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Ozark Patrol Radio Kit

Bill Cromwell
 

Hi,

Today I finished assembly of the Ozark Patrol receiver that followed me home from the Michigan QRP Club picnic. I turned on the power and nothing popped, cracked, sizzled, or smoked. I was able to receive 10mc WWV and some 30 meter CW ham signals. I found some broadcast type stuff too. The radio is pretty touchy and the main tuning is faster than a speeding bullet. It is like riding a bucking bronco compared to other radios that are more like riding a pony around the ring at the county fair.

I am going to review the possibility of poor solder joints, misconnected wiring, etc to make sure something there isn't contributing to the wild ride. The kit was also missing two caps and all three tubes. I had one new cap and one old, salvaged cap in my junk boxes to complete the assembly along with a 6SN7 and a 6C4. That tired old cap might be not up to it's job. I suspect one of the tubes of being weak or gassy too. After all of that is addressed I might see what I can do to make the bronc behave more like the pony. I might mount a reduction drive on the bandset (main tuning) control to tame the tuning rate and install more shielding & bracing - but the mechanical stability doesn't seem lacking. The bandspread feels about right.

I think the kit was well thought out but what do I know. I have only ever built a couple of other kits and that was a long time ago. At least it was so simple that even I could do it. Except for those missing caps and tubes.

73,

Bill KU8H

--
bark less - wag more


Re: IC-PAC Cable

Darryl J Kelly
 

Cable has been spoken for.
Darryl, KK5IB


IC-PAC Cable

Darryl J Kelly
 

Anyone need an IC-PAC cable for Icom radios and LDG AT-PRO 100 II or 200 II Automatic tuners?
First email gets it and I would like a dollar or two for postage.
Darryl, KK5IB



SSS Results

John Lonigro
 

Well, I'm only a few hours late this month, not as bad as last month (several days). The winner for August is Bill, KV6Z, with 12 QSO points, followed closely by John K4BAI with 11 points. Chas W2SH came in third with 9 points. We only had 7 entries this month, a few short of my goal of 10+. I don't know what to expect next month. I believe the SSS coincides with the BBB (Big Brutus Bash). Everyone should be home by 7:00 CDT that Sunday, but I don't know how many will be awake and raring to go with the SSS. That may be a good chance for someone else to garner first place for a change. We'll just have to wait and see.

For the year, Bill, KV6Z, is still in the lead. As the months go by, it will be more difficult to catch him, but there's still the monthly winner, who could be anyone.

Bill will receive his August certificate soon, hopefully today, but I need to run some errands and may not have a chance to get his certificate to him until tomorrow. As they say, it's in the mail (hi).

Until next month,

72 de John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


Re: FS crystals - SOLD

Paul Goemans
 

Thanks !
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI


FS crystals

Paul Goemans
 

Hi gang,
  I have six crystals that are surplus to my needs. They are new CTS MP series (general purpose) 12.000 MHz,  HC-49/u package, full lead length. How about $6 for them, mailed to a US address?
 
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI


Re: FS: Yaesu FT-817 (not ND) - price lowered

Dan Reynolds
 

The Yaesu has been spoken for.
Thanks.

Dan -- KB9JLO


Re: FS: Yaesu FT-817 (not ND) - price lowered

perleyu@...
 

I would dearly like to have that radio, but on Social Security, it is difficult to have that much money on hand. If you would care to, I could send you money whenever I could get it and you send it when I'd get it paid for.  If not, I understand.  72,  Perley Urquhart, N1YUK

On Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:17:10 -0500, "Dan Reynolds on30ng@gmail.com [4sqrp]" <4sqrp@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

I have a Yaesu FT-817, not the ND model in excellent condition that I'm
wanting to sell.

It has the Kranker knob, the BHI internal DSP module (SSB), 500 KHz XTAL CW
filter and the DL-QRP group MIC compressor (does not modify the stock MIC,
goes inline). Includes a power cable, stock microphone, what stock antennas
I can find, box, manual, etc. No internal battery or charger. Power cable I
include will probably have a fuse holder and power poles.
I also have a USB cable and a USB sound card with a plug on the end for the
FT-817 I'll include (PSK, etc...).

I have used it 99.9% on HF. I think maybe I checked into a local repeater
once or twice with it (UHF & VHF).

I can send pics if you want. I've made received several 5000+ mile
contacts, earning several 1000 miles per watt SSB awards with this rig
(before the sunspots died). On a wired (W3EDP) antenna! I'm not getting out
of ham radio, I purchased a KX3 this year and no longer need the FT-817.

Price is $375 and we'll split the shipping (I want to insure it for the
full value). Or best offer. I am motivated. Make me an offer.

