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Re: CQ 20m

Lloyd K3ESE
 

were the 2X QRP QSOs  the most fun...?

LL/K3ESE

On Sun, May 6, 2018, 6:34 PM Charles W. Powell via Groups.Io <doctorcwp=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Yeah I’m still tuning around.  Your ATS-3 sounded great here, and it was nice and solid when we finally connected.  11 QSOs so far with 3 of them 2x QRP.  I may pack it in soon because 20 meters is dying right before my eyes.  Was working GA and he went from QSA 5 to QSA 1 in about 3 minutes.  A lot of these were replies to CQ, which tells you the radio is really working.q

72,

Chas

On May 6, 2018, at 3:44 PM, Lloyd Lachow <llachow@...> wrote:

We finally made it. this was the first email CQ I've ever answered...and it was successful!

rig on this end is an ATS-3 @ 5W into a 20M EDZ up 10M.

LL/K3ESE

On Sun, May 6, 2018, 4:34 PM LL <llachow@...> wrote:
you're 559/QSB here in MD. I guess you heard me, then you didn't. I'm still there.

LL/K3ESE

On Sun, May 6, 2018, 4:22 PM Charles W. Powell via Groups.Io <doctorcwp=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
CQ 14050 from MO EM38oa with my HillTopper 20.

72,

Chas - NK8O





Re: QRP newbie question.

Curt
 

20M has been best for QRP operation from my QTH. Have also found that posting on QRPspots.com and/or https://sked.skccgroup.com/ will help draw contacts

I will listen for around that time on 20M.

72, Curt KB5JO


Re: QRP newbie question.

Charles W. Powell
 

I would start with 20 meters at that time of the day.  But you have to be patient.  You’re not going to spin the dial and find a bunch of QSO.  If nothing at all is heard, move to 30, then 40 meters.  There are times that 40 meters during the day is quite active and others where it is terrible.  Unpredictable I think is a fitting description.  This past weekend was really good for 20 meters, even though overall conditions were pretty marginal.  If you are an SKCC member and interested in contacts, it is worthwhile to follow the SKCC Sked page.  At least you know where to look, even if you can’t scare anything up.  QRPspots is good too, but doesn’t get the level of activity that I’d like to see on it.  I have to admit that I often forget to post when I go out for portable ops.

I am taking a “new” radio out to try in the field today in just a few minutes (1300 central time).  I will post frequencies on QRP spots as I move around.  Feel free to give me a call if you can hear me. 

72,

Chas - NK8O

On May 7, 2018, at 11:02 AM, Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:

Hello Doc,
I have been watching bandconditions.com closly for a while. I have found 30 meters is most likely to scare up a SKCC contact in the afternoons and by suppertime 40 seems to be waking up... Ypur mileage may vary de Paul N0NBD

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From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of Wayne Dillon <wayne.dillon@...>
Sent: Monday, May 7, 2018 2:19 PM
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] QRP newbie question.
 
Hi Doc,
This is going to sound like a very unhelpful answer but, the way the bands are at the moment, I would venture to say that any band that's open is the band to use. 
However that said I'll pass you on to our NJ ops and see what they have to say. In my personal experience I would start on 20m then go to 30m as 30 exhibits some of the traits of 20 and 40 depending on time of day as well as prevailing band condx. Sorry I can't be any more specific than that. Someone else with more experience than I of daytime operating in the NE will no doubt give you a much better pointer.
Wayne - NQ0RP

On Mon, May 7, 2018 at 9:13 AM, Dr Jim Kennedy via Groups.Io <phdad_ccm@...> wrote:
I live in Northern NJ AND usually get time to qrp when waiting for my grandsons to get home from school. Usually from 1 PM EDST TO 3PM EDST.

I do not find 40, 20, or 30 meters very active during this time.

Can you QRP experienced guys tell me what bands might be better during these times, and in general what times are best for the hf and vhf bands using QRP in the NE USA?

72/73, K2PHD - DOC




-- 
 
QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
God Bless from Wayne Dillon - NQ0RP




Re: QRP newbie question.

Brian Crittendon
 

I would think 40 would be your best, but you have to catch the sun spots. On MARS we found that 60 meters is the most reliable at lest for the short haul. Mark/AAV5QK/WQ8S


Re: QRP newbie question.

