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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 03/06/2019 #cal-notice

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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 6 March 2019
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.


Important reminder

John Lonigro
 

I usually let the automatic reminder tell you about the Second Sunday Sprint coming up this Sunday (March 10th).  However, this Sunday is special.  It's the first day of Daylight Saving Time. Since the sprint schedule is relative to local time, not UCT, the time for the net is 7:00pm - 9:00pm Sunday night Central Daylight Time (8:00-10:00 EDT, 5:00-7:00 PDT, etc).  However, if you like to use UTC instead, the sprint times are now 0000Z-0200Z Monday.  They will continue like this until we go back to standard time in November.  The bottom line is, unless you use UTC, the net will be at the same local time it was last month.  The only difference is it will be lighter outside when the net begins, which may affect propagation.

Also, if your smoke detector still has a replaceable battery, it might be a good time to check or replace it.  And check the batteries in your weather radio.

72,

John AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


Re: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 03/06/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Group
I have civic duties tonight.
Please listen for Paul Smith N0NBD as the 80 meter NCS.
Thanks 
73
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 3:00 PM main@4SQRP.groups.io Calendar <main@4sqrp.groups.io> wrote:

Reminder:
Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 6 March 2019
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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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 03/06/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

main@4SQRP.groups.io Calendar <main@...>
 

Reminder:
Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 6 March 2019
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.

View Event


Re: Success! My Hilltopper 20

W6BOW
 

K9NVN,

Don't give up the ship OM.

This dead band era has been a revelation to me. Off air for years my last QRP activity yielded contacts like Norway on 30M running 1W. Japan mobile at rest on 40M running 3W.

It's good to be back in the game regardless. And condx can only improve. 

Don


On Mar 6, 2019, at 8:23 AM, KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...> wrote:

Don, 

I am jellin....I get home from work just as 20m is closing...so it seems.  Last night I couldn't even hear ARRL bulletins on 14047.5

I will keep trying.  I HAVE heard some stations on my HT20...but so far no joy on a QSO. 

I remain hopeful ... and the weekend is coming up

de KB9BVN


On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 9:14 PM W6BOW via Groups.Io <DBuckter=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Gang,

Many thanks to Jim-WA7DUY, Dave-NM0S, and Dave-K1SWL for helping solve my Hilltopper 20 issues.
(Mia Culpa Lesson: Make sure IC pins are unbent and mate solidly with receptacle.  
"For lack of a nail a horseshoe was lost … etc.")

QSOs of note since getting back on air after years QRT. ...

3/3/19    WA1WCC (Ron)   RST: 549 (solid copy)
RCA Marine Station on Cape Cod   

3/5/19    W5T (Jay)            RST: 579 (solid copy)
Battleship TEXAS, Cleburne, Texas
 
73
W6BOW
Don Buckter
San Francisco



--
73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey


Re: Success! My Hilltopper 20

Charles W. Powell
 

We might be a bit close, but I will have my radio on around that time until I go back to work at the end of next week.  That’s getting toward gray line time and sometime I get short skip on 20/30 meters.

72,

Chas - NK8O

On Mar 6, 2019, at 1:30 PM, KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...> wrote:

Chas I am normally home from work and on the air by 22:15Z (5:15PM EST)  or after Sunday March 10th 21:15Z (5:15PM EDT)  on 14060 calling and listening. 

I can also be on the air there at 10:15Z to 10:45Z (5:15AM EST) 

In the morning I have to QRT by 5:45AM EST to head off to the J-O-B

de KB9BVN

QTH: Central Indiana




On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 2:23 PM Charles W. Powell via Groups.Io <doctorcwp=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
You guys should post when you are going to be on air.  I’d be happy to listen on 20.  When I do hear stations, it’s often the intrepid QRP ops, because everyone else has abandoned 20 meters.

