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Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

Paul Smith
 

Sorry Tom I will keep trying. I have questioned how good the rx is in the KX2 Th TX is good the RX i dont know.

Paul


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I could hear you calling me Paul, but apparently you couldn't hear my
answer.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS






Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

Jeff, K9JP
 

Good morning Jeff,

Yes, I saw on the RBN that my signal was strong south of me.  Must be the take off of my dipole or maybe my Gap vertical just north of the dipole creates a beam type effect.  Will have to check reports on RBN from other directions at the same time.

Good to know, I have not messed up my Cricket yet!  Today, I hope to add a crystal holder mod so I can use mt ft-243 stuffed with HC-49 type crystals as well.
I have been using bare copper wire legs attached to the 243's but I need a better solution.  I am also, experimenting with a DDS to replace the crystals and give me more flexibility around the band.

Hope to catch you for a QSO someday soon.

73, Jeff  K9JP

On Sat, Jan 13, 2018 at 6:17 AM, Jeff Davis <stuckbit@...> wrote:
Jeff, K9JP -- no chirp just a BIG signal here in Central Indiana. I left the rig on 3580 with the volume up and was in the other part of the house. I copied you calling but you were so loud I assumed you weren't using the little insect! Then I saw the emails here and figured out what was going on.

73, Jeff KE9V

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 10:01 PM, Jeff Peters <k9jp.radio@...> wrote:
Hello Jeff KE9V,

I was using my Cricket and trying different crystals that I have.  I have added a small capacitor different values to some of the crystals to try to offset the frequency or bend the crystal a little.

Was there any chirp or other issues?

Thanks, Jeff K9JP

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:42 PM, Jeff Davis <stuckbit@...> wrote:
Jeff,

Heard you calling Tom a bit ago - were you using a Cricket?

73, Jeff KE9V

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:18 PM, Jeff Peters <k9jp.radio@...> wrote:
Congratulations Tom,

I could just tell you were on the air here in Michigan, but I heard Ken, K5GAT give you a 579 from TX!
Looks like your long wire antenna will be a very good north/south antenna for you.

Keep experimenting and having fun!

73, Jeff K9JP
Michigan


On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:01 PM, Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:

I am listening for U tom and calling at 3559.5

paul


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From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...>
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 11:59 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] Cricket & antenna experiment
 
Hi all,

I haven't had much luck making Cricket QSO's with my multiband 80m
inverted V dipole, so early this morning I decided to try the wire I use
for shortwave listening.  It's about 120' long with a lead-in wire
attached about 10' from the near end coming down to a 9:1 balun in a
plastic box mounted on the side of the garage, then coaxial cable over
to the house and into the shack.  I was surprised to find that the wire
has a near perfect VSWR on 3560 and 3580. I gave a few CQ calls and was
happy to see that I was actually being heard on the reverse beacon
network for the first time with the Cricket.

I had always been leery about trying to transmit into this antenna since
I just used 24 gauge magnet wire to build the balun and am not sure what
kind of power it will take.  But 1/2 Watt won't hurt it a bit.

The only bad thing is that I have a loud 60 Hz hum on that antenna with
the Cricket.  I don't have the hum on any other receiver, nor do I have
the hum with the Cricket on the V.  So I believe it's likely a ground
loop issue.  I'll try to work through it until I get the Buzzkill finished.

So tonight I'm going to finally (hopefully!) make my first Cricket QSO.
I plan to be on around 7 PM onward.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS








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Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

Jeff Davis <stuckbit@...>
 

Jeff, K9JP -- no chirp just a BIG signal here in Central Indiana. I left the rig on 3580 with the volume up and was in the other part of the house. I copied you calling but you were so loud I assumed you weren't using the little insect! Then I saw the emails here and figured out what was going on.

73, Jeff KE9V

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 10:01 PM, Jeff Peters <k9jp.radio@...> wrote:
Hello Jeff KE9V,

I was using my Cricket and trying different crystals that I have.  I have added a small capacitor different values to some of the crystals to try to offset the frequency or bend the crystal a little.

