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Another Cricket 80A death and resurrection.

Curt
 

Turned 80A on, no output.  Checked for oscillator, not running.  Replaced Q1 with Q3 and Q3 with BS170 from my stock ( I seem to recall reading that the BS170 was more rugged than the 2n7000 ).  Q1 tested bad on my tester, showed as two resistors.  Q3 had tested as an FET.  80A working fine.  Humidity has been around 25% indoors here, but still wouldn't expect FET to fail in circuit.  So much for my expectations :-o

Others may wish to do what I did.  I replaced Q1 with a three-pin socket, like what had installed for Q3 and X1.  This will avoid messing up the PCB if the 2N7000s continue to bite the dust.


Re: The Cricket transceiver is Great!

Wayne Steury
 

Yes, that is exactly what I experience. The tone is so low sometimes I have Difficulty coping it. It would be nice if there was an adjustment for receiving even if it was a component on the board.

Wayne N9egt 

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On Jan 3, 2018, at 4:04 PM, Jeffrey Peters <dek9jp@...> wrote:

Hello Wayne,

Yes, almost all stations seemed to be a little lower in frequency or tone pitch, if that make sense.
Overall, the Cricket sure works very well and gave me an incentive to get on the air.

Living in the mid-west or Michigan, gives me an advantage operating QRP or QRPp.  I have
always found if the other station is loud, then I have a very good chance of working them.

72, Jeff K9JP


On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 3:37 PM, Wayne Steury <waynesteury@...> wrote:

Jeff, great job. I am #004 of the Cricket group. Did you have any problem of stations being hard to copy because they seemed off frequency?

73's Wayne N9EGT


On 1/3/2018 15:29 PM, Jeffrey Peters wrote:

Happy New Year 4SQRP Group! 

I was able to complete my first 10 Cricket QSO's  last evening.  I would like to say "THANKS" to the 4SQRP Group for reworking the Cricket 80A. 
All of my old and new 80 meter crystals work very well in the Cricket.  I hope next to experiment adding a DDS VFO to my Cricket soon.

I have sent a copy of my log from my QRZ.com page showing the Cricket QSO's in order to Bill, KV6Z.  I hope, all is in order and I will soon receive
my 4SQRP Cricketeer Award and Cricketeer number.

72 and Happy New Year, 

Jeff Peters, K9JP
Traverse City, MI

Virus-free. www.avg.com




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Re: The Cricket transceiver is Great!

dekle <dekle@...>
 


How did you send your log?
I haven't received anything yet.
 
Bill
KV6Z
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 2:37 PM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] The Cricket transceiver is Great!

Jeff, great job. I am #004 of the Cricket group. Did you have any problem of stations being hard to copy because they seemed off frequency?

73's Wayne N9EGT


On 1/3/2018 15:29 PM, Jeffrey Peters wrote:

Happy New Year 4SQRP Group! 

I was able to complete my first 10 Cricket QSO's  last evening.  I would like to say "THANKS" to the 4SQRP Group for reworking the Cricket 80A. 
All of my old and new 80 meter crystals work very well in the Cricket.  I hope next to experiment adding a DDS VFO to my Cricket soon.

I have sent a copy of my log from my QRZ.com page showing the Cricket QSO's in order to Bill, KV6Z.  I hope, all is in order and I will soon receive
my 4SQRP Cricketeer Award and Cricketeer number.

72 and Happy New Year, 

Jeff Peters, K9JP
Traverse City, MI

Virus-free. www.avg.com


Re: The Cricket transceiver is Great!

Jeff, K9JP
 

Hello Wayne,

Yes, almost all stations seemed to be a little lower in frequency or tone pitch, if that make sense.
Overall, the Cricket sure works very well and gave me an incentive to get on the air.

Living in the mid-west or Michigan, gives me an advantage operating QRP or QRPp.  I have
always found if the other station is loud, then I have a very good chance of working them.

72, Jeff K9JP


On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 3:37 PM, Wayne Steury <waynesteury@...> wrote:

Jeff, great job. I am #004 of the Cricket group. Did you have any problem of stations being hard to copy because they seemed off frequency?

73's Wayne N9EGT


On 1/3/2018 15:29 PM, Jeffrey Peters wrote:

Happy New Year 4SQRP Group! 

I was able to complete my first 10 Cricket QSO's  last evening.  I would like to say "THANKS" to the 4SQRP Group for reworking the Cricket 80A. 
All of my old and new 80 meter crystals work very well in the Cricket.  I hope next to experiment adding a DDS VFO to my Cricket soon.

