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Re: Hilltopper 40m

 

Just finished Bobby's Hilltopper40 and wanted to share some pics. Had fun building this and may just have to get one for myself!


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Re: Hilltopper 40m

Johnny Matlock
 

Nice work David!
Thanks for sharing.
73
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 8:08 PM N8DAH <Dherron@...> wrote:

Just finished Bobby's Hilltopper40 and wanted to share some pics. Had fun building this and may just have to get one for myself!


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80 meter net

Johnny Matlock
 

Ge Group
We’re in the middle of a ice storm 
In KS tonight.
My ice coated antenna is returning a terrible SWR.
Cu all next week.
72
Johnny AC0BQ 
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40m Net

dekle <dekle@...>
 

Interesting night. I called the net 4 times as an experiment and here are the results:

5 pm CST  -  3 QNIs
     KK4ITX     John     FL
     KA5JRX    Bob     GA     Not a member and running 80w
     W0MFQ    Tom     MO    Running 5w

6 pm CST   -   0 QNIs

7 pm CST   -   0 QNIs

8 pm CST   -   3 QNIs
     KO8S/4     Karl     FL
     AB4QL      Barry   AL
     KK4ITX     John     FL

I had to pull the plug in the middle of the 8 pm Net QSO with KK4ITX due to lightning in the area.
I suspect I may have gotten other QNIs on the 8 pm Net.

The QSO with W0MFQ is notable - he was the only QRP close-in station but there is not enough data to demonstrate that a time shift for the net is warranted.
Probably best to keep the net at 8 pm CST.

73
Bill
KV6Z

Re: 80 meter net

Paul Goemans
 

Too bad,
  Weather isn’t much better here. As a test, I called CQ 3 times with 5 watts shortly after the 80 meter net time. Here’s my reverse beacon network spots.
 
Skip80 
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 

From: Johnny Matlock
Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 8:19 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] 80 meter net
 
Ge Group
We’re in the middle of a ice storm
In KS tonight.
My ice coated antenna is returning a terrible SWR.
Cu all next week.
72
Johnny AC0BQ
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Re: 40m Net

Paul Goemans
 

Bill,
  I heard only KO8S/4 QNI at 0200z. Nobody else. Forgot to try earlier!
Weather isn’t much better here. Freezing rain.
  As a test, I called CQ 2 times each on 2 different antennas with 5 watts at 0100Z. Skip was already too long from WI. Here are my reverse beacon network spots. The spots at 7059 kHz were with my Carolina Windom 80, the spots at 7060 kHz were with my Butternut vertical. 
 
skip 
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 

From: dekle
Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 8:39 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] 40m Net
 
Interesting night. I called the net 4 times as an experiment and here are the results:

5 pm CST  -  3 QNIs
     KK4ITX     John     FL
     KA5JRX    Bob     GA     Not a member and running 80w
     W0MFQ    Tom     MO    Running 5w

6 pm CST   -   0 QNIs

7 pm CST   -   0 QNIs

8 pm CST   -   3 QNIs
     KO8S/4     Karl     FL
     AB4QL      Barry   AL
     KK4ITX     John     FL

I had to pull the plug in the middle of the 8 pm Net QSO with KK4ITX due to lightning in the area.
I suspect I may have gotten other QNIs on the 8 pm Net.

The QSO with W0MFQ is notable - he was the only QRP close-in station but there is not enough data to demonstrate that a time shift for the net is warranted.
Probably best to keep the net at 8 pm CST.

73
Bill
KV6Z

Re: 40m Net

Tom Brown
 

Bill,
I wasn't able to listen at 6:00 due to xyl dinner call. I listened for you from 7:10 to 7:15 without hearing you so shut down. I didn't try at 8:00 because my past attempts over the last several months were never successful that late in the evening. 

I specifically sent my power report because I copied your previous contact telling you he was not qrp so figured you might be interested to know I was qrp.

It was good to hear you and get the QNI. 
73,
Tom W0MFQ 


On Wed, Feb 6, 2019, 8:39 PM dekle <dekle@... wrote:
Interesting night. I called the net 4 times as an experiment and here are the results:

5 pm CST  -  3 QNIs
     KK4ITX     John     FL
     KA5JRX    Bob     GA     Not a member and running 80w
     W0MFQ    Tom     MO    Running 5w

6 pm CST   -   0 QNIs

7 pm CST   -   0 QNIs

8 pm CST   -   3 QNIs
     KO8S/4     Karl     FL
     AB4QL      Barry   AL
     KK4ITX     John     FL

I had to pull the plug in the middle of the 8 pm Net QSO with KK4ITX due to lightning in the area.
I suspect I may have gotten other QNIs on the 8 pm Net.

The QSO with W0MFQ is notable - he was the only QRP close-in station but there is not enough data to demonstrate that a time shift for the net is warranted.
Probably best to keep the net at 8 pm CST.

