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Re: Another rig?

WA0ITP
 

FB Jim, Good luck and hve fun with the rig and keyer.
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 1/11/2018 8:17 AM, Jim Sheldon wrote:

I have several and they all work.  The main reason I designed that adapter (now almost obsolete because the keyer is being worked on by several good programmers - No, not me) was so I could use my bug(s) with it and the hand key which I use is home made and uses bare brass contacts which are difficult to keep perfectly clean.  ANY contact resistance on a key being used with the stock uBITX input will create problems due to the way the paddles are handled (measuring voltages on the single input line with the Analog to Digital converter (ADC) in the Arduino Nano).  

There are software fixes for that too, but I'm waiting until they go to a different keyer.

The EZ Keyer series will work great and my little FET keying interface should not be needed with it.

Jim

------ Original Message ------
From: "WA0ITP" <wa0itp@...>
Sent: 1/11/2018 7:56:46 AM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Another rig?

GM JIm,

"The internal keyer is being worked on"

Which keyer are you using?   The smd EZKeyer II-i is ideal and was designed for this application.  http://www.4sqrp.com/ek2i.php

GL

72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 1/11/2018 7:22 AM, Jim Sheldon wrote:
GM Yvon,
Attached is the schematic of the keying adapter I used.  The 2nd and third stages (for the key paddles) did not help enough due to the poor implementation of the paddle keyer.  I suggest using only the first stage of the adapter in the schematic, (disregard everything to the left of C4 on the diagram.).  For 90 percent of the people that have used it, this improved the keying for hand keys and even allowed using a bug.  Use an external keyer either through the adapter or if the external keyer has an FET output keying stage, the adapter should not be needed.  The internal keyer is being worked on but it's going to be a lengthy process and for now the suggestion is to use an external device.

Jim - W0EB


------ Original Message ------From: "at91r40008" <yvon@...>
Sent: 1/11/2018 12:51:37 AM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Another rig?

Jim,

do you mind sharing your modifications for CW? I have one too and in CW it is not ideal but it is a quite receiver.

Thanks,   73.
Yvon NU6I



Re: Another rig and SSS is SUNDAY

Jim Sheldon
 

OOPSIE - you are absolutely right.  Use only the first stage.  I hadn't had any coffee yet when I posted that so my old military training (your other left, dummy) kicked in - LOL.

Disregard everything to the RIGHT of C4.

Jim

------ Original Message ------
From: "John Lonigro" <jonigro@...>
Sent: 1/11/2018 7:57:42 AM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Another rig and SSS is SUNDAY

Jim:

I think you meant to disregard everything to the RIGHT of C4 in the diagram, didn't  you?

Everyone: Don't forget the SSS is this Sunday, from 7:00-9:00 CST (0100-0300Z).  Full details in the rules, available on the 4SQRP website.

72,

John, AA0VE


On 01/11/2018 07:22 AM, Jim Sheldon wrote:
GM Yvon,
Attached is the schematic of the keying adapter I used.  The 2nd and third stages (for the key paddles) did not help enough due to the poor implementation of the paddle keyer.  I suggest using only the first stage of the adapter in the schematic, (disregard everything to the left of C4 on the diagram.).  For 90 percent of the people that have used it, this improved the keying for hand keys and even allowed using a bug.  Use an external keyer either through the adapter or if the external keyer has an FET output keying stage, the adapter should not be needed.  The internal keyer is being worked on but it's going to be a lengthy process and for now the suggestion is to use an external device.

Jim - W0EB


------ Original Message ------From: "at91r40008" <yvon@...>
Sent: 1/11/2018 12:51:37 AM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Another rig?

Jim,

do you mind sharing your modifications for CW? I have one too and in CW it is not ideal but it is a quite receiver.

Thanks,   73.
Yvon NU6I


Re: Another rig?

Jim Sheldon
 

I have several and they all work.  The main reason I designed that adapter (now almost obsolete because the keyer is being worked on by several good programmers - No, not me) was so I could use my bug(s) with it and the hand key which I use is home made and uses bare brass contacts which are difficult to keep perfectly clean.  ANY contact resistance on a key being used with the stock uBITX input will create problems due to the way the paddles are handled (measuring voltages on the single input line with the Analog to Digital converter (ADC) in the Arduino Nano).  