Was there any chirp or other issues?

Thanks, Jeff K9JP

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:42 PM, Jeff Davis <stuckbit@...> wrote:
Jeff,

Heard you calling Tom a bit ago - were you using a Cricket?

73, Jeff KE9V

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:18 PM, Jeff Peters <k9jp.radio@...> wrote:
Congratulations Tom,

I could just tell you were on the air here in Michigan, but I heard Ken, K5GAT give you a 579 from TX!
Looks like your long wire antenna will be a very good north/south antenna for you.

Keep experimenting and having fun!

73, Jeff K9JP
Michigan


On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:01 PM, Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:

I am listening for U tom and calling at 3559.5

paul


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From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...>
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 11:59 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] Cricket & antenna experiment
 
Hi all,

I haven't had much luck making Cricket QSO's with my multiband 80m
inverted V dipole, so early this morning I decided to try the wire I use
for shortwave listening.  It's about 120' long with a lead-in wire
attached about 10' from the near end coming down to a 9:1 balun in a
plastic box mounted on the side of the garage, then coaxial cable over
to the house and into the shack.  I was surprised to find that the wire
has a near perfect VSWR on 3560 and 3580. I gave a few CQ calls and was
happy to see that I was actually being heard on the reverse beacon
network for the first time with the Cricket.

I had always been leery about trying to transmit into this antenna since
I just used 24 gauge magnet wire to build the balun and am not sure what
kind of power it will take.  But 1/2 Watt won't hurt it a bit.

The only bad thing is that I have a loud 60 Hz hum on that antenna with
the Cricket.  I don't have the hum on any other receiver, nor do I have
the hum with the Cricket on the V.  So I believe it's likely a ground
loop issue.  I'll try to work through it until I get the Buzzkill finished.

So tonight I'm going to finally (hopefully!) make my first Cricket QSO.
I plan to be on around 7 PM onward.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS








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





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



Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

David Wilcox K8WPE
 

Please try bypassing them with ferrites and let us know if it works. We all have those in our garage.

Dave K8WPE

On Jan 12, 2018, at 8:05 PM, Tom Sevart <tmsevart@gmail.com> wrote:

On 01/12/18 19:01, Paul Smith wrote:
I am listening for U tom and calling at 3559.5
I found out where my hellacious buzz was coming from... the motion sensor lights on the garage, just below my antenna. So I turned them off and the problem largely went away, but I still have a little bit of a buzz on my rig. I'm calling CQ and listening out for you.


--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS





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Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

Jeff Peters <k9jp.radio@...>
 

Hello Jeff KE9V,

I was using my Cricket and trying different crystals that I have.  I have added a small capacitor different values to some of the crystals to try to offset the frequency or bend the crystal a little.

Was there any chirp or other issues?

Thanks, Jeff K9JP

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:42 PM, Jeff Davis <stuckbit@...> wrote:
Jeff,

Heard you calling Tom a bit ago - were you using a Cricket?

73, Jeff KE9V

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:18 PM, Jeff Peters <k9jp.radio@...> wrote:
Congratulations Tom,

I could just tell you were on the air here in Michigan, but I heard Ken, K5GAT give you a 579 from TX!
Looks like your long wire antenna will be a very good north/south antenna for you.

Keep experimenting and having fun!

73, Jeff K9JP
Michigan


On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:01 PM, Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:

I am listening for U tom and calling at 3559.5

paul


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From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...>
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 11:59 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] Cricket & antenna experiment
 
Hi all,

I haven't had much luck making Cricket QSO's with my multiband 80m
inverted V dipole, so early this morning I decided to try the wire I use
for shortwave listening.  It's about 120' long with a lead-in wire
attached about 10' from the near end coming down to a 9:1 balun in a
plastic box mounted on the side of the garage, then coaxial cable over
to the house and into the shack.  I was surprised to find that the wire
has a near perfect VSWR on 3560 and 3580. I gave a few CQ calls and was
happy to see that I was actually being heard on the reverse beacon
network for the first time with the Cricket.

I had always been leery about trying to transmit into this antenna since
I just used 24 gauge magnet wire to build the balun and am not sure what
kind of power it will take.  But 1/2 Watt won't hurt it a bit.

The only bad thing is that I have a loud 60 Hz hum on that antenna with
the Cricket.  I don't have the hum on any other receiver, nor do I have
the hum with the Cricket on the V.  So I believe it's likely a ground
loop issue.  I'll try to work through it until I get the Buzzkill finished.

So tonight I'm going to finally (hopefully!) make my first Cricket QSO.
I plan to be on around 7 PM onward.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS








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





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


Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

Tom Sevart
 

On 01/12/18 19:55, Johnny Matlock wrote:
Good Job Tom!
You were sounding great up here in Lebo!
According to google maps were 70 mikes apart!!
You had peaks to 579.
Nice tone also.
Good luck
72
Johnny AC0BQ
It also helped that I totally shut off power to the garage. While turning off the switch to the outside motion lights killed the big buzz, I still had a lesser buzz until I threw the big switch supplying power to the garage. At least in this weather I don't have to worry about the food in the freezer going bad.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Good Job Tom!
You were sounding great up here in Lebo!
According to google maps were 70 mikes apart!!
You had peaks to 579.
Nice tone also.
Good luck 
72
Johnny AC0BQ 


On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 7:43 PM Jeff Davis <stuckbit@...> wrote:
Jeff,

Heard you calling Tom a bit ago - were you using a Cricket?

73, Jeff KE9V

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:18 PM, Jeff Peters <k9jp.radio@...> wrote:
Congratulations Tom,

I could just tell you were on the air here in Michigan, but I heard Ken, K5GAT give you a 579 from TX!
Looks like your long wire antenna will be a very good north/south antenna for you.

Keep experimenting and having fun!

73, Jeff K9JP
Michigan


On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:01 PM, Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:

I am listening for U tom and calling at 3559.5

paul


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From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...>
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 11:59 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] Cricket & antenna experiment
 
Hi all,

I haven't had much luck making Cricket QSO's with my multiband 80m
inverted V dipole, so early this morning I decided to try the wire I use
for shortwave listening.  It's about 120' long with a lead-in wire
attached about 10' from the near end coming down to a 9:1 balun in a
plastic box mounted on the side of the garage, then coaxial cable over
to the house and into the shack.  I was surprised to find that the wire
has a near perfect VSWR on 3560 and 3580. I gave a few CQ calls and was
happy to see that I was actually being heard on the reverse beacon
network for the first time with the Cricket.

I had always been leery about trying to transmit into this antenna since
I just used 24 gauge magnet wire to build the balun and am not sure what
kind of power it will take.  But 1/2 Watt won't hurt it a bit.

The only bad thing is that I have a loud 60 Hz hum on that antenna with
the Cricket.  I don't have the hum on any other receiver, nor do I have
the hum with the Cricket on the V.  So I believe it's likely a ground
loop issue.  I'll try to work through it until I get the Buzzkill finished.

So tonight I'm going to finally (hopefully!) make my first Cricket QSO.
I plan to be on around 7 PM onward.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS








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Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

Tom Sevart
 

Just worked Johnny AC0BQ on the Cricket. It's amazing what you can do with the right antenna.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

Jeff Davis <stuckbit@...>
 

Jeff,

Heard you calling Tom a bit ago - were you using a Cricket?

73, Jeff KE9V

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:18 PM, Jeff Peters <k9jp.radio@...> wrote:
Congratulations Tom,

I could just tell you were on the air here in Michigan, but I heard Ken, K5GAT give you a 579 from TX!
Looks like your long wire antenna will be a very good north/south antenna for you.

Keep experimenting and having fun!

73, Jeff K9JP
Michigan


On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:01 PM, Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:

I am listening for U tom and calling at 3559.5

paul


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From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...>
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 11:59 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] Cricket & antenna experiment
 
Hi all,

I haven't had much luck making Cricket QSO's with my multiband 80m
inverted V dipole, so early this morning I decided to try the wire I use
for shortwave listening.  It's about 120' long with a lead-in wire
attached about 10' from the near end coming down to a 9:1 balun in a
plastic box mounted on the side of the garage, then coaxial cable over
to the house and into the shack.  I was surprised to find that the wire
has a near perfect VSWR on 3560 and 3580. I gave a few CQ calls and was
happy to see that I was actually being heard on the reverse beacon
network for the first time with the Cricket.

I had always been leery about trying to transmit into this antenna since
I just used 24 gauge magnet wire to build the balun and am not sure what
kind of power it will take.  But 1/2 Watt won't hurt it a bit.

The only bad thing is that I have a loud 60 Hz hum on that antenna with
the Cricket.  I don't have the hum on any other receiver, nor do I have
the hum with the Cricket on the V.  So I believe it's likely a ground
loop issue.  I'll try to work through it until I get the Buzzkill finished.

So tonight I'm going to finally (hopefully!) make my first Cricket QSO.
I plan to be on around 7 PM onward.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS








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



Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

Tom Sevart
 

I could hear you calling me Paul, but apparently you couldn't hear my answer.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

Tom Sevart
 

On 01/12/18 19:18, Jeff Peters wrote:
Congratulations Tom,
I could just tell you were on the air here in Michigan, but I heard Ken, K5GAT give you a 579 from TX!
Looks like your long wire antenna will be a very good north/south antenna for you.
Yeah and I was running 1/10th the power he was, he was running 80 watts.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

Tom Sevart
 

Woohoo! Finally made my first QSO on this rig, with K5GAT in Texas.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

Jeff Peters <k9jp.radio@...>
 

Congratulations Tom,

I could just tell you were on the air here in Michigan, but I heard Ken, K5GAT give you a 579 from TX!
Looks like your long wire antenna will be a very good north/south antenna for you.

Keep experimenting and having fun!

73, Jeff K9JP
Michigan


On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 8:01 PM, Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:

I am listening for U tom and calling at 3559.5

paul


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From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...>
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 11:59 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] Cricket & antenna experiment
 
Hi all,

I haven't had much luck making Cricket QSO's with my multiband 80m
inverted V dipole, so early this morning I decided to try the wire I use
for shortwave listening.  It's about 120' long with a lead-in wire
attached about 10' from the near end coming down to a 9:1 balun in a
plastic box mounted on the side of the garage, then coaxial cable over
to the house and into the shack.  I was surprised to find that the wire
has a near perfect VSWR on 3560 and 3580. I gave a few CQ calls and was
happy to see that I was actually being heard on the reverse beacon
network for the first time with the Cricket.

I had always been leery about trying to transmit into this antenna since
I just used 24 gauge magnet wire to build the balun and am not sure what
kind of power it will take.  But 1/2 Watt won't hurt it a bit.

The only bad thing is that I have a loud 60 Hz hum on that antenna with
the Cricket.  I don't have the hum on any other receiver, nor do I have
the hum with the Cricket on the V.  So I believe it's likely a ground
loop issue.  I'll try to work through it until I get the Buzzkill finished.

So tonight I'm going to finally (hopefully!) make my first Cricket QSO.
I plan to be on around 7 PM onward.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS








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


Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

Tom Sevart
 

On 01/12/18 19:01, Paul Smith wrote:
I am listening for U tom and calling at 3559.5
I found out where my hellacious buzz was coming from... the motion sensor lights on the garage, just below my antenna. So I turned them off and the problem largely went away, but I still have a little bit of a buzz on my rig. I'm calling CQ and listening out for you.


--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

Paul Smith
 

I am listening for U tom and calling at 3559.5

paul


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From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...>
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 11:59 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] Cricket & antenna experiment
 
Hi all,

I haven't had much luck making Cricket QSO's with my multiband 80m
inverted V dipole, so early this morning I decided to try the wire I use
for shortwave listening.  It's about 120' long with a lead-in wire
attached about 10' from the near end coming down to a 9:1 balun in a
plastic box mounted on the side of the garage, then coaxial cable over
to the house and into the shack.  I was surprised to find that the wire
has a near perfect VSWR on 3560 and 3580. I gave a few CQ calls and was
happy to see that I was actually being heard on the reverse beacon
network for the first time with the Cricket.

I had always been leery about trying to transmit into this antenna since
I just used 24 gauge magnet wire to build the balun and am not sure what
kind of power it will take.  But 1/2 Watt won't hurt it a bit.

The only bad thing is that I have a loud 60 Hz hum on that antenna with
the Cricket.  I don't have the hum on any other receiver, nor do I have
the hum with the Cricket on the V.  So I believe it's likely a ground
loop issue.  I'll try to work through it until I get the Buzzkill finished.

So tonight I'm going to finally (hopefully!) make my first Cricket QSO.
I plan to be on around 7 PM onward.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS






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Re: Cricket & antenna experiment

Tom Sevart
 

On 01/12/18 17:59, Tom Sevart wrote:

So tonight I'm going to finally (hopefully!) make my first Cricket QSO. I plan to be on around 7 PM onward.
Oops, that's central time, or 0100 UTC.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Cricket & antenna experiment

Tom Sevart
 

Hi all,

I haven't had much luck making Cricket QSO's with my multiband 80m inverted V dipole, so early this morning I decided to try the wire I use for shortwave listening. It's about 120' long with a lead-in wire attached about 10' from the near end coming down to a 9:1 balun in a plastic box mounted on the side of the garage, then coaxial cable over to the house and into the shack. I was surprised to find that the wire has a near perfect VSWR on 3560 and 3580. I gave a few CQ calls and was happy to see that I was actually being heard on the reverse beacon network for the first time with the Cricket.

I had always been leery about trying to transmit into this antenna since I just used 24 gauge magnet wire to build the balun and am not sure what kind of power it will take. But 1/2 Watt won't hurt it a bit.

The only bad thing is that I have a loud 60 Hz hum on that antenna with the Cricket. I don't have the hum on any other receiver, nor do I have the hum with the Cricket on the V. So I believe it's likely a ground loop issue. I'll try to work through it until I get the Buzzkill finished.

So tonight I'm going to finally (hopefully!) make my first Cricket QSO. I plan to be on around 7 PM onward.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: last project of 2017

WA0ITP
 

Very Nice Greg, congrats
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 1/12/2018 3:33 PM, Greg W wrote:

Terry asked what was on our benches. For once I have something to 
show. After Christmas had time to button up this project. Its guts are a 
Jameco power supply kit, abandoned 95% finished by a student at one of
our college club's make-and-take sessions. This is my 3rd
scratchbuilt enclosure project (2nd was a Magic Box hee hee). I'm
still learning this metal-working stuff.

73,
Greg WT4TT
4SQRP #155





Re: last project of 2017

Mlike McEwen
 

Bless you..
Keep it up.  I built a crystal BC AM in '62.  Now (25th), I will be 70. I'm trying to build QRP kits... have messed up all. 35 years in the made 
 with issues.  Do you know an older OKC area?

On Jan 12, 2018 3:34 PM, "Greg W" <weldygreg@...> wrote:
Terry asked what was on our benches. For once I have something to
show. After Christmas had time to button up this project. Its guts are a
Jameco power supply kit, abandoned 95% finished by a student at one of
our college club's make-and-take sessions. This is my 3rd
scratchbuilt enclosure project (2nd was a Magic Box hee hee). I'm
still learning this metal-working stuff.

73,
Greg WT4TT
4SQRP #155




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