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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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Daily Radio Report: 11/22/15   Leave a comment

Yesterday, I played in the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes contest. I only made 34 contacts in the contest, plus one contact that was not in the contest. I did, however, pick out a great location to contest for the last few hours:

Laguna Beach, CA, made a great place to end the contest!

I was able to get my ten band antenna to tune up on 10-40 meters, and made contacts on 20 meters and 40 meters.

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Daily Radio Report: 9/18/15   Leave a comment

Yesterday, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net on the 2 meter side from home.

In the evening, I fiddled with my HF antenna a bit. I didn’t do much, but I did characterize where things were not the same as what was written in the manual. For one thing, the loading coil was connected by a collar to the shaft of the antenna. This shaft had slid down the antenna such that the coil stuck out at a strange angle. I moved the collar up and adjusted it. I also made note of a few other problems; my ground radials are not attached to the antenna like it says they should be in the instructions.

Anyway, in the evening, I made a 40 meter contact for the Rt 66 on the air. He gave me a good signal report (5×9) although he was just down the road in Albuquerque.

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Daily Radio Report: 8/1/15   Leave a comment

Yesterday, we drove from Kingsport, TN, to Jackson, MS. Along the way, I operated on the 20 meter SSB county hunter’s net, and then also made one QSO on the 40 meter SSB county hunter’s net.

Cherokee, AL: 1
DeKalb, AL: 2
Etowah, AL: 2

Dade, GA: 1

Blount, TN: 6
Bradley, TN: 5
Cocke, TN: 7
Hamilton, TN: 2
Hawkins, TN: 10
McMinn/Monroe, TN: 9
Meigs, TN: 5
Polk, TN: 6
Sullivan, TN: 3

Today, I will drive to Austin, TX, and run through a few more counties.

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