Date   

DXERS UNLIMITED'S SCRIPT HIGHLIGHTING QRP OPERATION AND MINIMALIST SIMPLE TRANSCEIVERS

Prof. Arnaldo Coro Antich
 

Radio Havana Cuba
Dxers Unlimited weekend edition for Sunday 7 May 2017
By Arnie Coro
radio amateur CO2KK

Hola mis amigos radioaficionados that are now listening to the weekend edition of Dxers Unlimited...I am Arnaldo, Arnie, Coro radio amateur CO2KK, your host here at the one and only radio hobby program on the air and on the web providing coverage to every one of the more than 90 ways of enjoying this wonderful hobby....RADIO. A quick check shows that more and more radio amateurs are using sophisticated digital communications modes that require the use of really high performance computers... Other ham operators that run older machines still have the option to use the easy digital mode... PSK31 and its higher speed versions like PSK63 and PSK125... and here is today's program first topic...Radio amateurs in the Caribbean region, Central America, Mexico and the Southern United States are getting ready to deal with the upcoming Tropical Hurricane Season, due to start on the first day of June, although this year a very rare tropical cyclone developed out of season, surprising scientists that carefully tracked the storm... So far I have not heard about the season's forecast that is published every year ahead of the start of the six months long period that spans from the first of June to the end of November... Preparations for providing emergency communications is at the top of the list of activities by Cuban radio clubs .
Item two: Amazing two way amateur radio contacts on the 80 and 40 meters bands are happening almost every day while using power outputs into the antennas of one Watt of even less. Minimalist transceivers that use the output power transistor as the receiver input product detector have shown that when propagation conditions are normal or above normal, two way contacts can be made using such low power rigs that follow the design criteria of the minimalist PIXIE transceivers . Si amigos, yes my friends, a low parts count little transmit and receive capable home assembled rig when connected to an efficient antenna will be able to establish long distance contacts ...
Item three: Answering a question sent by listeners from Australia... that wanted to know more about the DRM Digital Radio Mondiale system... Yes amigos, it is exactly what is happening, what continues stop to a standstill the introduction of DRM is certainly be the lack of low and medium cost receivers capable of picking up DRM signals And yes, we have confirmed from two independent source that about an integrated circuit capable of demodulating all possible transmission modes, including standard AM, FM, and several of the already on the air digital radio modes, like DRM, the IBOC or HD Radio and all different DAB modes....is expected to the licensed for production by several IC manufacturers . As expected massive production of this new digital integrated circuit that automatically detects the modulation mode in use , producing clear audio output, could be the much needed breakthrough every one is expecting in order to introduce the most efficient digital modes at a worldwide scale....
Now from Dxers Unlimited's weekend edition... a short form solar activity update.... The Sun is once again going through another period of very low activity, but for the past several days we have seen sunspots every day...
Each of the weekly solar and geomagnetic indicators that are tracked were lower this week. Average daily sunspot number dropped 10.6 points to 25.1, and average daily solar flux was 4.5 points lower than the previous week at 76.9.
It is comforting to see though that we have not witnessed a day with 0 sunspots since April 17. Average planetary and mid-latitude A index were both 5.6, down from the previous week which had planetary A index at 26.4 and mid-latitude at 18.4. The A index is expected to remain quiet until May 17-20.
Stand by now for a few seconds as we go to a break for a station ID. I am Arnie Coro in La Habana Cuba