72,

Chas - NK8O

On Mar 6, 2019, at 11:23 AM, WA4EFS <himself@...> wrote:

Take comfort in having been spotted by K7 and VE6 (http://www.reversebeacon.net/index.php).
 
73, -Lloyd 
 
From: main@4SQRP.groups.io [mailto:main@4SQRP.groups.io] On Behalf Of KB9BVN -
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 11:23 AM
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Success! My Hilltopper 20
 
Don, 
 
I am jellin....I get home from work just as 20m is closing...so it seems.  Last night I couldn't even hear ARRL bulletins on 14047.5
 
I will keep trying.  I HAVE heard some stations on my HT20...but so far no joy on a QSO. 
 
I remain hopeful ... and the weekend is coming up
 
de KB9BVN
 
 
On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 9:14 PM W6BOW via Groups.Io <DBuckter=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Gang,
 
Many thanks to Jim-WA7DUY, Dave-NM0S, and Dave-K1SWL for helping solve my Hilltopper 20 issues.
(Mia Culpa Lesson: Make sure IC pins are unbent and mate solidly with receptacle.  
"For lack of a nail a horseshoe was lost … etc.")
 
QSOs of note since getting back on air after years QRT. ...
 
3/3/19    WA1WCC (Ron)   RST: 549 (solid copy)
RCA Marine Station on Cape Cod   
 
3/5/19    W5T (Jay)            RST: 579 (solid copy)
Battleship TEXAS, Cleburne, Texas
 
73
W6BOW
Don Buckter
San Francisco

 
-- 
73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey






-- 
73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey


Re: Success! My Hilltopper 20

KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...>
 

Chas I am normally home from work and on the air by 22:15Z (5:15PM EST)  or after Sunday March 10th 21:15Z (5:15PM EDT)  on 14060 calling and listening. 

I can also be on the air there at 10:15Z to 10:45Z (5:15AM EST) 

In the morning I have to QRT by 5:45AM EST to head off to the J-O-B

de KB9BVN

QTH: Central Indiana




On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 2:23 PM Charles W. Powell via Groups.Io <doctorcwp=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
You guys should post when you are going to be on air.  I’d be happy to listen on 20.  When I do hear stations, it’s often the intrepid QRP ops, because everyone else has abandoned 20 meters.

72,

Chas - NK8O

On Mar 6, 2019, at 11:23 AM, WA4EFS <himself@...> wrote:

Take comfort in having been spotted by K7 and VE6 (http://www.reversebeacon.net/index.php).
 
73, -Lloyd 
 
From: main@4SQRP.groups.io [mailto:main@4SQRP.groups.io] On Behalf Of KB9BVN -
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 11:23 AM
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Success! My Hilltopper 20
 
Don, 
 
I am jellin....I get home from work just as 20m is closing...so it seems.  Last night I couldn't even hear ARRL bulletins on 14047.5
 
I will keep trying.  I HAVE heard some stations on my HT20...but so far no joy on a QSO. 
 
I remain hopeful ... and the weekend is coming up
 
de KB9BVN
 
 
On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 9:14 PM W6BOW via Groups.Io <DBuckter=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Gang,
 
Many thanks to Jim-WA7DUY, Dave-NM0S, and Dave-K1SWL for helping solve my Hilltopper 20 issues.
(Mia Culpa Lesson: Make sure IC pins are unbent and mate solidly with receptacle.  
"For lack of a nail a horseshoe was lost … etc.")
 
QSOs of note since getting back on air after years QRT. ...
 
3/3/19    WA1WCC (Ron)   RST: 549 (solid copy)
RCA Marine Station on Cape Cod   
 
3/5/19    W5T (Jay)            RST: 579 (solid copy)
Battleship TEXAS, Cleburne, Texas
 
73
W6BOW
Don Buckter
San Francisco

 
-- 
73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey




--
73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey


Re: Success! My Hilltopper 20

Charles W. Powell
 

You guys should post when you are going to be on air.  I’d be happy to listen on 20.  When I do hear stations, it’s often the intrepid QRP ops, because everyone else has abandoned 20 meters.

