Archive for the ‘VHF’ Tag

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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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.3   Leave a comment

This week, I spent a little more time on the radio.  I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times, and also operated on 20M and 40M SSB.

On HF, I operated from DM64 and DM65, picking up a few contacts in each of those grid squares.  There are two squares that I frequently visit, as I live in DM65 and work in DM64.  I may try for DM63 this week, as it is not too far from where I work.

I also set up eQSL.  I think I am ready to start logging contacts in it, finally.  It took me a while to navigate the security, but I think I’m finally done with it.

I added an ARRL Grid Squares part to my Mobile QSO page.  Right now, I’m up to 10 grid squares that I have operated from.

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Amateur Radio This Week: 2018.2   Leave a comment

I finally put together my list of annual radio contacts.  This past year (2017) was a bit of a slump, as it was my worst year for HF contacts since 2006.  I did check into quite a few nets, however, as my number of VHF and UHF contacts were much higher than ever.

contacts 2017

This week has not been much different.  I didn’t make any HF contacts over the past week, unfortunately.  I did update my DX4Win Logs, and am finally in a place where I can start returning QSL cards.

I did play on the radio a bit, though I did not make any contacts.  Today, I called “CQ Grid Chase” on 40 meters for 15 or 20 minutes, but had no takers.  I did check into the Caravan Club Net once (70 cm) and the Albuquerque SCAT Net once (2 m).  I tried to check into it this morning from Magdalena, but I couldn’t quite hit the repeater.

I will try to make some contacts this week from DM65 and DM64 (Rio Rancho/Albuquerque and Socorro, respectively).

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This Week in Amateur Radio: 2017.47   Leave a comment

I wasn’t nearly so active on the radio this past week.  I did manage to get my ARRL SSB Sweepstakes log submitted just in the nick of time, however.  The time to submit has been reduced to five days, and I turned it in on Day 4 after the contest.  I have also updated my logbook and am catching up on my DX4Win Logs.  I will need to send in for the pin soon, as that is a separate process.

Here is a section map for this year’s sweepstakes contest:

ssb sweepstakes 2017

I believe I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net a few times as well.

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