There are software fixes for that too, but I'm waiting until they go to a different keyer.

The EZ Keyer series will work great and my little FET keying interface should not be needed with it.

Jim

------ Original Message ------
From: "WA0ITP" <wa0itp@...>
Sent: 1/11/2018 7:56:46 AM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Another rig?

GM JIm,

"The internal keyer is being worked on"

Which keyer are you using?   The smd EZKeyer II-i is ideal and was designed for this application.  http://www.4sqrp.com/ek2i.php

GL

72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 1/11/2018 7:22 AM, Jim Sheldon wrote:
GM Yvon,
Attached is the schematic of the keying adapter I used.  The 2nd and third stages (for the key paddles) did not help enough due to the poor implementation of the paddle keyer.  I suggest using only the first stage of the adapter in the schematic, (disregard everything to the left of C4 on the diagram.).  For 90 percent of the people that have used it, this improved the keying for hand keys and even allowed using a bug.  Use an external keyer either through the adapter or if the external keyer has an FET output keying stage, the adapter should not be needed.  The internal keyer is being worked on but it's going to be a lengthy process and for now the suggestion is to use an external device.

Jim - W0EB


------ Original Message ------From: "at91r40008" <yvon@...>
Sent: 1/11/2018 12:51:37 AM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Another rig?

Jim,

do you mind sharing your modifications for CW? I have one too and in CW it is not ideal but it is a quite receiver.

Thanks,   73.
Yvon NU6I


Re: Another rig and SSS is SUNDAY

John Lonigro
 

Jim:

I think you meant to disregard everything to the RIGHT of C4 in the diagram, didn't  you?

Everyone: Don't forget the SSS is this Sunday, from 7:00-9:00 CST (0100-0300Z).  Full details in the rules, available on the 4SQRP website.

72,

John, AA0VE


On 01/11/2018 07:22 AM, Jim Sheldon wrote:
GM Yvon,
Attached is the schematic of the keying adapter I used.  The 2nd and third stages (for the key paddles) did not help enough due to the poor implementation of the paddle keyer.  I suggest using only the first stage of the adapter in the schematic, (disregard everything to the left of C4 on the diagram.).  For 90 percent of the people that have used it, this improved the keying for hand keys and even allowed using a bug.  Use an external keyer either through the adapter or if the external keyer has an FET output keying stage, the adapter should not be needed.  The internal keyer is being worked on but it's going to be a lengthy process and for now the suggestion is to use an external device.

Jim - W0EB


------ Original Message ------From: "at91r40008" <yvon@...>
Sent: 1/11/2018 12:51:37 AM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Another rig?

Jim,

do you mind sharing your modifications for CW? I have one too and in CW it is not ideal but it is a quite receiver.

Thanks,   73.
Yvon NU6I


Re: Another rig?

WA0ITP
 

GM JIm,

"The internal keyer is being worked on"

Which keyer are you using?   The smd EZKeyer II-i is ideal and was designed for this application.  http://www.4sqrp.com/ek2i.php

GL

72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 1/11/2018 7:22 AM, Jim Sheldon wrote:

GM Yvon,
Attached is the schematic of the keying adapter I used.  The 2nd and third stages (for the key paddles) did not help enough due to the poor implementation of the paddle keyer.  I suggest using only the first stage of the adapter in the schematic, (disregard everything to the left of C4 on the diagram.).  For 90 percent of the people that have used it, this improved the keying for hand keys and even allowed using a bug.  Use an external keyer either through the adapter or if the external keyer has an FET output keying stage, the adapter should not be needed.  The internal keyer is being worked on but it's going to be a lengthy process and for now the suggestion is to use an external device.

Jim - W0EB


------ Original Message ------From: "at91r40008" <yvon@...>
Sent: 1/11/2018 12:51:37 AM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Another rig?

Jim,

do you mind sharing your modifications for CW? I have one too and in CW it is not ideal but it is a quite receiver.

Thanks,   73.
Yvon NU6I


Re: Another rig?