I also have a LDG Z-100 Plus autotuner I would include for a $435 package
price. I added internal AA battery holders in it. It will last a year or
more on AA batteries.

73
Dan -- KB9JLO
https://sites.google.com/site/on30ng/


FS: Yaesu FT-817 (not ND) - price lowered

Dan Reynolds
 

I have a Yaesu FT-817, not the ND model in excellent condition that I'm wanting to sell. 

It has the Kranker knob, the BHI internal DSP module (SSB), 500 KHz XTAL CW filter and the DL-QRP group MIC compressor (does not modify the stock MIC, goes inline). Includes a power cable, stock microphone, what stock antennas I can find, box, manual, etc. No internal battery or charger. Power cable I include will probably have a fuse holder and power poles. 
I also have a USB cable and a USB sound card with a plug on the end for the FT-817 I'll include (PSK, etc...). 

I have used it 99.9% on HF. I think maybe I checked into a local repeater once or twice with it (UHF & VHF). 

I can send pics if you want. I've made received several 5000+ mile contacts, earning several 1000 miles per watt SSB awards with this rig (before the sunspots died). On a wired (W3EDP) antenna! I'm not getting out of ham radio, I purchased a KX3 this year and no longer need the FT-817. 

Price is $375 and we'll split the shipping (I want to insure it for the full value). Or best offer. I am motivated. Make me an offer.

I also have a LDG Z-100 Plus autotuner I would include for a $435 package price. I added internal AA battery holders in it. It will last a year or more on AA batteries. 


Re: Send in your score!

w2sh@...
 

John,


We had overnight company here, so I only sent in my score a few minutes ago.  Didn't see any "Submit" button to hit, and so am guessing that submission perhaps occurred automatically.


Important note re. non-member QSOs:  As mentioned in my soapbox comment, I'm going to request Wayne to send his stock Wayne-o-Gram membership solicitation e-mails to the three non-members I worked.  I'll first gather names and e-mail addresses from QRZ, sending these to Wayne along with pertinent details concerning my QSOs.  I'll cc. you on my message to him with the hope that you'll complement your usual fine attention to SSS matters with a recommendation using your own wording for SSS participants to do likewise.  Obviously, it makes no sense to do this after having worked somebody running a kW (and I think I once did), but last night I worked two five-Watters and one guy running an MFJ Cub at 20W.


72 es a big TU for all you do to energize these SSS sprints.


Charles (aka Chas), W2SH 




From: 4sqrp@... <4sqrp@...> on behalf of 'John R. Lonigro' jonigro@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...>
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 10:44 AM
To: 4SQRP
Subject: [4sqrp] Send in your score!
 
 

I hope there was a lot of participation in yesterday's SSS and a lot of
QSOs made. Please enter your score on the qrpcontest.com website by
Tuesday night. I'll try to remember to tabulate everything early
Wednesday morning and will let you know how things went last night.

72,
John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


Send in your score!

John Lonigro
 

I hope there was a lot of participation in yesterday's SSS and a lot of QSOs made. Please enter your score on the qrpcontest.com website by Tuesday night. I'll try to remember to tabulate everything early Wednesday morning and will let you know how things went last night.

72,
John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


Re: SMD Soldering Aid

Dave NE5DL
 

"Mr Melt solder" KD1JV's tip - bees wax. Used it many times picking up and laying in place, works well for me.

72, Dave NE5DL


Re: Hello from Illinois

Jaimie Hall
 

Cool. Great to hear your story.
Jaimie
VK3TZE

On 13 Aug. 2017 3:58 am, "k9zzp@... [4sqrp]" <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

I joined the group last week.  I have been messing around with Ham Radio for only a few years.  I have had an interest in electricity and then electronics since my teens.  The first kit I built was a multimeter.  I can't remember if it was a heathkit or a radio shack, but I used it for years.

I operated a CB radio when you had to have a license to be on the air.  I spent a short time in the late 80's building computers.  

In my last job, a co-worker was a ham.   We talked about "it" at work, and I borrowed a book from him about getting into ham radio. Well, you know the rest.

I like building kits and projects.  I like figuring things out.  When I found a 4sqrp page about a get together at Branson for QRP and people built projects for their radios, I was hooked.  The other thing that did it was my love for trout fishing on the Taneycomo.  

Well, thanks for reading,

73's

Marion

K9ZZP


Re: Hello from Illinois

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Hello Marion
Welcome to the group.
You will fit in nicely!!
The love of radio and building says it all.
The members of this group are extremely helpful and friendly!
Hope to cu In Branson.
72, 73
Johnny AC0BQ 


On Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 12:58 PM k9zzp@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

I joined the group last week.  I have been messing around with Ham Radio for only a few years.  I have had an interest in electricity and then electronics since my teens.  The first kit I built was a multimeter.  I can't remember if it was a heathkit or a radio shack, but I used it for years.

