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Re: Field Day 2019

Charles W. Powell
 

Here is an update on our Field Day plans.

  • We have four sites reserved at Weston Bend State Park in Weston MO, # 28, 29, 30, 31.  Two adjacent and two across the drive
  • The sites have power and RV pads.  We still plan to operate battery power, but mains power can be used for anything else EXCEPT a computer that is used for CAT control.  Logging functions are alright on mains so long as they are not connected to the radio.  (I plan to connect my computer for CAT control, so I will operate my laptop from batteries)
  • We will have CW and SSB, which means we will have at least two transmitters.  No one has suggested digital modes as yet, but we certainly could consider that.  At 5 watts or less, CW = 10 points per QSO, SSB = 5 points per QSO, and digital = 10 points per QSO.  We have yet to decide on the total number of transmitters and what bands to operate.  (Remember that for the purposes of FD ALL transmitters are 5 watts or less, including SSB)
  • As of now, we have seven who are planning to attend and four possible attendees.

72,

Chas - NK8O


Re: MicroVert Antenna

Duane Brayton
 

You're more than welcome.
72 Duane

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On Dec 28, 2018, at 9:32 PM, N1KWW <bgrass2@...> wrote:
Success in removing part, tweezers and iron removed wires. Thanks.


On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 8:05 PM Duane Brayton < dwbrayton@...> wrote:
If you have a hot air station & hot tweezers, it's a breeze. If not, back to old school.  Most important thing is to not damage the board and I've replaced hundreds of IC's under varying conditions as a Tech/Test Engineer.
72s & Happy New Year.
Duane KE0IUV


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On Dec 28, 2018, at 5:04 PM, "Gary Kohtala via Groups.Io" < yahoo.com@ groups.io target=_blank>gary.k7ek= yahoo.com@ groups.io> wrote:
I've also done it. Somehow I wasn't paying attention and got an IC installed backwards in a wattmeter kit.   Removing the errant device is on top of my to do list,  along with getting my Hilltoppers built. I may install a socket this time around. Not sure if that would generate further problems down the road. I am going to bring in the new year with a deluxe hot air soldering station, the X-tronic #6040. This should aid my efforts to complete my wattmeter and Hilltopper construction. Wish me luck..

Happy new year!

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

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On Dec 28, 2018, at 10:21, Duane Brayton < dwbrayton@...> wrote:
We have all done it if we have done any building at all, so don't feel bad.

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On Dec 28, 2018, at 1:13 PM, N1KWW < bgrass2@...> wrote:
Thanks, and I was being so careful!!!

On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 4:02 PM Duane Brayton < dwbrayton@...> wrote:
You have lost the mismounted semiconductor. Cut the leads with a flush sidecutter or xacto blade as close to the semiconductor as possible and tip it up or remove it.  That should allow you to remove the remaining leads from the thruholes with soldering iron & tweezers or push them out backwards.
Do not overheat and damage the PCB. Good luck.
Duane KE0IUV

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On Dec 27, 2018, at 2:53 PM, N1KWW < bgrass2@...> wrote:
Previous wire antenna farm had loop for 160 roughly 560 feet. Competed with those running maximum power. 
Yes, I was happy. Now everything is scaled down to a 43 foot dipole wrapped around three sides of building. When weather warms up will 
put up an off center fed with 4-1 balun. (My spell check selected balloon, baling and blain) 
Building a 20mm QRP rig and placed a semiconductor backwards. Have tried the usual methods, solder sucker and wick to no avail. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

On Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 4:45 PM d balfour < davesters@...> wrote:
More wire has been good for me as well. My radios vary from 5w to about 70w max output. I insisted on having tuned antennas but gradually have deviated and gone to the more is better. Our (xyl is a ham too) latest creation is an 1150 foot horizontal loop fed into a homemade 4:1 current balun into coax back into a manual tuner.

It is at the same time quieter and gives better signal reports than my other antennas mostly dipoles and a 40 m loop.

I see (hear) hams who use and brag on air that everyone on 40 needs an amp or they don't belong. huh.

Sorry for deviating off topic Pretty hard to be portable except on the deck with a big loop.
73
Dave




Re: MicroVert Antenna

N1KWW <bgrass2@...>
 

Success in removing part, tweezers and iron removed wires. Thanks.