I have sent a copy of my log from my QRZ.com page showing the Cricket QSO's in order to Bill, KV6Z.  I hope, all is in order and I will soon receive
my 4SQRP Cricketeer Award and Cricketeer number.

72 and Happy New Year, 

Jeff Peters, K9JP
Traverse City, MI

Virus-free. www.avg.com




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Not all of me will die - - - The good I do will live forever.  <><


Re: The Cricket transceiver is Great!

Wayne Dillon
 

Well done Jeff, nice work. I hope to work u cricket to cricket soon.
Blessings
Wayne - NQ0RP

On Wed, Jan 3, 2018 at 2:29 PM, Jeffrey Peters <dek9jp@...> wrote:

Happy New Year 4SQRP Group! 

I was able to complete my first 10 Cricket QSO's  last evening.  I would like to say "THANKS" to the 4SQRP Group for reworking the Cricket 80A. 
All of my old and new 80 meter crystals work very well in the Cricket.  I hope next to experiment adding a DDS VFO to my Cricket soon.

I have sent a copy of my log from my QRZ.com page showing the Cricket QSO's in order to Bill, KV6Z.  I hope, all is in order and I will soon receive
my 4SQRP Cricketeer Award and Cricketeer number.

72 and Happy New Year, 

Jeff Peters, K9JP
Traverse City, MI




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



Re: The Cricket transceiver is Great!

Wayne Steury
 

Jeff, great job. I am #004 of the Cricket group. Did you have any problem of stations being hard to copy because they seemed off frequency?

73's Wayne N9EGT


On 1/3/2018 15:29 PM, Jeffrey Peters wrote:

Happy New Year 4SQRP Group! 

I was able to complete my first 10 Cricket QSO's  last evening.  I would like to say "THANKS" to the 4SQRP Group for reworking the Cricket 80A. 
All of my old and new 80 meter crystals work very well in the Cricket.  I hope next to experiment adding a DDS VFO to my Cricket soon.

I have sent a copy of my log from my QRZ.com page showing the Cricket QSO's in order to Bill, KV6Z.  I hope, all is in order and I will soon receive
my 4SQRP Cricketeer Award and Cricketeer number.

72 and Happy New Year, 

Jeff Peters, K9JP
Traverse City, MI

Virus-free. www.avg.com


The Cricket transceiver is Great!

Jeff, K9JP
 


Happy New Year 4SQRP Group! 

I was able to complete my first 10 Cricket QSO's  last evening.  I would like to say "THANKS" to the 4SQRP Group for reworking the Cricket 80A. 
All of my old and new 80 meter crystals work very well in the Cricket.  I hope next to experiment adding a DDS VFO to my Cricket soon.

I have sent a copy of my log from my QRZ.com page showing the Cricket QSO's in order to Bill, KV6Z.  I hope, all is in order and I will soon receive
my 4SQRP Cricketeer Award and Cricketeer number.

72 and Happy New Year, 

Jeff Peters, K9JP
Traverse City, MI


Re: Calling CQ on 3560

Paul Smith
 

I tune to 3560 after dark and listen in de Paul N0NBD


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From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...>
Sent: Wednesday, January 3, 2018 4:00 AM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Calling CQ on 3560
 
I got on late Tom
I was busy chasing the ghost foxes!
I bet we can get a qso some night?
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 8:15 PM Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...> wrote:
I'm calling CQ on 3560 with my Cricket as of 0214.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS





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Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com


Re: Calling CQ on 3560

Dale Putnam
 

I heard you calling that ghost FOX. You sounded QRO. He sounded like a ghostly whisper. 

Make this a great day
Dale

On Jan 2, 2018, at 9:01 PM, Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:

I got on late Tom
I was busy chasing the ghost foxes!
I bet we can get a qso some night?
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 8:15 PM Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...> wrote:
I'm calling CQ on 3560 with my Cricket as of 0214.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS





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


Re: Calling CQ on 3560

Johnny AC0BQ
 

I got on late Tom
I was busy chasing the ghost foxes!
I bet we can get a qso some night?
72
Johnny AC0BQ 


On Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 8:15 PM Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...> wrote:
I'm calling CQ on 3560 with my Cricket as of 0214.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS





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


Calling CQ on 3560

Tom Sevart
 

I'm calling CQ on 3560 with my Cricket as of 0214.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: FWIW - Rubber Feet

Jim Sheldon
 

It's Harbor Freight item #98858 12 X 12 inch self-adhesive rubber safety mat with tread surface 

Found it on www.harborfreight.com and search on 98858.