short musical intercut

This is Radio Havana Cuba, the name of the show is Dxers Unlimited, and yes amigos we are very proud of having helped many short wave listeners around the world learn about the existence of amateur radio, leading the way for many of them to now own and operate their own amateur radio service stations to communicate across town on two meters or half way around the world on the most used DX band... 20 meters.... By the way, I enjoy a lot calling CQ DX on 14 060 kiloHertz using slow speed hand sent Morse Code Radiotelegraphy while running 5 Watts or less into a wire antenna that was made from recycled wire coming from a burnt out power transformer primary winding. The three insulators required were made using poliethilene flexible garden hose stock of three quarters of an inch diameter.... That is a low cost antenna by all comparisons... because it is fed using a two wires balanced transmission line also made from the same recycled wire and insulators for the ladder type feed line cut from the same length of poliethilene garden hose. As I have said it here many times.... amateur radio need not be an expensive hobby at all, and my dipole antenna is just another example... It is cut as a full size 60 meters band half wave dipole, and tunes easily from 80 meters all the way up to the 10 meters band, and let me add that using a second antenna tuner especially made for the six meters band the antenna works nicely on the 50 megaHertz band too...
5 watts CW on the 20 meters QRP calling frequency 14060 kiloHertz has made possible contacts as far away as New Zealand under good propagation conditions, and as expected many replies to my CQ calls from CO2KK are received from the first skip zone of 20 meters that spans for around two to three thousand kilometers away from La Habana, Cuba where my station is located. Whenever very short skip is present on 20 meters , I just move to the six meters band and start calling CQ DX, because the very short skip on 20 meters is a very good indicator of possible sporadic E openings on six meters. Let me insist on something said earlier this week....Amateur radio operators having stations capable of operating on the 10 and 6 meter bands will be able to make many DX contacts on those two bands during the summer Sporadic E season that is now starting... But.... the real challenge brought by Sporadic E layer events is that so far they have proven to be impossible to predict... there is no known forecasting method that can tell in advance when one of such super density sporadic E layer patches starts suddenly bringing in DX signals for periods as short as a few minutes or maybe even hours and then suddenly just vanish...And let me also insist on the fact that for 6 meters band operators the sporadic E events make possible working DX stations several hundreds of miles away, with the first skip zone area coming after a zone of no signals... There is also the possibility of double and triple hop skip signals when two or three patches of high density sporadic E clouds align themselves properly...
And now at the end of the program here is our propagation update and forecast for the next several days--- solar activity still at very low levels, just a few weak sunspots active regions in sight Saturday morning local time here in Havana.... 14 hours UTC... when I was typing the script of this program you are listening to right now. Be on the look out for more sporadic E openings... it is now clear that the late spring and summer E skip season is well under way...AMIGOS please don't forget to set aside a little time to send me a signal report and your most appreciated comments and radio hobby related questions to Dxers Unlimited. Send mail to inforhc at enet dot cu ... Via Air Mail to Arnie Coro, Radio Havana Cuba, Havana , Cuba


Re: Speaking of nets... Thursday morning net?

W0IIT
 

Wayne,

The Thursday morning net went dark almost a year ago. I miss it and wish someone would step up to call that net. I would volunteer, however, in my present condx of recovery from an operation to give me an colostomy and learning to live with that device, I fear I might have to miss too many of them due to doctor appointments.

If your query doesn’t turn up another volunteer I might be in favor of giving it a go. I must do something to get back into making contacts. I haven’t had my rig fired up in some time. I might also have to twist some arms to talk someone into doing a bit of antenna work to get a good 40 meter antenna working.

If I call the net I would like to keep with the day and time as before.

cu es 72, Bart W0IIT
Pittsburg, KS


Re: A simple PVC PIPE audio filter for the Cricket

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Here is a link to the author's article that did the write up  on the resonant speaker for QST.
I found it on Google.
Very simple and easy to build.
72
Johnny AC0BQ 


On Fri, May 5, 2017 at 4:08 PM 'Sam Neal' n5af@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

Hello,

Where can I find a " hopefully virgin " cuspidor/spittoon at? It adds class to
the appearance of the housing of this speaker.



Sam Neal N5AF
Celebrating 60 Years In Amateur Radio
_____________________________________________

------ Original Message ------
Received: Fri, 05 May 2017 03:40:11 PM CDT
From: Charles Powell <doctorcwp@...>



To: 4sqrp@..., Sam Neal <n5af@...>
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] A simple PVC PIPE audio filter for the Cricket

I made a pair of these Dixie Cup resonant speakers today. Remarkably, they
have a very sharp peak at 600 Hz (my preferred center frequency). I opened up
the filter on the KX3 and found that the speakers were better than tightening
down the filter on the radio. It is the equivalent of about a 100 Hz filter,
but much better sonic quality. I am impressed! Now I have extra Dixie cups
for summer as well. (I made two because the KX3 needs “stereo” to work
“Dual Watch” mode.

One suggestion that was not shown in the YouTube video: After attaching the
speaker to the cup, place another cup underneath it, up against the bottom of
the speaker, and hot glue it in place. I found this narrows the bandwidth
considerably, and fortunately at just the right frequency (for me, anyway).

