Archive for the ‘40 meters’ Tag

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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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.