On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 8:05 PM Duane Brayton <dwbrayton@...> wrote:
If you have a hot air station & hot tweezers, it's a breeze. If not, back to old school.  Most important thing is to not damage the board and I've replaced hundreds of IC's under varying conditions as a Tech/Test Engineer.
72s & Happy New Year.
Duane KE0IUV


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On Dec 28, 2018, at 5:04 PM, "Gary Kohtala via Groups.Io" <yahoo.com@groups.io target=_blank>gary.k7ek=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I've also done it. Somehow I wasn't paying attention and got an IC installed backwards in a wattmeter kit.   Removing the errant device is on top of my to do list,  along with getting my Hilltoppers built. I may install a socket this time around. Not sure if that would generate further problems down the road. I am going to bring in the new year with a deluxe hot air soldering station, the X-tronic #6040. This should aid my efforts to complete my wattmeter and Hilltopper construction. Wish me luck..

Happy new year!

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

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On Dec 28, 2018, at 10:21, Duane Brayton < dwbrayton@...> wrote:
We have all done it if we have done any building at all, so don't feel bad.

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On Dec 28, 2018, at 1:13 PM, N1KWW < bgrass2@...> wrote:
Thanks, and I was being so careful!!!

On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 4:02 PM Duane Brayton < dwbrayton@...> wrote:
You have lost the mismounted semiconductor. Cut the leads with a flush sidecutter or xacto blade as close to the semiconductor as possible and tip it up or remove it.  That should allow you to remove the remaining leads from the thruholes with soldering iron & tweezers or push them out backwards.
Do not overheat and damage the PCB. Good luck.
Duane KE0IUV

Sent from TypeApp
On Dec 27, 2018, at 2:53 PM, N1KWW < bgrass2@...> wrote:
Previous wire antenna farm had loop for 160 roughly 560 feet. Competed with those running maximum power. 
Yes, I was happy. Now everything is scaled down to a 43 foot dipole wrapped around three sides of building. When weather warms up will 
put up an off center fed with 4-1 balun. (My spell check selected balloon, baling and blain) 
Building a 20mm QRP rig and placed a semiconductor backwards. Have tried the usual methods, solder sucker and wick to no avail. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

On Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 4:45 PM d balfour < davesters@...> wrote:
More wire has been good for me as well. My radios vary from 5w to about 70w max output. I insisted on having tuned antennas but gradually have deviated and gone to the more is better. Our (xyl is a ham too) latest creation is an 1150 foot horizontal loop fed into a homemade 4:1 current balun into coax back into a manual tuner.

It is at the same time quieter and gives better signal reports than my other antennas mostly dipoles and a 40 m loop.

I see (hear) hams who use and brag on air that everyone on 40 needs an amp or they don't belong. huh.

Sorry for deviating off topic Pretty hard to be portable except on the deck with a big loop.
73
Dave




Re: Muriana kits back in stock!

Dick Hammond
 

A fine radio, HAPPY New Year Johnny.  Dick, n0tgr


On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 7:41 PM Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:
Good evening group.
The Muriana kits are back in stock 
And the web page order button will be 
Available soon.

Thanks for your patience.

72
Happy New Year 🎉 
Johnny AC0BQ 
--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com


--
What a great improvement,  Yahoo just didn't work for me.  Dick,  n0tgr


Muriana kits back in stock!

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Good evening group.
The Muriana kits are back in stock 
And the web page order button will be 
Available soon.

Thanks for your patience.

72
Happy New Year 🎉 
Johnny AC0BQ 
--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com


Re: MicroVert Antenna

Duane Brayton
 

If you have a hot air station & hot tweezers, it's a breeze. If not, back to old school.  Most important thing is to not damage the board and I've replaced hundreds of IC's under varying conditions as a Tech/Test Engineer.
72s & Happy New Year.
Duane KE0IUV


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On Dec 28, 2018, at 5:04 PM, "Gary Kohtala via Groups.Io" <yahoo.com@groups.io target=_blank>gary.k7ek=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I've also done it. Somehow I wasn't paying attention and got an IC installed backwards in a wattmeter kit.   Removing the errant device is on top of my to do list,  along with getting my Hilltoppers built. I may install a socket this time around. Not sure if that would generate further problems down the road. I am going to bring in the new year with a deluxe hot air soldering station, the X-tronic #6040. This should aid my efforts to complete my wattmeter and Hilltopper construction. Wish me luck..

Happy new year!

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

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On Dec 28, 2018, at 10:21, Duane Brayton < dwbrayton@...> wrote:
We have all done it if we have done any building at all, so don't feel bad.

Sent from TypeApp
On Dec 28, 2018, at 1:13 PM, N1KWW < bgrass2@...> wrote:
Thanks, and I was being so careful!!!

