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Re: First soldering project

d balfour <davesters@...>
 

Yeah but she has the Pixie on order as I stated in the first post. No jumping the gun hams.

Re: First soldering project

WA0ITP
 

Don't forget the Cricket family.
http://www.4sqrp.com/cricket30.php
https://www.tindie.com/products/NM0S_qrp/cricket-80a-minimalist-80m-cw-transceiver/

They are very easy to build and are competent little transceivers. Far more so than the Pixie's, IMHO.  I have built several Pixies over the years but have been unable make reliable contacts with them.  OTOH I have 26 Qs on my Cricket 80 and hold Cricketeer certificate #2 http://www.4sqrp.com/kits/Night_Insect/cricketsociety.html

Check out the Crickets and have fun.

72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
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On 2/3/2019 10:18 AM, Neil Goldstein wrote:

Dave, 

If you like the idea of the Pixie, but want a more usable version, try the one from Nightfire Electronics:
http://vakits.com/catalog/ham-radio-kits
They sell an improved version of the Pixie that comes with your choice of crystals on better frequencies for US Hams. 

Also, Rex from QRPme sells an easy-build version of his Tuna Tun Transmitter for beginners.  A little more $$ than the Pixie, but well designed and supported:
http://qrpme.com/?p=product&id=EZB

--Neil, W2NDG
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Re: First soldering project

Neil Goldstein
 

That's Tuna TIN !  Damn these cold fingers  :-)

Re: First soldering project

Neil Goldstein
 

Dave, 

If you like the idea of the Pixie, but want a more usable version, try the one from Nightfire Electronics:
http://vakits.com/catalog/ham-radio-kits
They sell an improved version of the Pixie that comes with your choice of crystals on better frequencies for US Hams. 

Also, Rex from QRPme sells an easy-build version of his Tuna Tun Transmitter for beginners.  A little more $$ than the Pixie, but well designed and supported:
http://qrpme.com/?p=product&id=EZB

--Neil, W2NDG
http://www.radiokitgiude.com

Re: First soldering project

d balfour <davesters@...>
 

for practice I desoldered an old board and asked her to resolder them yesterday. Almost all were good the first time and all were fine after a rework.

Re: First soldering project

Bill Lamm
 
Edited

Take your time..  deep breaths but not of the smoke..  treat the iron like a hot pan from the oven.. don't pick it up until you know where you are going with it and that you have someplace to put it when you get there.  Solder flows when it's ready.. be patient..

Re: First soldering project

d balfour <davesters@...>
 

No words of encouragement for a new solderess?

One of the reasons she chose this particular kit is that included a handful of crystals.

Re: First soldering project

David Wilcox
 

Also try John, KC9ON, at 3rd Planet Solar over in Gaylord, MI. He has tons of crystals and also a switch board to use many crystals and just switch between them. HW 8 stuff and repair, among many other things for hams.

Dave K8WPE

On Feb 2, 2019, at 5:57 PM, d balfour <davesters@...> wrote:

My wife ke0qfr wanted a project to practice soldering on. I suggested that she try the Pixie.

Seemed like most Chinese distributed kits contained a 7.023 mc crystal. Out of band for a General. We both scoured the web and found one on Ebay that includes a socket and a selection of crystals. https://www.ebay.com/itm/40M-CW-Pixie-Kit-transceiver-with-7-023-30-35-40-45-48-50-55MHz-FREE-SHIP/162514488637 The distributor is US based, should have delivery in a few days. I found an altoids tin a case.

She has been working on ditties for some time and although she is not ready for much of a qso, is getting there.
73
Dave
k0mbt


Re: First soldering project

John Clements
 

Thanks for the Ebay mention Gwen!

There are more Pixie & QRP goodies on the main web site including a Pixie, Switch, & Crystals bundled together.  Most of the kits are geared toward easy building.


73 John kc9on  


Re: First soldering project

Jim Pruitt
 

Hello Gwen.

That is also KC9ON, John Clements.  I am not sure if John is a member of this list but he is a member of several QRP related lists.  His website is:
https://kc9on.com/
and his "store" is at:
https://kc9on.com/shop/

John is a great guy to deal with and is an avid qrp'er as well. You will find quite a few products on his website.

Thank you.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY


On 2/2/2019 3:32 PM, Gwen Patton wrote:
I got a multi-crystal switch board and a bunch of crystals from "possumlodge" on Ebay. He's very responsive to questions, and his prices are good. I got 40m crystals for my Pixies, 80m for my Cricket 80a and my old Tixie, and some 30m crystals for my Cricket 30. The Pixie Switch board can work with any of them, so I may get some more of those switch kits.

Here's possumlodge's page on Ebay:

73,
Gwen, NG3P

On Sat, Feb 2, 2019 at 5:57 PM d balfour <davesters@...> wrote:
My wife ke0qfr wanted a project to practice soldering on. I suggested that she try the Pixie.

