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Re: where is firmware for Hilltopper40

Charles W. Powell
 

Charlie,

The Hilltopper firmware is all pretty straight forward.  I made some simple modifications to mine and it works FB.  Sidetone frequency/offset, and tuning time are the things I changed. 5 seconds of tuning isn’t enough for my T1 tuner but 10 seconds is more than enough.

A couple of build tips: 

  • Put R5, that falls right next to the pushbutton switch, on the bottom of the board.  It keeps it completely out of the way of the switch.  
  • Watch out for the duplicate instruction on page 11 that tells you to install C54.  I was installed in a previous step.
  • Be careful installing C6.  The instructions say Install C6 - 10 (which I mistook for C6-C10.  Fortunately it was easy to fix.)
  • When assembling the case, use either a very hot iron at 850F with a chisel tip or an old style soldering gun.  And watch your fingers. It’s easy to get burned.
  • Personal preference: I put the sockets in but leave the IC installation for last.  Superstitious, I suppose.
  • Forgive me if you have done a lot of kit building, but if not, get a pair of flush cutters to nip the leads as close as possible.  You’ll not only appreciate from a neatness standpoint, but also if you make a mistake and you need to remove a part.
  • Finally for those of you like me who wander off task sometimes, this little item is worth its weight in gold: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MJMXD4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1  With this little gem I was able to remove some tiny caps and move them without even damaging one.  This is far superior to any others I have used.

72,

Chas - NK8O

On Dec 17, 2018, at 12:23 PM, Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC <pccmd@...> wrote:

TU 73
Happy Holidays 😃


On Dec 17, 2018, at 9:16 AM, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:

Hello Charlie.

You have the latest version of the firmware.  If you bought one of the first 100 kits (sold out in June as I recall) then you might have the older version but all of the kits I have shipped (since about September 1) have the new firmware version which matches the one posted to the files section of the Hilltopperkit group.

Thank you.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY


On 12/17/2018 5:48 AM, Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC wrote:
Thanks, Jim.....it seems I am now a member of HT subgroup.  
BTW, how do I find out what firmware version I have....it shipped to me on 11/24 
Charlie 
NA2CC 


On Dec 16, 2018, at 11:04 PM, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:

The easiest way is to send a message to this address:

HilltopperKit+subscribe@4SQRP.groups.io

or go to groups.io and search for groups (Find or create a group).  The name is Hilltopperkit

There are actually several sub groups under the main 4SQRP group.  Right now they are:
BayouJumperKit
CricketKit
DigitalFM
HilltopperKit
MuraniaKit
O17Kit
OzarkPartrolKit
SSB

For some reason not many people post to the sub group even though the subgroups were created to discuss a particular kit.  I assume each new kit will get a group created for it.  To subscribe to them the format is the same:
GroupName+subscribe at 4SQRP.groups.io

Good luck.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 12/16/2018 10:25 PM, Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC wrote:
Ok, so how do I find the HT subgroup?




Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 12/19/2018 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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Description:
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Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central Time Wednesday). 
The 80 meter net will be called on 3.564 MHz +/- QRM.
Net control operators are Johnny AC0BQ or Paul N0NBD.

* NEW *  Wednesday evening DMR Voice Net will be at (Thursday) 0300 UTC (9:00PM Central Time Wednesday/)
Four States QRP has a Brandmeister DMR Talk Group (TG31654). Join us to discuss QRP, ask questions, or just ragchew. The Wednesday net is a directed net  but any other time you may use the Talk Group to chat with other QRPers.
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When:
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8:00pm to 9:00pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:
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Organizer:
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Description:
The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS will be Bill KV6Z.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central Time Wednesday). 
The 80 meter net will be called on 3.564 MHz +/- QRM.
Net control operators are Johnny AC0BQ or Paul N0NBD.

* NEW *  Wednesday evening DMR Voice Net will be at (Thursday) 0300 UTC (9:00PM Central Time Wednesday/)
Four States QRP has a Brandmeister DMR Talk Group (TG31654). Join us to discuss QRP, ask questions, or just ragchew. The Wednesday net is a directed net  but any other time you may use the Talk Group to chat with other QRPers.
Net Control operator is Bert NØYJ.

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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 12/19/2018 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder:
Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 19 December 2018
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:
40 and 80 Meters

Organizer:
jomatlock@...

Description:
The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS will be Bill KV6Z.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central Time Wednesday). 
The 80 meter net will be called on 3.564 MHz +/- QRM.
Net control operators are Johnny AC0BQ or Paul N0NBD.

