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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.45   Leave a comment

I am finally starting to catch up on my logbooks.  I logged quite a few VHF net check-ins, as well as the HF contacts from my trip to Minnesota.  My next steps are to log them in DX4Win, update the graphics here, and update my master counties list.

Over the past week, I was able to check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times.  I hope to check in a few more times this upcoming week.

I will also listen on 20 meters today along my commute to Magdalena.  Hopefully, there is some activity out there.

I will also attend this week’s Tech Amateur Radio Association meeting.  I haven’t attended a single one this year, so it is about time I reconnect with my club.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.42   Leave a comment

This week was relatively quiet for me on amateur radio.  I played in the 10-10 contest last week, calling CQ and listening, but never heard a peep on 10 meters.  My father said 10 was open yesterday, so I will probably try it out today on my way home from Magdalena.

I received an Amazon order that contained some ferrite chokes and a new 20 meter Hamstick.  I need to get the 20 meter Hamstick assembled and tuned by next week, so that I can take it to Minnesota with me.

I was able to check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times last week.  I also listened to a repeater in Moab, UT, on 440 MHz, but never heard anyone.  I announced that I was monitoring several times, but heard no response.

This week, I will also need to update my logbooks, as I have quite a few recorded QSOs that need to be processed from the past six weeks of radio.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.41   Leave a comment

I was a little bit more active this week on amateur radio.  I programmed a few repeaters into my truck’s Kenwood G707, so that I can check into nets around the Socorro area.  I managed to check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net on several occasions, as well as the Caravan Club Net on Sunday night.

I also put a 40 meter Hamstick on the truck.  On my drive down to Socorro from Rio Rancho, I checked into an RV service net, which marks my first 40 meter contact in quite some time.  I need to tune the antenna a bit, but I was able to get a signal out.

Today, I will probably put a 10 meter Hamstick on the truck, as today is 10-10, the day of the 10-10 Sprint.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.40   Leave a comment

I did not do much on the radio, as I only checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net one time last week.  I did, however do some radio related activities.

I spent Monday evening repairing my Kenwood TS-450S.  It had a bad capacitor, and I replaced it the other night.  My repair was mediocre, as I should have clipped the leads shorter before soldering instead of trying to get the entire length of the leads to slide through the holes on the PCB.   I finished soldering and then dropped one of the screws deep into the radio, so I had to take more things apart before reassembling the radio.  Anyway, I was able to reassemble the radio and put it back on the air.  Once it was connected to an antenna, I could hear CW signals on 40 meters, so I considered that a success.

I also hooked up an external speaker to the FT-857 I am borrowing from TARA.

Other than that, it has been a busy week, with little time for radio.

Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.36   Leave a comment

This week, I was not very active on the air at all.  I don’t even think I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net but once or twice.  I fully intended on checking into the Grant County ARES Net when I was in Silver City this weekend, but I ended up not doing that, either.

The Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) had their first recruiting event of the year, and I hear that they are filling out all of the paperwork to become an official club again this semester (it must be renewed each semester).  I will know more about it soon, as our first meeting is coming up in the next week or so.

Hopefully, I’ll be more active this week.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.34   Leave a comment

This week was relatively busy for me in the world of amateur radio.

I started out the week strong by checking into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, once from each vehicle.

On Saturday evening, I worked 12 stations on 20 meters during the North American QSO Party contest.  I have not yet submitted my log, but perhaps I will do that this week.

I also received a QSL envelope from the DX Bureau.  It looks like there are quite a few Japanese and Brazilian stations in there, but I haven’t checked my logs yet.

Also, the highlight of this week was traveling to the solar eclipse.  I went to rural Wyoming and saw the total eclipse, as we were right on the 100%, 2:28 duration line.  I tried making 6 meter contacts during the eclipse, giving out DN72, but nobody responded.

The traffic leaving the eclipse was incredible.  There were cars everywhere.  I hopped on the Wheatland, WY, 2 meter repeater (146.880 MHz) and listened in on the informal net.  Everyone was reporting their position and whether there was traffic (there always was).  I jumped in and gave a few reports, too.

I had an eyeball QSO with one of the operators, though he didn’t see me.  He described his family and where he was traveling on the radio.  Later, at a rest stop, my girlfriend waited in line behind his wife, who was describing their travel.  Sure enough, a few minutes later, both of them drove by us in the parking lot, with a magnet mount and an HT.

Overall, it was a good week, and I have some logging to finish up.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.32   Leave a comment

This week, I have finally updated the graphics from my trip to Illinois.  I did not, however, update the tally at the top of the page, so I will fix that soon.

This week, I sorted quite a few QSL cards and sent out a few new ones as well.  At this point, I think all that are left to tend to are DX QSL cards.  I will work on those ASAP.

In terms of actual radio activity, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times by HT, by my Kenwood 707, and by my Icom 2100, all on the 2 meter side.

My DX4Win logs are completely up to date as well.

Overall, it is a good place to start this week.  Perhaps I will make a few more contacts over the next few days.  Sometimes, I have a guilt complex about making more contacts when I am behind on my logs or my QSL cards.

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