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This Weeks Checkins

WA0ITP
 

FB Nets this week, thank you gents.  The morning 40M net continues to garner many more checkins than does the 80M evening net.  If you have some free time around 8A on Thursday mornings, pse consider checking in. The band is quiet with good prop for the Four State area.  We have 2 newcomers this week, thanks Mark and Fred.  Of course the nets could exist without the regulars, thanks for your dedication.

Cu at OzarkCon on 1 April.


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Re: Raspberry Pi2, FLDIGI and the K3S

deadgoose@...
 

I had one of the early ones. I used FLDIGI. I could transmit, but processor wasn't fast enough to decode on receive. Maybe I should look at it again.

Thanks!

73 /paul W3FIS


Raspberry Pi2, FLDIGI and the K3S

Jim Sheldon
 

A year or so ago, I wrote an article for "The Banner" roughly detailing my efforts, successes and a few failures in attempting to get one of the early Raspberry Pi single board Linux computers running FLDIGI and connected to my KX3.  Well, I sold the KX3 and my older K3 and purchased one of the new K3S radios from Elecraft. 
 
I also revisited the Raspberry Pi and found out that the Pi 2 was at least an order of magnitude (my statement, not theirs) better than the original.  The price was roughly only $35 so I bought one.  I'd been long enough away from the Linux operating system that I had a bit of relearning to do, but it came back in stages, the longer I messed with it.  Finally got the OS running and configured to my 15 inch square monitor to the point I could see the entire Pi desktop on the screen without the edges being chopped off.  It's apparently set for a wide screen monitor or TV so one has to edit the "config.txt" file in the OS to set the Left, Right, Top and Bottom overscan numbers which takes a bit of trial and error as they don't conform exactly to binary (or hexidecimal) progression.  They are close and that does help but you have to mess with them a bit. 
 
Next, I got it connected to my home network by WiFi instead of having to run a long cat 5 cable from the router to the Pi which gave me a bit more flexibility in where I could set the little computer.  Downloaded FLDIGI and plugged in an old Tigertronics SingaLink USB I had laying around.  The Pi recognized it as a USB CODEC immediately so FLDIGI was easy to configure and unlike with the Pi model A, it was very close to plug-and-play if one is familiar with how to set up FLDIGI.  If not (like me) you might have to beat on it a bit, but trust me, it WILL work.
 
Next, I downloaded a logging program called CQRLOG which is a Linux based logging program.  The package was missing a program called MYSQLD so I had to get that going as well.  Then the log program turned out to be fairly easy to configure as well.
 
Now for the clincher.  I hooked the SL USB to the K3S via the back panel line in, line out and PTT jacks for the acid test.  Wow, it actually worked and once I had the levels set, I was on the air -- total time from start to finish only 3 hours once I had the Pi itself up and running right.  (That took a couple of weeks, mainly because I had other things I had to do.)
 
This morning, I put the SL USB away and since the new K3S has built in USB sound and a virtual serial port through it's built in internal USB port(s), I hooked a USB cable directly from the K3S to the Pi 2.  All of my previous FLDIGI setup info still worked and after a few more configuration items to provide the control connections and frequency/mode info between the Pi and the K3S through the USB port (not as difficult as I thought) I was up and running within less than 30 minutes.  I then opened the multi-channel signal browser and WOW, the Pi2 is fast enough to handle it (the Pi A wasn't even close).
 
Now comes the fun.  They have actually upgraded the Raspberry Pi to the Pi 3 now and I have one on order - that has a 64 bit ARM 8 processor on it so should be quite a bit more capable.  Who knows where this will take us.
 
Sorry for rambling, but I do plan on putting this into a much better format as an article for the Banner in the future.
 
Jim Sheldon, W0EB

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Re: Pixie Crystal Switch QRP kit by KC9ON

John Clements
 

More available here: http://kc9on.com/store/kits/pixie-switch/

Will have a new listing back on Ebay in a few minutes.....

73
John kc9on

 


Re: Wed. night PSK checkins.

Paul Smith
 

Ok Dick Thanks will work towards it.
de Paul N0NBD



To: 4sqrp@...; psmith61@...
From: 4sqrp@...
Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2016 06:23:23 -0600
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Wed. night PSK checkins.

