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Re: ozarkcon.........great

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Hello Phil and the group.
Yes Pam and I are tired too, but it's  "fun tired"
We are about an hour from home. It will feel good to get there!

It was without a doubt another Super OZARKCON!
Thanks goes out to Terry, the great speakers, and the volunteers for making it another great event!
It was great to see old friends, as well as making a few new ones!
Hope to cu guys on the nets next week!
Good luck and great building.
72
Johnny AC0BQ




On Sunday, April 7, 2013, Phil Anderson wrote:
 


Back home today, left Branson at 8:30 and arrived in Lawrence, KS about 12:40.....
 
Yup, a neat show and good talks. Tom, I too noted Woody's electronic Enigma
simulator and it sure was a beautiful and neat project. He indicated we could order it through a group/museum? in the UK.....search via google to find.
 
Anybody else tired? Hi. Unk Phil


ozarkcon.........great

Phil Anderson
 



Back home today, left Branson at 8:30 and arrived in Lawrence, KS about 12:40.....
 
Yup, a neat show and good talks. Tom, I too noted Woody's electronic Enigma
simulator and it sure was a beautiful and neat project. He indicated we could order it through a group/museum? in the UK.....search via google to find.
 
Anybody else tired? Hi. Unk Phil


Re: PigRig program button stopped working

w1sfr <steverob@...>
 

I spoke too soon. It worked fine for about 5 minutes then the keyer went whacky again. Now I'm getting weird sounds when I key down. If I hit the switch the sidetone sounds fine, but as soon as I start to send, there's a very loud hum as I key it. I tried different keys thinking it might be a plug or something, but I'm back to thinking that it's the keyer IC.

Steve

--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, "w1sfr" <steverob@...> wrote:

Ok guys, here's an update.

Well, the keyer chip has mysteriously rebooted itself and is now working. Don't ask me what happened. I took the rig to the shop and checked everything. I found that the stock switch was indeed intermittent so I installed a mini toggle switch for now until I can locate a momentary switch like the one that came with the kit. While I was at it, I installed a power indicator led light which will be helpful when I operate via battery. I also discovered in the process that one of my APP connectors in a 3 way dongle that I built is not good, which explains the sudden and nerve wracking loss of power which at the time I took as a very bad sign.

Anyhoo, all is well and the radio is happily chirping along. Now all I have to do is get someone to answer my call and confirm my calling freq and all will be well in the world.

72
Steve
W1SFR


--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, "w1sfr" <steverob@> wrote:

I decided to try to realign my xmit freq and adjusted the cap so I heard a good signal on 7030.7 on my big rig.

After doing that, I put everything back together and hooked it up and now I don't have any control of my keyer.

What should I look for?

Steve
W1SFR


Re: PigRig program button stopped working

w1sfr <steverob@...>
 

Ok guys, here's an update.

Well, the keyer chip has mysteriously rebooted itself and is now working. Don't ask me what happened. I took the rig to the shop and checked everything. I found that the stock switch was indeed intermittent so I installed a mini toggle switch for now until I can locate a momentary switch like the one that came with the kit. While I was at it, I installed a power indicator led light which will be helpful when I operate via battery. I also discovered in the process that one of my APP connectors in a 3 way dongle that I built is not good, which explains the sudden and nerve wracking loss of power which at the time I took as a very bad sign.

Anyhoo, all is well and the radio is happily chirping along. Now all I have to do is get someone to answer my call and confirm my calling freq and all will be well in the world.

72
Steve
W1SFR

--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, "w1sfr" <steverob@...> wrote:

I decided to try to realign my xmit freq and adjusted the cap so I heard a good signal on 7030.7 on my big rig.

After doing that, I put everything back together and hooked it up and now I don't have any control of my keyer.

What should I look for?

Steve
W1SFR


Re: need help

Donald Kelly
 

I agree with you, Cliff. It is likely a simple fix as you suggest.