72,

Charles - NK8O

> On May 3, 2017, at 9:22 PM, 'Sam Neal' n5af@... [4sqrp]
<4sqrp@...> wrote:
>
> Hello,
>
> I made it's el-cheapo little brother ( some old issue of Popular Electronics
)
> out of a Pringles potato chip can and the speaker out of an old CB radio.
That
> sounded very good, so I can imagine that it's big brother from QST will be
> much better.
>
> 73,
>
> Sam Neal N5AF
> Celebrating 60 Years In Amateur Radio
> _______________________________________________________
>
> ------ Original Message ------
> Received: Wed, 03 May 2017 05:36:31 PM CDT

> From: "Charles Moizeau w2sh@... w2sh@...> [4sqrp]"
<4sqrp@... 4sqrp@...>>
> To: "4sqrp@... 4sqrp@...>"
<4sqrp@... 4sqrp@...>>, "wa0itp@...
wa0itp@...>"
> <wa0itp@... wa0itp@...>>
> Subject: Re: [4sqrp] A simple PVC PIPE audio filter for the Cricket
>
> By all means have a look at the February 2017 issue of QST, pages 43-45, "A
> Resonant Speaker for CW", for good ideas and a nicely crafted result.
>
> 72,
>
> Charles, W2SH
>

> From: 4sqrp@... 4sqrp@...>
<4sqrp@... 4sqrp@...>> on behalf of WA0ITP
> wa0itp@... wa0itp@...> [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...
4sqrp@...>>


>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 3:10 PM

> To: 4sqrp@... 4sqrp@...>; Charles Powell;


Walter - K5EST
> Subject: Re: [4sqrp] A simple PVC PIPE audio filter for the Cricket
>
> Lets build one!
>
> A hunk of pvc pipe works very well, and is plenty stiff enough. I built one
> some years back, and if I could find it, I'd use it. The volume of the pipe
> doesn't matter, only the length, so I'll let the size of the junk box
speaker
> dictate the diameter of the pipe. Easy calculation too, length of
> pipe=1100/2f. Think I'll build one specifically for the Cricket, but it
will
> need a little outboard amp (tape it to the filter) to drive the speaker.
This
> thing could be built similar to a trombone, so I may include a sliding
insert
> (or an outside tube) that changes the resonant freq from abt 800 cycles
(8.5")
> down to 400cycles (16.5"). It will work for any rig that will drive a
> speaker.
>
> I'm off to the junque box to find a speaker, anyone else want to build one
> too? Anyone have some good construction hints?
>
> 72 WAØITP
> I love this radio stuff.


<http://www.wa0itp.com/>>
>
> WAŘITP Home - Promoting QRP operating and


> Welcome To WAØITP's Ham Radio Web Site Promoting QRP operating and
> Construction. Pacific Mountain Central Eastern GMT
>
> On 5/3/2017 12:44 PM, Charles Powell

> doctorcwp@... doctorcwp@...>doctorcwp@...


doctorcwp@...>> [4sqrp] wrote:
>
> I had forgotten about this. I made one years ago when I first started in
> radio, and used it with my FT-101EE. As i recall, it worked quite well and
> the video bears this out. I have a boatload of small speakers around here
> somewhere. I made a tuned speaker from PVC that also works very well -
almost
> as well as the filters on my K2.
>
> 72,
>
> Charles
> NK8O
>
> On May 3, 2017, at 12:34 PM, Walter - K5EST
> walter.k5est@...

walter.k5est@...>walter.k5est@...
walter.k5est@...>> [4sqrp]
> <4sqrp@...
4sqrp@...>4sqrp@...


4sqrp@...>>> wrote:
>
> Keeping in the minimalist fashion, my old friend the Red Solo Cup Resonance
CW
> filter does a great job at nearly no expense. The design has been around for
a
> long time. The URL is to a U-Tube video.
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN8FUr0m1Po
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN8FUr0m1Po>
>
> or if can get away with a scavenger hunt in the kitchen.....
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_giOx8SNnY&t=134s
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_giOx8SNnY&t=134s>
>
> Happy CWing........de... Walter - K5EST
>
>
>

--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com


Re: Cricket Parts Alert

John Daly
 

Gary:

I believe I was one, I received the two washer that fit under the Morse key but only had one smaller aluminum spacer in my kit. So if you could mail me one or advise that would be great. Are the two aluminum spacers used with the optional plug to the external key? Just curious. Build the kit with my 13 year old grandson. Great first kit for him.

