Archive for the ‘Caravan Club Net’ Tag

Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.50   Leave a comment

I didn’t make many new contacts this week, but I have been on fire updating my logbooks and sending QSL cards.  I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times and the Caravan Club once.

I had made it a goal to get my WAS on 20 meters by the end of the year.  I have worked all of the stations, but not sent the QSL cards.  Now, I’ve sent all but four.  However, my contact in Delaware passed away, so I will need to work that state again.  I put in a good effort.

I was in San Diego for the weekend, and listened on a local repeater from my Yaesu VX-7R, but was unable to hit the repeater from inside my hotel room.

I also read the December issue of QST.  I especially liked the article in “The World Above 50 MHz” titled “Hurricane Tropospheric Propogation from Florence”, by Jon Jones, N0JK.  This article discussed how there was increased tropospheric ducting ahead of Florence because of a high pressure system that lingered for days. [1]

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[1] Jones, Jon.  “Hurricane Tropospheric Propogation from Florence”.  QST, December 2018, pp 94-95.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.45   Leave a comment

The 20 meter band appears to be opening up a little.  The other day, I made several contacts; special event stations in various places.  I need to fix the 20 meter antenna on the truck so that I can take advantage of these openings.

I also checked into the SCAT Net several times and Caravan Club Net on Sunday night.  I will update my logs soon.

I will be out of town for part of SSB Sweepstakes, but I will try to participate anyhow.  I’d really like to get the participation pin, but it is over my son’s 18th birthday, and we are traveling to Carlsbad.  If I do participate, it will be mobile, across multiple counties and gridsquares.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.43   Leave a comment

This week was a quiet one for me in amateur radio.  I did very little radio, though I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times and the Caravan Club once.

It has been a tough month.  I need to tune a 20 meter antenna for my truck so that I can make daytime contacts down in Socorro and Magdalena.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.41   Leave a comment

This week, I was not nearly as active on the radio as I had intended.  I think I only made one HF QSO.  I will probably listen to 20 meters and 40 meters more this week.

I thought this weekend was the CA QSO Party, but I did not hear any stations on 40 meters.

I did log into the Albuquerque SCAT Net several times and the Caravan Club Net on Sunday night.

I updated my logbooks, DX4Win and LOTW.

Perhaps this week, I will start catching up on QSL cards.  I may also have a trip to Denver in the works.  I will know that later this week.

That is about the extent of my radio activity this week.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.40   Leave a comment

This week was much slower to start out.  I did not make any 40 meter contacts in the evenings, like I did last week.  I did have a great conversation with a guy in Minnesota on 20 meters.

This weekend, I rerouted the coax at my house.  I have begun checking out my antenna situation at home, and the first step was to track each piece of coax.  I did make one contact on the vertical antenna (40 meters) during the Texas QSO party, to that was a good sign.  My dipole is trash, and I need to repair it.

I also ran Socorro County, NM, on the 20 meter County Hunters Net.  It has been a long time since I ran a county.  I made several contacts today during that net, both running Socorro and listening to the net.

In the VHF/UHF realm, I checked into the SCAT Net a few times, and I checked into the Caravan Club once.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.39   Leave a comment

This week was much calmer on the air.  I listened to 40 meters most nights and most mornings, and I turned on 20 meters most days.  Nothing.  Very little activity on HF at all.  I did make one contact.

Unfortunately, I also missed the Duke City Hamfest.  It was this weekend, and I just had too many other irons in the fire.

I did check into the Caravan Club Net once on the UHF side, and the Albuquerque SCAT Net twice, so I did get in a little radio time.

I also updated my logbooks, DX4Win and LOTW.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 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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