexico and give out counties.  Instead, I never left Sandoval County.  I started out on 20 meters and did not hear a peep.  I suspected my antenna (there is a problem with the Hamstick I was using).  I switched to 40 meters and made a few contacts.  In almost two hours, I only made seven contacts, several of which were other NM stations that I was working on groundwave (Sandoval and Bernalillo Counties).  I did hear one of my contesting friends and he told me that 20 was totally dead in CA as well.  I guess conditions were just bad. I would call CQ for 15 minutes straight and get one response.

With so few contacts, and needing 15 per county for them to count, and finding out that my hours at work will be cut soon, I opted to not burn the gas and travel for the less-than-lucrative day.  I am sorry for anyone that was counting on me for those counties, but I simply wasn’t hearing many stations at all.

On Monday, my amateur radio license class finsihed constructing a 40 meter CW transceiver.  We were able to hear static, but weren’t able to hear any signals on 7.023 MHz.  I will set up a better test next week.

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Amateur Radio This Week #50   Leave a comment

Believe it or not, but I actually finished all that I set out to do this week.  I updated my DX4WIN logs and sent 5 QSL cards.

As an added bonus, I think I fixed the vertical antenna in my backyard, and even made a 40 meter contact on the Moonlighters Net to prove it.  I changed up the coax grounding and that helped.

I also checked into the Caravan Club Net Sunday Night.

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Daily Radio Report: 12/9/15   Leave a comment

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net from my Yaesu VX-7R yesterday morning. I did so just as I was getting on the train at the Montano station.

The day before, I tried to check into the 40 meter OMISS net from my Yaesu FT-857D, but the noise in Albuquerque was terrible. I did hear a station calling me, but he was so light, I couldn’t pick him up.

Other than that, I’ve been quiet on the radio. This weekend is the ARRL 10 Meter Contest, so I hope to be on the air for that.

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