Jim Sheldon
 

GM Yvon,
Attached is the schematic of the keying adapter I used.  The 2nd and third stages (for the key paddles) did not help enough due to the poor implementation of the paddle keyer.  I suggest using only the first stage of the adapter in the schematic, (disregard everything to the left of C4 on the diagram.).  For 90 percent of the people that have used it, this improved the keying for hand keys and even allowed using a bug.  Use an external keyer either through the adapter or if the external keyer has an FET output keying stage, the adapter should not be needed.  The internal keyer is being worked on but it's going to be a lengthy process and for now the suggestion is to use an external device.

Jim - W0EB


------ Original Message ------From: "at91r40008" <yvon@...>
Sent: 1/11/2018 12:51:37 AM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Another rig?

Jim,

do you mind sharing your modifications for CW? I have one too and in CW it is not ideal but it is a quite receiver.

Thanks,   73.
Yvon NU6I


Re: New Cricket Built-update

Martin <huyettmeh@...>
 

Hi Jeff.

Thanks for your help. My battery is still good at 9+ volts.

 

My antenna is a tuned G5RV. I’ve played with it at different times of the day and night. No, I don’t have any other suitable crystals for 80m, just the 3.579+ that came with it. I’ve got a ton of 40m ones! I’ve stayed away from 80m DIY rigs in the past for some reason. 40 seems much more versatile. I’m thinking I’m expecting too much from this thing to hear background noise which is about S3 on my 817. The fact that I could hear my neighbor very clearly and about as loud as I would expect when he was putting 5 watts into a dummy load probably indicates all is well. I’ll have to get a couple more crystals.

 

I built the DC-40a from QRPkits back in 2008 and tend to want to compare this with that one. It is amazing in sensitivity. Of course it has a lot more parts too! 😊

 

I’m not unhappy, just trying to figure out what is “normal” for the Cricket!

 

Have a good day on the other side of the lake.

 

73

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: 4SQRP@groups.io [mailto:4SQRP@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jeffrey Peters
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 10:48 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built-update

 

Hello Martin,

I am just starting to catch up on your posts.  What are you using for an antenna?

What time of day are you listening on your Cricket?  Do you have another crystal

or crystals for use in your Cricket?  You could then change frequencies and maybe

receive a CW net (3.560)or even W1AW during a code practice transmission. 

That would give you a way to compare received signal strength between your Cricket

and your FT-817.

 

Just  a thought,  Jeff K9JP

 

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 10:02 PM, Martin <huyettmeh@...> wrote:

Well, I replaced Q4, adding a socket. Not sure it is different from previously. I called my neighbor about a block away and asked him to give me a call. We were able to QSO, him running about five watts. His signal was clear and clean. He said mine was too. He had to use his dummy load to keep the oscillator from blocking my actual signal out. We are only about 200 or so yards apart. But I still feel like it is not as sensitive as I would expect. Do others of you with a Cricket hear band noise? My other two rigs hear considerable band noise even without signals present.

 

Thanks for any observations.

 

73,

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: Martin Huyett [mailto:huyettmeh@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:14 AM
To: '4SQRP@groups.io' <4SQRP@groups.io>
Subject: RE: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built

 

After reading the documentation and looking at the schematic it seems clear the issue has to be either with Q4/circuit or U1. The sidetone seems to be completely separate from that signal flow. The Q4, receive mixer must be working as a strong signal (from my nearby FT817 can be heard, even if lightly). So perhaps I messed up U1 or its circuit. I did a cursory check of voltages and surrounding components and they seem correct. I’ll keep checking.

 

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: Martin Huyett [mailto:huyettmeh@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 8:44 AM
To: '4SQRP@groups.io' <4SQRP@groups.io>
Subject: RE: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built

 

Hi Walter,

 

Good idea. I just checked that out. Same on both. By the way I have a good, loud sidetone in the phones when key down so I’m suspecting it is something in the RF section of the receiver. It’s possible, God forbid, that I got some of the small capacitors mixed up. I’ve got a magnifying lamp but it was very hard to read the stamped values on several of those. I tried to check them with my cap meter, but who knows. Need to study the schematic a bit to get the receive flow in my head and then start checking.