On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 4:02 PM Duane Brayton < dwbrayton@...> wrote:
You have lost the mismounted semiconductor. Cut the leads with a flush sidecutter or xacto blade as close to the semiconductor as possible and tip it up or remove it.  That should allow you to remove the remaining leads from the thruholes with soldering iron & tweezers or push them out backwards.
Do not overheat and damage the PCB. Good luck.
Duane KE0IUV

Sent from TypeApp
On Dec 27, 2018, at 2:53 PM, N1KWW < bgrass2@...> wrote:
Previous wire antenna farm had loop for 160 roughly 560 feet. Competed with those running maximum power. 
Yes, I was happy. Now everything is scaled down to a 43 foot dipole wrapped around three sides of building. When weather warms up will 
put up an off center fed with 4-1 balun. (My spell check selected balloon, baling and blain) 
Building a 20mm QRP rig and placed a semiconductor backwards. Have tried the usual methods, solder sucker and wick to no avail. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

On Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 4:45 PM d balfour < davesters@...> wrote:
More wire has been good for me as well. My radios vary from 5w to about 70w max output. I insisted on having tuned antennas but gradually have deviated and gone to the more is better. Our (xyl is a ham too) latest creation is an 1150 foot horizontal loop fed into a homemade 4:1 current balun into coax back into a manual tuner.

It is at the same time quieter and gives better signal reports than my other antennas mostly dipoles and a 40 m loop.

I see (hear) hams who use and brag on air that everyone on 40 needs an amp or they don't belong. huh.

Sorry for deviating off topic Pretty hard to be portable except on the deck with a big loop.
73
Dave




Re: MicroVert Antenna

Thomas Martin
 

I agree with John anyone can have that Oh no moment and when it does work it’s a great feeling. 
Nice thing about this group there is always somebody to help out.
Glad to see more people wanting to build kits careful it will become addictive.

Tom 
K0amd


On Dec 28, 2018, at 6:29 PM, jleahy00 via Groups.Io <jleahy00@...> wrote:

Definitely not alone, many times things haven’t gone right during 75 years of messing around.  Big smiles when something works the first time, DIY if you can, might cost more in the end but you can write off the extra $$ to education !

John 
Kk4itx 

If you need a parachute and don't have one you probably won't need one again.

On Dec 28, 2018, at 19:10, N1KWW <bgrass2@...> wrote:

Thanks for letting me know I am not alone! This is my first attempt at building a kit. When/if successful can take my place among those who have gone before. 

On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 10:04 PM Gary Kohtala via Groups.Io <gary.k7ek=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I've also done it. Somehow I wasn't paying attention and got an IC installed backwards in a wattmeter kit.   Removing the errant device is on top of my to do list,  along with getting my Hilltoppers built. I may install a socket this time around. Not sure if that would generate further problems down the road. I am going to bring in the new year with a deluxe hot air soldering station, the X-tronic #6040. This should aid my efforts to complete my wattmeter and Hilltopper construction. Wish me luck..

Happy new year!

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

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On Dec 28, 2018, at 10:21, Duane Brayton <dwbrayton@...> wrote:
We have all done it if we have done any building at all, so don't feel bad.

Sent from TypeApp
On Dec 28, 2018, at 1:13 PM, N1KWW < bgrass2@...> wrote:
Thanks, and I was being so careful!!!

On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 4:02 PM Duane Brayton < dwbrayton@...> wrote:
You have lost the mismounted semiconductor. Cut the leads with a flush sidecutter or xacto blade as close to the semiconductor as possible and tip it up or remove it.  That should allow you to remove the remaining leads from the thruholes with soldering iron & tweezers or push them out backwards.
Do not overheat and damage the PCB. Good luck.
Duane KE0IUV

Sent from TypeApp
On Dec 27, 2018, at 2:53 PM, N1KWW < bgrass2@...> wrote:
Previous wire antenna farm had loop for 160 roughly 560 feet. Competed with those running maximum power. 
Yes, I was happy. Now everything is scaled down to a 43 foot dipole wrapped around three sides of building. When weather warms up will 
put up an off center fed with 4-1 balun. (My spell check selected balloon, baling and blain) 
Building a 20mm QRP rig and placed a semiconductor backwards. Have tried the usual methods, solder sucker and wick to no avail. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

On Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 4:45 PM d balfour < davesters@...> wrote:
More wire has been good for me as well. My radios vary from 5w to about 70w max output. I insisted on having tuned antennas but gradually have deviated and gone to the more is better. Our (xyl is a ham too) latest creation is an 1150 foot horizontal loop fed into a homemade 4:1 current balun into coax back into a manual tuner.