Dennis, if you can't find the problem send it to me and I will look at it for you.

Don K5UOS
Edmond, OK

--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, "KU4GW Cliff" <cliffku4gw@...> wrote:



He may not have hurt it at all Don. I built one last summer and accidentally hooked the coax jumper from the rig to the antenna in jack by mistake and transmitted on it several times before noticing and afterward mine would not tune either. I brought it home and pulled the cover off to test the parts, with checking the diode in mind as the first thing to check,, and when I opened it up one of the leads to the center coax connector had come loose. I resoldered it with a better connection and it's been working like a champ ever since then! One thing about it is if you do accidentally hook it up wrong like I did you have to keep in mind your only putting 5 watts into it which isn't likely to damage it unless you stay keyed up for a extended period of time and heat things up a bit. Good luck Dennis!

Very 73,
Cliff - KU4GW
4SQRP#536

--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, "Donald Kelly" <DKELLY42@> wrote:

Dennis,



There isn't much to this circuit. You should be able to check most of the
unit with a simple bench meter with resistance and continuity. There are
four 100 ohm resistors, a 1k ohm resistor, a silicon diode, one toroid, two
Polyvaricons and I believe a 500pf capacitor.



http://emtech.steadynet.com/images/zm2-detail-pre-L1-03-sm.jpg



To me the likely culprit is the diode. The little brown glassy thing.



The switches seem to be pretty hardy. It is hard to burn up a toroid.



If you have a meter check the resistors. You can detach the diode and check
resistance - extremely high in one direction and low in the other.



If your meter (I assume you have one) has a continuity checker you can check
to see if a switch contact is burned out.



Don K5UOS











From: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com [mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Dg
Arnholt
Sent: Saturday, April 06, 2013 2:39 PM
To: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [4sqrp] need help





after finding the bad connecter ends on my 100 ft feed line.. it works like
a champ.. however: the zm2au tuner I bought last spring wont load at all.

I fear I fried the tuned circuit..

who would like to look it over and see if theres a problem? so we can repair
it and use it..great tuner with the 5 watt qrp rig I use.. no need for a swr
bridge..the dummy light goes off its tuned flat lol.. if i'd had a bridge
though I wouldn't have fried the circuit right? :)

Dennis wd9dwe


Re: Parts list for beginning builder

Tom Sevart <n2uhc@...>
 

Jeremy probably should have hit Larry AB0AH's table since he had a lot of good parts. You could make your own instant grab bag.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: need help

Cliff Fox (KU4GW)
 

He may not have hurt it at all Don. I built one last summer and accidentally hooked the coax jumper from the rig to the antenna in jack by mistake and transmitted on it several times before noticing and afterward mine would not tune either. I brought it home and pulled the cover off to test the parts, with checking the diode in mind as the first thing to check,, and when I opened it up one of the leads to the center coax connector had come loose. I resoldered it with a better connection and it's been working like a champ ever since then! One thing about it is if you do accidentally hook it up wrong like I did you have to keep in mind your only putting 5 watts into it which isn't likely to damage it unless you stay keyed up for a extended period of time and heat things up a bit. Good luck Dennis!

Very 73,
Cliff - KU4GW
4SQRP#536

--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, "Donald Kelly" <DKELLY42@...> wrote:

Dennis,



There isn't much to this circuit. You should be able to check most of the
unit with a simple bench meter with resistance and continuity. There are
four 100 ohm resistors, a 1k ohm resistor, a silicon diode, one toroid, two
Polyvaricons and I believe a 500pf capacitor.



http://emtech.steadynet.com/images/zm2-detail-pre-L1-03-sm.jpg



To me the likely culprit is the diode. The little brown glassy thing.



The switches seem to be pretty hardy. It is hard to burn up a toroid.



If you have a meter check the resistors. You can detach the diode and check
resistance - extremely high in one direction and low in the other.