Paul Smith
 

Hello Doc,

I have been watching bandconditions.com closly for a while. I have found 30 meters is most likely to scare up a SKCC contact in the afternoons and by suppertime 40 seems to be waking up... Ypur mileage may vary de Paul N0NBD


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From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of Wayne Dillon <wayne.dillon@...>
Sent: Monday, May 7, 2018 2:19 PM
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] QRP newbie question.
 
Hi Doc,
This is going to sound like a very unhelpful answer but, the way the bands are at the moment, I would venture to say that any band that's open is the band to use. 
However that said I'll pass you on to our NJ ops and see what they have to say. In my personal experience I would start on 20m then go to 30m as 30 exhibits some of the traits of 20 and 40 depending on time of day as well as prevailing band condx. Sorry I can't be any more specific than that. Someone else with more experience than I of daytime operating in the NE will no doubt give you a much better pointer.
Wayne - NQ0RP

On Mon, May 7, 2018 at 9:13 AM, Dr Jim Kennedy via Groups.Io <phdad_ccm@...> wrote:
I live in Northern NJ AND usually get time to qrp when waiting for my grandsons to get home from school. Usually from 1 PM EDST TO 3PM EDST.

I do not find 40, 20, or 30 meters very active during this time.

Can you QRP experienced guys tell me what bands might be better during these times, and in general what times are best for the hf and vhf bands using QRP in the NE USA?

72/73, K2PHD - DOC




--
 
QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
God Bless from Wayne Dillon - NQ0RP



Re: QRP Banner is online

Paul Smith
 

Good work Walter de Paul


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From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of Walter - K5EST <walter.k5est@...>
Sent: Monday, May 7, 2018 2:53 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] QRP Banner is online
 
Thanks Everyone for the compliments, but in my haste to get the QRP Banner published, I did not give credit to our Ozarkcon staff photographer, Darryl - KK5IB, who did an excellent job of covering all the events and happenings at this 2018 Ozarkcon. 

As you attendees noticed, this year's Ocon was pretty busy and do not be surprised if the 2019 version of Ocon gets a bit bigger. Ed - WG5F and myself have already acquired another donating sponsor to the Prize Drawings for next year. This sponsor is very well known for excellent products. Plus there are already guest speakers and more added event sessions in the making. As new speaker and building sessions get firmed up, the moderators of our Group reflector have provided a hashtag for Ozarkcon and everyone gets the news at the same time.

72/73,

Walter Dufrain - K5EST
...........QRP UP..........



On Sun, May 6, 2018 at 11:22 PM, Walter - K5EST <walter.k5est@...> wrote:
GE All, the QRP Banner newsletter for April is loaded with "Memories of OzarkCon 2018.

See........


Walter Dufrain - K5EST
........... QRP UP.............
  www.4SQRP.com




   


Re: QRP newbie question.

V Zecchinelli <n1vin@...>
 

Hey Doc,

I live in NW VT and have a QRP Labs U3S set up as a WSPR beacon.  I usually get 200+ spots a day from anywhere in US to western Europe and Australia.  When I travel to NJ for work (North Branch area) I take my beacon with me and run it 24 hours a day.  I'm lucky if I get 30 spots a day.  Maybe altitude difference between VT and NJ, buildings around hotel, I don't know.

73 de Vince N1VIN



On 5/7/2018 10:13 AM, Dr Jim Kennedy via Groups.Io wrote:
I live in Northern NJ AND usually get time to qrp when waiting for my grandsons to get home from school. Usually from 1 PM EDST TO 3PM EDST.

I do not find 40, 20, or 30 meters very active during this time.

Can you QRP experienced guys tell me what bands might be better during these times, and in general what times are best for the hf and vhf bands using QRP in the NE USA?

72/73, K2PHD - DOC


Re: QRP newbie question.

Ruth A Mumaw
 

Hello Doc,
It has been my experience that everyone is listening for someone calling CQ. When we do that, it seems the band is dead. Try calling around the popular QRP frequency like 7.030 and/or 7.040 KHz. You just might wake up the band. I too listen there, but if I let it be known that I'm on, I usually get a response.
Give a call, you never know who may come back to you.
Russ.  K3NLT  in VA.