It is at the same time quieter and gives better signal reports than my other antennas mostly dipoles and a 40 m loop.

I see (hear) hams who use and brag on air that everyone on 40 needs an amp or they don't belong. huh.

Sorry for deviating off topic Pretty hard to be portable except on the deck with a big loop.
73
Dave




Re: MicroVert Antenna

John - KK4ITX
 

Definitely not alone, many times things haven’t gone right during 75 years of messing around.  Big smiles when something works the first time, DIY if you can, might cost more in the end but you can write off the extra $$ to education !

John 
Kk4itx 

If you need a parachute and don't have one you probably won't need one again.

On Dec 28, 2018, at 19:10, N1KWW <bgrass2@...> wrote:

Thanks for letting me know I am not alone! This is my first attempt at building a kit. When/if successful can take my place among those who have gone before. 

On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 10:04 PM Gary Kohtala via Groups.Io <gary.k7ek=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I've also done it. Somehow I wasn't paying attention and got an IC installed backwards in a wattmeter kit.   Removing the errant device is on top of my to do list,  along with getting my Hilltoppers built. I may install a socket this time around. Not sure if that would generate further problems down the road. I am going to bring in the new year with a deluxe hot air soldering station, the X-tronic #6040. This should aid my efforts to complete my wattmeter and Hilltopper construction. Wish me luck..

Happy new year!

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

Sent from BlueMail
On Dec 28, 2018, at 10:21, Duane Brayton <dwbrayton@...> wrote:
We have all done it if we have done any building at all, so don't feel bad.

Sent from TypeApp
On Dec 28, 2018, at 1:13 PM, N1KWW < bgrass2@...> wrote:
Thanks, and I was being so careful!!!

On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 4:02 PM Duane Brayton < dwbrayton@...> wrote:
You have lost the mismounted semiconductor. Cut the leads with a flush sidecutter or xacto blade as close to the semiconductor as possible and tip it up or remove it.  That should allow you to remove the remaining leads from the thruholes with soldering iron & tweezers or push them out backwards.
Do not overheat and damage the PCB. Good luck.
Duane KE0IUV

Sent from TypeApp
On Dec 27, 2018, at 2:53 PM, N1KWW < bgrass2@...> wrote:
Previous wire antenna farm had loop for 160 roughly 560 feet. Competed with those running maximum power. 
Yes, I was happy. Now everything is scaled down to a 43 foot dipole wrapped around three sides of building. When weather warms up will 
put up an off center fed with 4-1 balun. (My spell check selected balloon, baling and blain) 
Building a 20mm QRP rig and placed a semiconductor backwards. Have tried the usual methods, solder sucker and wick to no avail. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

On Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 4:45 PM d balfour < davesters@...> wrote:
More wire has been good for me as well. My radios vary from 5w to about 70w max output. I insisted on having tuned antennas but gradually have deviated and gone to the more is better. Our (xyl is a ham too) latest creation is an 1150 foot horizontal loop fed into a homemade 4:1 current balun into coax back into a manual tuner.

It is at the same time quieter and gives better signal reports than my other antennas mostly dipoles and a 40 m loop.

I see (hear) hams who use and brag on air that everyone on 40 needs an amp or they don't belong. huh.

Sorry for deviating off topic Pretty hard to be portable except on the deck with a big loop.
73
Dave




Re: MicroVert Antenna

N1KWW <bgrass2@...>
 

Thanks for letting me know I am not alone! This is my first attempt at building a kit. When/if successful can take my place among those who have gone before. 


On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 10:04 PM Gary Kohtala via Groups.Io <gary.k7ek=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I've also done it. Somehow I wasn't paying attention and got an IC installed backwards in a wattmeter kit.   Removing the errant device is on top of my to do list,  along with getting my Hilltoppers built. I may install a socket this time around. Not sure if that would generate further problems down the road. I am going to bring in the new year with a deluxe hot air soldering station, the X-tronic #6040. This should aid my efforts to complete my wattmeter and Hilltopper construction. Wish me luck..

Happy new year!

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

Sent from BlueMail
On Dec 28, 2018, at 10:21, Duane Brayton <dwbrayton@...> wrote:
We have all done it if we have done any building at all, so don't feel bad.

Sent from TypeApp
On Dec 28, 2018, at 1:13 PM, N1KWW < bgrass2@...> wrote:
Thanks, and I was being so careful!!!

