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Daily Radio Report: 7/6/14   Leave a comment

I added up yesterday’s six meter opening: 10 QSOs in 8 new gridsquares!

Today, I didn’t make any contacts on six meters. I did, however, make a number of county hunting contacts on 20 meters, as well as work Finland on 17 meters (after 0Z) and Quebec on 20 meters.

It is great to be on the radio again!


Stupid Mistakes   Leave a comment

Sometimes, it pays to walk away from a problem for a few hours. That is what I did yesterday- walked away from my radio troubles for a little bit.

When I came back, I realized I had connected the HF antenna to the VHF/UHF port, and connected a 6′ piece of 50 ohm coax to the HF antenna port, instead of the other way around. When I swapped these, the noise floor increased on 20 meters (which is a good thing, considering I heard almost no noise or signals at all over the past few days). I tuned around and heard several stations ragchewing on the 20 meter band.

Perhaps I am back in business after all!

I removed the Yaesu FT-7800, Icom 281H and Tiny Trak from the car. I will work on these next, once I have done some more optimization on the HF radio configuration.

Now that I’m back on the air, look out radio world, I have to make up for some lost time!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

More Problems   Leave a comment

My Yaesu FT-857D has a problem in its display. Most likely, there is a loose connection somewhere, causing the display to turn off randomly.

This is a major problem, because I am on the road for the next nine days, and intended to storm chase and county hunt this entire time.

I am depressed.

County Hunting and Radio Swap   Leave a comment

I made a few county hunting contacts today on 20 meter SSB. I think they were mostly in Missouri, but there was a married couple in Texas as well.

This afternoon, I will be swapping out my Radio Shack HTX-10 from between the seats in the car for an Alinco DR-605 VHF/UHF radio. I am making this change because the Yaesu FT-7800 is not functioning properly, and I have not had a chance to mess with it yet. I think the microphone is broken, but I can’t say for sure.

I am working on my departure date for storm chasing. I may leave as soon as tomorrow, or maybe as late as a week from now. Conditions are not great right now, but I don’t know if they will improve either, and I am starting to run out of springtime for storm chases. Either way, I need to have a VHF/UHF radio in the car for storm chasing and Skywarn operations, hence the swap.

Hopefully, I will also get a chance to reprogram my TinyTrak3 and have APRS running in the car again. That’s wishful thinking though, so I make no promises.

I will keep you posted as I make more decisions.

Storm Chasing + Daily Radio Report   Leave a comment

I am in the middle of my annual storm chase, hence the lack of posts on this blog. I will say that today I ran a few counties on the 20 meter SSB county hunter net (14.336 MHz) in rural NE:

Dawson, NE: 1
Gosper, NE: 6
Phelps, NE: 5

Yesterday, I ran several along eastern CO, all of which were new for me:

Prowers, CO: 4
Kiowa, CO: 7
Cheyenne, CO: 7
Kit Carson, CO: 3
Yuma, CO: 6

Tomorrow, I’ll likely hang out in south central NE and north central KS, so I’ll run a few more.

Monthly Summary: March 2013   1 comment

This month, we took a few day trip to CA. I ran Cibola, NM and then San Diego, CA throughout the trip. I didn’t run many counties, but that wasn’t the focus of the trip this time.

This weekend, I’ll probably run a few counties during the NM QSO Party.

I also like my new plan to run counties each Monday, but on a different band each time. This week, I ran 10 meters and made a few QSOs. Last week, it was 17 meters. This upcoming week, it will either be 15M, 12M or 40M depending on the sun spots.

HF QSOs: 73
VHF QSOs: 12

2 meters: 12
15 meters: 2
17 meters: 1
20 meters: 69
40 meters: 1

SSB: 73
FM: 12

San Diego, CA: 10
Bernalillo, NM: 2
Cibola, NM: 4
Sandoval, NM: 25
Socorro, NM: 19
Valencia, NM: 13

County Hunting: 57
Contest (ID QSO, NA Sprint): 14
Net (VHF): 12
Net (HF): 1
DX: 1

DX Entities:
US, Canada, Columbia, (Austria – missed in last month’s summary)

Graphics updated soon.

This Week in Radio   Leave a comment

I’ve been hit or miss on the radio over the past week. A few activities:

I made a whopping one QSO in the ARRL International DX Phone contest. It was Columbia though, so that was nice. During the contest, 15 meters was wide open, but my antenna was not up to par, and I could only transmit about 10W or so without getting reports of bad audio.

I made a whopping one QSO in the ID QSO Party. It was Boundary county though, which I consider a hard one.

I made one weak ragchewing QSO in GA on 20 meters on my way to Intel one evening.

I made several county hunting QSOs from both Sandoval, NM and Bernalillo, NM.

I’ve been slowly updating my DX4Win log and my paper logs.

I checked into the SCAT Net on Thursday and Friday mornings, and the Caravan Club Net on Sunday evening.

Better luck this week in radio!