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Re: Hello From Dayton and Netbook Audio

Paul Smith
 

Hello Terry, a pink computer is dandy. Some cao tape would be cool tho he he he have a good and safe one de Paul N0NBD

Sent from my iPad

On May 14, 2013, at 8:08 PM, wa0itp@... wrote:

 

Hello from the Holiday Inn in Fairborn. Just unloaded the car and am ready for the festivities. If you are attending FDIM pse stop by the Four State table. I brought a representative sample of ou8it kits including the new Cyclone transceiver (thanks to strong work by KB9JLO.

As a special treat I have 200 bags of microwave popcorn which are free for the taking. Jolly Time popcorn is located in Sioux City Iowa, and they made me a special price. So come pick up a bag, my treat.

I'm listening to a baseball game on my grand daughter's netbook and can hardly stand the audio quality. Just wondering has anyone else else experienced this? Were you able to improve ot? Powered speaker maybe?

btw N0NBD says it takes a strong man to use a pink computer, think I'll look for some camo tape :o)

72 Terry WAØITP


Re: Meeting Saturday

David Bixler <qrp@...>
 

GE Johnny:

Yep, it's pretty quiet around here as well. 40 meters sounds like a ghost town tonight.

Oh well, I guess all the guys in Dayton are stimulating the economy!

73, Dave W0CH

On 05/14/2013 09:12 PM, Johnny Matlock wrote:
Ge Dave
Heck you may be the only one left in Mo that is not in Dayton! It sure is
quiet over here in Ks! I kinda felt the draft start up a day or so ago !!
72
Johnny AC0BQ

On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, David Bixler wrote:


Re: RMR net - 2045z 14.0625

F Mitchell <mitchsfm@...>
 


Try 50-50 mix of automatic transmission fluid and acetone. Will loosen most anything, and cheap, xmission fluid anywhere, acetone in cosmetic section of store.

Mitch 
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Re: Meeting Saturday

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Dave 
Heck you may be the only one left in Mo that is not in Dayton! It sure is quiet over here in Ks! I kinda felt the draft start up a day or so ago !!
72
Johnny AC0BQ


On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, David Bixler wrote:
 

Hi folks:

For those of you who are not in Dayton, this is your reminder message
that the May 4SQRP luncheon get-together is this upcoming Saturday, the
18th. Lunch will be at 11:00 at the Country Cupboard restaurant in
beautiful downtown Seneca.

For those of you who are in Dayton, have fun and bring back lots of goodies.

Terry, we could use a few bags of that popcorn down this way!

73,

Dave W0CH

Seneca weather forecast: Party sunny and 87 degrees.
Dayton weather forecast: Isolated thunderstorms and 80 degrees.


Re: Hello From Dayton and Netbook Audio

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Terry and Walter!
You guys are having too much fun already!
First of all Terry the FP group would be proud of you!
As for the Pink, the cowboys down here wear pink shirts for Cancer awareness at some Rodeos!
72 
Enjoy FDIM and Dayton!
Johnny AC0BQ


On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, wrote:
 

Hello from the Holiday Inn in Fairborn. Just unloaded the car and am ready for the festivities. If you are attending FDIM pse stop by the Four State table. I brought a representative sample of ou8it kits including the new Cyclone transceiver (thanks to strong work by KB9JLO.

As a special treat I have 200 bags of microwave popcorn which are free for the taking. Jolly Time popcorn is located in Sioux City Iowa, and they made me a special price. So come pick up a bag, my treat.

I'm listening to a baseball game on my grand daughter's netbook and can hardly stand the audio quality. Just wondering has anyone else else experienced this? Were you able to improve ot? Powered speaker maybe?

btw N0NBD says it takes a strong man to use a pink computer, think I'll look for some camo tape :o)

72 Terry WAØITP


Meeting Saturday

David Bixler <qrp@...>
 

Hi folks:

For those of you who are not in Dayton, this is your reminder message that the May 4SQRP luncheon get-together is this upcoming Saturday, the 18th. Lunch will be at 11:00 at the Country Cupboard restaurant in beautiful downtown Seneca.

For those of you who are in Dayton, have fun and bring back lots of goodies.

Terry, we could use a few bags of that popcorn down this way!

73,

Dave W0CH

Seneca weather forecast: Party sunny and 87 degrees.
Dayton weather forecast: Isolated thunderstorms and 80 degrees.


Re: Hello From Dayton and Netbook Audio

Walter - K5EST
 

A pink computer calls for Bacon Dogs!
< http://shine.yahoo.com/shine-food/bacon-dogs-are-here--thanks--oscar-mayer-162544849.html>

Sometimes earbuds are better than the Netbook speakers. I know you wouldn't leave home without them!