If your meter (I assume you have one) has a continuity checker you can check
to see if a switch contact is burned out.



Don K5UOS











From: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com [mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Dg
Arnholt
Sent: Saturday, April 06, 2013 2:39 PM
To: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [4sqrp] need help





after finding the bad connecter ends on my 100 ft feed line.. it works like
a champ.. however: the zm2au tuner I bought last spring wont load at all.

I fear I fried the tuned circuit..

who would like to look it over and see if theres a problem? so we can repair
it and use it..great tuner with the 5 watt qrp rig I use.. no need for a swr
bridge..the dummy light goes off its tuned flat lol.. if i'd had a bridge
though I wouldn't have fried the circuit right? :)

Dennis wd9dwe


Re: Parts list for beginning builder

Charlie Vest
 

I have found this site to have some pretty neat items and new items every month . Their prices are quite reasonable and I have been very satisfied with what I have ordered from them . I especially like their copper sheets that you can cut with scissors . http://www.goldmine-elec.com/

Also one of my favorite sites for a wide variety of radio and electronics circuits that are complete , cheap and easy to build from your junk box , especially designed for the home hobbyist over a range of electronics . Most are pretty simple to build and represent some thinking "outside of the box" using common parts .

www.techlib.com and they also have a Yahoo group for support named Techlib and the person that owns the page and also designs and builds the projects , personally answers any support questions on the Yahoo group .

Usual disclaimer , I just like both sites and no financial interest in either .

Charlie , W5COV


On 4/6/2013 8:52 PM, Robert 'RC' Conley wrote:
�
I really like these folks<http://www.vakits.com/>


On Sat, Apr 6, 2013 at 8:46 PM, Tom Sevart <n2uhc@...> wrote:
�
On 04/06/2013 19:30, Jeremy Utley wrote:

> I
> wondered if some of you in the group were just starting over again, what
> kind of stuff would you want to stock up on?

Resistors in common values 10 Ohm to 1 Megohm, lots of 1K's; lots of .1
and .01 uF caps as well as 1 uF, 10 uF, 47 uF, 100 uF electrolytics;
1N4001 and 4148 diodes; 3904 or 2N2222 transistors; 1K, 10K, and 100K
pots; lots of different kinds of switches, rocker or toggle SPST, SPDT,
DPDT (if you just get the DPDT you can use them as SPST & SPDT); LED's
of different colors, mainly red & green but blue ones add some pizazz to
a project; 8 Ohm impedence speakers; piezo buzzers; 555 timer IC's;
78L05 voltage regulartors; both stereo and mono 3.5mm headphone jacks;
coaxial power jacks; SO-239's and/or panel mount BNC jacks.

I'm sure there's a lot more but this covers the basics. Then don't
forget enclosures. Those computer peripheral A/B switch boxes or old
CB's work well for QRP projects.

That reminds me that I need to make an order with my favorite
electronics outlet because I'm running low on a lot of the stuff I just
mentioned.

If you want I can put together a "starter kit" of some surplus items and
send it to you. I know I've got a bunch of 2N2222's, probably far more
than I'll ever use. I'm sure I've got a lot of other stuff I can spare
as well.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS



--
"beware of gray fuzzies"


Re: Parts list for beginning builder

davidgeorgerichards
 

Yes - what Tom says!

I could sit down and give you a longish list of what I think you should get, adding a bit to Tom's list, but I think the best way to do it is for you to slowly, over time, build up your own stock that is designed to best serve your particular home-brewing interests. I know it's fun to buy grab bag-type assortments but you can often end up with a bunch of parts you don't actually use, fun as they are to sort through.

I don't know about you, but I spent many of my early days in this hobby reading up on construction projects in books and magazines and thinking about the kinds of things I wanted to build (Still do, actually). It would be well worth continuing to do this, but making regular notes of the kinds of parts that come up frequently.