72,

Chas - NK8O

On Mar 6, 2019, at 11:23 AM, WA4EFS <himself@...> wrote:

Take comfort in having been spotted by K7 and VE6 (http://www.reversebeacon.net/index.php).
 
73, -Lloyd 
 
From: main@4SQRP.groups.io [mailto:main@4SQRP.groups.io] On Behalf Of KB9BVN -
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 11:23 AM
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Success! My Hilltopper 20
 
Don, 
 
I am jellin....I get home from work just as 20m is closing...so it seems.  Last night I couldn't even hear ARRL bulletins on 14047.5
 
I will keep trying.  I HAVE heard some stations on my HT20...but so far no joy on a QSO. 
 
I remain hopeful ... and the weekend is coming up
 
de KB9BVN
 
 
On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 9:14 PM W6BOW via Groups.Io <DBuckter=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Gang,
 
Many thanks to Jim-WA7DUY, Dave-NM0S, and Dave-K1SWL for helping solve my Hilltopper 20 issues.
(Mia Culpa Lesson: Make sure IC pins are unbent and mate solidly with receptacle.  
"For lack of a nail a horseshoe was lost … etc.")
 
QSOs of note since getting back on air after years QRT. ...
 
3/3/19    WA1WCC (Ron)   RST: 549 (solid copy)
RCA Marine Station on Cape Cod   
 
3/5/19    W5T (Jay)            RST: 579 (solid copy)
Battleship TEXAS, Cleburne, Texas
 
73
W6BOW
Don Buckter
San Francisco

 
-- 
73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey



Re: Success! My Hilltopper 20

WA4EFS
 

Take comfort in having been spotted by K7 and VE6 (http://www.reversebeacon.net/index.php).

 

73, -Lloyd

 

From: main@4SQRP.groups.io [mailto:main@4SQRP.groups.io] On Behalf Of KB9BVN -
Sent: Wednesday, March 06, 2019 11:23 AM
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Success! My Hilltopper 20

 

Don, 

 

I am jellin....I get home from work just as 20m is closing...so it seems.  Last night I couldn't even hear ARRL bulletins on 14047.5

 

I will keep trying.  I HAVE heard some stations on my HT20...but so far no joy on a QSO. 

 

I remain hopeful ... and the weekend is coming up

 

de KB9BVN

 

 

On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 9:14 PM W6BOW via Groups.Io <DBuckter=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

Gang,

 

Many thanks to Jim-WA7DUY, Dave-NM0S, and Dave-K1SWL for helping solve my Hilltopper 20 issues.

(Mia Culpa Lesson: Make sure IC pins are unbent and mate solidly with receptacle.  

"For lack of a nail a horseshoe was lost … etc.")

 

QSOs of note since getting back on air after years QRT. ...

 

3/3/19    WA1WCC (Ron)   RST: 549 (solid copy)

RCA Marine Station on Cape Cod   

 

3/5/19    W5T (Jay)            RST: 579 (solid copy)

Battleship TEXAS, Cleburne, Texas

 

73

W6BOW

Don Buckter

San Francisco


 

--

73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey


Re: Success! My Hilltopper 20

KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...>
 

Don, 

I am jellin....I get home from work just as 20m is closing...so it seems.  Last night I couldn't even hear ARRL bulletins on 14047.5

I will keep trying.  I HAVE heard some stations on my HT20...but so far no joy on a QSO. 

I remain hopeful ... and the weekend is coming up

de KB9BVN


On Tue, Mar 5, 2019 at 9:14 PM W6BOW via Groups.Io <DBuckter=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Gang,

Many thanks to Jim-WA7DUY, Dave-NM0S, and Dave-K1SWL for helping solve my Hilltopper 20 issues.
(Mia Culpa Lesson: Make sure IC pins are unbent and mate solidly with receptacle.  
"For lack of a nail a horseshoe was lost … etc.")

