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Amateur Radio This Week: #44   Leave a comment

This week has been busy, and I did not accomplish all of the things I wanted to in terms of amateur radio.

I made a few contacts in the DX contest this weekend.  I think I worked Hawaii several times, Cayman Islands as well as a few countries that I don’t recognize their call signs.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net yesterday and the Rusty Raider’s Net today on 2 meters.  I checked into the Rusty Raider’s Net from Magdalena using a repeater just east of Grants, so that was a pretty good distance.

I did play back a few digital recordings and log them into my paper log book.  I did not, however, send any QSL cards, as I am still out of stamps, and keep forgetting to buy them.

In terms of the Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA), we did some volunteer work, completing our mandatory volunteer hours for New Mexico Tech this semester.  We had a good time doing so- we helped set up the annual “Haunted Hospital” for the biology department’s Halloween fund-raiser activity.

This week, I will need to:

1.  Finish logging the contacts from my digital recordings
2.  Buy stamps and sent 5 QSL cards.

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Amateur Radio This Week: #42   Leave a comment

This week, I was able to set up my Icom 2100 in the Malibu.  I replaced the coax that ran from the antenna to the radio, as the old one had been split for a long time.  I tested it by checking into the SCAT Net from Belen on Monday morning.  The contact was cut short as my power cable popped out, but there was no actual problem with the radio or antenna.

I also went to the Socorro Hamfest this weekend.  I picked up a few cheap multimeters, as well as 95′ of coax to replace my hodge-podge coax that runs betwen my HF radios and my vertical antenna in the back yard at my house.

I also acted as a Volunteer Examiner (VE) for the amateur radio test sessions that were offered at the hamfest.  Everyone who showed up left with either a new license or an upgrade, so it was a successful test session.  In fact, we have nine new licensed ham radio operators at NMT, so the Tech Amateur Radio Association has grown considerably!

On Sunday, I made a contact or two in the NY QSO Party as well.

I did not send any QSL cards but that will be in my new goals in the upcoming week.  This week, I will:

1.  Update all of my logbooks (clear my phone of all voice recordings!)
2.  Send 5 QSL cards

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Amateur Radio Goals   Leave a comment

I am terribly far behind on my amateur radio goals.  I have received my Yaesu FT-957D, but haven’t unpacked it from the box.  QSL cards are building up all around my desk.  My Radio Shack HTX-10 does not seem to be hearing much.  My vertical antenna is deaf as well.  The VHF/UHF radio in my Ranger is locked on a frequency.

This upcoming week, I intend to:
1.  Switch the VHF antenna in my Malibu.
2.  Get Skyler access to the TARA station.

After that, everything this week will be a bonus.

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Amateur Radio Week: #36   Leave a comment

This week had been great for amateur radio.  We had our first Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) meeting, as well as had our first day at the NMT club fair.

First, we set up an HF station at the club fair.  We made several 20 meter contacts in the Katrina Anniversary special event.  We started filling out our official paperwork.  I know several of the club members attempted a satellite contact, but I didn’t hear if they actually made contact.

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Amateur Radio This Week: #35   Leave a comment

I finally caught up on my DX4Win logs this past weekend.  I updated Socorro, Valencia, and Bernallio for the past month’s worth of contacts (which wasn’t many).

Other than that, I was able to work a station in South Carolina on the 20 meter county hunter’s net. I was in Socorro county at the time, and on my Kenwood TS-130S.

My goals this week are to call about the status of my Yaesu FT-857D and to pull off a successful Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) club fair.  A successful club fair means an updated charter, a budget submitted, twenty members (even if they aren’t yet hams) and all of the rest of the official packet submitted on time.

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NM QSO Party Plaque   1 comment

I received my award in the mail a few days ago, and finally got around to taking a photo of it.


Special thanks to Fred Homuth, K9GAJ, for sponsoring this award!

Otherwise, this week has been relatively quiet on the radio, at least for me. I tinkered with my HF antenna to try to improve its reception, but no dice there.  I also reinstalled the Radio Shack HTX-10 in my Malibu. I had removed it for a few days because I needed to repair the driver’s window.

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Monthly Summary: July 2016   Leave a comment

I haven’t written one of these in a long time.  I think it’s about time to start that trend again.

This month was slightly disappointing, as I was not able to make any contacts on our roadtrip to the Pacific Northwest.  I was in quite a few new counties (and one new state) with no working radio solution.  Oh well, better luck next time.

2 meters:  6
20 meters:  22

Bernalillo, NM:  14
Socorro, NM:  4
Valencia, NM:  3
DM65:  6

County Hunting:  22
Local FM Nets:  6

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Posted August 3, 2016 by n3mra in Monthly Radio Summary

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