73....Walter . K5EST


Re: Dans Small Parts now on eBay

Rick Bennett
 

Thought I would go try to find Dan on ebay.  I found "twisttwinkel" as a seller, but it says there are no items listed for sale.  Perhaps I am in the wrong place?

de KC0PET, Rick



From: "Shawn Reed"
To: 4sqrp@..., "W5COV Charlie"
Sent: Monday, May 6, 2013 6:44:31 PM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Dans Small Parts now on eBay

 

On 5/6/2013 2:52 PM, Charlie , W5COV wrote:
 

Yes , Dan has been on there for a few months now and I for one , find it so much easier to find myself ordering from him .

Charlie , W5COV

 

On 5/6/2013 2:32 PM, Tom wrote:
 

Just did a search on "QRP" to see if there was anything of interest, and something caught my eye... Seller was located in Missoula, Montana and I did a double take...

Dan's is on eBay, and is taking PayPal - Seller Name is twisttwinkel - I have always had problems paying by check or money order - this seems to be a good thing...

73 - Tom in St. Louis

 What's the post date on that info? shawnr

Good eye! Knowing this , I won't have to feel uneasy about sending money forms through the mail. shawnr



Hello From Dayton and Netbook Audio

WA0ITP
 

Hello from the Holiday Inn in Fairborn. Just unloaded the car and am ready for the festivities. If you are attending FDIM pse stop by the Four State table. I brought a representative sample of ou8it kits including the new Cyclone transceiver (thanks to strong work by KB9JLO.

As a special treat I have 200 bags of microwave popcorn which are free for the taking. Jolly Time popcorn is located in Sioux City Iowa, and they made me a special price. So come pick up a bag, my treat.

I'm listening to a baseball game on my grand daughter's netbook and can hardly stand the audio quality. Just wondering has anyone else else experienced this? Were you able to improve ot? Powered speaker maybe?

btw N0NBD says it takes a strong man to use a pink computer, think I'll look for some camo tape :o)

72 Terry WAØITP


Re: navy knobs

Tom Sevart <n2uhc@...>
 

On 05/13/2013 21:11, KB4QQJ@aol.com wrote:
thumb on skirt, index on top of knob, middle on skirt. slight squeeze
pressure with middle and thumb to control rebound .
That's the way I do it, except I have index and middle finger on top of the knob and my thumb and ring finger on the skirt. Or, if the key doesn't have a skirt, my thumb and ring finger gently squeeze the side of the knob.

Of course I use paddles far more than I do a straight key, but every once in a while I'll feel like pounding brass.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


The Electric Bill

Mike Crownover <ad5a@...>
 


In the vein of Hugh Cassidy, I published the story below on my blog, ad5aradio.blogspot.com

 

 

                                                The Electric Bill

 

The DX’er came up the hill the other day with a stern look on his face. “What’s wrong with you” we said, just trying to start a conversation. “I just received my electric bill and I’m going to have to tell my XYL that we just can’t keep the house as warm as she wants it”. We were very careful not to get too involved in a domestic squabble, but we thought we should explore the situation a little further. “How warm does she want it?” we asked. He ranted, “Not only does it cost a lot of money to keep the house warm, but I break into a sweat when I’m in the shack trying to work a little DX, I don’t know why the thermostat has to be so high” The situation was starting to become clear to us now because we knew that the DX’er had a least one Alpha in his shack plus a mysterious black switch on the wall that he clicked “on” when he didn’t work the DX on the first call.

“Did you ever think that it’s all the tubes in your shack that keep you warm and that maybe it’s cooler in other parts of the house, perhaps where your XYL sits in the living room”, we suggested. He stopped to think for a minute, we knew that the situation was getting clearer for him. He then got an indignant look on his face, “You QRP’ers are always picking on me because I run a little power, I think that you are just jealous”. “Run a little power”, we said, “Last week the power company had 5 complaints in your neighborhood of dimming lights and a loud hum. Wasn’t Bouvet on last week?” “I don’t know what you are talking about” he said, looking away, “but yes Bouvet was on and I bet none of you QRP’ers worked him” he said with an arrogant grin. “On the contrary” we replied, “we all worked them”. “That’s impossible, none of you run more than 5 watts and the pile-ups were huge, I had to fire up both….I mean I had to use my amp or I would have never gotten through on the first day”. We let him have his fun as he bragged of nabbing Bouvet on 6 bands and then we reminded him that it was a three week expedition and that the pileups on the last days were much more manageable and that each of the QRP’ers had contacts on multiple bands with just 5 watts. He was speechless, as he confronted one of the eternal enigmas of ham radio. He was a little deflated and it seemed to us that in his own eyes his accomplishments had been diminished. “You mean each of you guys worked Bouvet?” he said quietly. “Yes” we said in unison “and our electric bills are much less than yours because we don’t need to run two, I mean we don’t need to run an amplifier”. The DX’er was humbled as he headed back down the hill, electric bill in hand, much slower than he came up. He was heard to say, “They worked Bouvet and have a lower electric bill”. Working rare DX with QRP; truly one of the Mysteries of the Ages.