On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 4:02 PM Duane Brayton < dwbrayton@...> wrote:
You have lost the mismounted semiconductor. Cut the leads with a flush sidecutter or xacto blade as close to the semiconductor as possible and tip it up or remove it.  That should allow you to remove the remaining leads from the thruholes with soldering iron & tweezers or push them out backwards.
Do not overheat and damage the PCB. Good luck.
Duane KE0IUV

Sent from TypeApp
On Dec 27, 2018, at 2:53 PM, N1KWW < bgrass2@...> wrote:
Previous wire antenna farm had loop for 160 roughly 560 feet. Competed with those running maximum power. 
Yes, I was happy. Now everything is scaled down to a 43 foot dipole wrapped around three sides of building. When weather warms up will 
put up an off center fed with 4-1 balun. (My spell check selected balloon, baling and blain) 
Building a 20mm QRP rig and placed a semiconductor backwards. Have tried the usual methods, solder sucker and wick to no avail. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

On Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 4:45 PM d balfour < davesters@...> wrote:
More wire has been good for me as well. My radios vary from 5w to about 70w max output. I insisted on having tuned antennas but gradually have deviated and gone to the more is better. Our (xyl is a ham too) latest creation is an 1150 foot horizontal loop fed into a homemade 4:1 current balun into coax back into a manual tuner.

It is at the same time quieter and gives better signal reports than my other antennas mostly dipoles and a 40 m loop.

I see (hear) hams who use and brag on air that everyone on 40 needs an amp or they don't belong. huh.

Sorry for deviating off topic Pretty hard to be portable except on the deck with a big loop.
73
Dave




FS: QRP Power Book

Darryl J Kelly
 

FS: QRP Power Book, 1996 edition, soft back, very good condition, $15
shipped book rate, Paypal ok, or any money order.
Darryl, KK5IB, #784


Re: MicroVert Antenna

Gary E. Kohtala
 

I've also done it. Somehow I wasn't paying attention and got an IC installed backwards in a wattmeter kit.   Removing the errant device is on top of my to do list,  along with getting my Hilltoppers built. I may install a socket this time around. Not sure if that would generate further problems down the road. I am going to bring in the new year with a deluxe hot air soldering station, the X-tronic #6040. This should aid my efforts to complete my wattmeter and Hilltopper construction. Wish me luck..

Happy new year!

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

Sent from BlueMail

On Dec 28, 2018, at 10:21, Duane Brayton <dwbrayton@...> wrote:
We have all done it if we have done any building at all, so don't feel bad.

Sent from TypeApp
On Dec 28, 2018, at 1:13 PM, N1KWW < bgrass2@...> wrote:
Thanks, and I was being so careful!!!

On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 4:02 PM Duane Brayton < dwbrayton@...> wrote:
You have lost the mismounted semiconductor. Cut the leads with a flush sidecutter or xacto blade as close to the semiconductor as possible and tip it up or remove it.  That should allow you to remove the remaining leads from the thruholes with soldering iron & tweezers or push them out backwards.
Do not overheat and damage the PCB. Good luck.
Duane KE0IUV

Sent from TypeApp
On Dec 27, 2018, at 2:53 PM, N1KWW < bgrass2@...> wrote:
Previous wire antenna farm had loop for 160 roughly 560 feet. Competed with those running maximum power. 
Yes, I was happy. Now everything is scaled down to a 43 foot dipole wrapped around three sides of building. When weather warms up will 
put up an off center fed with 4-1 balun. (My spell check selected balloon, baling and blain) 
Building a 20mm QRP rig and placed a semiconductor backwards. Have tried the usual methods, solder sucker and wick to no avail. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

On Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 4:45 PM d balfour < davesters@...> wrote:
More wire has been good for me as well. My radios vary from 5w to about 70w max output. I insisted on having tuned antennas but gradually have deviated and gone to the more is better. Our (xyl is a ham too) latest creation is an 1150 foot horizontal loop fed into a homemade 4:1 current balun into coax back into a manual tuner.

It is at the same time quieter and gives better signal reports than my other antennas mostly dipoles and a 40 m loop.

I see (hear) hams who use and brag on air that everyone on 40 needs an amp or they don't belong. huh.

Sorry for deviating off topic Pretty hard to be portable except on the deck with a big loop.
73
Dave




Re: MicroVert Antenna

Paul AI4EE
 

There's a Youtube video on surface mount tech that details removing an IC with a process that should work on through hole as well. Check it out.