* NEW *  Wednesday evening DMR Voice Net will be at (Thursday) 0300 UTC (9:00PM Central Time Wednesday/)
Four States QRP has a Brandmeister DMR Talk Group (TG31654). Join us to discuss QRP, ask questions, or just ragchew. The Wednesday net is a directed net  but any other time you may use the Talk Group to chat with other QRPers.
Net Control operator is Bert NØYJ.

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Re: where is firmware for Hilltopper40

Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC <pccmd@...>
 

TU 73
Happy Holidays 😃


On Dec 17, 2018, at 9:16 AM, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:

Hello Charlie.

You have the latest version of the firmware.  If you bought one of the first 100 kits (sold out in June as I recall) then you might have the older version but all of the kits I have shipped (since about September 1) have the new firmware version which matches the one posted to the files section of the Hilltopperkit group.

Thank you.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY


On 12/17/2018 5:48 AM, Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC wrote:
Thanks, Jim.....it seems I am now a member of HT subgroup.  
BTW, how do I find out what firmware version I have....it shipped to me on 11/24 
Charlie 
NA2CC 


On Dec 16, 2018, at 11:04 PM, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:

The easiest way is to send a message to this address:

HilltopperKit+subscribe@4SQRP.groups.io

or go to groups.io and search for groups (Find or create a group).  The name is Hilltopperkit

There are actually several sub groups under the main 4SQRP group.  Right now they are:
BayouJumperKit
CricketKit
DigitalFM
HilltopperKit
MuraniaKit
O17Kit
OzarkPartrolKit
SSB

For some reason not many people post to the sub group even though the subgroups were created to discuss a particular kit.  I assume each new kit will get a group created for it.  To subscribe to them the format is the same:
GroupName+subscribe at 4SQRP.groups.io

Good luck.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 12/16/2018 10:25 PM, Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC wrote:
Ok, so how do I find the HT subgroup?



Re: where is firmware for Hilltopper40

Jim Pruitt
 

Hello Charlie.

You have the latest version of the firmware.  If you bought one of the first 100 kits (sold out in June as I recall) then you might have the older version but all of the kits I have shipped (since about September 1) have the new firmware version which matches the one posted to the files section of the Hilltopperkit group.

Thank you.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY


On 12/17/2018 5:48 AM, Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC wrote:
Thanks, Jim.....it seems I am now a member of HT subgroup.  
BTW, how do I find out what firmware version I have....it shipped to me on 11/24 
Charlie 
NA2CC 


On Dec 16, 2018, at 11:04 PM, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:

The easiest way is to send a message to this address:

HilltopperKit+subscribe@4SQRP.groups.io

or go to groups.io and search for groups (Find or create a group).  The name is Hilltopperkit

There are actually several sub groups under the main 4SQRP group.  Right now they are:
BayouJumperKit
CricketKit
DigitalFM
HilltopperKit
MuraniaKit
O17Kit
OzarkPartrolKit
SSB

For some reason not many people post to the sub group even though the subgroups were created to discuss a particular kit.  I assume each new kit will get a group created for it.  To subscribe to them the format is the same:
GroupName+subscribe at 4SQRP.groups.io

Good luck.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 12/16/2018 10:25 PM, Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC wrote:
Ok, so how do I find the HT subgroup?



Re: where is firmware for HT40

Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC <pccmd@...>
 

Thanks, Jim.....it seems I am now a member of HT subgroup.  
BTW, how do I find out what firmware version I have....it shipped to me on 11/24 
Charlie 
NA2CC 


On Dec 16, 2018, at 11:04 PM, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:

The easiest way is to send a message to this address:

HilltopperKit+subscribe@4SQRP.groups.io

or go to groups.io and search for groups (Find or create a group).  The name is Hilltopperkit

There are actually several sub groups under the main 4SQRP group.  Right now they are:
BayouJumperKit
CricketKit
DigitalFM
HilltopperKit
MuraniaKit
O17Kit
OzarkPartrolKit
SSB

For some reason not many people post to the sub group even though the subgroups were created to discuss a particular kit.  I assume each new kit will get a group created for it.  To subscribe to them the format is the same:
GroupName+subscribe at 4SQRP.groups.io

Good luck.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 12/16/2018 10:25 PM, Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC wrote:
Ok, so how do I find the HT subgroup?


