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Amateur Radio Class   Leave a comment

Congratulations to KG5NGM, KG5NGO, KG5NGP, KE0IXA, and KM6CHY, five new technician class amateur radio operators from my radio class!!

I have quite a few changes I would like to make for next year’s class. I will have to sit down and rewrite quite a bit, as well as add more hands-on activities. They liked soldering the radio together, though we never found headphones that worked for it.

Outside of the licensing, I checked into the Albuquerque Caravan Club once. That was about all I’ve done radio-wise.

In terms of station set up, I replaced the ball mount on my Crown Vic in preparation for storm chasing. Unfortunately, my Yaesu FT-857D has a broken select knob and it has damaged the display. It must have gotten jammed by something in the truck when I was driving around. Anyway, the end result is that the display works, the VFO knob works, the volume knob, and the power button works. No other button or knob functions correctly. I will take a look at it in more detail sometime soon, but I may (once again) resort to the Kenwood TS-130S for storm chasing this year.

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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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