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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.25   Leave a comment

I have been on the road for the last two weeks, and I had some time to play on the radio.  I am still catching up on logging my contacts.

Two weekends ago, I ran some counties on the 20 meter SSB county hunters net, which has mostly disappeared.  I ran three in PA, two in WV, and two in OH.  On that Sunday, I drove to VA, and played in the VHF contest as a rover, and I made six meter and two meter contacts along the way.

I also drove to the Delmarva Peninsula, and operated from several new counties in MD and VA.

Last weekend, we drove from WV to AR, and I made contacts in KY, TN, MO, and AR.  I haven’t even aeverdded up how many new counties I operated from.

I will post new graphics on this website, soon.

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This Week In Amateur Radio: 2017.12   Leave a comment

The biggest accomplishment of this week was getting caught up on my logbooks and DX4Win logs.  Finally.   I had not done so for over a month.  I also sent off a few QSL cards, though I have a long ways to go there before I am caught up.

I made a few HF contacts on the 20 meter county hunter’s net and I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times over the past week.  I tried to check into the Caravan Club Net, but I am having all sorts of problems with my VHF/UHF radios.

I have an Alinco DR-605 and an Alinco DR-130TP.  The Alinco DR-605 powers down on transmit, regardless of power output or frequency.  The Alinco DR-130TP transmit audio was cutting out and had a loud hum (the net control reported this to me).  I replaced the microphone on the Alinco DR-130TP to try to fix this problem, but with the new microphone, the rig will not even power.  I am currently mapping out my entire radio system to develop a list of action items to try.  I will post my plan on this blog.

I taught another section of the amateur radio license class.  I basically showed off some useful websites including,, and  We also set the exam date, time and location.

I also finished the February issue of QST.  I am behind on my reading as well.  I will begin the April issue this week (and skip March for now).  In the February issue, I really appreciated several articles.

First, I really liked the article called, “6 Meter Halo Antenna for DX-ing,” by Jerry Clement, VE6AB.  I really like that this antenna is sturdy enough for mobile use, and I will try building this, once I finish up a few other radio projects.

I also really liked the article titled, “Rebuilding the West Point Cadet Amateur Radio Club – W2KGY” by Matthew SHerburne, KF4WZB.  As someone who has spent time rebuilding the Tech Amateur Radio Assocation at New Mexico Tech on several occasions, it was neat to read another article about rebuilding college clubs.  Also, this student was a former member of the Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association (VTARA), as was I.

I also love reading articles about DXpeditions, so I appreciated, “Central African DX Adventure,” by Bernie McClenny, W3UR.  Some day, I will go on a DXPedition. I don’t know how or when or where, but I will do so in my lifetime.

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1.  Clement, Jerry.  “6 Meter Halo Antenna for DX-ing.” QST, February 2017, pp. 30-33.

2.  Sherburne, Matthew.  “Rebuilding the West Point Cadet Amateur Radio Club – W2KGY,” QST, February 2017, pp. 79-81.

3.  McClenny, Bernie.  “Central African DX Adventure.”  QST, February 2017, pp. 100-101.

Daily Radio Report: 7/10/15   Leave a comment

Yesterday, I made one contact on 6 meters to my friend, W5ZF, here in town. I chat with him on 6 meters every so often.

Other than that, I didn’t play on the radio very much.

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Daily Radio Report: 6/24/15   Leave a comment

Yesterday, I adjusted the gain on my FT-857 and made a contact on 6 meters. He was in EM12, if I remember correctly, which is a new grid square for me.

With the solar storm, six meters has been open.

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Daily Radio Report: 6/14/15   Leave a comment

I played around in the ARRL VHF contest some more today, picking up another six or seven new grid squares, and making another 12-15 contacts. However, someone got my attention and said I was splattering up and down the band, and to turn my mic gain down.

The Yaesu FT-857D is menu driven, and considering I was operating mobile, I didn’t mess with the gain, I just called it a night. I will mess with it more when I have hard mounted all of my equipment to this vehicle.

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Daily Radio Report: 6/13/15   Leave a comment

Late last night and early this morning, I played in the ARRL VHF contest. I made two contacts on 6 meter SSB, though one of them was in Albuquerque.

I will spend the afternoon on the radio and will see what else I can do. I had a goal of getting 25 new grid squares this year, and I think I’ve made 2 of those.

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VHF Contest #2   Leave a comment

So far, this contest has been a bust. I’ve made no contacts. I will try again today, but so far, I’m not impressed.

Hopefully, the summer contest will be better.

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