QSOs of note since getting back on air after years QRT. ...

3/3/19    WA1WCC (Ron)   RST: 549 (solid copy)
RCA Marine Station on Cape Cod   

3/5/19    W5T (Jay)            RST: 579 (solid copy)
Battleship TEXAS, Cleburne, Texas
 
73
W6BOW
Don Buckter
San Francisco



--
73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey


Re: Hilltopper 20 Weirdness

KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...>
 

Dave I think I read in the docs or somewhere online the audio filter is designed for 800 Hz.

Any tips to heat up the receive a little bit?

de KB9BVN

On 3/6/2019 5:12 AM, Dave Benson wrote:
Brian-

It's sounds like it's close enough.  The only other thing I can think of is that the trim cap needs to be adjusted further.

The audio active filter peaks at 750 Hz- or maybe it's at 800 Hz.  I've used that filter for at least 20 years and no longer remember which of those frequencies it was designed for.

73- Dave

On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM KB9BVN - <@KB9BVN <mailto:@KB9BVN>> wrote:

Dave

Many thanks for the input.  When my HT20 is tuned to 14060, I hear
it on
14060 on every other radio I own.  When I key up the K2 on 14060....I
get 14059.9 on the HT20...When I key up the K1 on 14060...I get
14059.9
on the HT20.

YAY...close enough for my old ears.  Filter is 400 Hz correct?

Ya know....a man with two watches, never knows what time it is. On my
old SW 40+ I was never sure of the exact frequency but always knew
I was
in the right band.  Work 'em if ya hear 'em!

I have to hand it to Joe Trombino too, he's a fine builder, with mad
soldering skills.  Thanks for the radio Joe...now if 20m would
come back
to life I'll have a QSO.

de KB9BVN

Listening on 14060....for anything...



On 3/4/2019 10:08 AM, Dave Benson wrote:
> Brian-
>
> OK- that's good.
>
> When you power up with the jumper already installed, you'll get 5
> seconds of full power out. You can see the frequency displayed on a
> counter or hear the pitch on another rig.  Once the 5 seconds has
> elapsed and the signal disappears, you'll need to cycle power to
> restart the CAL for further adjustment.  Note that when you restart
> the CAL procedure, the startup frequency should have changed
from the
> original. That's a sign that the adjustment is being stored.
>
> Perhaps a good way to confirm that is to note the startup frequency
> each time you run the CAL procedure.  It should get closer to
14060.00
> each time you run it.
>
> // It usually takes me three 5-second cycles. At the time I
wrote the
> code, I was concerned about PA heating if I'd set the timeout at 15
> seconds.  As a result, the CAL procedure is clunkier than it really
> needs to be.
>
> 73- Dave
>
> On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:56 AM KB9BVN - <@KB9BVN
<mailto:@KB9BVN>
> <mailto:@KB9BVN <mailto:@KB9BVN>>> wrote:
>
>     Thanks Dave, I was installing the jumper....and then
powering up.
>
>     Will try it again tonight, and will make a note of each step.
>
>     de KB9BVN
>
>
>     On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:52 AM Dave Benson
<davek1swl@... <mailto:davek1swl@...>
>     <mailto:davek1swl@... <mailto:davek1swl@...>>>
wrote:
>
>         Brian-
>
>         If I read that right, are you adding the CAL jumper *after*
>         power is applied? That doesn't work- the firmware looks for
>         the jumper only at power-up.
>
>         It should work properly if you install the CAL jumper and
>         *then* power up.
>
>         73- Dave, K1SWL
>
>
>
>         On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:29 AM KB9BVN -
<@KB9BVN <mailto:@KB9BVN>
>         <mailto:@KB9BVN <mailto:@KB9BVN>>> wrote:
>
>             I have a Hilltopper 20, and it's being odd.
>
>             It powers up and gives me the 60r0 just fine. I transmit
>             and it it's transmitting on 14062.
>
>             So I followed the alignment procedure in the docs, moved
>             the jumper to CAL and tried adjusting per the
>             instructions...but it seems like the EPROM isn't storing
>             the new offset.
>
>             I just got the radio on Friday, and it was built by
a very
>             experienced builder, and he was making QSOs with it
before
>             he sent it to me.  So maybe something happened in
>             shipping...I don't know or care. I am happy with the
radio
>             and I am keeping it...just want to get it figured out.
>
>             20m was dead to me all weekend, so tonight I hope to
have
>             time to set up my sig gen and see if it is hearing where
>             it transmits.  I almost wonder if maybe the RIT is stuck
>             on...but not even sure about that.   I have a K1 and
K2 to
>             use for verifying things as well.
>
>             Any ideas where to start?
>
>
>             --
>             73 de KB9BVN
>             Brian Murrey
>
>
>
>     --
>     73 de KB9BVN
>     Brian Murrey
>
>