73 - John

John L. Daly w4usf
1539 Coppersmith Ct.
Lutz, FL 33559

Thanks, John

Sent from my iPad

On May 4, 2017, at 9:27 AM, gary.w0gx@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

I've received recent reports that at least some kits were shipped with one part missing: only 1 small aluminum spacer vs the 2 required.

I've been packaging kits in batches of 25 with individual inventories for each kit. However, it appears that some kits were missing that one part (and I've discovered the root cause). Unfortunately, I do not know how many kits were affected.

If you are one of the unfortunate kitters missing the part please contact me and I will mail it to you the same day. The email address, and my call, are on the Cricket kit page and my signature line below

72,
Gary/w0gx
CricketMaster
4sqrpcricket@...





Case for my Cricket

Jim Sheldon
 

Hi Gang,
I went to Home Depot and picked up some Poplar trim wood they have in 4"
X 1/4" X 2' pieces and used that to frame up the inside of the box a
bit. The one I saw in Branson had the Cricket right up on the front edge
so he had to inlet the cover to clear the earphone jack and part of the
key knob. Using some of the 1/4" thick Poplar, I set a shelf back by
1/4" from the front of the box and cut it the exact length of the front
of the Cricket's PC board. I mounted another piece flush with the right
side of the Cricket's PC board and rather than glue them, I drilled &
screwed them in place using #2 X 1/2" brass countersunk wood screws. I
removed the stick-on rubber feet from the Cricket and using another
piece of the 1/4" Poplar, made a support that fit flush with the back
edge of the Cricket's PC board. Once I had these made up, I carefully
drilled 1/8" holes right in the 4 corners of the Cricket's PC board just
back of the black border line. For easier measuring, I mounted the back
support to the Cricket (I had to carefully inlet the inner side to clear
the built-in keys rear nut plus some of the soldered bumps for
components along underside of the rear including the battery holder and
BNC connector connections. I actually stole the round head mounting
screws that originally held the handle on the box to mount the cricket
to it's supports and replace those with some nice brass wood screws that
were a little larger in diameter than the originals to make for a better
fit on the handle. There is a compartment on the right side that will
hold my small hand key and extra 9 volt batteries (be sure and put them
in insulated bags so you don't short them out) and another compartment
at the rear of the Cricket that will hold cables and more 9 volt
batteries (Can't never have too many 9 volt batteries with a Cricket -
LOL).

I haven't stained the box yet, but that comes next - I've posted the
pictures in the 4SQRP "Cricket" group if anyone wants to see just what
I'm talking about.

Jim - W0EB


Re: A simple PVC PIPE audio filter for the Cricket

Sam Neal
 

Hello,

Where can I find a " hopefully virgin " cuspidor/spittoon at? It adds class to
the appearance of the housing of this speaker.

Sam Neal N5AF
Celebrating 60 Years In Amateur Radio
_____________________________________________

------ Original Message ------
Received: Fri, 05 May 2017 03:40:11 PM CDT
From: Charles Powell <doctorcwp@yahoo.com>
To: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, Sam Neal <n5af@usa.net>
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] A simple PVC PIPE audio filter for the Cricket

I made a pair of these Dixie Cup resonant speakers today. Remarkably, they
have a very sharp peak at 600 Hz (my preferred center frequency). I opened up
the filter on the KX3 and found that the speakers were better than tightening
down the filter on the radio. It is the equivalent of about a 100 Hz filter,
but much better sonic quality. I am impressed! Now I have extra Dixie cups
for summer as well. (I made two because the KX3 needs “stereo” to work
“Dual Watch” mode.

One suggestion that was not shown in the YouTube video: After attaching the
speaker to the cup, place another cup underneath it, up against the bottom of
the speaker, and hot glue it in place. I found this narrows the bandwidth
considerably, and fortunately at just the right frequency (for me, anyway).

