Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

Jeff, K9JP

Good morning Jeff,

Yes, I saw on the RBN that my signal was strong south of me.  Must be the take off of my dipole or maybe my Gap vertical just north of the dipole creates a beam type effect.  Will have to check reports on RBN from other directions at the same time.

Good to know, I have not messed up my Cricket yet!  Today, I hope to add a crystal holder mod so I can use mt ft-243 stuffed with HC-49 type crystals as well.
I have been using bare copper wire legs attached to the 243's but I need a better solution.  I am also, experimenting with a DDS to replace the crystals and give me more flexibility around the band.

Hope to catch you for a QSO someday soon.

73, Jeff  K9JP

On Sat, Jan 13, 2018 at 6:17 AM, Jeff Davis <stuckbit@...> wrote:
Jeff, K9JP -- no chirp just a BIG signal here in Central Indiana. I left the rig on 3580 with the volume up and was in the other part of the house. I copied you calling but you were so loud I assumed you weren't using the little insect! Then I saw the emails here and figured out what was going on.

73, Jeff KE9V

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 10:01 PM, Jeff Peters <> wrote:
Hello Jeff KE9V,

I was using my Cricket and trying different crystals that I have.  I have added a small capacitor different values to some of the crystals to try to offset the frequency or bend the crystal a little.

Was there any chirp or other issues?

Thanks, Jeff K9JP

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:42 PM, Jeff Davis <stuckbit@...> wrote:

Heard you calling Tom a bit ago - were you using a Cricket?

73, Jeff KE9V

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:18 PM, Jeff Peters <> wrote:
Congratulations Tom,

I could just tell you were on the air here in Michigan, but I heard Ken, K5GAT give you a 579 from TX!
Looks like your long wire antenna will be a very good north/south antenna for you.

Keep experimenting and having fun!

73, Jeff K9JP

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:01 PM, Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:

I am listening for U tom and calling at 3559.5


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From: <> on behalf of Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...>
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 11:59 PM
Subject: [4SQRP] Cricket & antenna experiment
Hi all,

I haven't had much luck making Cricket QSO's with my multiband 80m
inverted V dipole, so early this morning I decided to try the wire I use
for shortwave listening.  It's about 120' long with a lead-in wire
attached about 10' from the near end coming down to a 9:1 balun in a
plastic box mounted on the side of the garage, then coaxial cable over
to the house and into the shack.  I was surprised to find that the wire
has a near perfect VSWR on 3560 and 3580. I gave a few CQ calls and was
happy to see that I was actually being heard on the reverse beacon
network for the first time with the Cricket.

I had always been leery about trying to transmit into this antenna since
I just used 24 gauge magnet wire to build the balun and am not sure what
kind of power it will take.  But 1/2 Watt won't hurt it a bit.

The only bad thing is that I have a loud 60 Hz hum on that antenna with
the Cricket.  I don't have the hum on any other receiver, nor do I have
the hum with the Cricket on the V.  So I believe it's likely a ground
loop issue.  I'll try to work through it until I get the Buzzkill finished.

So tonight I'm going to finally (hopefully!) make my first Cricket QSO.
I plan to be on around 7 PM onward.

Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS

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