Re: Hilltopper 20 Weirdness

Dave Benson
 

Brian-

It's sounds like it's close enough.  The only other thing I can think of is that the trim cap needs to be adjusted further. 

The audio active filter peaks at 750 Hz- or maybe it's at 800 Hz.  I've used that filter for at least 20 years and no longer remember which of those frequencies it was designed for. 

73- Dave


On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...> wrote:
Dave

Many thanks for the input.  When my HT20 is tuned to 14060, I hear it on
14060 on every other radio I own.  When I key up the K2 on 14060....I
get 14059.9 on the HT20...When I key up the K1 on 14060...I get 14059.9
on the HT20.

YAY...close enough for my old ears.  Filter is 400 Hz correct?

Ya know....a man with two watches, never knows what time it is. On my
old SW 40+ I was never sure of the exact frequency but always knew I was
in the right band.  Work 'em if ya hear 'em!

I have to hand it to Joe Trombino too, he's a fine builder, with mad
soldering skills.  Thanks for the radio Joe...now if 20m would come back
to life I'll have a QSO.

de KB9BVN

Listening on 14060....for anything...



On 3/4/2019 10:08 AM, Dave Benson wrote:
> Brian-
>
> OK- that's good.
>
> When you power up with the jumper already installed, you'll get 5
> seconds of full power out. You can see the frequency displayed on a
> counter or hear the pitch on another rig.  Once the 5 seconds has
> elapsed and the signal disappears, you'll need to cycle power to
> restart the CAL for further adjustment.  Note that when you restart
> the CAL procedure, the startup frequency should have changed from the
> original. That's a sign that the adjustment is being stored.
>
> Perhaps a good way to confirm that is to note the startup frequency
> each time you run the CAL procedure.  It should get closer to 14060.00
> each time you run it.
>
> // It usually takes me three 5-second cycles. At the time I wrote the
> code, I was concerned about PA heating if I'd set the timeout at 15
> seconds.  As a result, the CAL procedure is clunkier than it really
> needs to be.
>
> 73- Dave
>
> On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:56 AM KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...
> <mailto:kb9bvn@...>> wrote:
>
>     Thanks Dave, I was installing the jumper....and then powering up.
>
>     Will try it again tonight, and will make a note of each step.
>
>     de KB9BVN
>
>
>     On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:52 AM Dave Benson <davek1swl@...
>     <mailto:davek1swl@...>> wrote:
>
>         Brian-
>
>         If I read that right, are you adding the CAL jumper *after*
>         power is applied? That doesn't work- the firmware looks for
>         the jumper only at power-up.
>
>         It should work properly if you install the CAL jumper and
>         *then* power up.
>
>         73- Dave, K1SWL
>
>
>
>         On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:29 AM KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...
>         <mailto:kb9bvn@...>> wrote:
>
>             I have a Hilltopper 20, and it's being odd.
>
>             It powers up and gives me the 60r0 just fine. I transmit
>             and it it's transmitting on 14062.
>
>             So I followed the alignment procedure in the docs, moved
>             the jumper to CAL and tried adjusting per the
>             instructions...but it seems like the EPROM isn't storing
>             the new offset.
>
>             I just got the radio on Friday, and it was built by a very
>             experienced builder, and he was making QSOs with it before
>             he sent it to me.  So maybe something happened in
>             shipping...I don't know or care. I am happy with the radio
>             and I am keeping it...just want to get it figured out.
>
>             20m was dead to me all weekend, so tonight I hope to have
>             time to set up my sig gen and see if it is hearing where
>             it transmits.  I almost wonder if maybe the RIT is stuck
>             on...but not even sure about that.   I have a K1 and K2 to
>             use for verifying things as well.
>
>             Any ideas where to start?
>
>
>             --
>             73 de KB9BVN
>             Brian Murrey
>
>
>
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Re: Hilltopper40 kit builder wanted