On 12/28/2018 1:12 PM, N1KWW wrote:
Thanks, and I was being so careful!!!

On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 4:02 PM Duane Brayton <dwbrayton@...> wrote:
You have lost the mismounted semiconductor. Cut the leads with a flush sidecutter or xacto blade as close to the semiconductor as possible and tip it up or remove it.  That should allow you to remove the remaining leads from the thruholes with soldering iron & tweezers or push them out backwards.
Do not overheat and damage the PCB. Good luck.
Duane KE0IUV

Sent from TypeApp
On Dec 27, 2018, at 2:53 PM, N1KWW <bgrass2@...> wrote:
Previous wire antenna farm had loop for 160 roughly 560 feet. Competed with those running maximum power. 
Yes, I was happy. Now everything is scaled down to a 43 foot dipole wrapped around three sides of building. When weather warms up will 
put up an off center fed with 4-1 balun. (My spell check selected balloon, baling and blain) 
Building a 20mm QRP rig and placed a semiconductor backwards. Have tried the usual methods, solder sucker and wick to no avail. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

On Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 4:45 PM d balfour < davesters@...> wrote:
More wire has been good for me as well. My radios vary from 5w to about 70w max output. I insisted on having tuned antennas but gradually have deviated and gone to the more is better. Our (xyl is a ham too) latest creation is an 1150 foot horizontal loop fed into a homemade 4:1 current balun into coax back into a manual tuner.

It is at the same time quieter and gives better signal reports than my other antennas mostly dipoles and a 40 m loop.

I see (hear) hams who use and brag on air that everyone on 40 needs an amp or they don't belong. huh.

Sorry for deviating off topic Pretty hard to be portable except on the deck with a big loop.
73
Dave




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Re: MicroVert Antenna

Duane Brayton
 

We have all done it if we have done any building at all, so don't feel bad.

Sent from TypeApp

On Dec 28, 2018, at 1:13 PM, N1KWW <bgrass2@...> wrote:
Thanks, and I was being so careful!!!

On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 4:02 PM Duane Brayton < dwbrayton@...> wrote:
You have lost the mismounted semiconductor. Cut the leads with a flush sidecutter or xacto blade as close to the semiconductor as possible and tip it up or remove it.  That should allow you to remove the remaining leads from the thruholes with soldering iron & tweezers or push them out backwards.
Do not overheat and damage the PCB. Good luck.
Duane KE0IUV

Sent from TypeApp
On Dec 27, 2018, at 2:53 PM, N1KWW < bgrass2@...> wrote:
Previous wire antenna farm had loop for 160 roughly 560 feet. Competed with those running maximum power. 
Yes, I was happy. Now everything is scaled down to a 43 foot dipole wrapped around three sides of building. When weather warms up will 
put up an off center fed with 4-1 balun. (My spell check selected balloon, baling and blain) 
Building a 20mm QRP rig and placed a semiconductor backwards. Have tried the usual methods, solder sucker and wick to no avail. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

On Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 4:45 PM d balfour < davesters@...> wrote:
More wire has been good for me as well. My radios vary from 5w to about 70w max output. I insisted on having tuned antennas but gradually have deviated and gone to the more is better. Our (xyl is a ham too) latest creation is an 1150 foot horizontal loop fed into a homemade 4:1 current balun into coax back into a manual tuner.

It is at the same time quieter and gives better signal reports than my other antennas mostly dipoles and a 40 m loop.

I see (hear) hams who use and brag on air that everyone on 40 needs an amp or they don't belong. huh.

Sorry for deviating off topic Pretty hard to be portable except on the deck with a big loop.
73
Dave




Re: MicroVert Antenna

N1KWW <bgrass2@...>
 

Thanks, and I was being so careful!!!


On Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 4:02 PM Duane Brayton <dwbrayton@...> wrote:
You have lost the mismounted semiconductor. Cut the leads with a flush sidecutter or xacto blade as close to the semiconductor as possible and tip it up or remove it.  That should allow you to remove the remaining leads from the thruholes with soldering iron & tweezers or push them out backwards.
Do not overheat and damage the PCB. Good luck.
Duane KE0IUV

Sent from TypeApp
On Dec 27, 2018, at 2:53 PM, N1KWW <bgrass2@...> wrote:
Previous wire antenna farm had loop for 160 roughly 560 feet. Competed with those running maximum power. 
Yes, I was happy. Now everything is scaled down to a 43 foot dipole wrapped around three sides of building. When weather warms up will 
put up an off center fed with 4-1 balun. (My spell check selected balloon, baling and blain) 
Building a 20mm QRP rig and placed a semiconductor backwards. Have tried the usual methods, solder sucker and wick to no avail. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

On Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 4:45 PM d balfour < davesters@...> wrote:
More wire has been good for me as well. My radios vary from 5w to about 70w max output. I insisted on having tuned antennas but gradually have deviated and gone to the more is better. Our (xyl is a ham too) latest creation is an 1150 foot horizontal loop fed into a homemade 4:1 current balun into coax back into a manual tuner.