I like to build circuits that have free-running VFO's, so a small stock of NPO's in most of the available values up to about 270pF are in my collection. I also have a small stash of polystyrene caps for the same purpose. If you're not into these kinds of circuits, you won't need these types of parts as much.

So apologies for not being very helpful, but I think that if you put the time into looking at the articles and circuits of lots of things you'd like to build, you'll get a much better idea of what to get than by following someone else's suggestions.

As I mentioned earlier, although grab bags are tempting, unless it's a collection specifically designed for the homebrewer, like the ones that various clubs have put out (NorCal did some good ones in the past), you may end up with a lot of parts of undetermined origin, quality and utility. Better in this case to order brand new parts yourself from a source such as Mouser. If you're putting in an order for parts for a project you're building, bump up the quantities a bit so you have some extra stock. For instance, if you're purchasing 4 caps for a project and you notice that there's a much better price on the part if you buy 10 or more, just bump up your order a bit. It's a lot like saving money - after a while you'll build up quite a stash :-)

Best of luck!

Dave
AA7EE

--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, Tom Sevart <n2uhc@...> wrote:

Resistors in common values 10 Ohm to 1 Megohm, lots of 1K's; lots of .1
and .01 uF caps as well as 1 uF, 10 uF, 47 uF, 100 uF electrolytics;
1N4001 and 4148 diodes; 3904 or 2N2222 transistors; 1K, 10K, and 100K
pots; lots of different kinds of switches, rocker or toggle SPST, SPDT,
DPDT (if you just get the DPDT you can use them as SPST & SPDT); LED's
of different colors, mainly red & green but blue ones add some pizazz to
a project; 8 Ohm impedence speakers; piezo buzzers; 555 timer IC's;
78L05 voltage regulartors; both stereo and mono 3.5mm headphone jacks;
coaxial power jacks; SO-239's and/or panel mount BNC jacks.

I'm sure there's a lot more but this covers the basics. Then don't
forget enclosures. Those computer peripheral A/B switch boxes or old
CB's work well for QRP projects.


Re: Parts list for beginning builder

davidgeorgerichards
 

Yes - what Tom says!

I could sit down and give you a longish list of what I think you should get, adding a bit to Tom's list, but I think the best way to do it is for you to slowly, over time, build up your own stock that is designed to best serve your particular home-brewing interests. I know it's fun to buy grab bag-type assortments but you can often end up with a bunch of parts you don't actually use, fun as they are to sort through.

I don't know about you, but I spent many of my early days in this hobby reading up on construction projects in books and magazines and thinking about the kinds of things I wanted to build (Still do, actually). It would be well worth continuing to do this, but making regular notes of the kinds of parts that come up frequently.

I like to build circuits that have free-running VFO's, so a small stock of NPO's in most of the available values up to about 270pF are in my collection. I also have a small stash of polystyrene caps for the same purpose. If you're not into these kinds of circuits, you won't need these types of parts as much.

So apologies for not being very helpful, but I think that if you put the time into looking at the articles and circuits of lots of things you'd like to build, you'll get a much better idea of what to get than by following someone else's suggestions.

As I mentioned earlier, although grab bags are tempting, unless it's a collection specifically designed for the homebrewer, like the ones that various clubs have put out (NorCal did some good ones in the past), you may end up with a lot of parts of undetermined origin, quality and utility. Better in this case to order brand new parts yourself from a source such as Mouser. If you're putting in an order for parts for a project you're building, bump up the quantities a bit so you have some extra stock. For instance, if you're purchasing 4 caps for a project and you notice that there's a much better price on the part if you buy 10 or more, just bump up your order a bit. It's a lot like saving money - after a while you'll build up quite a stash :-)

Best of luck!

