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Re: Cricket in NAQCC Newsletter

Paul Goemans
 

And,
  Danny used an old Ten Tec case! Those must be rare now! I spent some time (unsuccessfully) looking for a TG-24 myself.
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 

From: Jeff Davis
Sent: Monday, February 05, 2018 10:19 AM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] Cricket in NAQCC Newsletter
 
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


Re: Cricket in NAQCC Newsletter

Frank Artieta
 

A write up but I am not sure how good !


On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 10:19 AM Jeff Davis <stuckbit@...> wrote:
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


Re: Second Sunday Sprint

N6CES.r@...
 

Hi all, I enjoy reading all the posts.
I've been a ham since 1954, but am new to qrp. 
Just obtained a Heathkit HW-7 (40/20/15), and will put up a 80/40 dipole teathered North & South. I'm located in Seattle, so contacts to 4SQRP guys will be a challenge. I haven't been on hf for about 15 years since I gave my gear to a club for some new kids, and it's been about 35 years since I've been ok n CW. So you might say I'm a 77 year old newbie. I think I'm going to buy a cricket for 80 in a few months also.
Where can I find more info in SSS and other nets. Read about one talked about on Wed nights on 40 and 80.
Thanks for any info.
Frank N6CES

On Feb 5, 2018 4:03 AM, "John Lonigro" <jonigro@...> wrote:
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: Any use of a battery eliminator/charger device?

Paul Bonham
 

It works ok but do not expect to run long.  Those units are made to supply higher amps for short bursts.  They are not designed for long continuous use. 


That being said.  They do work in a pinch and it is fun trying new or different ways😊


Paul
KG5NKW


-------- Original message --------
From: "Dr Jim Kennedy via Groups.Io" <phdad_ccm@...>
Date: 2/5/18 12:04 (GMT-06:00)
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] Any use of a battery eliminator/charger device?

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


Re: Any use of a battery eliminator/charger device?

John Lonigro
 

Doc:
I'm assuming you are referring to one of those Jump starters like those sold at Harbor Freight?  They have a 15 Ah (approx) gel-cell inside, nothing fancy.  Mine used to be in the car until the insulation on the short jumper cables cracked and fell off.  I removed the defective jumper cables from the old one, and added a cable with Anderson Powerpoles on the end.  It should easily last for most of Field Day  with a 5 Watt QRP rig attached.  My model includes a cigarette lighter socket, a built-in trickle charger, a trouble light, a heavy duty on-off switch, the ability to charge it from your car, and an expanded scale voltmeter.  When they are on sale, they are hard to beat, other than being large and on the heavy side.  it's old technology, but I believe gelcells are safer to handle than the newer Lithium batteries.  If they are kept charged with the built-in charger, they seem to last a pretty long time.  Mine is at least 12 years old.

72,
John, AA0VE

On 02/05/2018 12:04 PM, Dr Jim Kennedy via Groups.Io wrote:
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


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

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