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These Weeks in Amateur Radio: 2017.45, 2017.46   Leave a comment

The last few weeks have been quite busy.  Two weeks ago (2017.45), I played in the SSB Sprint contest, making 10 contacts on 40 meters.  I haven’t submitted my logs yet, but it is on the list for this week.   I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times.

Last week (2017.46), I competed in the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes contest.  I made 107 QSOs split among 40 meters and 20 meters.   100 QSOs is the minimum to get the participation pin, so I earned that this year.  It is the first year in several years, as I have did group events in 2016 and 2015 instead.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net quite a few times, as well as the Caravan Club Net.  I set up my Alinco DR-605 at home, though it still cycles the power every time I transmit at high power.  With low power, I seem to be able to make the contact.  Also, on low power, I am able to hit the Socorro repeater, which means that I probably won’t ever need to go to high power.

I have quite a bit of logging work to do to submit my contest logs, but I’ll hopefully be able to tell you that they are submitted by next week’s post.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.44   Leave a comment

This week, I spent some time running counties on the 20 meter county hunter’s net, as I drove across Iowa and Minnesota.  I am a little disappointed, as I thought I would have more opportunity to play, but the conditions were not great, and the weather was bad, so I didn’t want to spend too much time distracted from the wheel.  I also did not check into any nets in MN on VHF/UHF, though I had intended to look.

I have not logged these contacts yet, so perhaps I will get that square this weekend. I am starting to fall behind on projects and it hurts.

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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: 2017.34   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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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.31   Leave a comment

I have been working through my logbook, updating DX4Win to reflect my travels to Illinois.  It looks like I operated from 25 new counties, and added 69 new QSOs to my logs.  All of my contacts were on 20 meter SSB, most of which were on the 14.336 MHz County Hunter’s Net.

I will update the graphics some time this week.

Other than updating DX4Win, I have checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net twice on the two meter side from my Yaesu VX-7R.  I will keep checking in when I can throughout this week.

I have also started some of my work at NMT.  I will see what needs to be done to restart the Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) again this year.  I would really like to get an HF antenna up and running.  I know the president of the club is working on a repeater project, and I’m sure the station needs a good cleaning.

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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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