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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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Daily Radio Report: 7/4/15   Leave a comment

I didn’t do any radio-related stuff for the last day or so, but I have been mulling over how to mount the radios in the car. I am thinking that I will build a custom box that I can remove and use inside the house, too. Perhaps even move it to the Malibu if I want.

I don’t know much about what I want yet, other than to have the Yaesu FT-857D, antenna tuner and Yaesu FT-7800 all mounted in the box together. It will be open on both ends so that I can see the displays, and sturdy enough that I can stand it up on my desk. I think having a canvas handle on one end for carrying it is a good idea.

I am still hashing out ideas.

Thank you for reading this post, and I’ll keep you up to date.

Stupid Mistakes   Leave a comment

Sometimes, it pays to walk away from a problem for a few hours. That is what I did yesterday- walked away from my radio troubles for a little bit.

When I came back, I realized I had connected the HF antenna to the VHF/UHF port, and connected a 6′ piece of 50 ohm coax to the HF antenna port, instead of the other way around. When I swapped these, the noise floor increased on 20 meters (which is a good thing, considering I heard almost no noise or signals at all over the past few days). I tuned around and heard several stations ragchewing on the 20 meter band.

Perhaps I am back in business after all!

I removed the Yaesu FT-7800, Icom 281H and Tiny Trak from the car. I will work on these next, once I have done some more optimization on the HF radio configuration.

Now that I’m back on the air, look out radio world, I have to make up for some lost time!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

NM QSO Party   Leave a comment

This past weekend was the New Mexico QSO Party, where amateur radio operators try to contact as many New Mexico stations as possible.   New Mexican stations get to be the center of a pile up.   

Another neat feature of the contest is that each county in New Mexico worked gets counted as a multiplier for your score.
Because I live in New Mexico, the fun game I chose to play was to travel through as many counties as possible to be that station in the center of the pile ups.   For each county I made 15 contacts from, I get 5000 bonus points.

I have not yet added up my scores.  I have not even cleared my digital recorders, as the first one failed a few hours into the contest.  I will post more information on this blog.

For now, here is the route I drove.  I crossed through 10 counties and traveled just under 700 miles.