Archive for the ‘VHF’ Tag

Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.12   Leave a comment

I am freaking out a little bit.  I seem to have misplaced my voice recorder.  This is quite annoying, as it has the contacts from DM61 and DM62 on it.  Hopefully, I will find it soon.

This weekend, I made a few contacts in the Virginia QSO Party on 20 meters.  I did not have much time to play on the radio, so I was glad to get in a few.  I also worked a station in Mexico and another near Pittsburgh, PA.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times.  I wasn’t nearly as active on the radio as I would have liked to have been.

This weekend, I will drive to Utah.  I may get the chance to make a few more contacts.  We’ll see.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.10   Leave a comment

This week, I have slipped behind on my logbooks and QSL cards, but I hope to catch up soon. I left my voice recorder in Socorro, so I was not able to properly log everything that occurred since last week.

I did participate in the DX contest this weekend, off and on, and I made several contacts. I recorded these on my phone, so I need to record them into the logbook soon. I know I worked Aruba, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Hawaii, and I’m sure there were others I have forgotten.

I also checked into a few 2 meter nets, but I don’t remember how many or how often. The highlight of my radio experience this week was playing in the DX contest!

I did put up a 20 meter Hamstick on the Ranger, but I still need to tune it.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.8   Leave a comment

This week, I was a little more active on amateur radio. I checked into the SCAT Net several times, including once from home on the 444.000 MHz repeater on my Alinco DR-605.

I am having trouble with the Alinco on the 2 meter side. It tends to power down as soon as I start to transmit. It doesn’t (so far) when I use the 70 centimeter side.

I also made a few HF contacts this weekend. Conditions were strange on 20 meters. The same station would go from 5×9+20 dB to 2×2, then back up again. Even so, I was able to log a few contacts. I did work N9B, which is some special event station concerning beer, I am assuming, as they kept identifying as “N 9 Beer”.

I checked into the Early Bird net on 40 meters, but then had trouble copying any of the stations, so I’m not sure whether I made two solid contacts there or not.

I finally updated my logbook, DX4Win, and LOTW, and emptied my digital recorder. I will start sending QSL cards this week and hopefully catch up on those soon.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.7   2 comments

I was not nearly as active on the radio as I had hoped to be this week. I barely checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net (once or twice), and that was literally my only radio activity this week.

I did talk about radio on quite a few occasions, with my father (N4ST), and a few of my students. I see that this semester, I will miss most of the Tech Amateur Radio Association meetings, and so that limits my time talking about radio.

I do have a 20 meter Hamstick antenna that I will transport to my pickup, so that I have more options besides 40 meters and 10 meters during the daytime hours. Hopefully, this will help.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.6   Leave a comment

I have been really active on VHF this week. I checked into the Albuqueruque SCAT Net several times and I checked into the Rusty’s Raiders Net as well.

Over the weekend, I intended to make contacts in the MN QSO Party and the VT QSO Party. As it turns out, I heard no stations from either QSO Party on 20 meters. Normally, I made quite a few contacts in the MN QSO Party, and so this was a little disappointing.

I did end up making four contacts in the British Columbia QSO Party, and I didn’t even know that was happening until I made the contacts. I have added these to my logbook, and will put them in DX4Win and LOTW this evening.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.5   Leave a comment

This week, I have been quite active on the radio. I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, and also played in the Winter Field Day contest.

I had intended to participate in the Montana QSO Party, but heard no MT stations over the Winter Field Day contest. Instead I made four or five contacts on 20 meters in this contest. I also did ragchew with a MT station a day after the contest ended.

I have also been doing a much better job of updating my logbooks, DX4Win, and LOTW. I need to adjust my certificate, as I did not think to include the entire time I have been N3MRA. Instead, I am only able to log QSOs from 2011, when I moved to Rio Rancho. Now, thanks to the grid chase game, I am quite versed at adding locations, and I will eventually load my county-hunting adventures to my LOTW logs.

I also renewed my ARRL Membership and requested my free book. What a great promotion!!!

This weekend, I plan to play in the MN QSO Party and process my pile of QSL cards.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.4   Leave a comment

This week, I was active on the radio in spurts.

I made a conscious effort to check into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, including checking in before the official start time, just to get in.

I made a few contacts on 20 meters in the North American QSO Party. If I remember correctly, I worked WA, OR, CA and BC, but I need to check the digital recorder and log the QSOs.

I did make a 40 meter rag-chew contact to Nevada. I was in DM64 near Magdalena when I talked to a station in Pahrump.

However, my biggest accomplishment was getting established on Logbook Of The World (LOTW) and submitting most of my contacts for the GridChase. I have two left (DM64 and DM65), to which I keep adding contacts. I will work on this some more this weekend.

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