Re: Sockets

Bob Nelson

Bry, fun is fine.  But why not use the
same time and effort to build skills with lasting
value, that can be applied to other areas as well?

I did some xtal grinding back in the 1950's, when
I was a young Novice, and if I had had access to
the kind of digital products we have now, I'd have
been able to learn new things that could be applied
to other technical subjects.

One thing I believe I have learned about operating the
HF bands is that frequency diversity if far more productive
than being rockbound to a single freq for every xtal you
happen to own.

IMHO, it's a lot more valuable to build new tech skills
(and knowledge) than it is to learn that Bon Ami is the
best stuff to rub a wafer with.

73 - Bob, K6KL  (in frozen North Dakota)

On Thursday, December 29, 2016 12:04 PM, "Bry Carling af4k@... [4sqrp]" <4sqrp@...> wrote:

Bob - it is more the fun factor. Hams love to experiment!

From: 4sqrp@... <4sqrp@...> on behalf of Bob Nelson rln37@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...>
Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2016 12:52 PM
To: 4sqrp@...; Brian Ford
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Sockets
Please excuse my skepticism, but is all this effort to re-grind, house and socket
crystals worth the time and bother??
Why not invest the same time and effort into building a DDFS board, that can
generate almost any freq you might want on, say, 40 meters.  And do it from one
crystal that is readily available for a buck or two, and never needs to be plugged
in or out, so needs no socket.
Modern tech has eliminated the need to labor over crystals with hand grinding,
and all the risk and bother that entails.

Just asking.  .  . 
73 - Bob, K6KL

On Thursday, December 29, 2016 11:30 AM, "Brian Ford kf4tap@... [4sqrp]" <4sqrp@...> wrote:

Since it is the holidays, I'll add to the give a way, I'll draw from the response's over the next 24 hours, and draw names, for 6 of my ft-243 sockets.

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