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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: 2018.2   Leave a comment

I finally put together my list of annual radio contacts.  This past year (2017) was a bit of a slump, as it was my worst year for HF contacts since 2006.  I did check into quite a few nets, however, as my number of VHF and UHF contacts were much higher than ever.

contacts 2017

This week has not been much different.  I didn’t make any HF contacts over the past week, unfortunately.  I did update my DX4Win Logs, and am finally in a place where I can start returning QSL cards.

I did play on the radio a bit, though I did not make any contacts.  Today, I called “CQ Grid Chase” on 40 meters for 15 or 20 minutes, but had no takers.  I did check into the Caravan Club Net once (70 cm) and the Albuquerque SCAT Net once (2 m).  I tried to check into it this morning from Magdalena, but I couldn’t quite hit the repeater.

I will try to make some contacts this week from DM65 and DM64 (Rio Rancho/Albuquerque and Socorro, respectively).

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.42   Leave a comment

This week was relatively quiet for me on amateur radio.  I played in the 10-10 contest last week, calling CQ and listening, but never heard a peep on 10 meters.  My father said 10 was open yesterday, so I will probably try it out today on my way home from Magdalena.

I received an Amazon order that contained some ferrite chokes and a new 20 meter Hamstick.  I need to get the 20 meter Hamstick assembled and tuned by next week, so that I can take it to Minnesota with me.

I was able to check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times last week.  I also listened to a repeater in Moab, UT, on 440 MHz, but never heard anyone.  I announced that I was monitoring several times, but heard no response.

This week, I will also need to update my logbooks, as I have quite a few recorded QSOs that need to be processed from the past six weeks of radio.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.19   Leave a comment

My amateur radio activity has been limited over the past week.   Having said that, I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net on both the VHF and the UHF side a few times, and I did attend the last Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) meeting of the semester.

I will have an active radio week coming up, however, as I will be leaving for storm chasing on Monday.  In this next week, I am getting all of my amateur radio systems tested and ready.  Still on the list is getting the APRS system up and running (TinyTrak3 to an Icom IC-281H), tuning a 20 meter hamstick, and tidying up some of the cords that run around in the Crown Victoria.

I have been slowly updating my DX4Win Logs as well.  They need to be up-to-date so that I can start the storm chase out with a clean voice recorder, and perhaps fewer QSL cards sitting in the pile to return.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.18   Leave a comment

I updated my logbooks for the first time in two or three weeks.  That was long overdue.  I will update my DX4WIN log soon.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net several times this week.  I also checked into the 432 MHz SSB net on Wednesday, which was my first ever SSB contact on that band.

I also spent some time on Sunday ragchewing on the 145.330 MHz repeater.

Other than that, it has been a slow week for amateur radio, for me anyhow.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.8   Leave a comment

This has been a busy week for amateur radio.  First, I set up a Yaesu FT-857D in the Malibu for a few days.  I set it up and parked it by the Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) club station, and left my keys with those folks so that we could operate during the School Club Roundup contest.  I personally made several contacts (including Hawaii and a special event station in British Columbia) and a few others from the club did as well.

I also made my first contact on the TARA repeater (442.125 MHz), so that was exciting.  I think it is completely configured and in place at this point.

Over the weekend, I repaired my Morse Code key, as it has lost one of the contact screws.  Unbelievably, I found the screw on the floor of my shed amidst the mess, while looking for something else.

I also mounted my Yaesu FT-857D and Yaesu FT-7800 in the Crown Victoria.  I’ve been meaning to do that for ages, but finally got around to it.  I think it’s working out well.  I gave it a good road test and drove to Socorro, making a few contacts along the way.

In terms of operating, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net several times.  This morning, I worked Russia, Louisiana and Minnesota on 20 meters from Socorro.

I attempted to check into the Caravan Club Net, but my Alinco DR-605 kept powering down every time I transmitted.  I’ll have to look into this next weekend.

I also updated my log books from the last two weeks of QSOs.  I added quite a few VHF contacts, and a handful of 20 meter HF contacts to the books.

Due to a scheduling conflict, I did not teach the amateur radio license course this week.

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Daily Radio Report: 4/9/15   Leave a comment

I ragchewed on the 444.000 MHz repeater in Albuquerque about inexpensive 10 meter radios. I had a lot of fun using a Radio Shack HTX-10 years ago, and I shared that with the folks on the repeater.

After that, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net on the 444.000 MHz repeater.

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