 

It is an elegant little transceiver. I’ve built a number of the 4SQRP kits offered over the years with very good success. The only one I had difficulties with previously was the power meter. I never did get it to work. I loved the NS-40, SS-40 and magic boxes! Fun to build and worked like a charm. Still have them. I added the VXO to the NS-40 but wasn’t too happy with the result. Need to lash them together again and blow out the dust!

 

Thanks again.

 

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: 4SQRP@groups.io [mailto:4SQRP@groups.io] On Behalf Of Walter - K5EST
Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 10:28 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built

 

Hi Martin, just a thought, would you have a couple different ear buds/earphones to try out on the Cricket? Sometimes that makes a difference. All ear phones/buds are not created equal so my experiments have shown.

 

Glad to have you join in with the Cricket Nation.

 

73,

Walter Dufrain - K5EST
4 State Group website: www.4SQRP.com



   

 

On Jan 9, 2018 8:51 PM, "Martin" <huyettmeh@...> wrote:

I received my cricket in the mail today and finished building it about an hour ago. Nice project!

 

It puts out what sounds like a clean half watt at about 3.58mhz and hears a signal transmitted on my FT-817nd.

 

But when I put it on an antenna I don’t hear any noise at all. If I transmit on my 817 into a dummy load nearby, the cricket hears that. Admittedly there are no signals on the band at that frequency but I would expect to hear some general noise – I do in the 817. I’ll keep playing. Maybe its just a bad day for 80 meters!

 

Comments welcome.

 

Thanks to 4SQRP for a nice project.

 

73,

Martin

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 




--

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


Re: New Cricket Built-update

Jeff Peters <k9jp.radio@...>
 

Hello again,

Second thought.  What is the voltage reading on your 9v battery or power supply for your cricket.
I had one odd fresh 9v battery start at 9.1 volts and after a few key down tests into my dummy load the battery voltage was 8.5volts.
Must have been old or defective from the start. The second battery from that pack of two is still good at 9.0 volts after 14 short Cricket QSO's.

Hope this might help, 

Jeff K9JP

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 10:02 PM, Martin <huyettmeh@...> wrote:

Well, I replaced Q4, adding a socket. Not sure it is different from previously. I called my neighbor about a block away and asked him to give me a call. We were able to QSO, him running about five watts. His signal was clear and clean. He said mine was too. He had to use his dummy load to keep the oscillator from blocking my actual signal out. We are only about 200 or so yards apart. But I still feel like it is not as sensitive as I would expect. Do others of you with a Cricket hear band noise? My other two rigs hear considerable band noise even without signals present.

 

Thanks for any observations.

 

73,

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: Martin Huyett [mailto:huyettmeh@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:14 AM
To: '4SQRP@groups.io' <4SQRP@groups.io>
Subject: RE: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built

 

After reading the documentation and looking at the schematic it seems clear the issue has to be either with Q4/circuit or U1. The sidetone seems to be completely separate from that signal flow. The Q4, receive mixer must be working as a strong signal (from my nearby FT817 can be heard, even if lightly). So perhaps I messed up U1 or its circuit. I did a cursory check of voltages and surrounding components and they seem correct. I’ll keep checking.

 

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: Martin Huyett [mailto:huyettmeh@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 8:44 AM
To: '4SQRP@groups.io' <4SQRP@groups.io>
Subject: RE: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built

 

Hi Walter,

 

Good idea. I just checked that out. Same on both. By the way I have a good, loud sidetone in the phones when key down so I’m suspecting it is something in the RF section of the receiver. It’s possible, God forbid, that I got some of the small capacitors mixed up. I’ve got a magnifying lamp but it was very hard to read the stamped values on several of those. I tried to check them with my cap meter, but who knows. Need to study the schematic a bit to get the receive flow in my head and then start checking.

 

It is an elegant little transceiver. I’ve built a number of the 4SQRP kits offered over the years with very good success. The only one I had difficulties with previously was the power meter. I never did get it to work. I loved the NS-40, SS-40 and magic boxes! Fun to build and worked like a charm. Still have them. I added the VXO to the NS-40 but wasn’t too happy with the result. Need to lash them together again and blow out the dust!