On May 7, 2018, at 10:19 AM, Wayne Dillon <wayne.dillon@...> wrote:


Hi Doc,
This is going to sound like a very unhelpful answer but, the way the bands are at the moment, I would venture to say that any band that's open is the band to use. 
However that said I'll pass you on to our NJ ops and see what they have to say. In my personal experience I would start on 20m then go to 30m as 30 exhibits some of the traits of 20 and 40 depending on time of day as well as prevailing band condx. Sorry I can't be any more specific than that. Someone else with more experience than I of daytime operating in the NE will no doubt give you a much better pointer.
Wayne - NQ0RP

On Mon, May 7, 2018 at 9:13 AM, Dr Jim Kennedy via Groups.Io <phdad_ccm@...> wrote:
I live in Northern NJ AND usually get time to qrp when waiting for my grandsons to get home from school. Usually from 1 PM EDST TO 3PM EDST.

I do not find 40, 20, or 30 meters very active during this time.

Can you QRP experienced guys tell me what bands might be better during these times, and in general what times are best for the hf and vhf bands using QRP in the NE USA?

72/73, K2PHD - DOC




--
 
QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
God Bless from Wayne Dillon - NQ0RP



Re: QRP Banner is online

Walter - K5EST
 

Thanks Everyone for the compliments, but in my haste to get the QRP Banner published, I did not give credit to our Ozarkcon staff photographer, Darryl - KK5IB, who did an excellent job of covering all the events and happenings at this 2018 Ozarkcon. 

As you attendees noticed, this year's Ocon was pretty busy and do not be surprised if the 2019 version of Ocon gets a bit bigger. Ed - WG5F and myself have already acquired another donating sponsor to the Prize Drawings for next year. This sponsor is very well known for excellent products. Plus there are already guest speakers and more added event sessions in the making. As new speaker and building sessions get firmed up, the moderators of our Group reflector have provided a hashtag for Ozarkcon and everyone gets the news at the same time.

72/73,

Walter Dufrain - K5EST
...........QRP UP..........





On Sun, May 6, 2018 at 11:22 PM, Walter - K5EST <walter.k5est@...> wrote:
GE All, the QRP Banner newsletter for April is loaded with "Memories of OzarkCon 2018.

See........


Walter Dufrain - K5EST
........... QRP UP.............
  www.4SQRP.com




   


Re: QRP newbie question.

Wayne Dillon
 

Hi Doc,
This is going to sound like a very unhelpful answer but, the way the bands are at the moment, I would venture to say that any band that's open is the band to use. 
However that said I'll pass you on to our NJ ops and see what they have to say. In my personal experience I would start on 20m then go to 30m as 30 exhibits some of the traits of 20 and 40 depending on time of day as well as prevailing band condx. Sorry I can't be any more specific than that. Someone else with more experience than I of daytime operating in the NE will no doubt give you a much better pointer.
Wayne - NQ0RP

On Mon, May 7, 2018 at 9:13 AM, Dr Jim Kennedy via Groups.Io <phdad_ccm@...> wrote:
I live in Northern NJ AND usually get time to qrp when waiting for my grandsons to get home from school. Usually from 1 PM EDST TO 3PM EDST.

I do not find 40, 20, or 30 meters very active during this time.

Can you QRP experienced guys tell me what bands might be better during these times, and in general what times are best for the hf and vhf bands using QRP in the NE USA?

72/73, K2PHD - DOC




--
 
QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
God Bless from Wayne Dillon - NQ0RP



QRP newbie question.

Dr Jim Kennedy
 

I live in Northern NJ AND usually get time to qrp when waiting for my grandsons to get home from school. Usually from 1 PM EDST TO 3PM EDST.

I do not find 40, 20, or 30 meters very active during this time.

Can you QRP experienced guys tell me what bands might be better during these times, and in general what times are best for the hf and vhf bands using QRP in the NE USA?

72/73, K2PHD - DOC


Re: QRP Banner is online

WA0ITP
 

Another great Banner, thank you Walter, and also to KK5IB for the pictures.  I saw Darryl working with his excellent camera.
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 5/6/2018 11:22 PM, Walter - K5EST wrote:

GE All, the QRP Banner newsletter for April is loaded with "Memories of OzarkCon 2018.

See........


Walter Dufrain - K5EST
........... QRP UP.............
  www.4SQRP.com




   


Re: QRP Banner is online

bobby rolph
 

I really enjoyed the pix in the Banner Walter! Thank you so much for a look at Ozarkcon!
Bobby
Kb4qnr.................72


Re: QRP Banner is online

K8MEG <k8meg@...>
 

Fond memories! Thanks Walter!


