Archive for the ‘W1AW’ Tag

Amateur Radio This Week: 2017.28   Leave a comment

I received my Yaesu FT-857D back from repair.  I have plugged it into my home antenna station, and there is still a ton of noise.  However, I am having all sorts of base antenna problems, so that is not really an indication of a problem.  The real test will be when I plug it into my car.  Right now, the borrowed 857 is running S7 to S8 noise, with no filters.  If mine is still running S9+20dB, with or without filters, I’m going to send it back.

Other than that, I’ve been working through my stack of QSL cards.  I have quite a few still to go.  I did log all of my W1AW QSL cards from 2014, back when they did a number of special event stations to commemorate 100 years of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).  I wish I had participated in this event a little more, as I was missing quite a few states.  However, I was having problems with my 857 back then as well.

This week, I’ll test the 857, return a few direct DX cards, send a few more DX enveloped to the bureau, and return the rest of the SASE’D QSL/MRCs that are sitting on my desk.

I have my work cut out for me!

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ARRL TI-2: Day 3   Leave a comment

Yesterday was Day 3 of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Teacher Institute 2 (TI-2).

We recovered our buoys and disassembled them for shipping. We borrowed some of the parts to play with packet radio. We are running Direwolf as a packet engine, and then using UISS to plot the maps.

At lunch, I operated W1AW on 40 meters. I spoke to my father, N4ST, first. I worked a few more stations, and then my lunchbreak was over. I said that I was going to “QRT” (quit), and then my mother, N4KUP, responded, so I made a contact with her as well. Here was a photo that my friend, Scott, took of me operating W1AW.


After lunch, we worked on our BOE-BOTs to set them up for operating with MAREA, which is a way to wirelessly control the robot with amateur radio packets. It strips data from the comment line off the APRS packet, which contains the string to control the robot.

I spent part of the day fighting an old laptop, but I still managed to get my robot to move locally, which was the goal for the night.

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ARRL TI-2: Day 2   Leave a comment

Yesterday was Day 2 of the ARRL Teacher Institute.

In the morning, we installed some more software on our computers and built buoys that measure water temperature, air temperature and air pressure. They then transmit the data as a message line in an APRS packet.

At lunchtime, I operated W1AW on 15 meters, making seven contacts, including Brazil and Italy. Not as lucrative as 20 meters, but still a lot of fun.

We built the buoys and set them in buckets of water, and are collecting data from these buoys.

We also played with the onboard GPS for these buoys, and also changed some things on the PICAXE chip in the software.

I am really enthusiastic about some of the neat microcontroller projects that are possible between the PIC/PICAXE, Stamp II, and Arduino. I will add more of these to my instrumentation class.

In the evening, we visited the Wireless Museum. I will post separately about this event, as I have not dumped the photos from my camera.

Thank you for reading my post, and look for me on 40 meters as W1AW around 11am EDT.

ARRL TI-2: Day 1   Leave a comment

I haven’t added it all up, but I went through several new counties in PA and a few in NY on my way to the ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT. Yesterday was a busy day on the radio.

Today was my first day in the American Radio Relay League – Teacher Institute 2 (ARRL TI-2). We started off the morning with introductions and began work right away on analog to digital conversions. I got a few things figured out, including how to link binary numbers to actual hard data, for my classes, using the provided binary resistor ladder board.

At lunch, I skipped eating and operated as W1AW, pulling in around 26 QSOs on 20 meters. I worked my father, N4ST, and then several other stations in MD, VA, PA, NC, GA, AL, FL, IA, IL, OH, TN and PR.

After lunch, we continued our discussion on analog-to-digital conversion and also talked about some of the donated equipment. We capped off the afternoon by installing all of the required software and playing with thermistors.

Stay tuned, as I will post each day about my happenings at the ARRL Teacher Institute – 2 (ARRL TI-2).

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Daily Radio Report: 3/9/15   Leave a comment

Yesterday, I checked into the Albuquerque SCAT Net on my commute to Magdalena. I checked in on the 2 meter side.

On my commute back from Magdalena, I worked W1AW on 10 meters. Even though we are no longer playing the ARRL centennial, I still like seeing W1AW on the air. I broke a pile up and ragchewed for a few minutes.

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Daily Radio Report: 12/29/14   Leave a comment

I made no radio contacts today. I did, however, work on my DX4Win log. I am only six weeks behind instead of three months behind.

I also found an email I had written for the ARRL. I had participated in the Teacher Institute this past summer, which was a week long-training course for getting radio and electronics into the classroom. It is sponsored through the ARRL, and was a tremendous opportunity. They posted my email on their website, and it can be found here.

I also updated my W1AW portable map, probably for the last time. In all, I worked 27 states.

I will be on the road again tomorrow, and will run a few more counties.

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Daily Radio Report: 12/28/14   Leave a comment

Yesterday, I made two 20 meter contacts from Medina County, OH. Both were special event stations in the ARRL Centennial, the last of which was W1AW/3 in Pennsylvania. I couldn’t remember if I had that one, but either way, I’ve now worked both from this week on 20 meters. I may switch antennas today and try to get them on another band.

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