73
Bill
KV6Z

Re: 40m Net

Michael Smith
 

Bill (KV6Z), I made an effort to be part of your experiment.  I am in central MO.  Generally, I am teaching a class most Wednesday nights (7 - 8:15 + Central time) , but am available and was listening at 5 and 6 pm at 7.122+/-.  I heard a weak CQ 4S but could not pull your call out of the static at 5 pm.  I did hear KA5JRX's side of the QSO about 10 minutes in.  Regardless, in current conditions, an earlier start doesn't appear to help my participation. 

I was there again at 6 PM.  I was unable to identify anything I could tie to 4S.  Apparently, I was in fly over country or maybe there really wasn't anything to hear?

On occasion, I will try to catch the 80m net, if only to listen.  I am antenna challenged, but will put up my portable 80/60 vertical when the weather is nice.  It hasn't been nice much of late.  Sometimes the net is over  before I get home.  Still, I have an expectation that most of the time I can get on 80m when 40m is not possible (time-wise and skip).  

Participation for me involves two issues.  First, simply being available.  The second is geography,  I am too close.  I see a similar situation during the day chasing SOTA activators.  I will usually get most of them if they go through enough of the bands.  Unfortunately, there are fewer potential bands in the evening. 

I will participate when I can, but sometimes it just doesn't work.  I truly enjoy it when it all comes  together.   

72,

Mike, AD0YM


On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 8:39 PM dekle <dekle@...> wrote:
Interesting night. I called the net 4 times as an experiment and here are the results:

5 pm CST  -  3 QNIs
     KK4ITX     John     FL
     KA5JRX    Bob     GA     Not a member and running 80w
     W0MFQ    Tom     MO    Running 5w

6 pm CST   -   0 QNIs

7 pm CST   -   0 QNIs

8 pm CST   -   3 QNIs
     KO8S/4     Karl     FL
     AB4QL      Barry   AL
     KK4ITX     John     FL

I had to pull the plug in the middle of the 8 pm Net QSO with KK4ITX due to lightning in the area.
I suspect I may have gotten other QNIs on the 8 pm Net.

The QSO with W0MFQ is notable - he was the only QRP close-in station but there is not enough data to demonstrate that a time shift for the net is warranted.
Probably best to keep the net at 8 pm CST.

73
Bill
KV6Z

Re: First soldering project

d balfour <davesters@...>
 

Well she lit it up with a 9v battery, headphones and her 80 meter loop antenna and behold a string of morse when powered.

4SQRP DMR NET

Robert
 

ANOTHER GREAT NET, AND THANKS TO ALL OF TONIGHT'S CHECK INS

WG5F ED

ACOBQ JOHNNY

AB0AH LARRY

K0WDO WILL

NG3P GWEN

KB0UOA STEVE

NA1MH DAVID

KC0IJH JEFF

AA5TN GORDY

AD0UY CHARLES

N0TGR DICK

N0SO MIKE


73'S

BERT

N0YJ

Re: ADV: Re: [4SQRP] Hilltopper 40m

jrdock@ckt.net
 

David, notice that you tied the tops of X1,X2, X3 & X4 together.  Did that make a difference?

Jack ... WD0CFH


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On Feb 6, 2019, at 8:15 PM, Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:

Nice work David!
Thanks for sharing.
73
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 8:08 PM N8DAH <Dherron@...> wrote:

Just finished Bobby's Hilltopper40 and wanted to share some pics. Had fun building this and may just have to get one for myself!

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Re: 40m Net

John KK4ITX
 

Hey Bill !

I was wondering why you went QRT so quickly....... thought it was something I said or was trying to say !  I am running 5w with my FT-450D, 35.5 ft endfed Inv. V at only 18ft at the apex AGL.  You are 969 miles at 309 deg. from me.  My ant. is not pure inverted V but a lazy one. 

FWIW your signal was better at 8 CST than at 5 CST.  I copied KA5JRX well as you might expect 80w at 433 miles.

I guess that you need to know how many tried vs how many were successful to figure much out from the results.  As you know, I was busy during the 6 & 7 Nets, almost stayed home from cards but glad I didn't 'cause I won 50 cents !

Thanks for letting me try to learn CW on your nickel.

73,

John
KK4ITX 


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success when they gave up.
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From: dekle <dekle@...>
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 9:39 PM
Subject: [4SQRP] 40m Net

Interesting night. I called the net 4 times as an experiment and here are the results:

5 pm CST  -  3 QNIs
     KK4ITX     John     FL
     KA5JRX    Bob     GA     Not a member and running 80w
     W0MFQ    Tom     MO    Running 5w

6 pm CST   -   0 QNIs

7 pm CST   -   0 QNIs

8 pm CST   -   3 QNIs
     KO8S/4     Karl     FL
     AB4QL      Barry   AL
     KK4ITX     John     FL

I had to pull the plug in the middle of the 8 pm Net QSO with KK4ITX due to lightning in the area.
I suspect I may have gotten other QNIs on the 8 pm Net.

