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Re: Electronic visual aids for working with SMD (i.e. microscopes)

John KK4ITX
 

Hi Bob,


And found it to be outstanding for $10.95.  This unit has a built in light that is adjustable so you don’t miss anything.  I have used it to assemble the Cricket 30, 40 and currently working on the audio filter.  I can’t believe the difference, now I need something to steady my hands !

None of my work has been SMD but this should work for you.

John
KK4ITX 


If you need a parachute and don't have one you probably won't need one again.

On Jun 29, 2019, at 18:46, wa2cky <bob.groh@...> wrote:

With a constant shift to building with SMD components (and with my 'aging' eyes), I have been looking at getting one of those USB electronic microscopes for working on SMD boards. Anyone else done any work on this topic and have any recommendations, thoughts, etc to pass on?

Bob Groh, WA2CKY

locked Re: Australian Parliament: An inquiry into truth in political advertising

W6BOW
 

Jim,

Well put and most apt.

I live in SF out here on the so called "Left Coast" and have opinions which might very well chafe yours and/or others back in 4SQRP country.

However ...

There is a time and a place for everything. 

In my humble opinion  Ham Radio is not a forum for political repartee.

This is - or should be - the beauty of our endeavors.

Respectfully,

Don Buckter - W6BOW
San Francisco  CA  USA




-----Original Message-----
From: Dr Jim Kennedy via Groups.Io <phdad_ccm@...>
To: main <main@4SQRP.groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Jun 28, 2019 1:47 pm
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Australian Parliament: An inquiry into truth in political advertising

I totally understand your frustration with government. I is shared by many in mamy, many countries. However, ham radio is my escape from the trials and tribulations of everyday life. As such I would also hope to escape into the world of QRP operations, propogation and equipment free from all other issues and causes. Sorry, but think the post was inappropriate for this group. Sorry.
--
*72/73, Doc - K2PHD
FN20qv - SKCC#5669 - NAQCC#9194 - FISTS#18988*

locked Re: Australian Parliament: An inquiry into truth in political advertising

marjannorm
 

Sorry folks, but I got hacked and never knew until I opened my computer. I would never knowingly screw up like this - just, please don't open anything with this header.
Besides, truth in political advertising is an oxymoron anyway!
Again, apologies.
Norm vk5gi
McLaren Vale
South Australia

Re: Electronic visual aids for working with SMD (i.e. microscopes)

J.K. Wright
 

The problem with low end $ usb microscopes is depth of field focusing. It is very narrow. Also depending on lenses, the lens tip may be very close to the work surface.
Magnified head gear may well be better, but if you want something else look at 3x-10x stereo scopes on a stand. They are comparatively pricey, but show up on craigslist and hamfests every so often.
Jerry, NK2C

On Sat, Jun 29, 2019, 6:12 PM jleahy00 via Groups.Io <jleahy00=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Bob,


And found it to be outstanding for $10.95.  This unit has a built in light that is adjustable so you don’t miss anything.  I have used it to assemble the Cricket 30, 40 and currently working on the audio filter.  I can’t believe the difference, now I need something to steady my hands !

None of my work has been SMD but this should work for you.

John
KK4ITX 


If you need a parachute and don't have one you probably won't need one again.

On Jun 29, 2019, at 18:46, wa2cky <bob.groh@...> wrote:

With a constant shift to building with SMD components (and with my 'aging' eyes), I have been looking at getting one of those USB electronic microscopes for working on SMD boards. Anyone else done any work on this topic and have any recommendations, thoughts, etc to pass on?

Bob Groh, WA2CKY

Re: Electronic visual aids for working with SMD (i.e. microscopes)

Paul Goemans
 

We used a stereo “dissecting” microscope with above and below stage lighting in the electronics repair shop I worked in. I liked it!

de WA9PWP



Sent from Paul’s iPhone 

On Jun 30, 2019, at 6:44 AM, J.K. Wright <wrightjk@...> wrote:

The problem with low end $ usb microscopes is depth of field focusing. It is very narrow. Also depending on lenses, the lens tip may be very close to the work surface.
Magnified head gear may well be better, but if you want something else look at 3x-10x stereo scopes on a stand. They are comparatively pricey, but show up on craigslist and hamfests every so often.
Jerry, NK2C

On Sat, Jun 29, 2019, 6:12 PM jleahy00 via Groups.Io <jleahy00=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Bob,


And found it to be outstanding for $10.95.  This unit has a built in light that is adjustable so you don’t miss anything.  I have used it to assemble the Cricket 30, 40 and currently working on the audio filter.  I can’t believe the difference, now I need something to steady my hands !

None of my work has been SMD but this should work for you.

John
KK4ITX 


If you need a parachute and don't have one you probably won't need one again.

On Jun 29, 2019, at 18:46, wa2cky <bob.groh@...> wrote:

With a constant shift to building with SMD components (and with my 'aging' eyes), I have been looking at getting one of those USB electronic microscopes for working on SMD boards. Anyone else done any work on this topic and have any recommendations, thoughts, etc to pass on?

Bob Groh, WA2CKY

Re: Electronic visual aids for working with SMD (i.e. microscopes)

Johnny Matlock
 

Gm guys 
I tried one the imported electronic USB
Magnifiers and didn’t care for it.
The focal length was really close, and I had trouble adjusting it on a Linux computer.
I couldn’t find any Linux drivers, so that may have been a issue?