N8DAH <Dherron@...>
 

Pat's HT20 is done! Should be in the mail in the afternoon, gets a smoken 6.8-7W out.

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Success! My Hilltopper 20

W6BOW
 

Gang,

Many thanks to Jim-WA7DUY, Dave-NM0S, and Dave-K1SWL for helping solve my Hilltopper 20 issues.
(Mia Culpa Lesson: Make sure IC pins are unbent and mate solidly with receptacle.  
"For lack of a nail a horseshoe was lost … etc.")

QSOs of note since getting back on air after years QRT. ...

3/3/19    WA1WCC (Ron)   RST: 549 (solid copy)
RCA Marine Station on Cape Cod   
https://www.wccara.com/

3/5/19    W5T (Jay)            RST: 579 (solid copy)
Battleship TEXAS, Cleburne, Texas
https://www.qrz.com/db/W5T
 
73
W6BOW
Don Buckter
San Francisco


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 03/06/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

main@4SQRP.groups.io Calendar <main@...>
 

Reminder:
Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 6 March 2019
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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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 03/06/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder:
Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 6 March 2019
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: Hilltopper 20 Weirdness

KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...>
 

Dave

Many thanks for the input.  When my HT20 is tuned to 14060, I hear it on 14060 on every other radio I own.  When I key up the K2 on 14060....I get 14059.9 on the HT20...When I key up the K1 on 14060...I get 14059.9 on the HT20.

YAY...close enough for my old ears.  Filter is 400 Hz correct?

Ya know....a man with two watches, never knows what time it is. On my old SW 40+ I was never sure of the exact frequency but always knew I was in the right band.  Work 'em if ya hear 'em!

I have to hand it to Joe Trombino too, he's a fine builder, with mad soldering skills.  Thanks for the radio Joe...now if 20m would come back to life I'll have a QSO.

de KB9BVN

Listening on 14060....for anything...

On 3/4/2019 10:08 AM, Dave Benson wrote:
Brian-

OK- that's good.

When you power up with the jumper already installed, you'll get 5 seconds of full power out. You can see the frequency displayed on a counter or hear the pitch on another rig.  Once the 5 seconds has elapsed and the signal disappears, you'll need to cycle power to restart the CAL for further adjustment.  Note that when you restart the CAL procedure, the startup frequency should have changed from the original. That's a sign that the adjustment is being stored.

Perhaps a good way to confirm that is to note the startup frequency each time you run the CAL procedure.  It should get closer to 14060.00 each time you run it.

// It usually takes me three 5-second cycles. At the time I wrote the code, I was concerned about PA heating if I'd set the timeout at 15 seconds.  As a result, the CAL procedure is clunkier than it really needs to be.

73- Dave

On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:56 AM KB9BVN - <@KB9BVN <mailto:@KB9BVN>> wrote:

Thanks Dave, I was installing the jumper....and then powering up.