72,

Charles - NK8O


On May 3, 2017, at 9:22 PM, 'Sam Neal' n5af@usa.net [4sqrp]
<4sqrp@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Hello,

I made it's el-cheapo little brother ( some old issue of Popular Electronics
)
out of a Pringles potato chip can and the speaker out of an old CB radio.
That
sounded very good, so I can imagine that it's big brother from QST will be
much better.

73,

Sam Neal N5AF
Celebrating 60 Years In Amateur Radio
_______________________________________________________

------ Original Message ------
Received: Wed, 03 May 2017 05:36:31 PM CDT
From: "Charles Moizeau w2sh@msn.com <mailto:w2sh@msn.com> [4sqrp]"
<4sqrp@yahoogroups.com <mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com>>
To: "4sqrp@yahoogroups.com <mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com>"
<4sqrp@yahoogroups.com <mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com>>, "wa0itp@mchsi.com
<mailto:wa0itp@mchsi.com>"
<wa0itp@mchsi.com <mailto:wa0itp@mchsi.com>>
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] A simple PVC PIPE audio filter for the Cricket

By all means have a look at the February 2017 issue of QST, pages 43-45, "A
Resonant Speaker for CW", for good ideas and a nicely crafted result.

72,

Charles, W2SH

From: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com <mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com>
<4sqrp@yahoogroups.com <mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com>> on behalf of WA0ITP
wa0itp@mchsi.com <mailto:wa0itp@mchsi.com> [4sqrp] <4sqrp@yahoogroups.com
<mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com>>

Sent: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 3:10 PM
To: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com <mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com>; Charles Powell;
Walter - K5EST
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] A simple PVC PIPE audio filter for the Cricket

Lets build one!

A hunk of pvc pipe works very well, and is plenty stiff enough. I built one
some years back, and if I could find it, I'd use it. The volume of the pipe
doesn't matter, only the length, so I'll let the size of the junk box
speaker
dictate the diameter of the pipe. Easy calculation too, length of
pipe=1100/2f. Think I'll build one specifically for the Cricket, but it
will
need a little outboard amp (tape it to the filter) to drive the speaker.
This
thing could be built similar to a trombone, so I may include a sliding
insert
(or an outside tube) that changes the resonant freq from abt 800 cycles
(8.5")
down to 400cycles (16.5"). It will work for any rig that will drive a
speaker.

I'm off to the junque box to find a speaker, anyone else want to build one
too? Anyone have some good construction hints?

72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com <http://www.wa0itp.com/><http://www.wa0itp.com
<http://www.wa0itp.com/>>
www.4sqrp.com <http://www.4sqrp.com/><http://www.4sqrp.com
<http://www.4sqrp.com/>>

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On 5/3/2017 12:44 PM, Charles Powell
doctorcwp@yahoo.com <mailto:doctorcwp@yahoo.com><mailto:doctorcwp@yahoo.com
<mailto:doctorcwp@yahoo.com>> [4sqrp] wrote:

I had forgotten about this. I made one years ago when I first started in
radio, and used it with my FT-101EE. As i recall, it worked quite well and
the video bears this out. I have a boatload of small speakers around here
somewhere. I made a tuned speaker from PVC that also works very well -
almost
as well as the filters on my K2.

72,

Charles
NK8O

On May 3, 2017, at 12:34 PM, Walter - K5EST
walter.k5est@gmail.com
<mailto:walter.k5est@gmail.com><mailto:walter.k5est@gmail.com
<mailto:walter.k5est@gmail.com>> [4sqrp]
<4sqrp@yahoogroups.com
<mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com><mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com
<mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com>>> wrote:

Keeping in the minimalist fashion, my old friend the Red Solo Cup Resonance
CW
filter does a great job at nearly no expense. The design has been around for
a
long time. The URL is to a U-Tube video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN8FUr0m1Po
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN8FUr0m1Po>

or if can get away with a scavenger hunt in the kitchen.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_giOx8SNnY&t=134s
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_giOx8SNnY&t=134s>

Happy CWing........de... Walter - K5EST



Re: A simple PVC PIPE audio filter for the Cricket

Charles W. Powell
 

I made a pair of these Dixie Cup resonant speakers today.  Remarkably, they have a very sharp peak at 600 Hz (my preferred center frequency).  I opened up the filter on the KX3 and found that the speakers were better than tightening down the filter on the radio.  It is the equivalent of about a 100 Hz filter, but much better sonic quality.  I am impressed!  Now I have extra Dixie cups for summer as well. (I made two because the KX3 needs “stereo” to work “Dual Watch” mode.