Seemed like most Chinese distributed kits contained a 7.023 mc crystal. Out of band for a General. We both scoured the web and found one on Ebay that includes a socket and a selection of crystals. https://www.ebay.com/itm/40M-CW-Pixie-Kit-transceiver-with-7-023-30-35-40-45-48-50-55MHz-FREE-SHIP/162514488637 The distributor is US based, should have delivery in a few days. I found an altoids tin a  case.

She has been working on ditties for some time and although she is not ready for much of a qso, is getting there.
73
Dave
k0mbt





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Re: First soldering project

Gwen Patton
 

I'll try that. I have a Hi-Per-Mite lot in my box of small kits waiting to be built.

Gwen, NG3P

Re: First soldering project

Carl Gansen
 

I'd recommend adding a 4 States Hi-Per-Mite kit audio filter to make it more enjoyable to use.
72
Carl WB0CFF

Re: First soldering project

Brian Crittendon
 

100mw to 350 mw Mark/WQ8S

On Saturday, February 2, 2019, 8:10:02 PM EST, W0DCX <gatc54@...> wrote:


I am new to 4SQRP group and have been learning a lot from following some of these email threads, so thanks all.

This Pixie kit looks like a ton of fun for the money.  Can someone tell me the power output?

73,
Dave
W0DCX

> On Feb 2, 2019, at 4:57 PM, d balfour <davesters@...> wrote:
>
> My wife ke0qfr wanted a project to practice soldering on. I suggested that she try the Pixie.
>
> Seemed like most Chinese distributed kits contained a 7.023 mc crystal. Out of band for a General. We both scoured the web and found one on Ebay that includes a socket and a selection of crystals. https://www.ebay.com/itm/40M-CW-Pixie-Kit-transceiver-with-7-023-30-35-40-45-48-50-55MHz-FREE-SHIP/162514488637 The distributor is US based, should have delivery in a few days. I found an altoids tin a  case.
>
> She has been working on ditties for some time and although she is not ready for much of a qso, is getting there.
> 73
> Dave
> k0mbt
>
>
>



Re: First soldering project

Dave W0DCX
 

I am new to 4SQRP group and have been learning a lot from following some of these email threads, so thanks all.

This Pixie kit looks like a ton of fun for the money. Can someone tell me the power output?

73,
Dave
W0DCX

On Feb 2, 2019, at 4:57 PM, d balfour <davesters@...> wrote:

My wife ke0qfr wanted a project to practice soldering on. I suggested that she try the Pixie.

Seemed like most Chinese distributed kits contained a 7.023 mc crystal. Out of band for a General. We both scoured the web and found one on Ebay that includes a socket and a selection of crystals. https://www.ebay.com/itm/40M-CW-Pixie-Kit-transceiver-with-7-023-30-35-40-45-48-50-55MHz-FREE-SHIP/162514488637 The distributor is US based, should have delivery in a few days. I found an altoids tin a case.

She has been working on ditties for some time and although she is not ready for much of a qso, is getting there.
73
Dave
k0mbt


Re: First soldering project

Rob <roomberg@...>
 

I had a lot of fun and learned a lot from building this receiver:
http://www.learnmorsecode.com/DC/index.html
Total components cost was about $6.
I spent more on batteries than I did on the parts.

and I used a 7.16 mHz ceramic resonator which tunes all over 40 meter CW without being rock bound.

Perhaps you may want to scratch build something instead of rely on kits.


On 02/02/2019 05:57 PM, d balfour wrote:
My wife ke0qfr wanted a project to practice soldering on. I suggested that she try the Pixie. 

Seemed like most Chinese distributed kits contained a 7.023 mc crystal. Out of band for a General. We both scoured the web and found one on Ebay that includes a socket and a selection of crystals. https://www.ebay.com/itm/40M-CW-Pixie-Kit-transceiver-with-7-023-30-35-40-45-48-50-55MHz-FREE-SHIP/162514488637 The distributor is US based, should have delivery in a few days. I found an altoids tin a  case. 

She has been working on ditties for some time and although she is not ready for much of a qso, is getting there. 
73
Dave
k0mbt





Re: First soldering project

Gwen Patton
 

I got a multi-crystal switch board and a bunch of crystals from "possumlodge" on Ebay. He's very responsive to questions, and his prices are good. I got 40m crystals for my Pixies, 80m for my Cricket 80a and my old Tixie, and some 30m crystals for my Cricket 30. The Pixie Switch board can work with any of them, so I may get some more of those switch kits.

Here's possumlodge's page on Ebay:

73,
Gwen, NG3P


On Sat, Feb 2, 2019 at 5:57 PM d balfour <davesters@...> wrote:
My wife ke0qfr wanted a project to practice soldering on. I suggested that she try the Pixie.