On Monday, May 7, 2018, 12:22:27 AM EDT, Walter - K5EST <walter.k5est@...> wrote:


GE All, the QRP Banner newsletter for April is loaded with "Memories of OzarkCon 2018.

See........


Walter Dufrain - K5EST
........... QRP UP.............
  www.4SQRP.com




   


Re: QRP Banner is online

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Well Done Walter.
Thanks
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Sun, May 6, 2018 at 11:22 PM Walter - K5EST <walter.k5est@...> wrote:
GE All, the QRP Banner newsletter for April is loaded with "Memories of OzarkCon 2018.

See........


Walter Dufrain - K5EST
........... QRP UP.............
  www.4SQRP.com




   

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Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com


Re: QRP Banner is online

W0IIT
 

Hey Walter,

You really know how to make a guy that missed this year’s OCon hurt:-)  Another great issue of the “Banner”.  Well done!!

cu es 72, Bart W0IIT


On May 6, 2018, at 11:22 PM, Walter - K5EST <walter.k5est@...> wrote:

GE All, the QRP Banner newsletter for April is loaded with "Memories of OzarkCon 2018.

See........


Walter Dufrain - K5EST
........... QRP UP.............
  www.4SQRP.com




   


Re: QRP Banner is online

Charles W. Powell
 

Nice.  

Chas - NK8O

On May 6, 2018, at 11:22 PM, Walter - K5EST <walter.k5est@...> wrote:

GE All, the QRP Banner newsletter for April is loaded with "Memories of OzarkCon 2018.

See........


Walter Dufrain - K5EST
........... QRP UP.............
  www.4SQRP.com




   


QRP Banner is online

Walter - K5EST
 

GE All, the QRP Banner newsletter for April is loaded with "Memories of OzarkCon 2018.

See........


Walter Dufrain - K5EST
........... QRP UP.............
  www.4SQRP.com




   


Re: Hilltopper 40

Walter - K5EST
 

Hello Everyone, after FDIM there will be some time to put together the up-coming kit plans.

Thanks for the interest!......73,

Walter Dufrain - K5EST
...........QRP UP..........





On Sun, May 6, 2018 at 2:41 PM, WA0ITP <wa0itp@...> wrote:
A new 40M lid like the 20M lid should be pretty easy for Dave C to create.  He has his hands full right now getting ready for some major responsibilities at FDIM.  If the size of the 40M market can be estimated, and if it's substantial, then the question should be raised again.  A 40M Hilltopper might be a good addition to the stable.  I'm not speaking for Walter here, he has the final word.

Thanks for the interest.
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 5/6/2018 2:32 PM, Ronald Starr via Groups.Io wrote:
I enthusiastically second these remarks!  Have a Hilltopper 20 already awaiting time to build but would jump for a 40 version immediately.  The transparent cover definitely adds a touch of class IMO and easily fabricated as well.  Here's hoping!
73,
Ron. K0OXB


On Sun, May 6, 2018 at 11:58 AM, Jess None via Groups.Io
Nice! Sell it without the lid, or just plain PCB. Would not be hard to cut a piece of aluminum either

On May 6, 2018, at 6:02 AM, Dave Benson <davek1swl@...> wrote:

Steve-

I have a Hilltopper-40 up and running.  I'm presently in the process of reworking the firmware to add the user's choice of Morse mode A or B.  I've had to restructure the code along the way- not a minor effort.  As soon as that's complete, I can provide a 40M controller IC -with updates incorporated- and a band-pack of filter components.

The Hilltopper's top cover is presently band-specific, and I don't have a ready answer for that. I'm using a custom top cover for 40M (attached).  Lightweight but pricey. I'm open to suggestions, but don't want to order a minimum run (100?) of new PCB top covers.

73- Dave, K1SWL

On Sat, May 5, 2018 at 10:29 PM, W0OOW <w0oow@...> wrote:
Please, please, offer a K1SWL Hilltopper 40

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Re: Hilltopper 40

W0OOW
 

Dave,
I have one or your SWL20+ (name may be wrong) 20 m, 1 watt.  It is sweeeeeet.  i've had more fun with that rig than all others.