It is at the same time quieter and gives better signal reports than my other antennas mostly dipoles and a 40 m loop.

I see (hear) hams who use and brag on air that everyone on 40 needs an amp or they don't belong. huh.

Sorry for deviating off topic Pretty hard to be portable except on the deck with a big loop.
73
Dave




Re: MicroVert Antenna

Duane Brayton
 

You have lost the mismounted semiconductor. Cut the leads with a flush sidecutter or xacto blade as close to the semiconductor as possible and tip it up or remove it.  That should allow you to remove the remaining leads from the thruholes with soldering iron & tweezers or push them out backwards.
Do not overheat and damage the PCB. Good luck.
Duane KE0IUV

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On Dec 27, 2018, at 2:53 PM, N1KWW <bgrass2@...> wrote:
Previous wire antenna farm had loop for 160 roughly 560 feet. Competed with those running maximum power. 
Yes, I was happy. Now everything is scaled down to a 43 foot dipole wrapped around three sides of building. When weather warms up will 
put up an off center fed with 4-1 balun. (My spell check selected balloon, baling and blain) 
Building a 20mm QRP rig and placed a semiconductor backwards. Have tried the usual methods, solder sucker and wick to no avail. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

On Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 4:45 PM d balfour < davesters@...> wrote:
More wire has been good for me as well. My radios vary from 5w to about 70w max output. I insisted on having tuned antennas but gradually have deviated and gone to the more is better. Our (xyl is a ham too) latest creation is an 1150 foot horizontal loop fed into a homemade 4:1 current balun into coax back into a manual tuner.

It is at the same time quieter and gives better signal reports than my other antennas mostly dipoles and a 40 m loop.

I see (hear) hams who use and brag on air that everyone on 40 needs an amp or they don't belong. huh.

Sorry for deviating off topic Pretty hard to be portable except on the deck with a big loop.
73
Dave




Re: MicroVert Antenna

Dwayne R <masterdr@...>
 

There are two ways to increase your effective power output.

1. enlarge your antenna by lengthening it, or adding elements.
2. Purchasing a linear.

Each time you double your power, you have a 3db increase
in strength. It takes 6db to make 1 S unit.

A linear taking a 100 watt transmittter to 1000 watts is
approx 10db of gain
100 to 200 (3db)
200 to 400 (3db)
400 to 800 (3db).
800 to 1000 (round to 1 db).

That is a little over a unit and a half of mathematical
(not reality) gain.

Take a half wave dipole. . .double it, you have approx 3db
double that again, you have another 3db, or 1 s unit.

Long wires allow more of the magnetic radiation to
travel through it. Just like wrapping more wire around
a core will increase the magnetic power.

I have 600 feet of wire in a loop. It is only 10 feet off the ground,
and the lowest point I run into with a riding lawnmower, hanging myself.
Someday soon it will be at 35 feet, but until then. . .

I use 100 watts of power, and my friends use AL80's and other
amps. My signal is almost as good as theirs on 40 meters.

You want a station? The antenna is your most important item.
If you can't get an antenna that does a good job, then your next
alternative is a Amp.

QRP means exactly that QRP, not a AMP. . .That means your
focus should be, and stay at your antenna. Rubber Ducky
antennas and QRP do not work well at all, unless the propagation
is strong.

It is great to see all these antenna designs. . .small, compact,
portable, and amazing in every way. People can brag they
talked to people across the ocean, 1000's of miles away. But
they either ignore one thing, or are completely oblivious to it. . .

You CAN'T talk without propagation!

The better the propagation, the easier the hop, the less of an
antenna you need, and the less power you need to make a
contact.

The poorer the propagation, the more power you need, the
better antenna you need, and the hop will be far weaker.

You are already at a HUGE disadvantage, and that is
running low power. So, to compensate for that disadvantage,
you can either make it up by a Amp, or Antenna. Since you
are not going to use an Amp. . .

DON'T SKIP out and build a Rubber Duck Antenna.

Fancy and pretty are not good. Effective and reliable is
the key to making QRP like any other 100 watt radio out
there.

