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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.03   Leave a comment

This week was especially slow for amateur radio.   I made no HF contacts, sent no QSL cards, and did very little repair work to my antennas.

I determined my 40 meter Hamstick has failed.  It was bent near the top, and that caused it to wobble and loosen itself.  I kept tightening it, but eventually, it damaged the threads at the base of the antenna.  Thankfully, it didn’t tear up the mount, as another Hamstick threaded up tight.  I might be able to rethread the base of the old one.

I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net almost every day this week, all from the 145.330 MHz repeater.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.03   Leave a comment

I didn’t do much radio operating this week.  I’ve been cleaning up a small flood at my house and taking the opportunity to get things organized.

I have been slowly logging the QSL cards I received while I was gone.  I still have a few left to log.

I have updated and finalized all of my grid chase stuff.  Overall, I was disappointed in this contest.  As far as SSB was concerned, there was virtually nobody on.  I was often willing to drive way out of my way to operate from a new grid square, only to find nobody answered my CQ.  I know a lot of it has to do with the solar cycle, the low participation on the county hunters net, and the uptick in activity on FT8.  However, it was frustrating to drive down to the Mexico border and only get like one QSO, and that was the same person I’d worked in the previous grid square.  He wasn’t even playing in the grid chase, but I called him back to make a contact for myself anyhow.

I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times.  I checked into the Caravan Club on Sunday as well.

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Yearly Review: 2018   Leave a comment

This year was a bit disappointing in terms of my radio participation and contacts.

I did not repair my HF antenna, though I have a few leads as to what might be wrong.  I also did not repair my all mode VHF radio, even though I know what I need to fix on that one.

My operating numbers went down.  I only made contacts on 20 meters and 40 meters, only added a few new counties, did not submit my NM QSO Party log, and did not even get a participation pin for the SSB Sweepstakes.

All of my HF contacts were on SSB, and all of my VHF and UHF contacts were FM.  The numbers were:
70 cm:  12
2 m:  66
20 m:  456
40 m:  34

Now for the victories.

I had a really successful storm chase.  I made some contacts on the road, and will take more amateur radio equipment on this year’s storm chase with high school students.

I operated from 62 Maidenhead gridsquares.  I had hoped for 50, but exceeded that.

I started getting serious about QSL’ing from my home address.  I have not done that since I lived in Blacksburg (2002-2005).  I have nearly every state confirmed on 20 meters.

I am much more comfortable using Logbook of the World.  I was scared of it for ages, but in order to play the ARRL GridChase, I needed to use it.  Now, I’m much more proficient at using it.

I did participate in Skywarn Recognition Day.

I operated from a new state (North Dakota).

In 2019, I will get my HF antenna fixed one way or another.  I have several ideas for this, and will also consult the ARRL Handbook for more suggestions.  I will also fix the all mode VHF radio, as that needs a knob tensioned and reassembled.  No big deal there.

I am planning on the NM QSO Party as well, as soon as they release the dates for it.  Sweepstakes will be up in the air, as it is often over my son’s birthday as well as a conference near where he lives, so I will probably travel.

I will operate on the storm chase for sure.

I’m looking forward to the new year.

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Posted January 8, 2019 by n3mra in Yearly Review

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.02   Leave a comment

I have not done much on the radio this week.  I had a frozen pipe in my house, so I had a minor flood to deal with when I returned from travel.

I did make a few HF contacts on 20 meters on my return trip.  I ran several counties in Indiana and Illinois.  I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net once this week, and will hopefully check in more often this week.

When I returned home, I saw that I had received an influx of QSL cards, and I will go through those next week.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.01   Leave a comment

Happy New Year!!!

I was active on the radio over the last few days.  I operated on 20 meters and 40 meters, finishing out the ARRL Grid Chase with around 63 grids operated FROM.   I don’t really know what happened with this event, as I heard very few stations on chasing grids, versus the National Park game, where there were tons of contacts to be made.

County hunting was disappointing this year as well.  Often, there was nobody around to make the contact, and so I didn’t go out of my way for many counties.  In the past, I would weave complex routes to cross as many county lines as possible.  This year, I drove through entire counties calling CQ with no response.

I did make a few contacts in the Canadian contest that ran this weekend.  I liked that stateside contacts counted as well, though I made contacts in several Canadian provinces.

I will post my total QSO count and break downs by band once I return home and have my logbooks available.

In the meantime, happy new year, and I hope to see you on the air!

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.51   Leave a comment

I have been active on 20 meters this week.  We have been on our annual Christmas road trip.  So far, I have not made many QSOs, but I have operated from a few new gridsquares and several new counties as well.

I have not updated my maps yet, as some of my QSOs are on the my phone and have not yet been logged on paper/DX4Win/LOTW.  That is on my list today, but we’ll see how that goes.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.50   Leave a comment

I didn’t make many new contacts this week, but I have been on fire updating my logbooks and sending QSL cards.  I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times and the Caravan Club once.

I had made it a goal to get my WAS on 20 meters by the end of the year.  I have worked all of the stations, but not sent the QSL cards.  Now, I’ve sent all but four.  However, my contact in Delaware passed away, so I will need to work that state again.  I put in a good effort.

I was in San Diego for the weekend, and listened on a local repeater from my Yaesu VX-7R, but was unable to hit the repeater from inside my hotel room.

I also read the December issue of QST.  I especially liked the article in “The World Above 50 MHz” titled “Hurricane Tropospheric Propogation from Florence”, by Jon Jones, N0JK.  This article discussed how there was increased tropospheric ducting ahead of Florence because of a high pressure system that lingered for days. [1]

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[1] Jones, Jon.  “Hurricane Tropospheric Propogation from Florence”.  QST, December 2018, pp 94-95.