 

Thanks again.

 

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: 4SQRP@groups.io [mailto:4SQRP@groups.io] On Behalf Of Walter - K5EST
Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 10:28 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built

 

Hi Martin, just a thought, would you have a couple different ear buds/earphones to try out on the Cricket? Sometimes that makes a difference. All ear phones/buds are not created equal so my experiments have shown.

 

Glad to have you join in with the Cricket Nation.

 

73,

Walter Dufrain - K5EST
4 State Group website: www.4SQRP.com



   

 

On Jan 9, 2018 8:51 PM, "Martin" <huyettmeh@...> wrote:

I received my cricket in the mail today and finished building it about an hour ago. Nice project!

 

It puts out what sounds like a clean half watt at about 3.58mhz and hears a signal transmitted on my FT-817nd.

 

But when I put it on an antenna I don’t hear any noise at all. If I transmit on my 817 into a dummy load nearby, the cricket hears that. Admittedly there are no signals on the band at that frequency but I would expect to hear some general noise – I do in the 817. I’ll keep playing. Maybe its just a bad day for 80 meters!

 

Comments welcome.

 

Thanks to 4SQRP for a nice project.

 

73,

Martin

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 




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


Re: Another rig?

at91r40008 <yvon@...>
 

Jim,

do you mind sharing your modifications for CW? I have one too and in CW it is not ideal but it is a quite receiver.

Thanks,   73.
Yvon NU6I


Re: New Cricket Built-update

Jeff, K9JP
 

Hello Martin,

I am just starting to catch up on your posts.  What are you using for an antenna?
What time of day are you listening on your Cricket?  Do you have another crystal
or crystals for use in your Cricket?  You could then change frequencies and maybe
receive a CW net (3.560)or even W1AW during a code practice transmission. 
That would give you a way to compare received signal strength between your Cricket
and your FT-817.

Just  a thought,  Jeff K9JP

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 10:02 PM, Martin <huyettmeh@...> wrote:

Well, I replaced Q4, adding a socket. Not sure it is different from previously. I called my neighbor about a block away and asked him to give me a call. We were able to QSO, him running about five watts. His signal was clear and clean. He said mine was too. He had to use his dummy load to keep the oscillator from blocking my actual signal out. We are only about 200 or so yards apart. But I still feel like it is not as sensitive as I would expect. Do others of you with a Cricket hear band noise? My other two rigs hear considerable band noise even without signals present.

 

Thanks for any observations.

 

73,

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: Martin Huyett [mailto:huyettmeh@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:14 AM
To: '4SQRP@groups.io' <4SQRP@groups.io>
Subject: RE: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built

 

After reading the documentation and looking at the schematic it seems clear the issue has to be either with Q4/circuit or U1. The sidetone seems to be completely separate from that signal flow. The Q4, receive mixer must be working as a strong signal (from my nearby FT817 can be heard, even if lightly). So perhaps I messed up U1 or its circuit. I did a cursory check of voltages and surrounding components and they seem correct. I’ll keep checking.

 

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: Martin Huyett [mailto:huyettmeh@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 8:44 AM
To: '4SQRP@groups.io' <4SQRP@groups.io>
Subject: RE: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built

 

Hi Walter,

 

Good idea. I just checked that out. Same on both. By the way I have a good, loud sidetone in the phones when key down so I’m suspecting it is something in the RF section of the receiver. It’s possible, God forbid, that I got some of the small capacitors mixed up. I’ve got a magnifying lamp but it was very hard to read the stamped values on several of those. I tried to check them with my cap meter, but who knows. Need to study the schematic a bit to get the receive flow in my head and then start checking.

 

It is an elegant little transceiver. I’ve built a number of the 4SQRP kits offered over the years with very good success. The only one I had difficulties with previously was the power meter. I never did get it to work. I loved the NS-40, SS-40 and magic boxes! Fun to build and worked like a charm. Still have them. I added the VXO to the NS-40 but wasn’t too happy with the result. Need to lash them together again and blow out the dust!

 

Thanks again.