Dwayne (Ka0aam)

Sorry for the Ramble. . .

I just hate to see people get caught up into antennas
that are worth about 2 cents, when they have the
capabilities to build an antenna for 20 dollars that will
out preform these things 10 fold. . . without the
complexity. . .


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On Thu, 12/27/18, d balfour <davesters@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [4SQRP] MicroVert Antenna
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Date: Thursday, December 27, 2018, 6:20 AM

More wire has been good for me as
well. My radios vary from 5w to about 70w max output. I
insisted on having tuned antennas but gradually have
deviated and gone to the more is better. Our (xyl is a ham
too) latest creation is an 1150 foot horizontal loop fed
into a homemade 4:1 current balun into coax back into a
manual tuner.

It is at the
same time quieter and gives better signal reports than my
other antennas mostly dipoles and a 40 m loop.

I see (hear) hams who use and
brag on air that everyone on 40 needs an amp or they
don't belong. huh.

Sorry for deviating off topic Pretty hard to be
portable except on the deck with a big loop.
73
Dave


Re: MicroVert Antenna

N1KWW <bgrass2@...>
 

Previous wire antenna farm had loop for 160 roughly 560 feet. Competed with those running maximum power. 
Yes, I was happy. Now everything is scaled down to a 43 foot dipole wrapped around three sides of building. When weather warms up will 
put up an off center fed with 4-1 balun. (My spell check selected balloon, baling and blain) 
Building a 20mm QRP rig and placed a semiconductor backwards. Have tried the usual methods, solder sucker and wick to no avail. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

On Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 4:45 PM d balfour <davesters@...> wrote:
More wire has been good for me as well. My radios vary from 5w to about 70w max output. I insisted on having tuned antennas but gradually have deviated and gone to the more is better. Our (xyl is a ham too) latest creation is an 1150 foot horizontal loop fed into a homemade 4:1 current balun into coax back into a manual tuner.

It is at the same time quieter and gives better signal reports than my other antennas mostly dipoles and a 40 m loop.

I see (hear) hams who use and brag on air that everyone on 40 needs an amp or they don't belong. huh.

Sorry for deviating off topic Pretty hard to be portable except on the deck with a big loop.
73
Dave




Re: Cricket 40?

Wayne Steury
 

KC9ON.com has great crystals for about $1. John sent me a socket too. N9egt 

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Wayne Steury IPhone

On Dec 27, 2018, at 11:28 AM, Bob Macklin <macklinbob@...> wrote:

HC-49 crystals with wire leads will plug into a SIP socket.
 
Bob Macklin
K5MYJ
Seattle, Wa.
"Real Radios Glow In The Dark"
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2018 8:54 AM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Cricket 40?

What about frequency or frequencies for the Cricket 40? It would be nice to have 7122 khz and possibly one of the mainstream watering holes on the low end of the band. Having not yet had the pleasure of building a Cricket for any band, I am unaware of the possible problems related to physically changing frequencies. A standard socket or appropriate female pins on the board would solve the problem, assuming that the crystal has pins and not wires, i.e. solders to the board. In the latter case some sort of switching arrangement would be necessary, increasing the complexity.  What have others done and where do they acquire suitable crystals for other frequencies? I won't fully understand the problem until I acquire my first Cricket, which will be right after the first if the year. Thanks for reading.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

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Oh 🤪

Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC <pccmd@...>
 

Jim,
I guess the calibration procedure takes care of cw sidetone adjustment, so changing the code just replaces the zero beat adjustment. 
Charlie 

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: Cricket 40?

Bob Macklin <macklinbob@...>
 

HC-49 crystals with wire leads will plug into a SIP socket.
 
Bob Macklin
K5MYJ
Seattle, Wa.
"Real Radios Glow In The Dark"

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, December 27, 2018 8:54 AM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Cricket 40?

What about frequency or frequencies for the Cricket 40? It would be nice to have 7122 khz and possibly one of the mainstream watering holes on the low end of the band. Having not yet had the pleasure of building a Cricket for any band, I am unaware of the possible problems related to physically changing frequencies. A standard socket or appropriate female pins on the board would solve the problem, assuming that the crystal has pins and not wires, i.e. solders to the board. In the latter case some sort of switching arrangement would be necessary, increasing the complexity.  What have others done and where do they acquire suitable crystals for other frequencies? I won't fully understand the problem until I acquire my first Cricket, which will be right after the first if the year. Thanks for reading.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

Sent from BlueMail
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