Will try it again tonight, and will make a note of each step.

de KB9BVN


On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:52 AM Dave Benson <davek1swl@...
<mailto:davek1swl@...>> wrote:

Brian-

If I read that right, are you adding the CAL jumper *after*
power is applied? That doesn't work- the firmware looks for
the jumper only at power-up.

It should work properly if you install the CAL jumper and
*then* power up.

73- Dave, K1SWL



On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:29 AM KB9BVN - <@KB9BVN
<mailto:@KB9BVN>> wrote:

I have a Hilltopper 20, and it's being odd.

It powers up and gives me the 60r0 just fine. I transmit
and it it's transmitting on 14062.

So I followed the alignment procedure in the docs, moved
the jumper to CAL and tried adjusting per the
instructions...but it seems like the EPROM isn't storing
the new offset.

I just got the radio on Friday, and it was built by a very
experienced builder, and he was making QSOs with it before
he sent it to me.  So maybe something happened in
shipping...I don't know or care. I am happy with the radio
and I am keeping it...just want to get it figured out.

20m was dead to me all weekend, so tonight I hope to have
time to set up my sig gen and see if it is hearing where
it transmits.  I almost wonder if maybe the RIT is stuck
on...but not even sure about that.   I have a K1 and K2 to
use for verifying things as well.

Any ideas where to start?


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Brian Murrey



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Brian Murrey


Re: EZKeyer III

WA0ITP
 

Hi Dave,
indeed.  I have a bunch of unbuilt kits peeking at me late at night from their storage box  :o)
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 3/4/2019 3:58 AM, David Wilcox via Groups.Io wrote:

Terry,

That is what happens when “Old” hams stay up past 10 PM.  Or inhaling too much solder smoke.  Along with plugging in power supplies backwards and letting smoke out.  I frequently purchase something that I really need and later find another one in a drawer or in a cupboard.

Dave K8WPE 

David J. Wilcox K8WPE’s iPad

On Mar 3, 2019, at 10:03 PM, WA0ITP <wa0itp@...> wrote:

I have on my very cluttered bench an extra EZKeyer III.  I have no idea how I wound up with it.

It has a small diameter aluminum speed knob and is minus one rubber foot.  Sorta resembles the old joke abt the lost dog.  He was blind in one eye, half starving, had lost his right rear leg to a car, and answered to the name "Lucky".

It doesn't work, does anyone know anything about "Lucky"?  I suspect I volunteered to fix it, but need to fix my memory first.

TIA.

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72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com










Re: Hilltopper 20 Weirdness

KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...>
 

Dave, 

GREAT!  Thanks for this.  I was powering up with CAL jumper in place...but not powering down between attempts.  When I restart the CAL procedure, will I HEAR 60r0 still but see the freq has moved on my monitor rig?  I am using my K2 to listen for the tone. 

So how's this sound? 

1. Power off the HT20
2. Move CAL jumper to CAL
3. Power up HT 20 - hear 60r0
4. Determine where the tone is being heard on the K2 - make a note. 
5. Power off HT20
6. Power up HT 20 - hear 60r0 turn tuning knob down since I am hearing tone at 14062.00 
7. When tone quits, power off HT20
8. Power up HT 20 - Hear 60r0, but note the freq has moved down on the K2 if all is working correctly? 
9. Rinse and repeat until 60r0 is heard and seen on the K2 

Do I have that right? 

Brian KB9BVN




On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 10:05 AM Dave Benson <davek1swl@...> wrote:
Brian-

OK- that's good.

When you power up with the jumper already installed, you'll get 5 seconds of full power out. You can see the frequency displayed on a counter or hear the pitch on another rig.  Once the 5 seconds has elapsed and the signal disappears, you'll need to cycle power to restart the CAL for further adjustment.  Note that when you restart the CAL procedure, the startup frequency should have changed from the original. That's a sign that the adjustment is being stored.

