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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.03   Leave a comment

This week was especially slow for amateur radio.   I made no HF contacts, sent no QSL cards, and did very little repair work to my antennas.

I determined my 40 meter Hamstick has failed.  It was bent near the top, and that caused it to wobble and loosen itself.  I kept tightening it, but eventually, it damaged the threads at the base of the antenna.  Thankfully, it didn’t tear up the mount, as another Hamstick threaded up tight.  I might be able to rethread the base of the old one.

I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net almost every day this week, all from the 145.330 MHz repeater.

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Amateur Radio This Week: #15   Leave a comment

This week was great. I was planning to run the NM QSO Party from my Crown Victoria, but two days before the contest, someone accidentally broke my antenna off. It broke my 20 meter Hamstick right at the ball mount, meaning that I could not use the ball mount, either. Instead, I took my Ford Ranger with a magnet-mounted 20 meter Hamstick.

The Ranger is electrically quite noisy, so I would pull over in each county and turn off the truck. Because I stopped in each one, I made sure to make at least 15 QSOs, earning me 5000 bonus points for each one. All said and done, I operated like this through eight counties (Sandoval, Santa Fe, San Miguel, Mora, Colfax, Union, Harding and Quay).

I have not transcribed my log yet, nor have I dumped the photos from my camera. I will do this soon, and post the photos here.

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Daily Radio Report: 10/17/15   Leave a comment

Finally, I installed a ball mount on the Crown Vic. It has been riding around in my trunk since the end of May.

To test it out, I worked a station in the NY QSO Party, as well as a lighthouse station in CA, both on 20 meter SSB. It seems to work just fine!

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Daily Radio Report: 9/26/15   Leave a comment

Yesterday, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net on the 2 meter side from home on my Alinco DR-135TP. I also updated my VHF logbook.

I did some antenna shopping for the Tech Amateur Radio Association yesterday as well. I did not really find what I was looking for; I wanted a G5RV, but upon reading about them, I found that they were longer than I thought. I need to re-measure and make sure that a G5RV will fit in the place where I wanted it to go. We used to have a multiband dipole, but I believe it is damaged from falling down in the wind, and having to be cut from another antenna in the area.

It seems to me that there was a G5RV-Jr. that did 6 meters through 40 meters. We’d lose 80 meters, but it didn’t work that well anyway.

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Daily Radio Report: 8/23/15   Leave a comment

I played around with my HF setup yesterday to improve my antenna conditions. I can tune up, at full power on 20 meters and 40 meters, by running the signal through the internal tuner in my Kenwood TS-570D, a coaxial switch, my MFJ-891, then my MFJ-949E tuner. I use the 949 to bring the impedance in range so that the 570D can handle it.

I can hear 40 meter signals, but could not check into the OMISS late net.

On 20 meters, I can tune up, but I have yet to hear a single signal. However, I can’t tell if that is me, or if that is conditions. I checked the DX spots on eham and I checked the county hunter spotter cluster, and neither of them are showing activity on 20 meters.

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Daily Radio Post: 8/11/15   Leave a comment

I haven’t played on the radio in several days now. I did set up my Kenwood TS-570D, but I need to work on my antenna, as the radio’s antenna tuner sends me “SOS” in Morse code when it tries to tune to the vertical antenna.

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Daily Radio Report: 5/12/15   Leave a comment

I am not hearing many signals on 20 meters. My antenna is tuning, but I’m not hearing much. I will take a look at my antenna this afternoon.

I did make one contact on the 20 meter county hunter net, and I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net (2 meter side) this morning, however.

The big news, however, is that I have been accepted into the ARRL Teacher’s Institute for the Remote Sensing class!!!! I will be going to W1AW/ARRL Headquarters again for a week in July, and I’m really looking forward to it!

Now, to figure out this antenna, and to finish preparing for storm chasing…

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