Dave
AA7EE

--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, Tom Sevart <n2uhc@...> wrote:

Resistors in common values 10 Ohm to 1 Megohm, lots of 1K's; lots of .1
and .01 uF caps as well as 1 uF, 10 uF, 47 uF, 100 uF electrolytics;
1N4001 and 4148 diodes; 3904 or 2N2222 transistors; 1K, 10K, and 100K
pots; lots of different kinds of switches, rocker or toggle SPST, SPDT,
DPDT (if you just get the DPDT you can use them as SPST & SPDT); LED's
of different colors, mainly red & green but blue ones add some pizazz to
a project; 8 Ohm impedence speakers; piezo buzzers; 555 timer IC's;
78L05 voltage regulartors; both stereo and mono 3.5mm headphone jacks;
coaxial power jacks; SO-239's and/or panel mount BNC jacks.

I'm sure there's a lot more but this covers the basics. Then don't
forget enclosures. Those computer peripheral A/B switch boxes or old
CB's work well for QRP projects.


Ozark QRP Banner

Walter - K5EST
 

Trying to get last minute things done before getting
out of Internet access, so I have forwarded the
April QRP Banner to the webmaster, and when
he has a chance it can be posted on the Group
website. Thanks for everyone's patience since
many of us are traveling from OzarkCon and
communications to the web are a little different.

There are lots of random pictures of the Conference.

72/73....Walter - K5EST






Re: Ozarkcon is over

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Hello Tom 
Thanks for the compliment on the Paraset.
I would echo your comments 100%.
I am just trying to soak up all the fun and fellowship, it was great again!
Too tired to expand for now,
 but 72 to all and please have a safe trip home! Cu you'all on the air.

Johnny AC0BQ


On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Tom Sevart wrote:
 

Seems like just as fast as it came, Ozarkcon 2013 is over. And I am
pooped. I didn't sleep very good last night and was awake for about an
hour because I couldn't sleep. I think I was just too excited and
couldn't get my mind to shut down enough to drift back to sleep.

I enjoyed seeing everyone again, and enjoyed seeing all the great
projects in the homebrew contest. I'm happy to say that my tire valve
stem wacky key won, as well as my touch paddle keyer for the Station
Accessories section. Johnny's paraset was a thing of beauty. The
NS-40/SS-40 combo rig that won best in show was an electronic work of
art. While it wasn't entered in the contest, Woody's electronic Enigma
simulator was also a beautiful and neat project.

This year I managed to put up a 20M dipole and worked the WQ5RP station
at the other end of the building with my new Wilderness SST. I also
managed to work a high school station in Austin, TX. The SST has
limited tuning range and is 20M only, so maybe next year I'll bring my
triband rig and see how well 30 and 40 does.

The presentations were top notch again this year, and hearing about
telegraphy being portrayed in the movie Lincoln makes me want to go see
it. I also have a bunch of parts to make a crystal radio, so will need
to get busy working on that. I had a QRO lunch at Starvin' Marvin's, so
the afternoon presentations were kind of hard to stay awake for.

Tonight I'm a bit too tired to be too social, so I played around with my
SDR dongle listening to VHF and UHF, and managed to find the 2-way
frequency for hotel staff. Or at least for one of the hotels around
here. Now it's 9 PM and I think I'm going to turn in so I can be rested
up for my 3 hour drive home in the morning.

See you all next year!

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: Parts list for beginning builder

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Hey Jeremy
The presentation from Joe was FB, as always.
I have been building for several years, and I might have a fair "junk box" built up.
I pick up extra parts with every order I make for repairs or projects. You can get a pretty good resistor pack at Rat Shack.
I bought an assortment of caps from Doug and one of the other groups a few years ago. 
It is hard to find  all the different parts at a one stop shop!
Just my thoughts.
Cul
Johnny AC0BQ

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Charlie , W5COV wrote:
 

Jeremy , there are probably several other people that are in the same position that you are . Perhaps on some things there could be a "group buy" done . Mouser usually has some VERY good prices when you buy most items in quantity .
Be careful buying China parts on eBay . Some are not what they appear to be or what they are advertised as , when you begin to peel back the layers .