One suggestion that was not shown in the YouTube video: After attaching the speaker to the cup, place another cup underneath it, up against the bottom of the speaker, and hot glue it in place.  I found this narrows the bandwidth considerably, and fortunately at just the right frequency (for me, anyway).

72,

Charles - NK8O


On May 3, 2017, at 9:22 PM, 'Sam Neal' n5af@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

Hello,

I made it's el-cheapo little brother ( some old issue of Popular Electronics )
out of a Pringles potato chip can and the speaker out of an old CB radio. That
sounded very good, so I can imagine that it's big brother from QST will be
much better.

73,

Sam Neal N5AF
Celebrating 60 Years In Amateur Radio
_______________________________________________________

------ Original Message ------
Received: Wed, 03 May 2017 05:36:31 PM CDT
From: "Charles Moizeau w2sh@... [4sqrp]" <4sqrp@...>
To: "4sqrp@..." <4sqrp@...>, "wa0itp@..."
<wa0itp@...>
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] A simple PVC PIPE audio filter for the Cricket

By all means have a look at the February 2017 issue of QST, pages 43-45, "A
Resonant Speaker for CW", for good ideas and a nicely crafted result.

72,

Charles, W2SH

From: 4sqrp@... <4sqrp@...> on behalf of WA0ITP
wa0itp@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...>

Sent: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 3:10 PM
To: 4sqrp@...; Charles Powell; Walter - K5EST
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] A simple PVC PIPE audio filter for the Cricket

Lets build one!

A hunk of pvc pipe works very well, and is plenty stiff enough. I built one
some years back, and if I could find it, I'd use it. The volume of the pipe
doesn't matter, only the length, so I'll let the size of the junk box speaker
dictate the diameter of the pipe. Easy calculation too, length of
pipe=1100/2f. Think I'll build one specifically for the Cricket, but it will
need a little outboard amp (tape it to the filter) to drive the speaker. This
thing could be built similar to a trombone, so I may include a sliding insert
(or an outside tube) that changes the resonant freq from abt 800 cycles (8.5")
down to 400cycles (16.5"). It will work for any rig that will drive a
speaker.

I'm off to the junque box to find a speaker, anyone else want to build one
too? Anyone have some good construction hints?

72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com<http://www.wa0itp.com>
www.4sqrp.com<http://www.4sqrp.com>

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On 5/3/2017 12:44 PM, Charles Powell
doctorcwp@...<mailto:doctorcwp@...> [4sqrp] wrote:

I had forgotten about this. I made one years ago when I first started in
radio, and used it with my FT-101EE. As i recall, it worked quite well and
the video bears this out. I have a boatload of small speakers around here
somewhere. I made a tuned speaker from PVC that also works very well - almost
as well as the filters on my K2.

72,

Charles
NK8O

On May 3, 2017, at 12:34 PM, Walter - K5EST
walter.k5est@...<mailto:walter.k5est@...> [4sqrp]
<4sqrp@...<mailto:4sqrp@...>> wrote:

Keeping in the minimalist fashion, my old friend the Red Solo Cup Resonance CW
filter does a great job at nearly no expense. The design has been around for a
long time. The URL is to a U-Tube video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN8FUr0m1Po

or if can get away with a scavenger hunt in the kitchen.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_giOx8SNnY&t=134s

Happy CWing........de... Walter - K5EST



Re: 3560 Crystals from eBay

Mike WA8BXN
 

I don't have a cricket yet (its on order). I put together the oscillator on a test board here to try out some crystals I had. To simulate the load of the final, I used a 10K resistor to ground. I first tried out a number of 3579 crystals of various sizes and could hear all of them in my test receiver and keying sounded good. I then tried a few 3560 crystals of various sizes and could not hear any of the oscillating until I tuned the test receiver down to that frequency.Keying sounded good.  The crystals I used for testing came from a variety of sources including e-bay. 

