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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.42   Leave a comment

This week was really uneventful on the radio.  I switched over to a ten meter antenna for the 10-10 contest, but did not hear a PEEP.

I also switched cars, and now my antenna situation is backwards.  I have a 40 meter antenna for daytime use and a 20 meter antenna for the car I drive at night!

I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, but I missed the Caravan Club net.

I thought I might play on the radio this weekend in the Denver area, but with the nasty weather, I stayed indoors all weekend.

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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: 2018.38   Leave a comment

This week, I was quite active on HF.  Several evenings, I jumped on 40 meters from my truck.  I worked three or four stations in the Route 66 special event, as well as K4MIA/8, which was a special event station for members of the armed forces that went MIA in combat.  I also made a 20 meter contact on my way back from Magdalena as well.

I have updated my logbook, and will update DX4Win and LOTW in the next few days.

I was not as active on VHF/UHF.  I checked into the Caravan Club (444 MHz), and the SCAT Net only once (145.330 MHz).

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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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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.36   Leave a comment

I finally have all of my logbooks and DX4Win up to date.  I am slowly updating LOTW, though I have all of last month’s contacts entered in correctly.

I received my Yaesu FT-857D back from the manufacturer.  I will install it in my pickup truck soon.  I went to do so today, but realized my cables and mic are still in the car, which is parked in Socorro.  I’ll bring them home soon.

I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT net once and the Caravan Club net once as well.

I also did some yardwork and found some coaxial cable that runs to my antennas.  I  will trace it back and try to get my HF antenna up on the air again before SSB Sweepstakes.

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