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First soldering project

_Dave_K0MBT
 

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

_Dave_K0MBT
 

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

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

_Dave_K0MBT
 

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

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

Neil Goldstein
 

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

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.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
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
http://www.radiokitgiude.com


Re: First soldering project

_Dave_K0MBT
 

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

Re: First soldering project

Carl Gansen
 

Here is a couple examples of what to expect with Pixie.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZDeMXy4WGc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz7wefTTz6w

First Cricket contact!

Gary E. Kohtala
 


I made my first Cricket 80a contact on February 3, 2019 @ 0221z with Grady, AJ4YA in North Carolina. I am in Kentucky.
The distance between us is approximately 437 miles. Grady was running 5w with a K3S to a dipole antenna. Interestingly,
this was a random contact. No spotting or prearranged schedule. Grady answered my CQ. We were in the midst of the weekend contest insanity, this time RTTY. I am very pleased to have finally made a contact. I am also hoping to eventually do so with my Cricket 30, if I can rid the receiver of shortwave broadcasts. That transmitter is getting out. I just cannot hear anything except religious broadcasters, which are apparently one megahertz or so lower.  I did find that a tuner helped that somewhat but not enough to hear any ham signals. Wish me luck.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

Radcliff, KY (EM77at)


Re: First Cricket contact!

Dave Benson
 

Gary-

Congratulations on that first Cricket QSO! Hope you enjoy many more-   73, Dave

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 7:58 PM Gary Kohtala via Groups.Io <gary.k7ek=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I made my first Cricket 80a contact on February 3, 2019 @ 0221z with Grady, AJ4YA in North Carolina. I am in Kentucky.
The distance between us is approximately 437 miles. Grady was running 5w with a K3S to a dipole antenna. Interestingly,
this was a random contact. No spotting or prearranged schedule. Grady answered my CQ. We were in the midst of the weekend contest insanity, this time RTTY. I am very pleased to have finally made a contact. I am also hoping to eventually do so with my Cricket 30, if I can rid the receiver of shortwave broadcasts. That transmitter is getting out. I just cannot hear anything except religious broadcasters, which are apparently one megahertz or so lower.  I did find that a tuner helped that somewhat but not enough to hear any ham signals. Wish me luck.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

Radcliff, KY (EM77at)