I operated a CB radio when you had to have a license to be on the air.  I spent a short time in the late 80's building computers.  

In my last job, a co-worker was a ham.   We talked about "it" at work, and I borrowed a book from him about getting into ham radio. Well, you know the rest.

I like building kits and projects.  I like figuring things out.  When I found a 4sqrp page about a get together at Branson for QRP and people built projects for their radios, I was hooked.  The other thing that did it was my love for trout fishing on the Taneycomo.  

Well, thanks for reading,

73's

Marion

K9ZZP

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


Re: Special Event Station: N9I

Tim N9PUZ
 

Argh! Yes, Sunday August 13th. Multi-tasking not going well today.

On 8/12/2017 3:28 PM, Wayne Dillon wrote:
Tim,
I think you meant Sunday August 13th?
Blessings,
Wayne - NQ0RP
On Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 3:26 PM, Tim McDonough N9PUZ tim.n9puz@gmail.com <mailto:tim.n9puz@gmail.com> [4sqrp] <4sqrp@yahoogroups.com <mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com>> wrote:
__
Tomorrow afternoon, Sunday August 8th, I will be running phone
somewhere in the lower end of the 20M General allocation or the
lower 40M General allocation. The Sangamon Valley Radio Club in
Springfield, Illinois is operating the station each day of the
10-day *Illinois State Fair* to draw attention to Amateur Radio.
If you happen to visit the Illinois State Fair this year, stop in at
the lower level of the grandstand near the State Fair Museum and say
hello! We have operators there from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm each day.
73,
Tim, */"November Nine Illinois"/*, aka N9PUZ
--
*QRP* - *EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER.*
God Bless from Wayne Dillon - NQ0RP


Re: SMD Soldering Aid

Bill Cromwell
 

Hi,

I finally looked up the 'doofus'. I'm in!

73,

Bill KU8H


Re: Special Event Station: N9I

Wayne Dillon
 

Tim,
I think you meant Sunday August 13th?
Blessings,
Wayne - NQ0RP


On Sat, Aug 12, 2017 at 3:26 PM, Tim McDonough N9PUZ tim.n9puz@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

Tomorrow afternoon, Sunday August 8th, I will be running phone somewhere in the lower end of the 20M General allocation or the lower 40M General allocation. The Sangamon Valley Radio Club in Springfield, Illinois is operating the station each day of the 10-day Illinois State Fair to draw attention to Amateur Radio.

If you happen to visit the Illinois State Fair this year, stop in at the lower level of the grandstand near the State Fair Museum and say hello! We have operators there from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm each day.

73,

Tim, "November Nine Illinois", aka N9PUZ




--
 
QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
God Bless from Wayne Dillon - NQ0RP



Special Event Station: N9I

Tim N9PUZ
 

Tomorrow afternoon, Sunday August 8th, I will be running phone somewhere in the lower end of the 20M General allocation or the lower 40M General allocation. The Sangamon Valley Radio Club in Springfield, Illinois is operating the station each day of the 10-day Illinois State Fair to draw attention to Amateur Radio.

If you happen to visit the Illinois State Fair this year, stop in at the lower level of the grandstand near the State Fair Museum and say hello! We have operators there from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm each day.

73,

Tim, "November Nine Illinois", aka N9PUZ


Re: SMD Soldering Aid

David Wilcox
 

Addendum:

I checked my tool drawer and found five different sizes of ViceGrips........ One for every size of SMD?

Dave K8WPE

On Aug 12, 2017, at 4:21 PM, David Wilcox djwilcox01@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

I remember that and have used that method a few times.  I picked up a music wire one with a fishing sinker on it later and use it more now.  A touch of bees wax helps reduce the flight of the SMD and does no harm to the build.  Didn't someone write a music composition about the "Flight of the SMD"?

Dave K8WPE

On Aug 12, 2017, at 10:06 AM, Louis Axeman n8la@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

Greetings,

One time, during a 4 DIM Buildathon, Rex Harper, W1REX, used a toothpick held by vice grips to hold down SMDs for soldering.

72,
Lou,  N8LA 


Re: SMD Soldering Aid

David Wilcox
 

I remember that and have used that method a few times.  I picked up a music wire one with a fishing sinker on it later and use it more now.  A touch of bees wax helps reduce the flight of the SMD and does no harm to the build.  Didn't someone write a music composition about the "Flight of the SMD"?

Dave K8WPE

On Aug 12, 2017, at 10:06 AM, Louis Axeman n8la@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

Greetings,

One time, during a 4 DIM Buildathon, Rex Harper, W1REX, used a toothpick held by vice grips to hold down SMDs for soldering.

72,
Lou,  N8LA 

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