Re: where is firmware for HT40

Jim Pruitt
 

The easiest way is to send a message to this address:

HilltopperKit+subscribe@4SQRP.groups.io

or go to groups.io and search for groups (Find or create a group).  The name is Hilltopperkit

There are actually several sub groups under the main 4SQRP group.  Right now they are:
BayouJumperKit
CricketKit
DigitalFM
HilltopperKit
MuraniaKit
O17Kit
OzarkPartrolKit
SSB

For some reason not many people post to the sub group even though the subgroups were created to discuss a particular kit.  I assume each new kit will get a group created for it.  To subscribe to them the format is the same:
GroupName+subscribe at 4SQRP.groups.io

Good luck.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 12/16/2018 10:25 PM, Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC wrote:
Ok, so how do I find the HT subgroup?


Re: where is firmware for HT40

Jim Pruitt
 

Hello Charlie.

They are in the HilltopperKit sub group files section which are here:

https://4sqrp.groups.io/g/HilltopperKit/files
https://4sqrp.groups.io/g/HilltopperKit/files/Hilltopper-40_V2.0.ino

If you are not signed up for the Hilltopper sub group you probably can't see or get to them.

I also posted the Hilltopper30 INO file and schematic that Dave Benson sent me, just in case someone wants to try a 30 meter version.

I hope this helps.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY



On 12/16/2018 7:48 PM, Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC wrote:
Sorry for this, but I really must ask where in the 'Files' section one can find the Arduino firmware for HT40.  Really, I find nothing...
Charlie
NA2CC


where is firmware for HT40

Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC <pccmd@...>
 

Sorry for this, but I really must ask where in the 'Files' section one can find the Arduino firmware for HT40.  Really, I find nothing...
Charlie
NA2CC


Re: Need several little red 4S box kits (discontinued)

m p
 

Glad to see you found them Jim.  Sorry I could not be of any help!

Mark
KA8ONW



On Sunday, December 16, 2018, 5:14:58 PM EST, Jim Sheldon <w0eb@...> wrote:


Boxes have been found (red ones) thanks!

Jim, W0EB


Re: Need several little red 4S box kits (discontinued)

Jim Sheldon
 

Boxes have been found (red ones) thanks!

Jim, W0EB


Re: QRP Fox Hunt

Stan
 

Thanks Gary for the info.   The Fox Hunt sounds  like great fun.  I monitor 40 meters all the time and amazed how little activity I find between 7025 and 7045.

Stan Ak0b


Re: Need several little red 4S box kits (discontinued)

Jim Sheldon
 

Further checking shows the little blue boxes would NOT be suitable  the front panel isn't high enough to allow for the 1.8" color display to fit - the only one that would work is the little Red one. 

One more plea for help if anyone has 1 or more of the little red ones they are willing to sell, please reply privately to this message.

Jim Sheldon, W0EB


Re: Need several little red 4S box kits (discontinued)

Jim Sheldon
 

Well, it appears that nobody has any little red boxes they aren't going to use. How about the smaller "little blue box" kits? I just measured them and I could use 3 of these instead if anyone has 2 or 3 of the blue ones they aren't going to use, and are willing to sell please let me know - just reply to sender rather than to the group to keep group clutter to a minimum.

Thanks,

Jim - W0EB

------ Original Message ------
From: "Jim Sheldon" <w0eb@cox.net>
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Sent: 12/15/2018 5:19:50 PM
Subject: [4SQRP] Need several little red 4S box kits (discontinued)

Hi gang,
I have a Christmas project I'm working on that I really would like to package in the now discontinued little red box kits. I'm looking for at least 2, but preferably 3 of them.

Anyone having 1 or more unassembled ones they aren't going to use, please contact me off the reflector w0eb (at) cox dot net please with availability and asking price.

Thanks,

Jim Sheldon, W0EB


QRP Fox Hunt

Gary E. Kohtala
 

For some months I have been enjoying the so called "QRP Fox Hunt". In case you have not encountered this I recommend giving it a try. There is a summer and winter season with different bands. I have had a considerable amount of fun and have significantly  sharpened my QRP skills. Please the link below:




Best regards,

Gary, K7EK



Need several little red 4S box kits (discontinued)

Jim Sheldon
 

Hi gang,
I have a Christmas project I'm working on that I really would like to package in the now discontinued little red box kits. I'm looking for at least 2, but preferably 3 of them.

Anyone having 1 or more unassembled ones they aren't going to use, please contact me off the reflector w0eb (at) cox dot net please with availability and asking price.

Thanks,

Jim Sheldon, W0EB


Re: Unbuilt 4SQRP SS-RX, SS-TX and Magic Box kits for sale

Shawn Reed
 

Hello Steve. I will pick up those kits together, please. If first, of course. Shawn reed. kf7yff.