 
Paul: we're on 3580.5 usb at 9:00pm on Wed. night. We'll be
looking for you.  Dick,  n0tgr


On Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 9:47 PM, Paul Smith psmith61@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 


What frequency and SB does the psi net meet? I was tying to copy with an old laptop and audio from my IC 735.
Years ago I was on PSK and got away from it. I will work on my interface stuff tomorrow.
Thanks.
Paul N0NBD



To: 4sqrp@...
From: 4sqrp@...
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2016 21:25:34 -0600
Subject: [4sqrp] Wed. night PSK checkins.


 
N0SFP  Harry,  Colorado Sprgs. CO.
AC0WZ  Dan  Fulton, MO.
WF2F  Richard, South Bend, IN.
Good band, low noise and few checkins.
C/U All next week, tnx for stopping by.
N0TGR Dick Augusta, NCS




Re: Wed. night PSK checkins.

Dick Hammond
 

Paul: we're on 3580.5 usb at 9:00pm on Wed. night. We'll be
looking for you.  Dick,  n0tgr


On Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 9:47 PM, Paul Smith psmith61@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

What frequency and SB does the psi net meet? I was tying to copy with an old laptop and audio from my IC 735.
Years ago I was on PSK and got away from it. I will work on my interface stuff tomorrow.
Thanks.
Paul N0NBD



To: 4sqrp@...
From: 4sqrp@...
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2016 21:25:34 -0600
Subject: [4sqrp] Wed. night PSK checkins.


 
N0SFP  Harry,  Colorado Sprgs. CO.
AC0WZ  Dan  Fulton, MO.
WF2F  Richard, South Bend, IN.
Good band, low noise and few checkins.
C/U All next week, tnx for stopping by.
N0TGR Dick Augusta, NCS



Re: Pixie Crystal Switch QRP kit by KC9ON

Jon Jesse
 

Slick!
Sold out :(


Re: Wed. night PSK checkins.

Paul Smith
 

What frequency and SB does the psi net meet? I was tying to copy with an old laptop and audio from my IC 735.
Years ago I was on PSK and got away from it. I will work on my interface stuff tomorrow.
Thanks.
Paul N0NBD



To: 4sqrp@...
From: 4sqrp@...
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2016 21:25:34 -0600
Subject: [4sqrp] Wed. night PSK checkins.

 
N0SFP  Harry,  Colorado Sprgs. CO.
AC0WZ  Dan  Fulton, MO.
WF2F  Richard, South Bend, IN.
Good band, low noise and few checkins.
C/U All next week, tnx for stopping by.
N0TGR Dick Augusta, NCS


Wed. night PSK checkins.

Dick Hammond
 

N0SFP  Harry,  Colorado Sprgs. CO.
AC0WZ  Dan  Fulton, MO.
WF2F  Richard, South Bend, IN.
Good band, low noise and few checkins.
C/U All next week, tnx for stopping by.
N0TGR Dick Augusta, NCS


Pixie Crystal Switch QRP kit by KC9ON

Marshall Dias
 

Kinda cool little kit.



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Thurs Morn Net

WA0ITP
 

This Four State net meets each Thursday morning at
8:00 AM Central on 7122 kc,the Four State 40M hangout frequency.
NCS is WQ5RP/WAØITP and this is a Four State members only net.

Add anything to the exchange that you wish, member number, temp, rig,
ant, etc. After the net, a list of checkins will be posted on the
Four State reflector.

Hope to cu tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM Central time

--
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
wa0itp@wa0itp.com


Wed Nite Nets

WA0ITP
 

The Four State QRP Comfortable nets meet each Wednesday night
beginning at 7:30 PM Central Time. Reminder, 80M CW net is at 8:30.

Add anything to the exchange that you wish, temp rig, ant, etc.
Checking into all, sessions is encouraged. We call it the "Clean Sweep".

7:30 Central time ... 40M CW Net on 7122, NQØRP NCS
8:30 " " ... 80M CW Net on 3564, WQ5RP/WAØITP NCS.
9:00 " " ... 80M PSK Net on 3580.5, WQ5RP/NØTGR NCS

All are welcome! After the nets, a list of checkins will be
posted on the Four State reflector.

--
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
wa0itp@wa0itp.com


Re: Thinning the herd

deadgoose@...
 

Sold....


radio fs, not a scam !!

davemrtn
 

I have an Icom IC-718 I want to sell.

I will deliver to OzarkCon, but any other shipping method will require the buyer to pay for the shipping method they choose.

I have the original box for the radio, and it has the DSP module installed.

I am asking $400.

Very clean radio from non-smoking environment.

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David Martin - K5DCM - Mountain Home, Ar.
-----------------------------------------
A Church can survive indefinitely without a Pastor, but definitely will not survive without members.

