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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.14   Leave a comment

I have been inactive over the past week.  I think I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, but other than that, I have been quiet.

I did develop a route for the upcoming New Mexico QSO Party, and am looking forward to running that on April 14.  I will go through Sandoval, Rio Arriba, San Juan, McKinley, Cibola, and Catron counties at a minimum.

I am also proud to announce that I will be leading a storm chasing trip for Magdalena High School!  We will be on the road from April 29 – May 4, and will go where the storms lead us.  One of the students has a ham radio license, and I will bring some 2 meter equipment with me.  Hopefully, other students will want to get licensed as well.

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This Week In Amateur Radio: 2017.20, 2017.21, 2017.22   Leave a comment

I have been on the road on my annual storm chase trip for the past two weeks.  I spent quite a bit of time talking to my chase team, all five of which (including me) are amateur radio operators.  We spent all of our time on 2 meters.

Outside of that, I did try to get APRS running in my car, using an Icom IC-281H, a TinyTrak3, a Garmin eTrex GPS, and a magnet mount.  Not only was I not able to get good packets to the TinyTrak, a giant tumbleweed knocked off the magnet mount, and destroyed it.

I also tried to run a few counties on both 20 meters and 40 meters from my Yaesu FT-857D.  The noise floor was too great, and I couldn’t hear anyone.  I am going to borrow the Tech Amateur Radio Association’s radio, and see if that helps.  If not, I am not sure what to do next.  If their radio works, I will send mine off for repair.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.19   Leave a comment

My amateur radio activity has been limited over the past week.   Having said that, I did check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net on both the VHF and the UHF side a few times, and I did attend the last Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) meeting of the semester.

I will have an active radio week coming up, however, as I will be leaving for storm chasing on Monday.  In this next week, I am getting all of my amateur radio systems tested and ready.  Still on the list is getting the APRS system up and running (TinyTrak3 to an Icom IC-281H), tuning a 20 meter hamstick, and tidying up some of the cords that run around in the Crown Victoria.

I have been slowly updating my DX4Win Logs as well.  They need to be up-to-date so that I can start the storm chase out with a clean voice recorder, and perhaps fewer QSL cards sitting in the pile to return.

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Storm Chasing + Daily Radio Report   Leave a comment

I am in the middle of my annual storm chase, hence the lack of posts on this blog. I will say that today I ran a few counties on the 20 meter SSB county hunter net (14.336 MHz) in rural NE:

Dawson, NE: 1
Gosper, NE: 6
Phelps, NE: 5

Yesterday, I ran several along eastern CO, all of which were new for me:

Prowers, CO: 4
Kiowa, CO: 7
Cheyenne, CO: 7
Kit Carson, CO: 3
Yuma, CO: 6

Tomorrow, I’ll likely hang out in south central NE and north central KS, so I’ll run a few more.

5-30-12 Storm Chase/County Hunting Day: 12 QSOs   Leave a comment

As the chase became more active (and less miles to travel), my county hunting totals went down:

Blaine, OK 12

5-29-12 Storm Chase/County Hunting Day: 50 QSOs   Leave a comment

From my digital voice recorder for 5-29-12:

Comanche, OK* 11
Cotton, OK* 8
Custer, OK 7
Kiowa, OK 7
Tillman, OK 13
Washita, OK 4

* means a new county for me.

5-28-12 Storm Chase/County Hunting Day: 227 QSOs   Leave a comment

As I slowly empty my digital voice recorder, here are my totals for 5/28/12. More posts to come….

Barton, KS* 1
Stafford, KS* 23
Pratt, KS* 18
Barbour, KS* 24
Woods, OK 18
Major, OK 18
Dewey, OK 12
Custer, OK 25
Washita, OK 17
Kiowa, OK 10
Tillman, OK* 22
Wilbarger, TX 20
Baylor, TX 19

* means a new county for me.