The QSO with W0MFQ is notable - he was the only QRP close-in station but there is not enough data to demonstrate that a time shift for the net is warranted.
Probably best to keep the net at 8 pm CST.

73
Bill
KV6Z


Re: ADV: Re: [4SQRP] Hilltopper 40m

 

I am not 100% if it did make a difference as I didn't make any measurements on it before/after. I have made more than a few filter stages where grounding them like that is pretty standard and good build procedure, granted in older oscillator variations where having them grounded is a good idea. Since this is based on the 5351 chip it may not play the same role.

I did it on this build as I took note of a well placed gnd via and said to myself "Can't hurt" so I did it. Since this was a build for another fellow I made sure to build this as if it were for myself.
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Re: 40m Net

Bob Macklin
 

Do you people use the RBN to see where your signal is going?
 
Bob Macklin
K5MYJ
Seattle, Wa.
"Real Radios Glow In The Dark"

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2019 8:03 PM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 40m Net

Hey Bill !

I was wondering why you went QRT so quickly....... thought it was something I said or was trying to say !  I am running 5w with my FT-450D, 35.5 ft endfed Inv. V at only 18ft at the apex AGL.  You are 969 miles at 309 deg. from me.  My ant. is not pure inverted V but a lazy one. 

FWIW your signal was better at 8 CST than at 5 CST.  I copied KA5JRX well as you might expect 80w at 433 miles.

I guess that you need to know how many tried vs how many were successful to figure much out from the results.  As you know, I was busy during the 6 & 7 Nets, almost stayed home from cards but glad I didn't 'cause I won 50 cents !

Thanks for letting me try to learn CW on your nickel.

73,

John
KK4ITX 


Click Here for Zephyrhills Area Amateur Radio Club
Many of life's failures are people who
did not realize how close they were to
success when they gave up.
       Thomas A. Edison     



From: dekle <dekle@...>
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Sent: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 9:39 PM
Subject: [4SQRP] 40m Net

Interesting night. I called the net 4 times as an experiment and here are the results:

5 pm CST  -  3 QNIs
     KK4ITX     John     FL
     KA5JRX    Bob     GA     Not a member and running 80w
     W0MFQ    Tom     MO    Running 5w

6 pm CST   -   0 QNIs

7 pm CST   -   0 QNIs

8 pm CST   -   3 QNIs
     KO8S/4     Karl     FL
     AB4QL      Barry   AL
     KK4ITX     John     FL

I had to pull the plug in the middle of the 8 pm Net QSO with KK4ITX due to lightning in the area.
I suspect I may have gotten other QNIs on the 8 pm Net.

The QSO with W0MFQ is notable - he was the only QRP close-in station but there is not enough data to demonstrate that a time shift for the net is warranted.
Probably best to keep the net at 8 pm CST.

73
Bill
KV6Z


Re: ADV: Re: [4SQRP] Hilltopper 40m

Dave Benson
 

David-

My experience has been that grounding the case of the last crystal (Y4) is sufficient.  Without the ground, the crystal case picks up Short-wave broadcast energy. That signal is then capacitively-coupled to the crystal plates, and presto- you've got music/religion with your CW!

I haven't found it necessary to ground Y4's case.

73- Dave, K1SWL


On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 12:31 AM N8DAH <Dherron@...> wrote:

I am not 100% if it did make a difference as I didn't make any measurements on it before/after. I have made more than a few filter stages where grounding them like that is pretty standard and good build procedure, granted in older oscillator variations where having them grounded is a good idea. Since this is based on the 5351 chip it may not play the same role.

I did it on this build as I took note of a well placed gnd via and said to myself "Can't hurt" so I did it. Since this was a build for another fellow I made sure to build this as if it were for myself.
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Re: ADV: Re: ADV: Re: [4SQRP] Hilltopper 40m

jrdock@ckt.net
 

Your right David “can’t hurt”.  Thanks.


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On Feb 7, 2019, at 7:40 AM, Dave Benson <davek1swl@...> wrote:

David-

My experience has been that grounding the case of the last crystal (Y4) is sufficient.  Without the ground, the crystal case picks up Short-wave broadcast energy. That signal is then capacitively-coupled to the crystal plates, and presto- you've got music/religion with your CW!

I haven't found it necessary to ground Y4's case.

73- Dave, K1SWL

On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 12:31 AM N8DAH <Dherron@...> wrote:

I am not 100% if it did make a difference as I didn't make any measurements on it before/after. I have made more than a few filter stages where grounding them like that is pretty standard and good build procedure, granted in older oscillator variations where having them grounded is a good idea. Since this is based on the 5351 chip it may not play the same role.

