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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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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.38   Leave a comment

This week, I was quite active on HF.  Several evenings, I jumped on 40 meters from my truck.  I worked three or four stations in the Route 66 special event, as well as K4MIA/8, which was a special event station for members of the armed forces that went MIA in combat.  I also made a 20 meter contact on my way back from Magdalena as well.

I have updated my logbook, and will update DX4Win and LOTW in the next few days.

I was not as active on VHF/UHF.  I checked into the Caravan Club (444 MHz), and the SCAT Net only once (145.330 MHz).

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.37   Leave a comment

I actually made a few HF contacts this week. I worked the Fort Bragg 100 year anniversary station on 20 meters and one of the Route 66 stations on 40 meters. That was my first 40 meter contact in a long time!

I set up a Yaesu FT-857D in the Ranger with a 40 meter Hamstick. The antenna is not great, and my 40 meter contact was across town, but I will work on that soon.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times and the Caravan Club Net on Sunday night.

The Tech Amateur Radio Association is up and running as well. Soon, they will be having regular meetings and events, and I’ll see if I can attend any of them. I should once in a while, as I am the faculty advisor for the club.

I will update my logbooks soon.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.11   Leave a comment

I had a relatively productive week on amateur radio.  I say that, but I only made a few contacts.

I took a trip to Deming, NM, and then drove even farther south from there (to the Mexican border).  Along the way, I operated from two new grid squares (DM61, DM62).  DM61 was a rare one, as it is mostly located in rural Mexico.  Even so, I only made one contact in it.  This is probably because I only had a 40 meter HF antenna and it was the middle of the day when I traveled there.

I will update the graphics as soon as I can.  Right now, the NMT FTP server is down, so I can’t update any images.

I also updated my logbooks.  Next will be updating DX4Win.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.8   Leave a comment

This week, I was a little more active on amateur radio. I checked into the SCAT Net several times, including once from home on the 444.000 MHz repeater on my Alinco DR-605.

I am having trouble with the Alinco on the 2 meter side. It tends to power down as soon as I start to transmit. It doesn’t (so far) when I use the 70 centimeter side.

I also made a few HF contacts this weekend. Conditions were strange on 20 meters. The same station would go from 5×9+20 dB to 2×2, then back up again. Even so, I was able to log a few contacts. I did work N9B, which is some special event station concerning beer, I am assuming, as they kept identifying as “N 9 Beer”.

I checked into the Early Bird net on 40 meters, but then had trouble copying any of the stations, so I’m not sure whether I made two solid contacts there or not.

I finally updated my logbook, DX4Win, and LOTW, and emptied my digital recorder. I will start sending QSL cards this week and hopefully catch up on those soon.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.4   Leave a comment

This week, I was active on the radio in spurts.

I made a conscious effort to check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, including checking in before the official start time, just to get in.

I made a few contacts on 20 meters in the North American QSO Party. If I remember correctly, I worked WA, OR, CA and BC, but I need to check the digital recorder and log the QSOs.

I did make a 40 meter rag-chew contact to Nevada. I was in DM64 near Magdalena when I talked to a station in Pahrump.

However, my biggest accomplishment was getting established on Logbook Of The World (LOTW) and submitting most of my contacts for the GridChase. I have two left (DM64 and DM65), to which I keep adding contacts. I will work on this some more this weekend.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.3   Leave a comment

This week, I spent a little more time on the radio.  I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, and also operated on 20M and 40M SSB.

On HF, I operated from DM64 and DM65, picking up a few contacts in each of those grid squares.  There are two squares that I frequently visit, as I live in DM65 and work in DM64.  I may try for DM63 this week, as it is not too far from where I work.

I also set up eQSL.  I think I am ready to start logging contacts in it, finally.  It took me a while to navigate the security, but I think I’m finally done with it.

I added an ARRL Grid Squares part to my Mobile QSO page.  Right now, I’m up to 10 grid squares that I have operated from.

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