 

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: 4SQRP@groups.io [mailto:4SQRP@groups.io] On Behalf Of Walter - K5EST
Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 10:28 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built

 

Hi Martin, just a thought, would you have a couple different ear buds/earphones to try out on the Cricket? Sometimes that makes a difference. All ear phones/buds are not created equal so my experiments have shown.

 

Glad to have you join in with the Cricket Nation.

 

73,

Walter Dufrain - K5EST
4 State Group website: www.4SQRP.com



   

 

On Jan 9, 2018 8:51 PM, "Martin" <huyettmeh@...> wrote:

I received my cricket in the mail today and finished building it about an hour ago. Nice project!

 

It puts out what sounds like a clean half watt at about 3.58mhz and hears a signal transmitted on my FT-817nd.

 

But when I put it on an antenna I don’t hear any noise at all. If I transmit on my 817 into a dummy load nearby, the cricket hears that. Admittedly there are no signals on the band at that frequency but I would expect to hear some general noise – I do in the 817. I’ll keep playing. Maybe its just a bad day for 80 meters!

 

Comments welcome.

 

Thanks to 4SQRP for a nice project.

 

73,

Martin

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 




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Re: 80 meter Net Report

Paul Smith
 

I didnt hear a peep 80 was not friendly for me de Paul N0NBD 


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From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 3:02 AM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] 80 meter Net Report
 
Good evening:
Very nice 80 meter net tonight!

W0MFQ Tom
KK5IB Darryl
WA9PWP Paul
W2SH
Chad
NK8O Chas

A special welcome to two first time check in’s, W0MFQ and NK8O.

Thanks everyone, stay warm tomorrow, there is another cold blast headed toward the Midwest!

72
Johnny AC0BQ 

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Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com


40m Net Report

dekle <dekle@...>
 

Only one participant in tonight's 40m net:
Chas - W2SH with a barely copyable 229.
I would have needed a QSP for Paul.
We'll try again next week.

73
Bill
KV6Z


80M Net

WA0ITP
 

Anyone have any luck on the 80M nets?
-- 
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com


Re: How to Cancel Digests?

Tim N9PUZ
 

Joe --

At the bottom of each message there are several links. If you click the one marked "Change Your Subscription" and follow the directions there you can reconfigure things the way you want.

Tim N9PUZ
4SQRP List Moderator


On 1/10/2018 8:12 PM, Joe Eder wrote:
Moderators please,

I am receiving 4SQRP digests from groups.io, but they are not shown in my subscription.  How may I stop the digests and receive only a daily summary?

I found no info on the groups.io faqs nor moderators group.

Thanks, 

Joe, KU5M #1508


Re: 80 meter net announcement

w2sh@...
 

This was a gud turnout tonight.  Here are the stations I heard and their RSTs in NJ, 30 miles west of NYC.  Caution: these RSTs were in place for better than 50 percent of the time I was listening to any station.  In every case QSB would drag down the sigs, sometimes to 229 are even to complete inaudibility.


ACØBQ      559


KK5IB         559


WA9PWP   569 (40Hz high in freq)


NK8O         449


72,


Charles (aka Chas)  W2SH




From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...>
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 7:34 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] 80 meter net announcement
 
Good evening 
I will call the 80 meter net tonight at 8:30 central time.

First frequency will be 3.564 at 8:30.

Second frequency will be  3.579 +- 
For our Rock  bound Cricket friends.
Appx 8:45 or immediate following the first net.
Hope to head you all on 80 meters!
72
Johnny AC0BQ 



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80 meter Net Report

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Good evening:
Very nice 80 meter net tonight!

W0MFQ Tom
KK5IB Darryl
WA9PWP Paul
W2SH
Chad
NK8O Chas

A special welcome to two first time check in’s, W0MFQ and NK8O.

Thanks everyone, stay warm tomorrow, there is another cold blast headed toward the Midwest!

72
Johnny AC0BQ 

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New Cricket Built-update

Martin <huyettmeh@...>
 

Well, I replaced Q4, adding a socket. Not sure it is different from previously. I called my neighbor about a block away and asked him to give me a call. We were able to QSO, him running about five watts. His signal was clear and clean. He said mine was too. He had to use his dummy load to keep the oscillator from blocking my actual signal out. We are only about 200 or so yards apart. But I still feel like it is not as sensitive as I would expect. Do others of you with a Cricket hear band noise? My other two rigs hear considerable band noise even without signals present.