Perhaps a good way to confirm that is to note the startup frequency each time you run the CAL procedure.  It should get closer to 14060.00 each time you run it.

// It usually takes me three 5-second cycles. At the time I wrote the code, I was concerned about PA heating if I'd set the timeout at 15 seconds.  As a result, the CAL procedure is clunkier than it really needs to be. 

73- Dave

On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:56 AM KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...> wrote:
Thanks Dave, I was installing the jumper....and then powering up. 

Will try it again tonight, and will make a note of each step. 

de KB9BVN


On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:52 AM Dave Benson <davek1swl@...> wrote:
Brian-

If I read that right, are you adding the CAL jumper *after* power is applied? That doesn't work- the firmware looks for the jumper only at power-up.   

It should work properly if you install the CAL jumper and *then* power up.

73- Dave, K1SWL



On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:29 AM KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...> wrote:
I have a Hilltopper 20, and it's being odd. 

It powers up and gives me the 60r0 just fine.  I transmit and it it's transmitting on 14062. 

So I followed the alignment procedure in the docs, moved the jumper to CAL and tried adjusting per the instructions...but it seems like the EPROM isn't storing the new offset.  

I just got the radio on Friday, and it was built by a very experienced builder, and he was making QSOs with it before he sent it to me.  So maybe something happened in shipping...I don't know or care. I am happy with the radio and I am keeping it...just want to get it figured out. 

20m was dead to me all weekend, so tonight I hope to have time to set up my sig gen and see if it is hearing where it transmits.  I almost wonder if maybe the RIT is stuck on...but not even sure about that.   I have a K1 and K2 to use for verifying things as well. 

Any ideas where to start? 


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73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey



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73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey



--
73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey


Re: Hilltopper 20 Weirdness

Dave Benson
 

Brian-

OK- that's good.

When you power up with the jumper already installed, you'll get 5 seconds of full power out. You can see the frequency displayed on a counter or hear the pitch on another rig.  Once the 5 seconds has elapsed and the signal disappears, you'll need to cycle power to restart the CAL for further adjustment.  Note that when you restart the CAL procedure, the startup frequency should have changed from the original. That's a sign that the adjustment is being stored.

Perhaps a good way to confirm that is to note the startup frequency each time you run the CAL procedure.  It should get closer to 14060.00 each time you run it.

// It usually takes me three 5-second cycles. At the time I wrote the code, I was concerned about PA heating if I'd set the timeout at 15 seconds.  As a result, the CAL procedure is clunkier than it really needs to be. 

73- Dave


On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:56 AM KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...> wrote:
Thanks Dave, I was installing the jumper....and then powering up. 

Will try it again tonight, and will make a note of each step. 

de KB9BVN


On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:52 AM Dave Benson <davek1swl@...> wrote:
Brian-

If I read that right, are you adding the CAL jumper *after* power is applied? That doesn't work- the firmware looks for the jumper only at power-up.   

It should work properly if you install the CAL jumper and *then* power up.

73- Dave, K1SWL



On Mon, Mar 4, 2019 at 8:29 AM KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...> wrote:
I have a Hilltopper 20, and it's being odd. 

It powers up and gives me the 60r0 just fine.  I transmit and it it's transmitting on 14062. 

So I followed the alignment procedure in the docs, moved the jumper to CAL and tried adjusting per the instructions...but it seems like the EPROM isn't storing the new offset.  

I just got the radio on Friday, and it was built by a very experienced builder, and he was making QSOs with it before he sent it to me.  So maybe something happened in shipping...I don't know or care. I am happy with the radio and I am keeping it...just want to get it figured out. 

20m was dead to me all weekend, so tonight I hope to have time to set up my sig gen and see if it is hearing where it transmits.  I almost wonder if maybe the RIT is stuck on...but not even sure about that.   I have a K1 and K2 to use for verifying things as well. 

Any ideas where to start? 


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73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey



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73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey