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Any use of a battery eliminator/charger device?

Dr Jim Kennedy
 

Have any of you QRP'ers who operate from outside locations ever used a 12V 15000mAh Multi-Function Car Jump Starter Battery Charger as a power source transceivers? If yes, how long does it last and would you recommend?

72/73, Doc - K2PHD


Cricket in NAQCC Newsletter

Jeff Davis <stuckbit@...>
 

Nice write-up with photos of Danny, N5DRG's 80m Cricket build in the February edition of the NAQCC newsletter. Page 23.

www.naqcc.info/newsletter_current.pdf

--
73 de Jeff KE9V


Second Sunday Sprint

John Lonigro
 

I believe the automatic reminders for this event are working, but there's been some confusion about the time.
The SSS is always from 7:00-9:00 pm Central Time, whether CDT or CST, whichever is in effect on that date.  UTC will be different depending on whether DST is in effect.  More on that next month.

To summarize, since standard time is currently in effect:

This month's SSS is Sunday, Feb 11, from 7:00-9:00 pm CST, which is 0100-0300Z Monday (for all time zones).
That's 8:00-10:00 pm EST and 5:00-7:00 pm PST.
The goal is for everyone to be on the air during the same 2 hour time slice.

72,

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


Re: Cricket long jump...

Paul Smith
 

I will look for U tonight  de Paul N0NBD


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From: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io> on behalf of kb4qqj via Groups.Io <KB4QQJ@...>
Sent: Sunday, February 4, 2018 11:17 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Cricket long jump...
 

I'm having a blast with mine! I can't use the 3580 due to W1AW and local digital congregation but 3560 is alive and well.

I'm using the QRPSOTS page early and the SKCC page late. Seems like the night owls ( best for 80m) are on late.

Farthest north is IL and farthest South is TX so far.

I have crystals for 3535, 3550, 3555, 3560 and 3579. I think most of the 15 contacts so far though have been on 3560.

Love that little critter,

Randy_KB4QQJ


On 2/4/2018 3:07 PM, Frank Artieta wrote:
I too must blow the dust off my cricket :)
 I recently built and installed the upgrade on my by you jumper I've been trying to wear it out :)
This Qrp and qrpp is fun :)


On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 1:34 PM WA0ITP <wa0itp@...> wrote:
Congrats Curt, FB jump!
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 2/4/2018 12:58 PM, Curt wrote:
This morning from 1150-1240Z had three QSOs on colorburst frequency with the Cricket 80A putting out 0.6W into an 80M dipole up about 50 feet.  The first was to VA, 990miles away, the last was to AZ more than 1000 miles away.  Longest jump for cricket from this QTH.  Both contacts were running QRP, full gallon not <1W and not using Crickets.

72, Curt KB5JO ( Cricketeer #005 )



Re: Cricket long jump...

kb4qqj
 

I'm having a blast with mine! I can't use the 3580 due to W1AW and local digital congregation but 3560 is alive and well.

I'm using the QRPSOTS page early and the SKCC page late. Seems like the night owls ( best for 80m) are on late.

Farthest north is IL and farthest South is TX so far.

I have crystals for 3535, 3550, 3555, 3560 and 3579. I think most of the 15 contacts so far though have been on 3560.

Love that little critter,

Randy_KB4QQJ


On 2/4/2018 3:07 PM, Frank Artieta wrote:
I too must blow the dust off my cricket :)
 I recently built and installed the upgrade on my by you jumper I've been trying to wear it out :)
This Qrp and qrpp is fun :)


On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 1:34 PM WA0ITP <wa0itp@...> wrote:
Congrats Curt, FB jump!
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 2/4/2018 12:58 PM, Curt wrote:
This morning from 1150-1240Z had three QSOs on colorburst frequency with the Cricket 80A putting out 0.6W into an 80M dipole up about 50 feet.  The first was to VA, 990miles away, the last was to AZ more than 1000 miles away.  Longest jump for cricket from this QTH.  Both contacts were running QRP, full gallon not <1W and not using Crickets.

72, Curt KB5JO ( Cricketeer #005 )



Re: Cricket long jump...

Frank Artieta
 

I too must blow the dust off my cricket :)
 I recently built and installed the upgrade on my by you jumper I've been trying to wear it out :)
This Qrp and qrpp is fun :)


On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 1:34 PM WA0ITP <wa0itp@...> wrote:
Congrats Curt, FB jump!
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 2/4/2018 12:58 PM, Curt wrote:
This morning from 1150-1240Z had three QSOs on colorburst frequency with the Cricket 80A putting out 0.6W into an 80M dipole up about 50 feet.  The first was to VA, 990miles away, the last was to AZ more than 1000 miles away.  Longest jump for cricket from this QTH.  Both contacts were running QRP, full gallon not <1W and not using Crickets.

72, Curt KB5JO ( Cricketeer #005 )


Re: Cricket long jump...

WA0ITP
 

Congrats Curt, FB jump!
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 2/4/2018 12:58 PM, Curt wrote:

This morning from 1150-1240Z had three QSOs on colorburst frequency with the Cricket 80A putting out 0.6W into an 80M dipole up about 50 feet.  The first was to VA, 990miles away, the last was to AZ more than 1000 miles away.  Longest jump for cricket from this QTH.  Both contacts were running QRP, full gallon not <1W and not using Crickets.

72, Curt KB5JO ( Cricketeer #005 )


Re: Cricket long jump...

Jeff, K9JP
 

Congratulations Curt!

I will bring my Cricket back up from the basement a give that time period a try. 
I am almost always awake at that time reading email or news on the web.
I need to listen more.

72, Jeff K9JP  (Cricketeer #009)

On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 1:58 PM, Curt <rhulett1@...> wrote:
This morning from 1150-1240Z had three QSOs on colorburst frequency with the Cricket 80A putting out 0.6W into an 80M dipole up about 50 feet.  The first was to VA, 990miles away, the last was to AZ more than 1000 miles away.  Longest jump for cricket from this QTH.  Both contacts were running QRP, full gallon not <1W and not using Crickets.

72, Curt KB5JO ( Cricketeer #005 )




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


Favorite keys, paddles?

Jim Lowman
 


I finally made it to Dayton about five years ago, and one of the most fun pa=
rts was visiting the key and paddle vendors: Vibroplex, Begali, Jerry (K8RA=
) and N3ZN. I was fortunate to meet Jerry then, because he passed away the f=
ollowing year.

Out of the collection (which, BTW, I didn't intend to start), my favorites a=
re the Begali Sculpture and the N2DAN Mercury paddles. I bought the Mercury=
during vendor night at the Pacificon QRP gathering back about 2000, before t=
he rights were sold to Bencher.

Probably the one disappointment was a GHD 599DX paddle that I bought through=
MTechnologies. No fault of Marshall Em; it just doesn't feel right and is n=
oisy, and I paid quite a bit for it.

72/73 de Jim - AD6CW






Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Martin <huyettmeh@...>
 

My favorite key is a straight key, a WWII Speed-X given to me by a WWII vet (SK) while I lived in Florida. It has a very nice feel but what makes it special is the gentleman who gave it to me! I guess my second favorite straight key would be a homebrew one I made a few years ago. It’s dimensions are patterned off the Speed-X but it’s feel is not as good. I do use it from time to time, but the Speed-X is the favorite for operating.

 

You can see my homebrew key at http://www.huyettm.net/k0bxb.html.

 

I have an MFJ paddle but really prefer the straight key so seldom use it.

 

73

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

From: 4SQRP@groups.io [mailto:4SQRP@groups.io] On Behalf Of Chip Stratton
Sent: Sunday, February 04, 2018 1:01 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Favorite Paddle, Key?

 

Bought a NOS Chinese army straight key, but hated it. Have a Junkers DBGM and a Navy Flameproof. Like them both very much. For paddles, a Kent single lever, a Morse Express Bushwhacker single lever, and a Elecraft (Bencher) Hex Key. I like the Hex key and use it the most. The Kent is fine too, the Bushwhacker not as good for me.

 

Portable use, I have a Palm Portable Key (PPK) straight key and a N0SP SSP mini paddle, both of which I like. I mount them interchangeably to a piece of clear acrylic using 3M Dual Lock. The acrylic makes it easier to stabilize the key on my lap when portable, and the Dual Lock provides a fairly rigid mount to the acrylic - more so than Velcro would.

 

Chip

AE5KA

 

On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 10:55 AM, Chuck Carpenter <w5usj@...> wrote:

My fixed-station paddle is a March R-3A; portable paddle is a Vibroplex Code Warrior.  Also have a Mini Paddle I often use for testing at the bench.  I've had a couple of Vibroplex bugs and still have a J-38 bought in 1955.

My favorite electronic keyer is the PK-4 from Jackson Harbor.  I've also used several others from JH including the popular NorCal keyer.
--
Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ
EM22cv Rains County, TX

 


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Chip Stratton AE5KA
 

Bought a NOS Chinese army straight key, but hated it. Have a Junkers DBGM and a Navy Flameproof. Like them both very much. For paddles, a Kent single lever, a Morse Express Bushwhacker single lever, and a Elecraft (Bencher) Hex Key. I like the Hex key and use it the most. The Kent is fine too, the Bushwhacker not as good for me.

Portable use, I have a Palm Portable Key (PPK) straight key and a N0SP SSP mini paddle, both of which I like. I mount them interchangeably to a piece of clear acrylic using 3M Dual Lock. The acrylic makes it easier to stabilize the key on my lap when portable, and the Dual Lock provides a fairly rigid mount to the acrylic - more so than Velcro would.

Chip
AE5KA

On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 10:55 AM, Chuck Carpenter <w5usj@...> wrote:
My fixed-station paddle is a March R-3A; portable paddle is a Vibroplex Code Warrior.  Also have a Mini Paddle I often use for testing at the bench.  I've had a couple of Vibroplex bugs and still have a J-38 bought in 1955.

My favorite electronic keyer is the PK-4 from Jackson Harbor.  I've also used several others from JH including the popular NorCal keyer.
--
Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ
EM22cv Rains County, TX



Cricket long jump...

Curt
 

This morning from 1150-1240Z had three QSOs on colorburst frequency with the Cricket 80A putting out 0.6W into an 80M dipole up about 50 feet.  The first was to VA, 990miles away, the last was to AZ more than 1000 miles away.  Longest jump for cricket from this QTH.  Both contacts were running QRP, full gallon not <1W and not using Crickets.

72, Curt KB5JO ( Cricketeer #005 )


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Chuck Carpenter
 

My fixed-station paddle is a March R-3A; portable paddle is a Vibroplex Code Warrior.  Also have a Mini Paddle I often use for testing at the bench.  I've had a couple of Vibroplex bugs and still have a J-38 bought in 1955.

My favorite electronic keyer is the PK-4 from Jackson Harbor.  I've also used several others from JH including the popular NorCal keyer.
--
Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ
EM22cv Rains County, TX


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

K8MEG <k8meg@...>
 

My key collection is dwindling. I have given too many away. Straight key favorites JH Bunnell J-38 style and my novice J-38. On my desk is a Bunnel fame proof. Several other keys including a few flame proofs, CT Asia, HK-705, J-5, etc. On my desk is a Blue Racer bug,  My 1950's Vibroplex Original bug and a couple more bugs in storage. My on my desk paddle is the Begali Simplex Basic. I like the K8RA P-6, but profile a little big for my desk. I have a Cedar Rapid Paddle that is unique, but I have never used it, I know I have at least 2 more paddles somewhere.

My least used and not my favorite is the Amplidan 50713. Just too big for my operating position.

72,
Rich

PS
Another snow day with falling temps! We've had too many of these already. People forget how to drive in them from
one snow storm to the next. This is Michigan, not Georgia.


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Kurt Zimmerman
 

I have 3 different paddles that I use and consider as my favorite. First of which is my Vibroplex side swiper with Crome base. Being the nostalgia person I am I love this key because it reminds me of the daysI sat on my Grandfather’s lap as he played radio. His Vibroplex had a grey base. My next go to key is my old Bencher paddle. It was my first key I used for over 10 years. It is used on my QRP rigs.  Finally my third key is my Palm Radio mini key. Use it in a mobile installation for a number of years. It has a very nice touch. It is used on my QCX/20. 
73
Kurt -W2MW 

6s

On Feb 4, 2018, at 7:13 AM, Michael McEwen <michael.t.mcewen@...> wrote:

I'm not very good at CW due to an Army injury nerve disability.  I have an old J-38 on which I first practiced. It's a good solid straight key.  Because of my limitations I decided to try a sideswipper. Got a Whiterook "mini" model and even with it's size limitations it is very easy for me.  I'm ready to look for a full size.
Guess the best plan is find what works best for you.
K5OSA, Doc


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Mlike McEwen
 

I'm not very good at CW due to an Army injury nerve disability.  I have an old J-38 on which I first practiced. It's a good solid straight key.  Because of my limitations I decided to try a sideswipper. Got a Whiterook "mini" model and even with it's size limitations it is very easy for me.  I'm ready to look for a full size.
Guess the best plan is find what works best for you.
K5OSA, Doc


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Louis Axeman <n8la@...>
 

I own quite a few hand keys, bugs, dual paddles, and single paddles: too many to mention, but I will relate a story about one of my hand keys.  Attached to my KX-3 is a $300 Begali Adventure.  I hardly use it even though it is superb.  In the 2015 ARRL DX CW Contest, with the KX-3 and attached Adventure, I used a hand key I have named TOCK.  The name is an acronym for Tricked Out Crappier Key.  It is a successor to my Tricked Out Crappy Key.  The crappier version has a plastic base with a hunk broken out of the back, a U shaped piece of metal to hold the lever, a ballpoint pen spring, and a knob that attaches to a headless screw that, in turn, attaches them both to the lever.  With this setup, I won Midwest Division Single Operator QRP in the 2015 ARRL DX CW Contest!

72,
Lou, N8LA/QRP (mostly)


On ‎Saturday‎, ‎February‎ ‎3‎, ‎2018‎ ‎09‎:‎07‎:‎24‎ ‎PM‎ ‎CST, Cliff Fox (KU4GW) <cliffku4gw@...> wrote:


I only own one paddle now, a single lever Vibroplex Deluxe Vibrokeyer that was left to me in the will of W4CUX Bill Worley of Alpharetta, GA when Bill passed away December 29, 2012 from pancreatic cancer. Bill and I worked a weekly 80 meter sked for almost 4 years prior to him getting sick. We got to be really great friends over all the QSOs we had and I still miss him. Bill also willed me a Hendricks PFR-3A 3 band QRP rig he built from a kit with attached W5JH Baby Black Widow paddles and a 10 watt SMT resistive dummy load. I gave away my old MFJ-564 paddle and had a K8RA P2 paddle for a while, but never really liked it all that well. 

As far as straight keys I've owned quiet a few, but my J.H. Bunnell Navy Flameproof I bought from NOS (New Old Stock) from the J.H. Bunnell Company is my most favorite. I had a Begali Camelback for a while I liked the best, but after mounting the Navy Flameproof on a 1/2 inch (1.27 Centimeters) thick steel base that W4CUX Bill made me in his machine shop it completely changed the feel of the Navy key for the better! It was like a totally different key altogether after mounting it on the steel base! I liked it so much better I sold the Begali Camelback because I never used it anymore. Over the past 20 years I've also owned a Lionel J-38, a J-37 Mae West, a U.S. Army J-5-A, a Bulgarian Military "Coffin" key, and a German Junker. I liked all of them, but none as well as the Navy Flameproof. Below are a few photos of a few of the keys I've owned and the three I still have. I only have two straight keys now, the Navy Flameproof and a Czech Army key I picked up for $25 at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention. It was a NOS key also still in the box and wrapped with some type of light brown paper. W4KRN Karen was selling them and she had a slew of them at the time! I'm partial to straight keys with enclosed contacts because they don't need the contacts cleaned and they're a lot quieter. I use to wake my wife up in the wee hours, God rest her soul, with the loud clicking the Begali Camelback made, but never with either of the keys with enclosed contacts. 
 
 
  
  
That's about it from here. I would like to comment that, for the price, MFJ-564 is a very good key and is pretty much a copy of a Bencher BY-2. The only difference is on the BY-2 the part behind the paddles the spring hooks to is round, but on the MFJ-546 that part is square in shape. The difference in price is huge! 

Very 72/73!
Cliff - KU4GW
4SQRP # 536


Re: Favorite Paddle, Key?

Cliff Fox (KU4GW)
 

I only own one paddle now, a single lever Vibroplex Deluxe Vibrokeyer that was left to me in the will of W4CUX Bill Worley of Alpharetta, GA when Bill passed away December 29, 2012 from pancreatic cancer. Bill and I worked a weekly 80 meter sked for almost 4 years prior to him getting sick. We got to be really great friends over all the QSOs we had and I still miss him. Bill also willed me a Hendricks PFR-3A 3 band QRP rig he built from a kit with attached W5JH Baby Black Widow paddles and a 10 watt SMT resistive dummy load. I gave away my old MFJ-564 paddle and had a K8RA P2 paddle for a while, but never really liked it all that well. 

As far as straight keys I've owned quiet a few, but my J.H. Bunnell Navy Flameproof I bought from NOS (New Old Stock) from the J.H. Bunnell Company is my most favorite. I had a Begali Camelback for a while I liked the best, but after mounting the Navy Flameproof on a 1/2 inch (1.27 Centimeters) thick steel base that W4CUX Bill made me in his machine shop it completely changed the feel of the Navy key for the better! It was like a totally different key altogether after mounting it on the steel base! I liked it so much better I sold the Begali Camelback because I never used it anymore. Over the past 20 years I've also owned a Lionel J-38, a J-37 Mae West, a U.S. Army J-5-A, a Bulgarian Military "Coffin" key, and a German Junker. I liked all of them, but none as well as the Navy Flameproof. Below are a few photos of a few of the keys I've owned and the three I still have. I only have two straight keys now, the Navy Flameproof and a Czech Army key I picked up for $25 at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention. It was a NOS key also still in the box and wrapped with some type of light brown paper. W4KRN Karen was selling them and she had a slew of them at the time! I'm partial to straight keys with enclosed contacts because they don't need the contacts cleaned and they're a lot quieter. I use to wake my wife up in the wee hours, God rest her soul, with the loud clicking the Begali Camelback made, but never with either of the keys with enclosed contacts. 
 
 
  
  
That's about it from here. I would like to comment that, for the price, MFJ-564 is a very good key and is pretty much a copy of a Bencher BY-2. The only difference is on the BY-2 the part behind the paddles the spring hooks to is round, but on the MFJ-546 that part is square in shape. The difference in price is huge! 

Very 72/73!
Cliff - KU4GW
4SQRP # 536


Rare Winslow J-38

Ed Redwine
 

When I liquidated my J-38 collection, I reserved a rare Winslow J-38 in excellent condition. Noted J-38 expert K6IX once told me this key is very rare. He only knew of 7 in existance.
   For you straight key fans and collectors , I am thinking of letting this key go.
  Would like to know if there is any interest in this key.
   The price will be markedly higher than the prolific Lionel and ARC's. I haven't determined a price for it yet.
   During the war, there were about 19 manufacturers of the J-38.
  I still use the old beat up J-38 I had as a novice in '56.
   Contact me off group at k5erj@....
Ed- Kansas



Winslow J-38

Ed Redwine
 

When I liquidated my J-38 collection, I reserved a rare Winslow J-38 in excellent condition. Noted J-38 expert K6IX once told me this key is very rare. He only knew of 7 in existance.
   For you straight key fans, I am thinking of letting this key go.
  Would be interested to know if there is any interest in this key.
   The price will be markedly higher than the prolific Lionel and ARC's. I haven't determined a price for it yet.
   During the war, there were about 19 manufacturers of the J-38.
  .I still use the old beat up J-38 I had as a novice in '56.
   Contact me off group at k5erj@....
Ed- Kansas

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