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This Week In Amateur Radio: 2017.20, 2017.21, 2017.22   Leave a comment

I have been on the road on my annual storm chase trip for the past two weeks.  I spent quite a bit of time talking to my chase team, all five of which (including me) are amateur radio operators.  We spent all of our time on 2 meters.

Outside of that, I did try to get APRS running in my car, using an Icom IC-281H, a TinyTrak3, a Garmin eTrex GPS, and a magnet mount.  Not only was I not able to get good packets to the TinyTrak, a giant tumbleweed knocked off the magnet mount, and destroyed it.

I also tried to run a few counties on both 20 meters and 40 meters from my Yaesu FT-857D.  The noise floor was too great, and I couldn’t hear anyone.  I am going to borrow the Tech Amateur Radio Association’s radio, and see if that helps.  If not, I am not sure what to do next.  If their radio works, I will send mine off for repair.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.18   Leave a comment

I updated my logbooks for the first time in two or three weeks.  That was long overdue.  I will update my DX4WIN log soon.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net several times this week.  I also checked into the 432 MHz SSB net on Wednesday, which was my first ever SSB contact on that band.

I also spent some time on Sunday ragchewing on the 145.330 MHz repeater.

Other than that, it has been a slow week for amateur radio, for me anyhow.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.17   Leave a comment

I didn’t make many contacts this week, though I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times on the UHF side.

Most importantly, I did help VE an amateur radio exam in Socorro.  Turn out was low, but we do have a new licensed ham out of it, so it was all worthwhile.

I also submitted my NM QSO Party Log and updated my log books.  I still need to update DX4Win.

However, it is getting close to storm chasing season.  I will probably switch gears and start working on APRS stuff and getting ready for storm chasing.

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This Week In Amateur Radio: 2017.12   Leave a comment

The biggest accomplishment of this week was getting caught up on my logbooks and DX4Win logs.  Finally.   I had not done so for over a month.  I also sent off a few QSL cards, though I have a long ways to go there before I am caught up.

I made a few HF contacts on the 20 meter county hunter’s net and I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times over the past week.  I tried to check into the Caravan Club Net, but I am having all sorts of problems with my VHF/UHF radios.

I have an Alinco DR-605 and an Alinco DR-130TP.  The Alinco DR-605 powers down on transmit, regardless of power output or frequency.  The Alinco DR-130TP transmit audio was cutting out and had a loud hum (the net control reported this to me).  I replaced the microphone on the Alinco DR-130TP to try to fix this problem, but with the new microphone, the rig will not even power.  I am currently mapping out my entire radio system to develop a list of action items to try.  I will post my plan on this blog.

I taught another section of the amateur radio license class.  I basically showed off some useful websites including eham.net, qrz.com, gigaparts.com and arrl.org.  We also set the exam date, time and location.

I also finished the February issue of QST.  I am behind on my reading as well.  I will begin the April issue this week (and skip March for now).  In the February issue, I really appreciated several articles.

First, I really liked the article called, “6 Meter Halo Antenna for DX-ing,” by Jerry Clement, VE6AB.  I really like that this antenna is sturdy enough for mobile use, and I will try building this, once I finish up a few other radio projects.

I also really liked the article titled, “Rebuilding the West Point Cadet Amateur Radio Club – W2KGY” by Matthew SHerburne, KF4WZB.  As someone who has spent time rebuilding the Tech Amateur Radio Assocation at New Mexico Tech on several occasions, it was neat to read another article about rebuilding college clubs.  Also, this student was a former member of the Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association (VTARA), as was I.

I also love reading articles about DXpeditions, so I appreciated, “Central African DX Adventure,” by Bernie McClenny, W3UR.  Some day, I will go on a DXPedition. I don’t know how or when or where, but I will do so in my lifetime.

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Sources:
1.  Clement, Jerry.  “6 Meter Halo Antenna for DX-ing.” QST, February 2017, pp. 30-33.

2.  Sherburne, Matthew.  “Rebuilding the West Point Cadet Amateur Radio Club – W2KGY,” QST, February 2017, pp. 79-81.

3.  McClenny, Bernie.  “Central African DX Adventure.”  QST, February 2017, pp. 100-101.

This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.9   Leave a comment

This week, I was particularly active in amateur radio.  I spent time operating on 20 meter HF almost anytime I commuted.    Of these, I worked St. Helena Island (ZD7VC), The USS Iowa (NI6BB), a station in the SC QSO Party, and several of the Canadian special event stations.

In addition to the HF QSOs, I checked into the Caravan Club twice.

The highlight, however, was the New Mexico TechFest, which is a series of amatuer radio technical talks.  This year’s topics included radio direction finding, homebrewing, WSJT, tropospheric ducting, digitial mobile radio,  and NVIS antennas.  I took notes, and, while much of the discussion was above my head, I was able to extract a lot from the talks, and look forward to attending next year’s session as well.

I taught another section of my amateur radio license class this past Monday, covering operating modes and how a radio signals are generated, at least at the technician class level.

This evening, I updated my amateur radio logbooks, and will hopefully update my DX4Win logs in the near future.

Overall, it has been a busy week.

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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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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.7   Leave a comment

This week has been exciting.

On Friday, the Second Vice President of the ARRL, the NM Section Manager, and representatives of Rocky Mountain Ham Radio attended the Tech Amateur Radio Association club meeting to present to us a UHF repeater.  Rocky Mountain Ham Radio donated the repeater to us, and we had it up and running by the end of the meeting, in a temporary configuration.  Final arrangements will be announced as we finish building this system.  More information can be found here:  http://www.rmham.org/wordpress/rmhr-donates-repeater-to-tara

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I checked into a number of 2 meter nets over the past week.  I made my usual rounds to the Caravan Club Net, the Rusty Raider’s Net, and the Albuquerque SCAT Net.  I also tuned around 10 meters and called CQ, but made no contacts.

This week is School Club Roundup.  We don’t have a good antenna at New Mexico Tech, but I think we are going to try magnet mounting and Hustler resonator on the metal roof.  I brought down resonators for 20 meters, 40 meters and 80 meters, as well as a mast.

This week’s amateur radio licensure course went through waves, antennas, and propagation.  I think the students were understanding what I was saying, as they asked high-level, intelligent questions.

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