Seemed like most Chinese distributed kits contained a 7.023 mc crystal. Out of band for a General. We both scoured the web and found one on Ebay that includes a socket and a selection of crystals. https://www.ebay.com/itm/40M-CW-Pixie-Kit-transceiver-with-7-023-30-35-40-45-48-50-55MHz-FREE-SHIP/162514488637 The distributor is US based, should have delivery in a few days. I found an altoids tin a  case.

She has been working on ditties for some time and although she is not ready for much of a qso, is getting there.
73
Dave
k0mbt





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First soldering project

d balfour <davesters@...>
 

My wife ke0qfr wanted a project to practice soldering on. I suggested that she try the Pixie.

Seemed like most Chinese distributed kits contained a 7.023 mc crystal. Out of band for a General. We both scoured the web and found one on Ebay that includes a socket and a selection of crystals. https://www.ebay.com/itm/40M-CW-Pixie-Kit-transceiver-with-7-023-30-35-40-45-48-50-55MHz-FREE-SHIP/162514488637 The distributor is US based, should have delivery in a few days. I found an altoids tin a case.

She has been working on ditties for some time and although she is not ready for much of a qso, is getting there.
73
Dave
k0mbt

Re: Kansas and New Jersey on the 40m Net?

John - KK4ITX
 

Bill,

I will attempt the 5pm CST and the 8pm CST which is my 6p & 9p.  I play cards from 7 to 9 at the Clubhouse on Wednesdays so I can't be part of the whole test.  There may be others in the same situation so perhaps that would be one of the questions to ask ?

Anyway, thanks for the efforts, I appreciate it.

John
KK4ITX


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Re: Kansas and New Jersey on the 40m Net?

Ruth A Mumaw
 

To all,

I will try to be there for the times before 0100 UTC/Z I have to be at my appointment at 0100. Russ K3NLT

On February 2, 2019 at 11:32 AM dekle <dekle@...> wrote:

There were some really good responses (both on this reflector and on the Digital net) that addressed the problem with the Wednesday night 40m Net. Thank you everybody for your suggestions. I took a look at VOACAP and can clearly see that there is a very small window for reliable 40m communications for both close-in and distant stations at the same time. Take a look at the attached word document and you’ll see that the overlap for ≥ 80% reliability between my QTH and Kansas, and my QTH and New Jersey is between 2100z to 2345z. (The green line is 40m.) All stations were set to dipole antennas at 33 ft. and 5w power.

This poses a big problem.

Until conditions improve for us, there will be a conflict between operator availability and propagation.

2100z is 3 p.m. CST and 4 p.m. EST.

2345z is 5:45 p.m. CST and 6:45 p.m. EST.

 

Let’s try this as a one-time experiment:

I’ll call the 40m CW net 4 times this Wednesday and the results will help determine if a seasonal time change for the regularly scheduled net is warranted.

5 p.m. CST      (2300z)

6 p.m. CST      (0000z)

7 p.m. CST      (0100z)

8 p.m. CST      (0200z)

A QSO will be interpreted as a “vote” for that time. Please check into as many of these nets as you can.

 

I’ll be on or near 7122 kHz at 5w.

Remember - vote early and vote often.

 

73

Bill

KV6Z


Re: Kansas and New Jersey on the 40m Net?

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Great Idea Bill
I will do something similar for 80 meters in Two weeks.
I’m on Civic duty next week for my water authority.
73
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Sat, Feb 2, 2019 at 10:32 AM dekle <dekle@...> wrote:

There were some really good responses (both on this reflector and on the Digital net) that addressed the problem with the Wednesday night 40m Net. Thank you everybody for your suggestions. I took a look at VOACAP and can clearly see that there is a very small window for reliable 40m communications for both close-in and distant stations at the same time. Take a look at the attached word document and you’ll see that the overlap for ≥ 80% reliability between my QTH and Kansas, and my QTH and New Jersey is between 2100z to 2345z. (The green line is 40m.) All stations were set to dipole antennas at 33 ft. and 5w power.

This poses a big problem.

Until conditions improve for us, there will be a conflict between operator availability and propagation.

2100z is 3 p.m. CST and 4 p.m. EST.

2345z is 5:45 p.m. CST and 6:45 p.m. EST.

 

Let’s try this as a one-time experiment:

I’ll call the 40m CW net 4 times this Wednesday and the results will help determine if a seasonal time change for the regularly scheduled net is warranted.

5 p.m. CST      (2300z)

6 p.m. CST      (0000z)

7 p.m. CST      (0100z)

8 p.m. CST      (0200z)

A QSO will be interpreted as a “vote” for that time. Please check into as many of these nets as you can.

 

I’ll be on or near 7122 kHz at 5w.

Remember - vote early and vote often.

 

73

Bill

KV6Z

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