 


Re: Stuck capacitor

larry allen
 

Before you damage it, check the plates.. some of them are rubbing against each other.. rotator rubbing against stator...
or the main frame is bent inwards...
Larry
 

----- Original Message -----
To: 4SQRP
Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 10:18 AM
Subject: [4sqrp] Stuck capacitor

 

I have a "perfectly" good dual gang 400 pf variable capacitor from an
old Heathkit signal generator. The only part of it that is NOT perfect
is the fact that it is extremely difficult to turn. I cannot grab the
shaft and turn it by hand. It will turn if the shaft is clamped in a
vise. I'm hoping to attach a stepper motor to it and would like it to
turn a lot easier. I've tried oil, WD-40, solvent, and white bicycle
lube on both end bearings, but that didn't seem to help at all. The
center bearing, if there is one, is covered and not accessible.

Any suggestions before I break down and get a new one?

72,

John AA0VE


Re: Stuck capacitor

Bill VanKirk
 

John,
At you Walmart the have Power Blaster (PB) in the auto sections of the store. It will work when none of the other stuff will.

73
Bill
W0PT



On Tue, May 14, 2013 at 9:18 AM, John R. Lonigro <jonigro@...> wrote:
 

I have a "perfectly" good dual gang 400 pf variable capacitor from an
old Heathkit signal generator. The only part of it that is NOT perfect
is the fact that it is extremely difficult to turn. I cannot grab the
shaft and turn it by hand. It will turn if the shaft is clamped in a
vise. I'm hoping to attach a stepper motor to it and would like it to
turn a lot easier. I've tried oil, WD-40, solvent, and white bicycle
lube on both end bearings, but that didn't seem to help at all. The
center bearing, if there is one, is covered and not accessible.

Any suggestions before I break down and get a new one?

72,

John AA0VE



Re: Stuck capacitor

Phil Anderson
 

Hey guys, I keep new ones in stock on our crystal set society home page, see www.midnightscience.com:

air variables, 365, 365 with 8-1 reduction shaft drive built in, and dual 365 pf caps. Also have external 6-1 reduction drives available.

Happy days; and hope to see some of you in Dayton. Our booth is in the middle of the wood floor area.

Uncle Phil, W0XI....................booth 331 in silver arena....




John R. Lonigro wrote:


I have a "perfectly" good dual gang 400 pf variable capacitor from an
old Heathkit signal generator. The only part of it that is NOT perfect
is the fact that it is extremely difficult to turn. I cannot grab the
shaft and turn it by hand. It will turn if the shaft is clamped in a
vise. I'm hoping to attach a stepper motor to it and would like it to
turn a lot easier. I've tried oil, WD-40, solvent, and white bicycle
lube on both end bearings, but that didn't seem to help at all. The
center bearing, if there is one, is covered and not accessible.

Any suggestions before I break down and get a new one?

72,

John AA0VE


Re: Stuck capacitor

Todd K7TFC
 

Two thoughts. Try a product specifically formulated for penetration. PB Blaster, etc. Apply copiously every hour or so and let sit overnight. The other things you tried weren't meant for penetration, or they do not include agents to help loosen the stuck. That includes WD40, which leads to my second thought: don't use it on electronics or other precision gear. It was not formulated primarily as a lubricant but as a water-displacement coating. It does, in fact, leave a film which, over time, oxidizes into a sticky "varnish" (sort of like old gasoline can do). 

Years ago, I worked for an aerospace firm that used, and made, close-tolerance bearings, both rotational and linear, ultra-precision optics, and other rocket-science kind of stuff. WD-40 was banned from the plant. It wasn't just prohibited just from certain uses or applications, it was banned from the entire place. Machinists couldn't have it, plant maintenance could have it, and even the janitor couldn't have the stuff. Why? If any one had a can, it would eventually end up on some tech's bench, only to cause problems later. We could use silicones, teflon-based lubricants, or other fine polymer-free machine oil, but only if it was on a list approved by the chief engineer.

Don't get me wrong, WD-40 is great stuff. I used it the other day to free-up a pipe wrench I left in the rain all winter. Worked great. 

73,

Todd
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On Tue, May 14, 2013 at 7:18 AM, John R. Lonigro <jonigro@...> wrote:
 

I have a "perfectly" good dual gang 400 pf variable capacitor from an
old Heathkit signal generator. The only part of it that is NOT perfect
is the fact that it is extremely difficult to turn. I cannot grab the
shaft and turn it by hand. It will turn if the shaft is clamped in a
vise. I'm hoping to attach a stepper motor to it and would like it to
turn a lot easier. I've tried oil, WD-40, solvent, and white bicycle
lube on both end bearings, but that didn't seem to help at all. The
center bearing, if there is one, is covered and not accessible.

Any suggestions before I break down and get a new one?

72,

John AA0VE



R6 resistor on Digital link kit

Stephen Roberts <steverob@...>
 

Ok, the instructions I downloaded says 330 ohm, the checklist with the kit says 100 ohm.

Which is it?

73
Steve


Re: Stuck capacitor

w2sh@...
 

John,

Try automobile brake cleaner fluid on both bearings to loosen it.  Then flush that out with WD-40.  Finally use a toothpick to put just a very little white lithium grease on both bearings.

If treating the bearings chemically doesn't loosen the shaft, it would seem that it is mechanically stuck somewhere.

72 es GL,

Charles, W2SH



To: 4sqrp@...
From: jonigro@...
Date: Tue, 14 May 2013 09:18:01 -0500
Subject: [4sqrp] Stuck capacitor

 
I have a "perfectly" good dual gang 400 pf variable capacitor from an
old Heathkit signal generator. The only part of it that is NOT perfect
is the fact that it is extremely difficult to turn. I cannot grab the
shaft and turn it by hand. It will turn if the shaft is clamped in a
vise. I'm hoping to attach a stepper motor to it and would like it to
turn a lot easier. I've tried oil, WD-40, solvent, and white bicycle
lube on both end bearings, but that didn't seem to help at all. The
center bearing, if there is one, is covered and not accessible.

Any suggestions before I break down and get a new one?

72,

John AA0VE


Stuck capacitor

John Lonigro
 

I have a "perfectly" good dual gang 400 pf variable capacitor from an old Heathkit signal generator. The only part of it that is NOT perfect is the fact that it is extremely difficult to turn. I cannot grab the shaft and turn it by hand. It will turn if the shaft is clamped in a vise. I'm hoping to attach a stepper motor to it and would like it to turn a lot easier. I've tried oil, WD-40, solvent, and white bicycle lube on both end bearings, but that didn't seem to help at all. The center bearing, if there is one, is covered and not accessible.

Any suggestions before I break down and get a new one?

72,

John AA0VE


RMR net - 2045z 14.0625

Dale Putnam
 

Let's find out where our cw is today. Check in with your own speed, and I will match you,
we'll chat a bit, and have a good time. To keep the rust off the key, it works!
No fancy Q signals, no roll call, it is easy.
I call "CQ RMR de WC7S" you answer with your full call
I recognize you with a call.
IF there are more than one calling, and I can grab the calls, I will respond with each call heard,
Then go to the first station for his turn. The others having been recognized will be called next.
 
Lets have a chat today!! 
and 2045z is 2:45pm MDT.  ( I have no idea what time it would be if it were Mountain Nightlight Time)

Have a great day,
 
 
--... ...-- Dale - WC7S in Wy
 
 


Re: navy knobs

kb4qqj
 

thumb on skirt, index on top of knob, middle on skirt. slight  squeeze pressure with middle and thumb to control rebound . Index controls down pressure. Just like the old manuals show. Has worked best for me. try several methods and see what gives you best result. Just don't become a "tapper". sounds funny on the dits....... hi hi
 
Randy_KB4QQJ
 

In a message dated 5/13/2013 2:52:31 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, steverob@... writes:
 

I much prefer the navy knob and/or skirt. Index and middle finger on knob and thumb and ring finger on skirt

Steve Roberts

On Apr 18, 2013, at 1:01 PM, Dg Arnholt <dgarnholt@...> wrote:

 

guys I suppose I am un-American as a ham..i have a rough time sending with a navy knob..i'm used to the j 38 style knob.. how about suggestions as to where to put my fingers for better control:)
as all my current keys have the navy knob style..might as well learn it..tee hee..
ive improved, but its sloppy some times and I prefer good code after all these years.
I can read almost anything..a few guys I never got the call straight I guy in nj comes to mind.. once he sends his name and all you can read it..but is it kb2 ???? lol  one day i'll get it right send a qsl and always know tee hee 73 dennis
wd9dwe skcc 1564T hope to be back qrp very soon.