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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.07   Leave a comment

After an exciting week of DX, I thought I’d be more active this week.  I did make a 40 meter HF contact or two, but that was about it.

Even though my 20 meter antenna on the truck is fantastic, I had some electrical troubles in the truck.  I ended up replacing the alternator on Monday, and that helped.  Hopefully, I’ll be active again this week.  I heard Belgium this morning, but they didn’t hear me.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, as well as the Caravan Club Net.  I am having trouble with that radio on 70 centimeters, as well as any transmissions at high power.  I may look into it sometime this summer.  I’m not sure what is happening yet, but I’m able to check into the local nets, so I haven’t investigated thoroughly.

I was able to attend the Tech Amateur Radio Association meeting this week as well.  It was fun, though we mostly chatted and didn’t do much radio.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.06   Leave a comment

I have been active with amateur radio this week, believe it or not.  I started out by updating my logbooks and sending out a few QSL cards.  I have more to send, but it was good to get started on that project.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, as well as the Caravan Club Net.

I signed the official Tech Amateur Radio Association (TARA) paperwork to be their faculty advisor again.  I also borrowed their antenna analyzer for fixing some of my HF antennas.

I tested the SWR/power output from my Alinco DR-605 at home.  At high power, the radio power cycles.  It turns out this is NOT an SWR problem, as the antenna is a good match.  It is a radio problem, so I’ll have to look into that some more later.

On Sunday night, I worked on the 40 meter Hamstick that is mounted on the Crown Vic.  It is now tuned so that the SWR is low between 7.115 MHz to 7.260 MHz.  I could shift it a bit more towards the top end of the band, but this will work for now.

Yesterday, I attended the second TARA meeting of the semester.  I did a little cleaning around the shop and started scheming for an antenna mount.  I’ll think about that a bit more, but hope to have one mounted by the end of the semester.

I also tuned my 20 meter Hamstick, currently mounted on the Ranger.  It is rock-solid now as well for the entire 20 meter SSB band.

This morning, I tested the 20 meter Hamstick, and made two contacts.  Lithuania (LY5A) and Slovenia (S57DX).  Not bad at all!!

I’m looking forward to being back on the air.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2019.04   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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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: 2018.48   Leave a comment

I did not put forth a good effort on the ARRL SSB Sweepstakes this year.  It was my son’s 18th birthday, so we traveled to Carlsbad Caverns and the Roswell UFO Museum, and I only made 29 QSOs in the contest, all on 20 meters.  Many of them were in a new grid square (DM72), so that brings my total grid squares to 42.

I only checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net once or twice over the past week, and missed the Caravan Club Net.

Other than that, I have updated my logbooks, DX4Win, and LOTW.  I will send out some more QSL cards this week.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.46   Leave a comment

This week, I was actually active on HF again.  I made several HF contacts (all 20 meter SSB) to special event stations.  I had a nice path to British Columbia, and made several contacts there, including the University of British Columbia.  We chatted about the challenges of college radio clubs and some of the fun we’ve had with them.

I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times this week, though I missed the Caravan Club net.  I also hear we have a new UHF repeater on the west peak of M-Mountain, so I will need to test that one out.

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