I did it on this build as I took note of a well placed gnd via and said to myself "Can't hurt" so I did it. Since this was a build for another fellow I made sure to build this as if it were for myself.
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Sneak preview .. part of Ozarkcon

Walter - K5EST
 

With some really dedicated help, here is the line-up for Saturday.

6:00 AM to 9:00 AM - Private complementary breakfast for Registered QRPers
9:15 AM to 10:00 AM -  Mike - KD5KXF  - WW1 Radio Communications
10AM  to 10:45 AM - Steve - NU0P    - Building a Real Paraset
10:45 AM to 11:00 AM - Stretch Break & Prize Drawings
11:00 AM to 11:45 AM - John - N0EVH - SOTA
11:45 AM to 1:30 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM - Barry W0IY - 3D printers & KiCad **
3:00 PM to 3:15 PM - Stretch Break & Prize Drawings
3:-15 PM to 4:00 PM - Will - K0WDO & John - K0JDL - DMR
4:00 PM to 4:30 PM - David - NM0S - New Kits & More
4:30 PM to 4:45 PM - Plaque Presentations & Homebrew/Wacky Key awards
4:45 PM Grand Prize Drawing

Friday night's banquet speaker:::::    Bob Heil - K9EID from HEIL SOUND

Friday also features the Build-A-Thon.....yes we have a new kit.....more info later.

Friday is also the first session of Ozarkcon University (Ocon U)....more info later.

** If you are wish to follow along with Barry W0IY then you may want to bring your laptop for the 3D Printer & KiCad presentation.

** ** ** 4SQRP has an Educational Division, and to launch our new outreach the first 150 registrations receive a free kit for your evaluation. The kit is called Kits 4 Kids which is an easy solderless kit designed for first time builders to build and have a working project. Yes, it is simple but new folks have to start somewhere, Right??? Designer is Bill - KV6Z.

The finishing touches are in the works on the OzarkCon website, so give us a little more time. Registration will open when the website is finalized.

Oh, did I mention, Ed - WG5F just may have a big amount of drawing prizes again this year.

It is gonna be FUN !!!

73,

Walter Dufrain - K5EST - Coordinator OzarkCon 2019
 An ARRL approved Specialty Operating Convention
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Re: First soldering project

d balfour <davesters@...>
 

I Designed and printed a plastic box for her radio. Still fits in the eye glass case for carrying around. Puts out a carrier. So now to make a small straight key. Hopefully one that will fit in the case along with the radio. Maybe one sided ear plug.

A most interesting design. Seems to pick up a lot of stations at once not much selectivity but better sensitivity than I would have thought.
http://veloliner.com/ham/pixiencase.JPG

Re: First soldering project

John T. Fitzer
 

WOW that’s impressive. I love really small radios so much that I have two ATS 3 rigs in altoids tins. In fact I have a lot of gear built in those tins. Ok ok it's a bad habit I know, but it's better than my last habit BOOZE Hi Hi 72 W3BNO

-----Original Message-----
From: main@4SQRP.groups.io [mailto:main@4SQRP.groups.io] On Behalf Of d balfour
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2019 12:35 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] First soldering project

I Designed and printed a plastic box for her radio. Still fits in the eye glass case for carrying around. Puts out a carrier. So now to make a small straight key. Hopefully one that will fit in the case along with the radio. Maybe one sided ear plug.

A most interesting design. Seems to pick up a lot of stations at once not much selectivity but better sensitivity than I would have thought.
http://veloliner.com/ham/pixiencase.JPG

Re: ADV: Re: [4SQRP] First soldering project

jrdock@ckt.net
 

Hey, pretty clever ...... now to get the wife to learn Morris code. 🙄


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War does not determine who is right, only who is left.

On Feb 8, 2019, at 1:09 PM, John T. Fitzer <John.fitzer@...> wrote:

WOW that’s impressive. I love really small radios so much that I have two ATS 3 rigs in altoids tins. In fact I have a lot of gear built in those tins. Ok ok it's a bad habit I know, but it's better than my last habit BOOZE Hi Hi 72 W3BNO

-----Original Message-----
From: main@4SQRP.groups.io [mailto:main@4SQRP.groups.io] On Behalf Of d balfour
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2019 12:35 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] First soldering project

I Designed and printed a plastic box for her radio. Still fits in the eye glass case for carrying around. Puts out a carrier. So now to make a small straight key. Hopefully one that will fit in the case along with the radio. Maybe one sided ear plug.

A most interesting design. Seems to pick up a lot of stations at once not much selectivity but better sensitivity than I would have thought.
http://veloliner.com/ham/pixiencase.JPG