Disk ceramics are something that may seem like a trivial item , but it is better to know that you are getting quality parts for several reasons . One that applies to all parts , is make sure the quality is good enough to be able to reliably reproduce your circuit or projects .

Transistors are another China item that may or very well may not be the same specs as what you think you are buying .

Maybe some individual or club could take on a project to provide a builder/hobbyist assortment to start a good junk box .

Naturally an assortment of toroids should be a part of any junk box and Diz might even be convinced to make up an assortment package .

Just a few thoughts . Hope to make it over there next year and meet a lot of you in person .

Charlie , W5COV

On 4/6/2013 7:30 PM, Jeremy Utley wrote:
 
Hey all!

Want some advice from the experts, as I sit here in Branson after the presentations. During Joe (K0NEB)'s presentation on kit building, he recommended getting a bunch of "common" parts (resistors, caps, etc) and keeping them on hand in case you need them.  As a beginning builder, I was thinking I don't have much of a junk box built up currently, and I wondered if some of you in the group were just starting over again, what kind of stuff would you want to stock up on?  Know of someplace that sells a "grab bag" of common stuff?  Any advice you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Jeremy, N9PH


Ozarkcon is over

Tom Sevart <n2uhc@...>
 

Seems like just as fast as it came, Ozarkcon 2013 is over. And I am pooped. I didn't sleep very good last night and was awake for about an hour because I couldn't sleep. I think I was just too excited and couldn't get my mind to shut down enough to drift back to sleep.

I enjoyed seeing everyone again, and enjoyed seeing all the great projects in the homebrew contest. I'm happy to say that my tire valve stem wacky key won, as well as my touch paddle keyer for the Station Accessories section. Johnny's paraset was a thing of beauty. The NS-40/SS-40 combo rig that won best in show was an electronic work of art. While it wasn't entered in the contest, Woody's electronic Enigma simulator was also a beautiful and neat project.

This year I managed to put up a 20M dipole and worked the WQ5RP station at the other end of the building with my new Wilderness SST. I also managed to work a high school station in Austin, TX. The SST has limited tuning range and is 20M only, so maybe next year I'll bring my triband rig and see how well 30 and 40 does.

The presentations were top notch again this year, and hearing about telegraphy being portrayed in the movie Lincoln makes me want to go see it. I also have a bunch of parts to make a crystal radio, so will need to get busy working on that. I had a QRO lunch at Starvin' Marvin's, so the afternoon presentations were kind of hard to stay awake for.

Tonight I'm a bit too tired to be too social, so I played around with my SDR dongle listening to VHF and UHF, and managed to find the 2-way frequency for hotel staff. Or at least for one of the hotels around here. Now it's 9 PM and I think I'm going to turn in so I can be rested up for my 3 hour drive home in the morning.

See you all next year!

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: Parts list for beginning builder

Robert 'RC' Conley <rc.kc5wa@...>
 

I really like these folks<http://www.vakits.com/>


On Sat, Apr 6, 2013 at 8:46 PM, Tom Sevart <n2uhc@...> wrote:
 

On 04/06/2013 19:30, Jeremy Utley wrote:

> I
> wondered if some of you in the group were just starting over again, what
> kind of stuff would you want to stock up on?

Resistors in common values 10 Ohm to 1 Megohm, lots of 1K's; lots of .1
and .01 uF caps as well as 1 uF, 10 uF, 47 uF, 100 uF electrolytics;
1N4001 and 4148 diodes; 3904 or 2N2222 transistors; 1K, 10K, and 100K
pots; lots of different kinds of switches, rocker or toggle SPST, SPDT,
DPDT (if you just get the DPDT you can use them as SPST & SPDT); LED's
of different colors, mainly red & green but blue ones add some pizazz to
a project; 8 Ohm impedence speakers; piezo buzzers; 555 timer IC's;
78L05 voltage regulartors; both stereo and mono 3.5mm headphone jacks;
coaxial power jacks; SO-239's and/or panel mount BNC jacks.

