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Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.29   Leave a comment

This has been a good week for amateur radio.  I installed the Yaesu FT-857D in the Crown Vic and I made quite a few contacts driving around Rio Rancho.  Most of my contacts have been DX stations:  Spain, Mexico and Ecuador.  I did work a few stations in the US as well.

Last night, I attended the ARRL Hurricane webinar, which talked about the differnent hurricane nets that run all season (and even into the off-sesaon).  This was a really great presentation, and I was happy that I attended it, even if I missed the first twenty minutes due to no cellular service.

I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times from the 2 meter side, though I was unable to get in this morning.

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.25   Leave a comment

I have been on the road for the last two weeks, and I had some time to play on the radio.  I am still catching up on logging my contacts.

Two weekends ago, I ran some counties on the 20 meter SSB county hunters net, which has mostly disappeared.  I ran three in PA, two in WV, and two in OH.  On that Sunday, I drove to VA, and played in the VHF contest as a rover, and I made six meter and two meter contacts along the way.

I also drove to the Delmarva Peninsula, and operated from several new counties in MD and VA.

Last weekend, we drove from WV to AR, and I made contacts in KY, TN, MO, and AR.  I haven’t even aeverdded up how many new counties I operated from.

I will post new graphics on this website, soon.

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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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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.18   Leave a comment

I updated my logbooks for the first time in two or three weeks.  That was long overdue.  I will update my DX4WIN log soon.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net several times this week.  I also checked into the 432 MHz SSB net on Wednesday, which was my first ever SSB contact on that band.

I also spent some time on Sunday ragchewing on the 145.330 MHz repeater.

Other than that, it has been a slow week for amateur radio, for me anyhow.

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This Week In Amateur Radio: 2017.12   Leave a comment

The biggest accomplishment of this week was getting caught up on my logbooks and DX4Win logs.  Finally.   I had not done so for over a month.  I also sent off a few QSL cards, though I have a long ways to go there before I am caught up.

I made a few HF contacts on the 20 meter county hunter’s net and I also checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times over the past week.  I tried to check into the Caravan Club Net, but I am having all sorts of problems with my VHF/UHF radios.

I have an Alinco DR-605 and an Alinco DR-130TP.  The Alinco DR-605 powers down on transmit, regardless of power output or frequency.  The Alinco DR-130TP transmit audio was cutting out and had a loud hum (the net control reported this to me).  I replaced the microphone on the Alinco DR-130TP to try to fix this problem, but with the new microphone, the rig will not even power.  I am currently mapping out my entire radio system to develop a list of action items to try.  I will post my plan on this blog.

I taught another section of the amateur radio license class.  I basically showed off some useful websites including eham.net, qrz.com, gigaparts.com and arrl.org.  We also set the exam date, time and location.

I also finished the February issue of QST.  I am behind on my reading as well.  I will begin the April issue this week (and skip March for now).  In the February issue, I really appreciated several articles.

First, I really liked the article called, “6 Meter Halo Antenna for DX-ing,” by Jerry Clement, VE6AB.  I really like that this antenna is sturdy enough for mobile use, and I will try building this, once I finish up a few other radio projects.

I also really liked the article titled, “Rebuilding the West Point Cadet Amateur Radio Club – W2KGY” by Matthew SHerburne, KF4WZB.  As someone who has spent time rebuilding the Tech Amateur Radio Assocation at New Mexico Tech on several occasions, it was neat to read another article about rebuilding college clubs.  Also, this student was a former member of the Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association (VTARA), as was I.

I also love reading articles about DXpeditions, so I appreciated, “Central African DX Adventure,” by Bernie McClenny, W3UR.  Some day, I will go on a DXPedition. I don’t know how or when or where, but I will do so in my lifetime.

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Sources:
1.  Clement, Jerry.  “6 Meter Halo Antenna for DX-ing.” QST, February 2017, pp. 30-33.

2.  Sherburne, Matthew.  “Rebuilding the West Point Cadet Amateur Radio Club – W2KGY,” QST, February 2017, pp. 79-81.

3.  McClenny, Bernie.  “Central African DX Adventure.”  QST, February 2017, pp. 100-101.

This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.9   Leave a comment

This week, I was particularly active in amateur radio.  I spent time operating on 20 meter HF almost anytime I commuted.    Of these, I worked St. Helena Island (ZD7VC), The USS Iowa (NI6BB), a station in the SC QSO Party, and several of the Canadian special event stations.

In addition to the HF QSOs, I checked into the Caravan Club twice.

The highlight, however, was the New Mexico TechFest, which is a series of amatuer radio technical talks.  This year’s topics included radio direction finding, homebrewing, WSJT, tropospheric ducting, digitial mobile radio,  and NVIS antennas.  I took notes, and, while much of the discussion was above my head, I was able to extract a lot from the talks, and look forward to attending next year’s session as well.

I taught another section of my amateur radio license class this past Monday, covering operating modes and how a radio signals are generated, at least at the technician class level.

This evening, I updated my amateur radio logbooks, and will hopefully update my DX4Win logs in the near future.

Overall, it has been a busy week.

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