Jim, W0EB

On Jan 2, 2018, at 5:08 PM, davemrtn <davemrtn@...> wrote:

On Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 11:39 am, Gandalf The Gray wrote:
wb1hga
We have a hobby and craft store (Hobby Lobby) here, but it does NOT have anything like this sheet of rubber I found at Harbor Freight.


Re: FWIW - Rubber Feet

davemrtn
 

On Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 11:39 am, Gandalf The Gray wrote:
wb1hga
We have a hobby and craft store (Hobby Lobby) here, but it does NOT have anything like this sheet of rubber I found at Harbor Freight.


Re: FWIW - Rubber Feet

Jeff Peters <k9jp.radio@...>
 

Thanks for the Great Tip David!

I will purchase a sheet or two over the next few days.  I have a few items here that need that same type of solution.

73, Jeff - K9JP

On Tue, Jan 2, 2018 at 2:11 PM, davemrtn <davemrtn@...> wrote:
I am putting an older 2M Xcvr to task in my shack and needed some rubber feet on bottom, mostly to make sure the heatsink wasn't resting flush against the shelf.
I couldn't find any in my bin(s) so I intended to look at walmart while there yesterday.
I stopped by Harbor Freight yesterday to grab a couple of storage containers (with dividers making 24 compartments).
While at Harbor Freight, perused all the isles before going to the checkout, and found 12" X 12" rubber sheets (adhesive backed) with a diamond (tread plate) pattern on the non-adhesive side, thinking this will make a great "rubber foot" for that radio and with the diamond pattern I expect it will have a good grip on the shelf and not move around when I push buttons on the radio.
Cut out a piece (3" X 5.5") to fit the bottom cover of the radio, and notches to allow access for cover screws etc.
Cleaned the bottom cover with acetone, then applied the Diamond pattern Rubber cutout.
It works great! 
Might not be suitable for really small things, like Altoid boxes, but you might want to give it a consideration for other applications when you don't want stuff moving around on your desk top and you don't want to bolt it down.

David - NA1MH




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Re: FWIW - Rubber Feet

Gandalf The Gray <ronhogrider92@...>
 

Also consider hobby and craft stores.

Ron wb1hga

On Jan 2, 2018, at 2:11 PM, davemrtn <davemrtn@...> wrote:

I am putting an older 2M Xcvr to task in my shack and needed some rubber feet on bottom, mostly to make sure the heatsink wasn't resting flush against the shelf.
I couldn't find any in my bin(s) so I intended to look at walmart while there yesterday.
I stopped by Harbor Freight yesterday to grab a couple of storage containers (with dividers making 24 compartments).
While at Harbor Freight, perused all the isles before going to the checkout, and found 12" X 12" rubber sheets (adhesive backed) with a diamond (tread plate) pattern on the non-adhesive side, thinking this will make a great "rubber foot" for that radio and with the diamond pattern I expect it will have a good grip on the shelf and not move around when I push buttons on the radio.
Cut out a piece (3" X 5.5") to fit the bottom cover of the radio, and notches to allow access for cover screws etc.
Cleaned the bottom cover with acetone, then applied the Diamond pattern Rubber cutout.
It works great! 
Might not be suitable for really small things, like Altoid boxes, but you might want to give it a consideration for other applications when you don't want stuff moving around on your desk top and you don't want to bolt it down.

David - NA1MH


FWIW - Rubber Feet

davemrtn
 

I am putting an older 2M Xcvr to task in my shack and needed some rubber feet on bottom, mostly to make sure the heatsink wasn't resting flush against the shelf.
I couldn't find any in my bin(s) so I intended to look at walmart while there yesterday.
I stopped by Harbor Freight yesterday to grab a couple of storage containers (with dividers making 24 compartments).
While at Harbor Freight, perused all the isles before going to the checkout, and found 12" X 12" rubber sheets (adhesive backed) with a diamond (tread plate) pattern on the non-adhesive side, thinking this will make a great "rubber foot" for that radio and with the diamond pattern I expect it will have a good grip on the shelf and not move around when I push buttons on the radio.
Cut out a piece (3" X 5.5") to fit the bottom cover of the radio, and notches to allow access for cover screws etc.
Cleaned the bottom cover with acetone, then applied the Diamond pattern Rubber cutout.
It works great! 
Might not be suitable for really small things, like Altoid boxes, but you might want to give it a consideration for other applications when you don't want stuff moving around on your desk top and you don't want to bolt it down.

