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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.10   Leave a comment

This week, I have slipped behind on my logbooks and QSL cards, but I hope to catch up soon. I left my voice recorder in Socorro, so I was not able to properly log everything that occurred since last week.

I did participate in the DX contest this weekend, off and on, and I made several contacts. I recorded these on my phone, so I need to record them into the logbook soon. I know I worked Aruba, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Hawaii, and I’m sure there were others I have forgotten.

I also checked into a few 2 meter nets, but I don’t remember how many or how often. The highlight of my radio experience this week was playing in the DX contest!

I did put up a 20 meter Hamstick on the Ranger, but I still need to tune it.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.30   Leave a comment

I have been quite active in the world of amateur radio this week.

I started out by making a few contacts on 20 meters late at night each night this week.  I worked Ecuador, West Virginia and Hawaii.

I sent seven QSL cards this week, and organized a few more stacks.  I also updated DX4Win and my paper logs.  More QSL cards will be processed when I return from my road trip.

Speaking of road trips, I drove from Rio Rancho, NM, to Forsyth, IL, for a chemical process safety training.  Along the way, I played on the 20 meter SSB county hunters net.  I operated from ten or so new counties in KS and MO.

I will do some more site-seeing around Illinois before driving home in a few days.  I will operate from more counties along the way.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.29   Leave a comment

This has been a good week for amateur radio.  I installed the Yaesu FT-857D in the Crown Vic and I made quite a few contacts driving around Rio Rancho.  Most of my contacts have been DX stations:  Spain, Mexico and Ecuador.  I did work a few stations in the US as well.

Last night, I attended the ARRL Hurricane webinar, which talked about the differnent hurricane nets that run all season (and even into the off-sesaon).  This was a really great presentation, and I was happy that I attended it, even if I missed the first twenty minutes due to no cellular service.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times from the 2 meter side, though I was unable to get in this morning.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.10   Leave a comment

This weekend, I was active on 20 meters during the ARRL DX Contest.  I haven’t added up all of my scores yet, or even tallied the number of contacts, but I made quite a few in the Caribbean.  I know I worked Brazil, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Columbia, US Virgin Islands, and Hawaii, and there were likely others.

I checked into a Bible study on 20 meters this morning as well.

This weekend was the Adventist Radio Association contest, though I heard no stations participating.

I was not as active on VHF/UHF over this past week.  I left my HT in a lab (I was using the receiver to see if our ultrasonic equipment was switching “on”).  I also messed up the repeater programming on the Icom IC-2100H, which lives in the Malibu.

Also, March 1 marked 25 years of amateur radio for me.  I was licensed on 3/1/92, at the age of 10 years old.  I passed the Novice class license exam and the 5 WPM Morse code exam, earning the call KA3ZWS.  A month later, I earned my Technician class license, and traded in my callsign for N3MRA, which I still use to this day.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.8   Leave a comment

This has been a busy week for amateur radio.  First, I set up a Yaesu FT-857D in the Malibu for a few days.  I set it up and parked it by the Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) club station, and left my keys with those folks so that we could operate during the School Club Roundup contest.  I personally made several contacts (including Hawaii and a special event station in British Columbia) and a few others from the club did as well.

I also made my first contact on the TARA repeater (442.125 MHz), so that was exciting.  I think it is completely configured and in place at this point.

Over the weekend, I repaired my Morse Code key, as it has lost one of the contact screws.  Unbelievably, I found the screw on the floor of my shed amidst the mess, while looking for something else.

I also mounted my Yaesu FT-857D and Yaesu FT-7800 in the Crown Victoria.  I’ve been meaning to do that for ages, but finally got around to it.  I think it’s working out well.  I gave it a good road test and drove to Socorro, making a few contacts along the way.

In terms of operating, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net several times.  This morning, I worked Russia, Louisiana and Minnesota on 20 meters from Socorro.

I attempted to check into the Caravan Club Net, but my Alinco DR-605 kept powering down every time I transmitted.  I’ll have to look into this next weekend.

I also updated my log books from the last two weeks of QSOs.  I added quite a few VHF contacts, and a handful of 20 meter HF contacts to the books.

Due to a scheduling conflict, I did not teach the amateur radio license course this week.

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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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Daily Radio Post: 7/28/15   Leave a comment

Yesterday, I played on a Kenwood TS-570. It was awesome. My father and I set it up in the basement, not quite sure whether or not it would even transmit. We found the mic and connected it up to a good antenna.

The first time it transmitted, I broke a pile up to Crete on 20 meters.

A little while later, I worked Grenada on 40 meters.

I am so excited for how well this is working!

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