My plan was to try some different feedback capacitor values if I had some that didn't work, but since they all do I can't. My short test here suggests that other 80 meter rocks should work for the most part. 

73/72 - Mike WA8BXN


A quick reminder

Wayne Dillon
 

Good morning all,
May I please remind all that the QRPSpots page(www.qrpspots.com/) is there to be used. It is a super tool for announcing your presence on a specific frequency/band, right now I'm thinking of Bayou Jumper of Cricket operators. Announce your presence on QRPSpots! Although we all use e-mail it can be a little cumbersome for quick announcements, QRPSpots is ideal.
When I call the net(s) on a Wednesday evening I have one screen open to my logger (N3FJP AC Log, terrific piece of logging software) and the second screen open on QRPSpots. If, as happened this week, you can hear the net but the NCS is sending a little (or a lot) too fast juts put a quick message on QRPSpopts to say "I can hear you but please QRS" or something similar. It is an extremely useful tool and is there for all to use so please avail yourselves of this super facility. I'll try looking for some Cricket ops this weekends, after local sundown.
Be blessed all and have a grand and safe weekend.
Wayne - NQ0RP

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Re: Speaking of nets... Thursday morning net?

Wayne Dillon
 

Good morning Jeff,
Terry - WA0ITP - used to call the Thursday AM net on 40m but I believe it's been inactive for a while.
Maybe someone else knows something?
Blessings,
Wayne - NQ0RP

On Fri, May 5, 2017 at 8:48 AM, Jeff Logullo jeff@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

Yesterday morning at 8 Central I dialed around 7.122 listening for Morning Net activity... and heard nobody. (After scrambling in the rain, umbrella in hand, to connect my feed line, it was a disappointment!)

I realized today that I wasn't seeing any list chatter about band conditions etc. So I was wondering if that net was still active. The 4SQRP web site lists the net, but I wanted to check with the regulars to see if you indeed have that one going.

I'm a net check-in neophyte, but I always give it a try if I'm at home!

Jeff N0MII




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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.

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Re: 3560 Crystals from eBay

John Clements
 

I would have to concur with the last few posts.  C10 seems to light to me.  I used up to 470pF for C10 (and 270pF for 40M) and even lowered R2 down to a 330 ohm 1/2W resistor when playing with an SVXO circuit using my crystals.  Of course my schematic is a little different as a PZT2222 transistor is used and tap the output off the emitter area instead of the base.   http://kc9on.com/ham-radio/crystals/svxo/

I'd love to be sitting at the bench tweaking that part of the circuit. Unfortunately I'm down state this weekend with some family care taking.  Maybe later next week when I get back and catch my breath I'll build up the osc circuit and play around.

Does anyone know the specs of the xtal that comes with the cricket or the source?  Would be interesting to put them on my crystal impedance meter and compare them with mine.

72 John kc9on (3rdPlanetSolar).


Speaking of nets... Thursday morning net?

Jeff Logullo N0̸MII
 

Yesterday morning at 8 Central I dialed around 7.122 listening for Morning Net activity... and heard nobody. (After scrambling in the rain, umbrella in hand, to connect my feed line, it was a disappointment!)

I realized today that I wasn't seeing any list chatter about band conditions etc. So I was wondering if that net was still active. The 4SQRP web site lists the net, but I wanted to check with the regulars to see if you indeed have that one going.

I'm a net check-in neophyte, but I always give it a try if I'm at home!

Jeff N0MII


Re: 3560 Crystals from eBay

Lee
 

Looking at the circuit – the oscillator is not loaded too heavily by the PA (it ‘sees’ a high impedance at the input of the PA), so no changes there. One simple thing to try is to pull the 2N3904 and replace with a 2N2218, 2N5179, or something NPN and metal-canned with a higher alpha….use a transistor tester to pick a suitable one. Another option is to replace R1 with a slightly lower value; this pulls up the voltage at the base of the 2N3904 and may help it kick on…………this is a non-engineers look, but an oscillator is simply an amplifier with at least unity gain and feedback into the input…..

 

Lee KX4TT

 

From: Bob Groh bob.groh@... [4sqrp]
Sent: Thursday, May 4, 2017 20:43
To: 4sqrp@...; Jim Sheldon
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] 3560 Crystals from eBay

 

 

Ouch.  Not good news but hopefully someone will find a cure.  Ah, well.  Switching to 3560 is a good idea - we just have some implementation problems.  Thanks for your work.