There is no Grief as great as denying the Truth until it is too late.

Truth is hate for those who hate the truth.


This evening's 40m net

Wayne Dillon
 

Good morning all,
I will not be available for this evening's net. Could someone please take my place, if not y'all just get together for a round table or somesuch.
Blessings all,
Wayne - NQ0RP

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QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
I'm British by birth but American by CHOICE!

Jesus came to pay a debt He didn't owe because we owe a debt we cannot pay...

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up his contenance upon you and give you peace.

God Bless from Wayne Dillon - NQ0RP

Joshua 24:14-15
2 Cor 5:17
1 Jn 2:17
 
Membership Chairman - 4SQRP Group
4SQRP 40m NCS
4SQRP #95
FISTS 17184
FPQRP #342 (Flying Pigs QRP Club)
NAQCC # 0759
QRP-ARCI #11505
SKCC #1155T
SOC #848
30MDG#1176
NEQRP #693
GORC #192
DMC (Digital Modes Club) # 06686


Re: ForSale: Flex 6500/Flex 6300/ Elecraft K3/P3 & Elecraft KX3..;

Lee
 

This is more of a attempt to downsize our wallets..................SCAM
 
LeeKX4TT
 
 
From: glennj.donofri@... [4sqrp]
Sent: ‎Tuesday‎, ‎March‎ ‎1‎, ‎2016 ‎23‎:‎03‎
To: 4sqrp@...
 
 

Price:

Flexradio 6500: $2,750
Flexradio 6300: $1,700

Elecraft K3/P3: $2,200
Elecraft KX3: $1,000

Icom IC Pro3 756: $1,155
Icom IC 7600:  $1,800

I am downsizing my shack.

Mike Carron
Email: kb1sdw@...
MA 02150


73
Mike
..;


 


ForSale: Flex 6500/Flex 6300/ Elecraft K3/P3 & Elecraft KX3..;

glennj.donofri@...
 

Price:

Flexradio 6500: $2,750
Flexradio 6300: $1,700

Elecraft K3/P3: $2,200
Elecraft KX3: $1,000

Icom IC Pro3 756: $1,155
Icom IC 7600:  $1,800

I am downsizing my shack.

Mike Carron
Email: kb1sdw@...
MA 02150


73
Mike
..;



Re: News story on Springfield TV this evening.

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Wow David
After seeing the destruction that year, it's amazing that many survived.
72
Johnny 


On Monday, February 29, 2016, David Martin davemrtn@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

It was 4 years ago today (Feb. 29) the tornado ripped through Branson
Mo., killing 2 and wounding 50+ people.

--
David Martin - K5DCM - Mountain Home, Ar.
-----------------------------------------
A Church can survive indefinitely without a Pastor, but definitely will not survive without members.

There is no Grief as great as denying the Truth until it is too late.

Truth is hate for those who hate the truth.



--
QRP....."More smiles per Watt"
72
JOHNNY AC0BQ  ..




Re: ExpressPCB and other Board Makers

Bob Nelson
 

One thing I should have mentioned about prototyping on "matrix boards":
You will want to buy such boards that are made with a phenolic base material.
Not fiberglass, like the ubiquitous FR-4 material.  The reason is that phenolic
is easy to drill and cut.  Fiberglass can be drilled and cut too, but it is much
harder on your tools (and that is why professionals use carbide-tipped drills).
ExpressPCB gives you your final boards in fiberglass form.  But while you are
still experimenting on your way to the final circuit, phenolic will be a far more
friendly material to work with.
73 - Bob, K6KL



On Sunday, February 28, 2016 7:19 PM, "Chuck Carpenter w5usj@... [4sqrp]" <4sqrp@...> wrote:


 
Phil,

There are other board makers who use the ExperssPCB files at less cost.

FutureLEC PCB service with comparable quality and FAR Circuits without plated through holes.

I've used FutureLEC very good but much slower.  Far Circuits for single side boards using SMT parts and through-hole parts mounted SMT style, e.g., Pittsburg style.

I believe there are a couple others also.


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News story on Springfield TV this evening.

davemrtn
 

It was 4 years ago today (Feb. 29) the tornado ripped through Branson Mo., killing 2 and wounding 50+ people.

--
David Martin - K5DCM - Mountain Home, Ar.
-----------------------------------------
A Church can survive indefinitely without a Pastor, but definitely will not survive without members.

There is no Grief as great as denying the Truth until it is too late.

Truth is hate for those who hate the truth.

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