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Jim Beard
 

I just got back from Branson and wanted to tell the group how much I enjoyed the speakers on Saturday. This was my first but hope to see many more. Thanks to all who put it together. I'm just learning CW and really enjoy it. Hope to work some of you in the future. 73

Jim Beard
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AE5ZZ


Re: Ozarkcon 2013 bitter-sweet

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Congrats on the new Grand baby!
Sounds like a  good reason to me to cut out on Ozarkcon!
72
Johnny Ac0BQ


On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 5:44 PM, wg5f <yahoomail@...> wrote:
 

Karen & arrived in Branson, Friday around 6PM from Tulsa, and got our registration packets and then dashed off to our motel and got a quick bite to eat and made it back for the 7PM kit build. Karen did a great job on the digital interface and I had a blast helping her. She was very proud of her handi-work.
We made a quick run by the vendor room as it was closing up then headed to Sonic for a milk shake and then back to the motel. On our way, our son in Ft Worth (W5DTM) called and said they were on their way to the maternity ward in Fort Worth. We knew this was an outside possibility - but the Daughter-in-law was running 5 weeks early.
By 4AM Saturday, we knew that they were not going to stop the delivery and we'd have a new grand baby sometime on Saturday. We slept in until 8AM and then got ready to head to Ft Worth. They took the baby via c-section at 9:08 AM Saturday and new harmonic Lainey Elousie was brought into the world. That was the sweet part of the weekend.
The bitter part was we missed all the seminars and fellowship that we had looked forward too for weeks. (Not sure if that great deal for two nights motel stay via Groupon will work out so well now either...)
So - I look forward to all the reviews and musings from everyone that attended. We hope to be there again next year for the full weekend!
72,
-Ed & Karen-
WG5f, W5KKM



Home from Ozarkcon

Paul Smith
 

Toodles and I made it home fine and tired. It was a dandy Ocon and I think most enjoyed everything. The lectures were great. And I won a nice prize !!!!!!! I will have to put the OHR 100 in the que for building... Thanks to all who participated de N0NBD Paul

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Re: Ozarkcon 2013 bitter-sweet

Phil Anderson
 

Hello Ed and Karen......congrats on the grandchild; we have two.........and so wonderful.
 
We'll be looking for ya next year,
 
Uncle Phil, W0XI and Pat N0GZZ....
Lawrence, KS 66049
 
 
 

----- Original Message -----
From: wg5f
Sent: Sunday, April 07, 2013 5:44 PM
Subject: [4sqrp] Ozarkcon 2013 bitter-sweet

 

Karen & arrived in Branson, Friday around 6PM from Tulsa, and got our registration packets and then dashed off to our motel and got a quick bite to eat and made it back for the 7PM kit build. Karen did a great job on the digital interface and I had a blast helping her. She was very proud of her handi-work.
We made a quick run by the vendor room as it was closing up then headed to Sonic for a milk shake and then back to the motel. On our way, our son in Ft Worth (W5DTM) called and said they were on their way to the maternity ward in Fort Worth. We knew this was an outside possibility - but the Daughter-in-law was running 5 weeks early.
By 4AM Saturday, we knew that they were not going to stop the delivery and we'd have a new grand baby sometime on Saturday. We slept in until 8AM and then got ready to head to Ft Worth. They took the baby via c-section at 9:08 AM Saturday and new harmonic Lainey Elousie was brought into the world. That was the sweet part of the weekend.
The bitter part was we missed all the seminars and fellowship that we had looked forward too for weeks. (Not sure if that great deal for two nights motel stay via Groupon will work out so well now either...)
So - I look forward to all the reviews and musings from everyone that attended. We hope to be there again next year for the full weekend!
72,
-Ed & Karen-
WG5f, W5KKM


Re: te-ne-ke

W0IIT
 

Ben et. al.

Just got home from 10th annual Ocon(the birthday cake) was very good as was the rest of the food at the banquet!

I'm sure there will be many reports of the 2013 version of Ocon. I just wonder how something like Ocon could just get better and better. Every aspect that I can think of certainly was as good or improved upon from previous Ocons. Sorry to say that I wasn't able to partake in the build session but I know everyone was saying is was packed full and everyone seemed to have a smile on their face when talking about.

Now Ben, thanks for the clarification about the "the-ne-ke" paddles. I knew I got mine from Dennis or from folks that got them from Dennis so I was totally confused. I managed to get Dennis's call sign at Ocon and hope to get in contact with him. He was, sure he still is, a neat guy and a very conscientious dealer that was alway trying to make sure his buyers were happy and content with his products!!!

cu es 72, Bart W0IIT
Pittsburg, KS
4Sqrp = #72, FP= #11, ARS=#568, SKCC=1139, NAQCC=#588 FIST=#5819, Zombie=#500, Geritol=#1000


Re: Ozarkcon 2013 bitter-sweet

Rich Fowler <k8meg@...>
 

Congrats Ed & Karen, having a grand baby is a can't miss opportunity. Hopefully next year you can make Ozarkcon for the whole thing!

