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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 

--
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 



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


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 

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


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


Re: 40m Net

Paul Goemans
 

I heard Chas W2SH work Bill but no sign of Bill here! Then worked a local WB9YZU with a Forty9er!
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 

From: Charles W. Powell via Groups.Io
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 8:14 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 40m Net
 
I was a little late but nothing heard at all.
 
72,
 
Chas
NK8O
 
On Jan 10, 2018, at 18:52, dekle <dekle@...> wrote:
 
Let's give it a try at 8:00 p.m. CST.
7122 +/-.

Bill
KV6Z
 


Re: 40m Net

Charles W. Powell
 

I was a little late but nothing heard at all.

72,

Chas
NK8O

On Jan 10, 2018, at 18:52, dekle <dekle@...> wrote:

Let's give it a try at 8:00 p.m. CST.
7122 +/-.

Bill
KV6Z


Re: 80 meter net announcement

Paul Smith
 

Tnx for the report. I think the tx is MUCH better than the RX on the KX2. Tnx Paul N0NBD


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From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Paul Goemans <wa9pwp@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:10 AM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 80 meter net announcement
 
Paul,
  Heard you calling, guess you didn’t hear me!
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 
From: Paul Smith
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 6:54 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 80 meter net announcement
 

OKY DOKY I am cq ing on 3564 now

PAul

 

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From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:34 AM
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
 
 
 
--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com


Re: 80 meter net announcement

Paul Goemans
 

Paul,
  Heard you calling, guess you didn’t hear me!
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 

From: Paul Smith
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 6:54 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 80 meter net announcement
 

OKY DOKY I am cq ing on 3564 now

PAul

 

Sent from Outlook




From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:34 AM
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
 
 
 
--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com


Re: 80 meter net announcement

Paul Smith
 

OKY DOKY I am cq ing on 3564 now

PAul


Sent from Outlook




From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...>
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:34 AM
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 



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


40m Net

dekle <dekle@...>
 

Let's give it a try at 8:00 p.m. CST.
7122 +/-.

Bill
KV6Z


Re: 80 meter net announcement

Charles W. Powell
 

Is there a 40 meter net tonight?

Chas
NK8O

On Jan 10, 2018, at 6:34 PM, Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:

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 



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


80 meter net announcement

Johnny AC0BQ
 

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 



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


Re: Another rig?

Jim Sheldon
 

Hi Roy,
I have one, it appears to be okay - it was designed as an SSB rig originally and CW was added as an afterthought.  It's a great experimenter platform and I'm working on a mod or two to it already with some limited success.  They sold out of the initial run of kits in 2 days when they hit the market and though you can back order one right now, we don't know how long the time will be between ordering & shipping.  If you do decide to order one, I suggest you spend the extra 10 bucks & have it shipped by DHL Express.  It was under a week to get here from Hyderabad, India (the shipping point) from the time they shipped it until I received it.  I was one of the lucky ones that got in under the sellout wire on the original batch.

I have mine on the air and have made a number of QSO's with it, both on SSB (my least favorite mode) and CW.  There are mistakes in the schematic and documentation concerning CW operation, but I do have a fix for some of them.

Jim - W0EB


------ Original Message ------
From: "Roy Parker via Groups.Io" <royiparker@...>
Sent: 1/10/2018 11:28:50 AM
Subject: [4SQRP] Another rig?

Check at
http://www.hfsignals.com/
Does anybody know about this rig? Any good? Want to experiment? 

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