I'm sure there's a lot more but this covers the basics. Then don't
forget enclosures. Those computer peripheral A/B switch boxes or old
CB's work well for QRP projects.

That reminds me that I need to make an order with my favorite
electronics outlet because I'm running low on a lot of the stuff I just
mentioned.

If you want I can put together a "starter kit" of some surplus items and
send it to you. I know I've got a bunch of 2N2222's, probably far more
than I'll ever use. I'm sure I've got a lot of other stuff I can spare
as well.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS




--
"beware of gray fuzzies"


Re: Parts list for beginning builder

Tom Sevart <n2uhc@...>
 

On 04/06/2013 19:30, Jeremy Utley wrote:

I
wondered if some of you in the group were just starting over again, what
kind of stuff would you want to stock up on?
Resistors in common values 10 Ohm to 1 Megohm, lots of 1K's; lots of .1 and .01 uF caps as well as 1 uF, 10 uF, 47 uF, 100 uF electrolytics; 1N4001 and 4148 diodes; 3904 or 2N2222 transistors; 1K, 10K, and 100K pots; lots of different kinds of switches, rocker or toggle SPST, SPDT, DPDT (if you just get the DPDT you can use them as SPST & SPDT); LED's of different colors, mainly red & green but blue ones add some pizazz to a project; 8 Ohm impedence speakers; piezo buzzers; 555 timer IC's; 78L05 voltage regulartors; both stereo and mono 3.5mm headphone jacks; coaxial power jacks; SO-239's and/or panel mount BNC jacks.

I'm sure there's a lot more but this covers the basics. Then don't forget enclosures. Those computer peripheral A/B switch boxes or old CB's work well for QRP projects.

That reminds me that I need to make an order with my favorite electronics outlet because I'm running low on a lot of the stuff I just mentioned.

If you want I can put together a "starter kit" of some surplus items and send it to you. I know I've got a bunch of 2N2222's, probably far more than I'll ever use. I'm sure I've got a lot of other stuff I can spare as well.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: Parts list for beginning builder

Barney <barneyro@...>
 

   



 Jameco, and I guess others, has an assortment of resistors and capacitors meant to refill a parts cabinet drawers.  These are from about $15.00 and up depending on their tolerance. During a build I measure the components to see if they are close.  And sometimes they are a full 20% plus some!

 Diz has a good assortment of toroids and transistors.

     I've bought quite a few parts from Thailand and the jury is still out on them.  Transistors, diodes, zeners and so forth.  I'll have to wait and see what they do.

     You are among some of the most talented kit builders there at Branson,  trap a couple of those guys, like Terry or Unka Phil and they can advise pretty good.
     Grab bags are sorta ok, but  it's  hard to figure out what they are.

73

Barney





On 4/6/2013 7:30 PM, Jeremy Utley wrote:
 
Hey all!

Want some advice from the experts, as I sit here in Branson after the presentations. During Joe (K0NEB)'s presentation on kit building, he recommended getting a bunch of "common" parts (resistors, caps, etc) and keeping them on hand in case you need them.  As a beginning builder, I was thinking I don't have much of a junk box built up currently, and I wondered if some of you in the group were just starting over again, what kind of stuff would you want to stock up on?  Know of someplace that sells a "grab bag" of common stuff?  Any advice you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Jeremy, N9PH


Re: Parts list for beginning builder

Charlie Vest
 

Jeremy , there are probably several other people that are in the same position that you are . Perhaps on some things there could be a "group buy" done . Mouser usually has some VERY good prices when you buy most items in quantity .
Be careful buying China parts on eBay . Some are not what they appear to be or what they are advertised as , when you begin to peel back the layers .

