Archive for the ‘Albuquerque SCAT Net’ Tag

Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.29   Leave a comment

I did manage to make a few 20 meter contacts this week.  I have been operating from my Crown Vic with a Yaesu FT-857D and a Hamstick.  I worked Puerto Rico, Netherlands Antilles, North Carolina, and maybe one or two other places as well.

I was not able to make any contacts from Wisconsin.  I did find a working repeater that I could hit with my Yaesu VX-7R, but I did not make any contacts.  I kept transmitting that I was monitoring the repeater, but I had no replies.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net once as well.

I will drive to Los Angeles this weekend, so I may get a few contacts along the way.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.26   Leave a comment

This week was a lot less active than I had anticipated.

I barely participated in Field Day.  I made two contacts from my car on 40 meters.  The cool thing is both of them were new states on 40 meters for me, Wyoming and Arkansas.
I will update the graphics soon to reflect this.

I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times.  Mostly, I did this from US-60 between Socorro and Magdalena, which is a long-haul to the repeater.  Some days, it was scratchy, but some days I was able to check in with no problems.

I am looking forward to my ARRL order as well. It should arrive any day now.  I did order some call sign stickers for my vehicles.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.25   Leave a comment

This week, I made a contact or two on 40 meters.  I heard Indonesia on 40 meters, but he couldn’t hear me.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times on the 2 meter side.

I haven’t updated my QSL cards in a few weeks, but I recently received a notice that I was the last county for someone in Kansas a few years ago.

This morning, I went ahead and placed an order with the ARRL.  I picked up my standard assortment of Field Day patches and such, and I had a coupon to receive a free book on grounding, so I am excited about that.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.24   Leave a comment

Believe it or not, I did make a few contacts this past week!  I did a little ragchewing on 20 meters and 40 meters, and worked several stations.  I was operating mobile from the Crown Vic (Socorro and Lincoln counties in New Mexico).

This morning, I was able to check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net from US-60 on my way into Magdalena.  I used the Yaesu FT-7800 in the Crown Vic.

Hopefully, I will do some more radio this week.  I have received a few QSL cards, as well as an eQSL that needs a response.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.18   2 comments

I wasn’t active on radio hardly at all this week, minus a few checkins to the Albuquerque SCAT Net from my Yaesu VX-7R.

The focus of this week has been preparing to lead the Magdalena High School Storm Chase Team from May 1-7.  I spent today wiring up the Ford Expedition I will be driving.

There are five students and one teacher, plus me, a tutor.  One of the students is also a licensed ham radio operator.  We will have 2 meters for storm chasing/Skywarn activities (ICOM 2100H) , and I am bringing a 20 meter Hamstick, though last year, we never once turned on the HF radio (Yaesu FT-857D).  This year, the storms aren’t as likely on our chase as they were last year, so perhaps I’ll make a few county hunter contacts, and maybe drum up a little radio interest on the down days.  I’d really like to get the ham active before he goes off to college, and it would be nice to get a few of the other students interested as well.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.17   Leave a comment

On one hand, I was not very active on amateur radio this week.  On the other hand, I spent a bunch of time updating my logbooks.  I was able to submit my NM QSO Party log on time, and updated DX4Win as well.

I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, mostly from my Yaesu VX-7R on the 70 centimeter side.

I removed the Yaesu FT-857D from my truck this week.  My truck was broken into, but they didn’t bother to steal the radio, which is a little strange.  Even so, I will need to install it into a school vehicle next week anyhow.

Next week, I will leave Wednesday with five high school students and a high school teacher for a week of storm chasing in the Great Plains.  I’m getting everything ready for that, and that is taking up some of my free time.  I will have at least a dual bander, plus perhaps 20 meters.  I’ll see about running some counties.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.16   Leave a comment

This week was exciting on amateur radio.  I made 107 QSOs on 20 meter HF, 105 of which were for the NM QSO Party.  I have finished tallying up my results and submitted my logs and contest photos this morning.  I am claiming the score of 41,720 points, as I earned 35,000 bonus points for activating 7 counties!  I will update my contest page soon.

I took two photos of my car in the contest.

I did make two more contacts that did not count for the contest- one was a DX station in Spain and the other made the contact, but never gave me his name, so his contact doesn’t count for the contest total.

Outside of the contest, I did very little radio.  I only checked into the SCAT Net once or twice last week.

I did tighten up the rope holding up my 20 meter antenna.  I want to see if that improves my reception, but I haven’t tested it during hours where 20 meters is open.

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