72,
Rich


--- On Sun, 4/7/13, wg5f wrote:

From: wg5f
Subject: [4sqrp] Ozarkcon 2013 bitter-sweet
To: 4sqrp@...
Date: Sunday, April 7, 2013, 6:44 PM

 

Karen & arrived in Branson, Friday around 6PM from Tulsa, and got our registration packets and then dashed off to our motel and got a quick bite to eat and made it back for the 7PM kit build. Karen did a great job on the digital interface and I had a blast helping her. She was very proud of her handi-work.
We made a quick run by the vendor room as it was closing up then headed to Sonic for a milk shake and then back to the motel. On our way, our son in Ft Worth (W5DTM) called and said they were on their way to the maternity ward in Fort Worth. We knew this was an outside possibility - but the Daughter-in-law was running 5 weeks early.
By 4AM Saturday, we knew that they were not going to stop the delivery and we'd have a new grand baby sometime on Saturday. We slept in until 8AM and then got ready to head to Ft Worth. They took the baby via c-section at 9:08 AM Saturday and new harmonic Lainey Elousie was brought into the world. That was the sweet part of the weekend.
The bitter part was we missed all the seminars and fellowship that we had looked forward too for weeks. (Not sure if that great deal for two nights motel stay via Groupon will work out so well now either...)
So - I look forward to all the reviews and musings from everyone that attended. We hope to be there again next year for the full weekend!
72,
-Ed & Karen-
WG5f, W5KKM


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

Ray Cadmus
 

Yes, ozarkcon was great and yes, I'm tired too even though I just live up the road a bit and my travel is a bit easier than many.

I enjoyed the presentations - even those I wasn't sure I would be interested in. (Sorry about the dangled, fractured english ) I didn't think I would care about the DXpedition but Jay's presentation was very interesting. For a self-described - behind the scenes guy - he did a great job behind the mike as well.

The glimpse into the world of movie making would have been fascinating - even without the morse tie in...

My own attempt at a mag-loop is gathering dust in the shop - now I need to get it out, fix it up, and see if it can do as well as our presenter indicated :-)

The more technical presentations may have bit a bit over my head (not hard) but hopefully I learned a little something. Learned at least how little I know about transceiver design. I was concerned for a while that we might be in for a QRP transceiver without a computer chip - but in the end he did save that... (old computer geek - gotta have those chips )

Picked up some bits and pieces in the market area. I was tempted but held out on the BuddiPole. It really was tempting but having just built one for myself I couldn't justify it.

Enjoyed the Elecraft display. I thought I was happy with my K1 & KX1 - but now I may need a KX-3 :-(

My one regret is that I didn't meet anyone from the Springfield area. I'm sure you were there. Saw a couple in the registration list but these old eyes can't read the name tags fast enough to pick them out of the crowd. Would really like to start a Springfield area get together for a weekly lunch or something.

Good day all around.

Thanks everyone,

ray W0PFO

--

--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, "Phil Anderson" <aldenmcduffie@...> 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 2013 bitter-sweet

wg5f <yahoomail@...>
 

Karen & arrived in Branson, Friday around 6PM from Tulsa, and got our registration packets and then dashed off to our motel and got a quick bite to eat and made it back for the 7PM kit build. Karen did a great job on the digital interface and I had a blast helping her. She was very proud of her handi-work.
We made a quick run by the vendor room as it was closing up then headed to Sonic for a milk shake and then back to the motel. On our way, our son in Ft Worth (W5DTM) called and said they were on their way to the maternity ward in Fort Worth. We knew this was an outside possibility - but the Daughter-in-law was running 5 weeks early.
By 4AM Saturday, we knew that they were not going to stop the delivery and we'd have a new grand baby sometime on Saturday. We slept in until 8AM and then got ready to head to Ft Worth. They took the baby via c-section at 9:08 AM Saturday and new harmonic Lainey Elousie was brought into the world. That was the sweet part of the weekend.
The bitter part was we missed all the seminars and fellowship that we had looked forward too for weeks. (Not sure if that great deal for two nights motel stay via Groupon will work out so well now either...)
So - I look forward to all the reviews and musings from everyone that attended. We hope to be there again next year for the full weekend!
72,
-Ed & Karen-
WG5f, W5KKM


Re: PigRig program button stopped working

Todd K7TFC
 

Steve,

Do you think noise might be getting in and screwing up the keyer chip? Something peculiar to your environment or DC source, maybe? The Vcc bypass cap, C23, is about as close as it could be to the chip, but I wonder what adding, say, 1uF *and* a .01uF caps across C23 to provide a range of low-impedance paths for a wider range of noise frequencies? I also wonder if you could have a bad D7? Or for that matter anything else in the power chain. If your PR is naked, I wonder what an enclosure might do?

