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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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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.28   Leave a comment

I received my Yaesu FT-857D back from repair.  I have plugged it into my home antenna station, and there is still a ton of noise.  However, I am having all sorts of base antenna problems, so that is not really an indication of a problem.  The real test will be when I plug it into my car.  Right now, the borrowed 857 is running S7 to S8 noise, with no filters.  If mine is still running S9+20dB, with or without filters, I’m going to send it back.

Other than that, I’ve been working through my stack of QSL cards.  I have quite a few still to go.  I did log all of my W1AW QSL cards from 2014, back when they did a number of special event stations to commemorate 100 years of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).  I wish I had participated in this event a little more, as I was missing quite a few states.  However, I was having problems with my 857 back then as well.

This week, I’ll test the 857, return a few direct DX cards, send a few more DX enveloped to the bureau, and return the rest of the SASE’D QSL/MRCs that are sitting on my desk.

I have my work cut out for me!

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.27   Leave a comment

I have finally caught up on all of my logs and DX4Win electronic logs.  Now, I don’t feel as guilty getting on the air!  When my logs are behind, I am reluctant to make more contacts.

Yesterday, I also sent away 15 QSL/MRCs, and I am slowly catching up on those as well.

Yesterday, I also received a call about my Yaesu FT-857D.  $145 and it is on its way home.  It had a bad coax connector (where it mounted to the board) and several other things.  The coaxial connector, I could have found and fixed, but the other stuff, not as easy.  Either way, it ships tomorrow, and I should get it back soon.

I posted a comment on the forum, as I will be going to Illinois in a few weeks, and, because I am driving, I will be running mobile counties.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.2   Leave a comment

This week in amateur radio, I checked into several local VHF nets here in New Mexico.  On Sunday night, I checked into the Caravan Club Net, and then today, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net and then the Rusty Raider’s Net.

I also spent some time listening on 10 meters, as two stations were ragchewing, and I could copy them.  They were, however, the only stations I could hear on the band.

I also read the January, 2017, issue of QST.  I always get mixed feelings when I read the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) issue.  On one hand, I am always inspired by all the neat projects, and I want to work on all of them…but on the other hand, most of them are well above my skill level.  Case in point- I have a vertical antenna in my yard that doesn’t work very well, and I haven’t fixed it.

I did order a transmission hump mount for the Crown Victoria.  I’ll see how that works out.  I need a better system than wedging radios between the seat and the transmission tunnel, and this is worth a shot.

I also received a QSL envelope from the ARRL QSL Bureau.  Mostly, it contained QSL cards from the W1AW/# event in 2014, but there were a few Japanese and Canadian cards in there as well.

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Daily Radio Report: 11/5/15   Leave a comment

Once again, I did no radio related anything yesterday. I boarded the train in a different area than usual, so I didn’t even check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net.

I did, while cleaning up an old binder, find a bunch of old QSL cards from 2009 or so that I’ve never responded to. I’ll have to get on that as soon as I return from Utah. I will also look for some local nets in Salt Lake City and try to check into those from my VX-7R.

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Daily Radio Report: 9/21/15   Leave a comment

Yesterday, I updated my logbooks and returned 10 QSL cards. I am slowly working through the stack that has accumulated throughout the year. I also started organizing my QSL cards to make sure that I have a place for all of them, and can find them when I go to apply for various radio awards.

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Daily Radio Report: 9/6/15   Leave a comment

I tried to make a few contacts on 20 meters yesterday, but I need to tighten up my 20 meter antenna and mount.

I also spent some time looking for my G5RV, which I can’t seem to find anywhere. I checked in the back of my old car (where I thought it lived) and it wasn’t there either. I know I bought one during my Intel days, thinking to myself, “everyone has one of these, I might as well get one and maybe use it some day!”

I also bought some containers for sorting my QSLs. Right now, all of my QSL cards exist in a drawer, disorganized and a mess. I bought two plastic CD containers (which will fit QSL cards) and I will keep one for Sandoval County, Socorro County, Montgomery County, and King George County (all places I had fixed stations), and one for mobile.

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Posted September 6, 2015 by n3mra in Daily Radio Report

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