 

Thanks for any observations.

 

73,

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: Martin Huyett [mailto:huyettmeh@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:14 AM
To: '4SQRP@groups.io' <4SQRP@groups.io>
Subject: RE: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built

 

After reading the documentation and looking at the schematic it seems clear the issue has to be either with Q4/circuit or U1. The sidetone seems to be completely separate from that signal flow. The Q4, receive mixer must be working as a strong signal (from my nearby FT817 can be heard, even if lightly). So perhaps I messed up U1 or its circuit. I did a cursory check of voltages and surrounding components and they seem correct. I’ll keep checking.

 

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: Martin Huyett [mailto:huyettmeh@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 8:44 AM
To: '4SQRP@groups.io' <4SQRP@groups.io>
Subject: RE: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built

 

Hi Walter,

 

Good idea. I just checked that out. Same on both. By the way I have a good, loud sidetone in the phones when key down so I’m suspecting it is something in the RF section of the receiver. It’s possible, God forbid, that I got some of the small capacitors mixed up. I’ve got a magnifying lamp but it was very hard to read the stamped values on several of those. I tried to check them with my cap meter, but who knows. Need to study the schematic a bit to get the receive flow in my head and then start checking.

 

It is an elegant little transceiver. I’ve built a number of the 4SQRP kits offered over the years with very good success. The only one I had difficulties with previously was the power meter. I never did get it to work. I loved the NS-40, SS-40 and magic boxes! Fun to build and worked like a charm. Still have them. I added the VXO to the NS-40 but wasn’t too happy with the result. Need to lash them together again and blow out the dust!

 

Thanks again.

 

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: 4SQRP@groups.io [mailto:4SQRP@groups.io] On Behalf Of Walter - K5EST
Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 10:28 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built

 

Hi Martin, just a thought, would you have a couple different ear buds/earphones to try out on the Cricket? Sometimes that makes a difference. All ear phones/buds are not created equal so my experiments have shown.

 

Glad to have you join in with the Cricket Nation.

 

73,

Walter Dufrain - K5EST
4 State Group website: www.4SQRP.com



   

 

On Jan 9, 2018 8:51 PM, "Martin" <huyettmeh@...> wrote:

I received my cricket in the mail today and finished building it about an hour ago. Nice project!

 

It puts out what sounds like a clean half watt at about 3.58mhz and hears a signal transmitted on my FT-817nd.

 

But when I put it on an antenna I don’t hear any noise at all. If I transmit on my 817 into a dummy load nearby, the cricket hears that. Admittedly there are no signals on the band at that frequency but I would expect to hear some general noise – I do in the 817. I’ll keep playing. Maybe its just a bad day for 80 meters!

 

Comments welcome.

 

Thanks to 4SQRP for a nice project.

 

73,

Martin

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 


Re: How to Cancel Digests?

Walter - K5EST
 

Joe, please look at the bottom of the emails. The "change your subscription" link will probably allow you to navigate the way you desire.

Walter Dufrain - K5EST
4 State Group website: www.4SQRP.com



   

On Jan 10, 2018 8:36 PM, "Joe Eder" <KU5M@...> wrote:
Moderators please,

I am receiving 4SQRP digests from groups.io, but they are not shown in my subscription.  How may I stop the digests and receive only a daily summary?

I found no info on the groups.io faqs nor moderators group.

Thanks, 

Joe, KU5M #1508



How to Cancel Digests?

Joe KU5M
 

Moderators please,

I am receiving 4SQRP digests from groups.io, but they are not shown in my subscription.  How may I stop the digests and receive only a daily summary?

I found no info on the groups.io faqs nor moderators group.

Thanks, 

Joe, KU5M #1508


Re: Another rig?

Dan Reynolds
 

I have one on the bench. I haven't started on putting it in a case yet but I have something in mind. Farhan is a pretty good designer.

Dan KB9JLO

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