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On Sat, 12/15/18, Steve Ireland <vk6vz@arach.net.au> wrote:

Subject: [4SQRP] Unbuilt 4SQRP SS-RX, SS-TX and Magic Box kits for sale
To: "4 State QRP" <main@4SQRP.groups.io>
Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 1:00 AM





For sale is are three unbuilt 4-State
QRP kits to build a high-performance 40m QRP CW station,
with full-break-in and
capable of up to 9W output.

The items are:

1. K8IQY SS-40 Stable
and Sensitive 40M
Receiver 
The SS-40 high performance receiver was
designed by Jim
Kortge, K8IQY. SS stands for "Stable and Sensitive".
It has an extremely quiet
amplifier chain and a matched crystal IF filter provides a
steep-sided 500 Hz
bandpass and outstanding opposite sideband rejection. A
variable crystal
oscillator provides 25-30 kHZ of smooth stable tuning.
Further details at:
http://www.4sqrp.com/SS40.php
2. K8IQY SS-40TX
transmitter
This is a companion to the SS-40 receiver
and produces up to 9
watts (can be set to 5W), using a hefty, cool running MOSFET
as a final. All
parts are through-hole lead parts. Further details at:
http://www.4sqrp.com/ss40tx.php
3.
K8IQY Magic Box TR Switching System
The Magic Box is a solid-state,
all-electronic, transmit/receive switching system that
allows a separate
receiver and transmitter to transceive with full (or semi)
QSK. An Atmel
Microcontroller handles the timing for five functions-
transmitter keying,
transmitter antenna switching, receiver antenna switching,
receiver audio
switching, plus a side tone oscillator. For further details,
see http://www.4sqrp.com/MagicBox.php 

 
The three kits were bought as a package
from Kanga UK and are being sold as a package. Sorry I
realise the Magic Box is
highly sought-after, but will not separate. 

 
US$90 for the three kits, plus postage.
Payment can be made by PayPal. Please email me in the first
instance.
 
Vy
73
 
Steve,
VK6VZ
vk6vz@arach.net.au






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Re: fun with a Cricket

WA0ITP
 

FB Paul and congrats to you and KC9RH.  Crickets are lots of fun.  Check out the Cricket society here http://www.4sqrp.com/kits/Night_Insect/cricketsociety.html  He can earn this beautiful certificate
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 11/27/2018 11:31 AM, Paul Goemans wrote:

Hi gang!
  My friend Dan KC9RH and I attended Hamvention this May. Dan bought a Cricket 80A. Finally got built this fall. I was his first contact with it, last Thursday. I sent him a certificate that I mocked up, he loved it!
 
First
              Cricket
  
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI


Unbuilt 4SQRP SS-RX, SS-TX and Magic Box kits for sale

Steve Ireland <vk6vz@...>
 

For sale is are three unbuilt 4-State QRP kits to build a high-performance 40m QRP CW station, with full-break-in and capable of up to 9W output.

The items are:

1. K8IQY SS-40 Stable and Sensitive 40M Receiver 
The SS-40 high performance receiver was designed by Jim Kortge, K8IQY. SS stands for "Stable and Sensitive". It has an extremely quiet amplifier chain and a matched crystal IF filter provides a steep-sided 500 Hz bandpass and outstanding opposite sideband rejection. A variable crystal oscillator provides 25-30 kHZ of smooth stable tuning. Further details at: http://www.4sqrp.com/SS40.php

2. K8IQY SS-40TX transmitter
This is a companion to the SS-40 receiver and produces up to 9 watts (can be set to 5W), using a hefty, cool running MOSFET as a final. All parts are through-hole lead parts. Further details at: http://www.4sqrp.com/ss40tx.php

3. K8IQY Magic Box TR Switching System
The Magic Box is a solid-state, all-electronic, transmit/receive switching system that allows a separate receiver and transmitter to transceive with full (or semi) QSK. An Atmel Microcontroller handles the timing for five functions- transmitter keying, transmitter antenna switching, receiver antenna switching, receiver audio switching, plus a side tone oscillator. For further details, see http://www.4sqrp.com/MagicBox.php 

 

The three kits were bought as a package from Kanga UK and are being sold as a package. Sorry I realise the Magic Box is highly sought-after, but will not separate. 

 

US$90 for the three kits, plus postage. Payment can be made by PayPal. Please email me in the first instance.

 

Vy 73

 

Steve, VK6VZ

vk6vz@...


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