David - NA1MH


Re: Heard Tom N2UHC working K0JV on 30 meters

Paul Smith
 

RGR Ill get u and ur # in my log some day

Paul


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From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...>
Sent: Monday, January 1, 2018 11:11 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Heard Tom N2UHC working K0JV on 30 meters
 
On 01/01/18 11:40, Paul Smith wrote:
> Hey Tom U were 229 while working SD a few minutes ago de Paul
>
> I got him too
>

Yeah he was wanting SKCC numbers.  I had to go look mine up since it's
been a while since I last gave it out.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS






Re: Heard Tom N2UHC working K0JV on 30 meters

Tom Sevart
 

On 01/01/18 11:40, Paul Smith wrote:
Hey Tom U were 229 while working SD a few minutes ago de Paul
I got him too
Yeah he was wanting SKCC numbers. I had to go look mine up since it's been a while since I last gave it out.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: Might as well chime in.

John Lonigro
 

Good point, Chas.  160M this time of year might be worth checking into. I think all the lightning bolts/static crashes in the Midwest are frozen, especially this weekend.


Thanks, 72, and Happy New Year,


John, AA0VE

4SQRP Contest Coordinator


On 01/01/2018 11:45 AM, Charles Moizeau wrote:

And a Happy New Year to you Jon together with a mega TU for all the care and attention you provide to these Second Sunday Sprints, for they are really the only 4SQRP on-the-air activities that occur with accustomed regularity.


In addition to your counsel to enlarge participants' frequency coverage so as to ensure the inclusion of Crickteers operating on 3.579 mHz or elsewhere away from 3.560 mHz, be sure to visit near 1.810 mHz.  Have a look at the two top scores in last month's sprint and you will see that members K4BAI and WBØCFF had a mutual QRP QSO over nearly a kilo-mile path.  ACØBQ and perhaps others should take notice and give 160m a tumble on 14 January 2018.


72,


Charles, W2SH


From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of John Lonigro <jonigro@...>
Sent: Monday, January 1, 2018 10:33 AM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] Might as well chime in.
 
I'm not one to usually send "Happy New Year" or "Merry Christmas" emails
to reflector groups.  I keep telling myself I'm really glad all 1500 (or
so) members of 4SQRP don't send holiday greetings to all of us.  So what
I'm doing instead is combining this New Year's greeting with a note
about the Second Sunday Sprint.  The SSS is still the 2nd Sunday of
every month in 2018.  The only changes are sideband power can now be 10
Watts, plus the sideband and CW portions of each band are now considered
separate bands.  Note that, since the 1st fell on Monday this month, the
SSS won't be until the 14th, the latest in a month the SSS can ever occur.

Also note that there is currently a 1500-way tie for first place in the
overall 2018 SSS.  This is the ideal time to get active in the SSS, when
nobody has to worry about catching up.  That won't be true in February.

72, Happy New Year, and remember that Cricket contacts count as much as
those with larger radios (up to the 5 Watt limit).  Those of you with
80M capability, please search the common Cricket frequencies and help
all the cricketeers have success.

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator






Re: Might as well chime in.

w2sh@...
 

And a Happy New Year to you Jon together with a mega TU for all the care and attention you provide to these Second Sunday Sprints, for they are really the only 4SQRP on-the-air activities that occur with accustomed regularity.


In addition to your counsel to enlarge participants' frequency coverage so as to ensure the inclusion of Crickteers operating on 3.579 mHz or elsewhere away from 3.560 mHz, be sure to visit near 1.810 mHz.  Have a look at the two top scores in last month's sprint and you will see that members K4BAI and WBØCFF had a mutual QRP QSO over nearly a kilo-mile path.  ACØBQ and perhaps others should take notice and give 160m a tumble on 14 January 2018.


72,


Charles, W2SH


From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of John Lonigro <jonigro@...>
Sent: Monday, January 1, 2018 10:33 AM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] Might as well chime in.
 
I'm not one to usually send "Happy New Year" or "Merry Christmas" emails
to reflector groups.  I keep telling myself I'm really glad all 1500 (or
so) members of 4SQRP don't send holiday greetings to all of us.  So what
I'm doing instead is combining this New Year's greeting with a note
about the Second Sunday Sprint.  The SSS is still the 2nd Sunday of
every month in 2018.  The only changes are sideband power can now be 10
Watts, plus the sideband and CW portions of each band are now considered
separate bands.  Note that, since the 1st fell on Monday this month, the
SSS won't be until the 14th, the latest in a month the SSS can ever occur.

Also note that there is currently a 1500-way tie for first place in the
overall 2018 SSS.  This is the ideal time to get active in the SSS, when
nobody has to worry about catching up.  That won't be true in February.

72, Happy New Year, and remember that Cricket contacts count as much as
those with larger radios (up to the 5 Watt limit).  Those of you with
80M capability, please search the common Cricket frequencies and help
all the cricketeers have success.

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator




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