Disk ceramics are something that may seem like a trivial item , but it is better to know that you are getting quality parts for several reasons . One that applies to all parts , is make sure the quality is good enough to be able to reliably reproduce your circuit or projects .

Transistors are another China item that may or very well may not be the same specs as what you think you are buying .

Maybe some individual or club could take on a project to provide a builder/hobbyist assortment to start a good junk box .

Naturally an assortment of toroids should be a part of any junk box and Diz might even be convinced to make up an assortment package .

Just a few thoughts . Hope to make it over there next year and meet a lot of you in person .

Charlie , W5COV

On 4/6/2013 7:30 PM, Jeremy Utley wrote:
 
Hey all!

Want some advice from the experts, as I sit here in Branson after the presentations. During Joe (K0NEB)'s presentation on kit building, he recommended getting a bunch of "common" parts (resistors, caps, etc) and keeping them on hand in case you need them.  As a beginning builder, I was thinking I don't have much of a junk box built up currently, and I wondered if some of you in the group were just starting over again, what kind of stuff would you want to stock up on?  Know of someplace that sells a "grab bag" of common stuff?  Any advice you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Jeremy, N9PH


Re: Parts list for beginning builder

Jerry Haigwood <jerry@...>
 

I should say it takes about 3 weeks to receive the parts.

 

From: 4sqrp@... [mailto:4sqrp@...] On Behalf Of Jerry Haigwood
Sent: Saturday, April 06, 2013 8:09 PM
To: 4sqrp@...; 'Jeremy Utley'
Subject: RE: [4sqrp] Parts list for beginning builder

 

 

Hi Jeremy,

     Furturlec.com sells what they call “value packs.”  These are an assortment of different resistors, capacitors, etc.  They are very reasonably priced.  You can see them here.

<http://futurlec.com/ValuePacks.shtml>

Please note that it takes about weeks to get them from Hong Kong.

Jerry W5JH

"building something without experimenting is just solder practice"

 

 

 

 

From: 4sqrp@... [mailto:4sqrp@...] On Behalf Of Jeremy Utley
Sent: Saturday, April 06, 2013 7:30 PM
To: 4sqrp@...
Subject: [4sqrp] Parts list for beginning builder

 

 

Hey all!

 

Want some advice from the experts, as I sit here in Branson after the presentations. During Joe (K0NEB)'s presentation on kit building, he recommended getting a bunch of "common" parts (resistors, caps, etc) and keeping them on hand in case you need them.  As a beginning builder, I was thinking I don't have much of a junk box built up currently, and I wondered if some of you in the group were just starting over again, what kind of stuff would you want to stock up on?  Know of someplace that sells a "grab bag" of common stuff?  Any advice you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks!

 

Jeremy, N9PH


Re: Parts list for beginning builder

Jerry Haigwood <jerry@...>
 

Hi Jeremy,

     Furturlec.com sells what they call “value packs.”  These are an assortment of different resistors, capacitors, etc.  They are very reasonably priced.  You can see them here.

<http://futurlec.com/ValuePacks.shtml>

Please note that it takes about weeks to get them from Hong Kong.

Jerry W5JH

"building something without experimenting is just solder practice"

 

 

 

 

From: 4sqrp@... [mailto:4sqrp@...] On Behalf Of Jeremy Utley
Sent: Saturday, April 06, 2013 7:30 PM
To: 4sqrp@...
Subject: [4sqrp] Parts list for beginning builder

 

 

Hey all!

 

Want some advice from the experts, as I sit here in Branson after the presentations. During Joe (K0NEB)'s presentation on kit building, he recommended getting a bunch of "common" parts (resistors, caps, etc) and keeping them on hand in case you need them.  As a beginning builder, I was thinking I don't have much of a junk box built up currently, and I wondered if some of you in the group were just starting over again, what kind of stuff would you want to stock up on?  Know of someplace that sells a "grab bag" of common stuff?  Any advice you guys can give me would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks!

 

Jeremy, N9PH