Archive for the ‘Albuquerque SCAT Net’ Tag

This Week in Amateur Radio: 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: 2018.36   Leave a comment

I finally have all of my logbooks and DX4Win up to date.  I am slowly updating LOTW, though I have all of last month’s contacts entered in correctly.

I received my Yaesu FT-857D back from the manufacturer.  I will install it in my pickup truck soon.  I went to do so today, but realized my cables and mic are still in the car, which is parked in Socorro.  I’ll bring them home soon.

I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT net once and the Caravan Club net once as well.

I also did some yardwork and found some coaxial cable that runs to my antennas.  I  will trace it back and try to get my HF antenna up on the air again before SSB Sweepstakes.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.34   2 comments

I wish I could say I was active on the radio.  I was- a little.  However, I have not yet logged my contacts from New England, and that has put a damper on future HF radio activities. Lingering in the back of my mind is all of the radio contacts I need to log instead.

I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net on 2 meters several occasions.  I had not checked into that net for many weeks.

I also received a call from Yaesu.  They have not been able to repeat the problem I had with distortion on my Yaesu FT-857D.  Perhaps it is the power supply from the car.  I did reconnect the battery wire a few weeks ago, and that may have fix the problem with my radio.  Anyhow, they are shipping it back to me soon after they test a few more things.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.12   Leave a comment

I am freaking out a little bit.  I seem to have misplaced my voice recorder.  This is quite annoying, as it has the contacts from DM61 and DM62 on it.  Hopefully, I will find it soon.

This weekend, I made a few contacts in the Virginia QSO Party on 20 meters.  I did not have much time to play on the radio, so I was glad to get in a few.  I also worked a station in Mexico and another near Pittsburgh, PA.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times.  I wasn’t nearly as active on the radio as I would have liked to have been.

This weekend, I will drive to Utah.  I may get the chance to make a few more contacts.  We’ll see.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.10   Leave a comment

This week, I have slipped behind on my logbooks and QSL cards, but I hope to catch up soon. I left my voice recorder in Socorro, so I was not able to properly log everything that occurred since last week.

I did participate in the DX contest this weekend, off and on, and I made several contacts. I recorded these on my phone, so I need to record them into the logbook soon. I know I worked Aruba, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Hawaii, and I’m sure there were others I have forgotten.

I also checked into a few 2 meter nets, but I don’t remember how many or how often. The highlight of my radio experience this week was playing in the DX contest!

I did put up a 20 meter Hamstick on the Ranger, but I still need to tune it.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.9   Leave a comment

This week, I finished updating my logbook, though I have made more contacts since then. I sent off a handful of QSL cards as well. I intended to work the NC and SC QSO Parties, but I heard no stations in either in the brief window I had available on Sunday afternoon.

I did make a few ragchewing QSOs on 20 meters. I also worked Catalina Island off the coast of California as well. It’s always nice to work an Islands on the Air station.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net and the Rusty Raider’s net several times. I am having a slight problem in my truck where the radio will occasionally power down. I think I have a cable that is pinched, and I’ll have to take a look at that.

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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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