 

Bob, WA2CKY

 

On Thu, May 4, 2017 at 3:34 PM, 'Jim Sheldon' w0eb@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

I ordered a 10 pack of 3560 crystals (HC/49 style) from 3rd Planet Solar
on eBay. Got them yesterday and finally had a chance to check them out.
NONE will oscillate in the Cricket. The crystals aren't bad (they
oscillate & check good in my crystal checker) they just won't run in the
Cricket. I don't know if it's a feedback problem that needs a component
change or if it's just that there's not enough drive. They will
sometimes try to start and once in a while one of them would run in RX
mode but as soon as you hit the key to transmit (good 50 ohm dummy load
attached). The crystal would stop oscillating and it would be necessary
to cycle power to shock it back into oscillation. Maybe Dave, NM0S
would chime in on this since I'm not an engineer and don't know for sure
which component values to change in an attempt to make these crystals
work.

Jim - W0EB

 

 


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Re: 3560 crystals from ebay

Leland L. Bahr
 

I don't have a Cricket, but I would think by changing the values of C9 and C10 you could get these Ebay crystals to work nicely. Maybe try raising C10 to 220pf and reducing C9. Maybe put a variable trimmer cap in for C9 (5-75pf). Very for best activity and least chirp.
Lee, w0vt


Re: 3560 crystals from ebay

Casey
 

Ouchie..... Anxiously waiting the verdict on the HC49 crystals. I had been planning on putting in 3535 at the minimum, and perhaps 3550, 3560, and 3579. I had been wondering if there might be a problem, but from the aspect that I wanted to put in a freq cap that might not adjust properly, or possibly not oscillate.....

3535 is pretty clear, no PSK yet(a little in MI) - I had submitted it along with a few other freqs a couple years back when kc9on was asking about what freqs to add to what he offers.


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from Northern Illinois, if at all possible.....


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Re: 3560 Crystals from eBay

Tom Sevart
 

On 05/04/17 19:11, rhulett1@consolidated.net [4sqrp] wrote:


I have the same behavior with my 3560 crystal. Sometimes it works,
sometimes not. I ordered some from the auction site, hope wasn't a
waste of time.
Don't feel bad, I have that issue with my 3.579 crystal. Takes several tries of hooking the battery up to get the circuit to oscillate.


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St. Paul, KS


Re: 3560 Crystals from eBay

Curt
 

I have the same behavior with my 3560 crystal.  Sometimes it works, sometimes not.  I ordered some from the auction site, hope wasn't a waste of time.

Still trying for first QSO...

72, Curt KB5JO


Re: kit possibilities

Tom Sevart
 

On 05/03/17 20:26, Paul Smith psmith61@cox.net [4sqrp] wrote:


I have seen a post concerning the PSK kit rigs and the HF test set kits.
For what its worth. I like the sounds of both. I built a test set years
ago and it worked on first go. I let it get away from me but it was cool .
I'm finally about to finish my test set after having it stored away in a box for many years. I'll post pics when I'm done.

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Re: 3560 Crystals from eBay

wa2cky
 

Ouch.  Not good news but hopefully someone will find a cure.  Ah, well.  Switching to 3560 is a good idea - we just have some implementation problems.  Thanks for your work.

Bob, WA2CKY

On Thu, May 4, 2017 at 3:34 PM, 'Jim Sheldon' w0eb@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

I ordered a 10 pack of 3560 crystals (HC/49 style) from 3rd Planet Solar
on eBay. Got them yesterday and finally had a chance to check them out.
NONE will oscillate in the Cricket. The crystals aren't bad (they
oscillate & check good in my crystal checker) they just won't run in the
Cricket. I don't know if it's a feedback problem that needs a component
change or if it's just that there's not enough drive. They will
sometimes try to start and once in a while one of them would run in RX
mode but as soon as you hit the key to transmit (good 50 ohm dummy load
attached). The crystal would stop oscillating and it would be necessary
to cycle power to shock it back into oscillation. Maybe Dave, NM0S
would chime in on this since I'm not an engineer and don't know for sure
which component values to change in an attempt to make these crystals
work.

Jim - W0EB


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