Sorry if these ideas have already been mentioned.

73,

Todd
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On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 11:17 AM, w1sfr <steverob@...> wrote:
 

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@..., "w1sfr" 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@..., "w1sfr" 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
> >
>



Ozarkcon... Nice to Meet You!

Tim N9PUZ
 

Another Ozarkcon is in the books. What a blast!

It was great to meet new friends and see old ones. I especially want to thank those who wished Gary and I well as the new mailing list moderators. In truth Don AE5K made it so easy to take over it's almost not like there is any work involved. He's done a great job these past years and it's good to see him take a well deserved rest.

Many thanks to all those who work behind the scenes to provide such a fantastic weekend.

73,

Tim N9PUZ


Re: Ozarkcon is over

John Hill <n9rlojrh@...>
 

I'm glad to read all had a good time at this year's Ozarkcon. Unfortunately I couldn't attend because of health reasons.  I'm unable to travel except for a short day trip. I sure would like to see any photos that were taken, especially photos of the homebrew contest entries and winners.
73/72 John N9RLO

--
N9RLO John Hill


OzarkCon

Jim Sheldon
 

Hi All,
Lots of fun and I really enjoyed being the vendor rep for Elecraft on this one.  When they weren't in the seminars, the table was often swamped with guys (and some wives too) interested in the K3 and especially the KX3 after I got it hooked up to one of the vertical antennas from Loops & More that I had bought prior to the conference.  The first 100' of coax had a shorted connector.  The K3 and KX3's tuners loaded it like a dummy load, gave a 1:1 match but nobody could hear things.  Once I replaced it with the spare cable I brought, everything went well and the demonstrations were much more meaningful.  
Left Branson about 8:30 and made it back to Park City safely about 1:30 and got unloaded shortly thereafter.  Now I gotta take the wife grocery shopping if I want supper hi hi.  Really great seeing people I hadn't seen for a few years and it was especially nice for the chance to meet Peter, G3JRH.  Very much looking forward to next year.
 
Jim - W0EB


Re: te-ne-ke

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Welcome aboard Ben:
Thanks for the bit of history. I saw the origional post and ordered one from you guys! It should be in soon. 
The build a thon was FB again. 
We built a level matching box to go between your computer and rig for digital modes.
It is soon to be kitted, so keep an eye on the web page.
Again, welcome to the group, please enjoy!
72
Johnny AC0BQ



We are all just getting home so the response on the reflector might be a little slow.


On Sunday, April 7, 2013, docsuph wrote:
 

Hi folks , the name is Ben and the call is K8AR. I just joined the group and was looking through the April posts when I came across the posting from W0IIT about the te-ne-ke. I thought maybe I could expand on it because every Wednesday I have breakfast with the inventor of that key. That is Boyd Mason,NE8KE who invented it in 1994. In 1995 he showed Dennis Foster how to make them and Dennis then made a smaller version called the micro. So that is the history behind it . Subsequently he turned the whole project over to our club , the North Ottawa Amateur Radio Club. Our club page is at W8CSO.org , upper right go to te-ne-ke and that will bring you all the particulars of what is available today. I am anxiously waiting to read the reports about Ozarkcon and the buildathon there. So far it sounds like a bunch of enthused participants. Ben k8ar


Re: Parts list for beginning builder

Woody Hester
 

I had the same problem going to sleep last night Tom.  I was tired but wired!  We should have played cards.  Ozarkcon is over too fast.  We need to make it a full week hi hi!  I'll add my thanks to Terry and ALL the great guys and gals who make Ozarkcon so enjoyable.  It was great to see everyone ...  my drive home went without a hitch.  Best to all and safe travels for those still on the highways and byways! / Woody / WD9F 


te-ne-ke

Ben Docter
 

Hi folks , the name is Ben and the call is K8AR. I just joined the group and was looking through the April posts when I came across the posting from W0IIT about the te-ne-ke. I thought maybe I could expand on it because every Wednesday I have breakfast with the inventor of that key. That is Boyd Mason,NE8KE who invented it in 1994. In 1995 he showed Dennis Foster how to make them and Dennis then made a smaller version called the micro. So that is the history behind it . Subsequently he turned the whole project over to our club , the North Ottawa Amateur Radio Club. Our club page is at W8CSO.org , upper right go to te-ne-ke and that will bring you all the particulars of what is available today. I am anxiously waiting to read the reports about Ozarkcon and the buildathon there. So far it sounds like a bunch of enthused participants. Ben k8ar


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