I went back to my magnified work light and a magnified head set, lots better!!
That’s my 2 cents worth.
72
Johnny AC0BQ 


On Sun, Jun 30, 2019 at 7:36 AM Paul Goemans <wa9pwp@...> wrote:
We used a stereo “dissecting” microscope with above and below stage lighting in the electronics repair shop I worked in. I liked it!

de WA9PWP



Sent from Paul’s iPhone 

On Jun 30, 2019, at 6:44 AM, J.K. Wright <wrightjk@...> wrote:

The problem with low end $ usb microscopes is depth of field focusing. It is very narrow. Also depending on lenses, the lens tip may be very close to the work surface.
Magnified head gear may well be better, but if you want something else look at 3x-10x stereo scopes on a stand. They are comparatively pricey, but show up on craigslist and hamfests every so often.
Jerry, NK2C

On Sat, Jun 29, 2019, 6:12 PM jleahy00 via Groups.Io <jleahy00=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Bob,


And found it to be outstanding for $10.95.  This unit has a built in light that is adjustable so you don’t miss anything.  I have used it to assemble the Cricket 30, 40 and currently working on the audio filter.  I can’t believe the difference, now I need something to steady my hands !

None of my work has been SMD but this should work for you.

John
KK4ITX 


If you need a parachute and don't have one you probably won't need one again.

On Jun 29, 2019, at 18:46, wa2cky <bob.groh@...> wrote:

With a constant shift to building with SMD components (and with my 'aging' eyes), I have been looking at getting one of those USB electronic microscopes for working on SMD boards. Anyone else done any work on this topic and have any recommendations, thoughts, etc to pass on?

Bob Groh, WA2CKY

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Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com

Cryptographic signatures

 

I just got a bounce that the other topic was locked. I'd like to
recommend the use of cryptographic signatures as a means to be
reasonably assured of the sender's legitimacy.

The recent thread is all the more reason to use tools such as
cryptographic signatures where possible, IMO. Unfortunately, some
amateur radio mailing lists block signed messages and I must send
messages to those lists in the clear (all of the Linux related lists I
subscribe to accept signed messages). Now, a cryptographic signature
does not prevent someone from spoofing my email address, but if it's a
direct mail from me and it's not signed like this one is, then the
recipient can be assured that it wasn't from me.

The spoofing of email addresses is a problem but it doesn't necessarily
mean that an account was cracked. However, when using a cryptographic
signature, the spoof is easily identified as the spoofer should not have
access to the private key used to sign the email nor should he know the
password to unlock the private key for signing. An email client program
will check the signed message against the public key which is often
available from a public key server and verify the signature.

72, Nate

--

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all
possible worlds. The pessimist fears this is true."

Web: https://www.n0nb.us GPG key: D55A8819 GitHub: N0NB

Re: Electronic visual aids for working with SMD (i.e. microscopes)

Dave Benson
 

I got one of the headset magnifiers with lenses for both eyes,  It ran about $20 with an assortment of snap-in lenses. I used the strongest lenses- a working distance of 4-5 inches,,, and depth perception to boot.  They worked very well....  until I dropped the assembly and the retaining hardware vanished.  The lens is now secured with transparent tape in classic 'nerd' fashion.

73- Dave, K1SWL


On Sun, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:08 AM Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:
Gm guys 
I tried one the imported electronic USB
Magnifiers and didn’t care for it.
The focal length was really close, and I had trouble adjusting it on a Linux computer.
I couldn’t find any Linux drivers, so that may have been a issue?

I went back to my magnified work light and a magnified head set, lots better!!
That’s my 2 cents worth.
72
Johnny AC0BQ 


On Sun, Jun 30, 2019 at 7:36 AM Paul Goemans <wa9pwp@...> wrote:
We used a stereo “dissecting” microscope with above and below stage lighting in the electronics repair shop I worked in. I liked it!

de WA9PWP



Sent from Paul’s iPhone 

On Jun 30, 2019, at 6:44 AM, J.K. Wright <wrightjk@...> wrote:

The problem with low end $ usb microscopes is depth of field focusing. It is very narrow. Also depending on lenses, the lens tip may be very close to the work surface.
Magnified head gear may well be better, but if you want something else look at 3x-10x stereo scopes on a stand. They are comparatively pricey, but show up on craigslist and hamfests every so often.
Jerry, NK2C

On Sat, Jun 29, 2019, 6:12 PM jleahy00 via Groups.Io <jleahy00=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Bob,


And found it to be outstanding for $10.95.  This unit has a built in light that is adjustable so you don’t miss anything.  I have used it to assemble the Cricket 30, 40 and currently working on the audio filter.  I can’t believe the difference, now I need something to steady my hands !

None of my work has been SMD but this should work for you.

John
KK4ITX 


If you need a parachute and don't have one you probably won't need one again.

On Jun 29, 2019, at 18:46, wa2cky <bob.groh@...> wrote:

With a constant shift to building with SMD components (and with my 'aging' eyes), I have been looking at getting one of those USB electronic microscopes for working on SMD boards. Anyone else done any work on this topic and have any recommendations, thoughts, etc to pass on?

Bob Groh, WA2CKY

--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com

Re: Cryptographic signatures

 

Looking at the parent message my email client, neomutt, reports a bad
signature. Apparently, this is not unique to this list but I get the
same result from other groups.io lists as well. Sigh...

72, Nate

--

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all
possible worlds. The pessimist fears this is true."

Web: https://www.n0nb.us GPG key: D55A8819 GitHub: N0NB

Re: Electronic visual aids for working with SMD (i.e. microscopes)

Leland Lannoye
 

Sounds all too familiar



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: Dave Benson <davek1swl@...>
Date: 6/30/19 11:44 (GMT-05:00)
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Electronic visual aids for working with SMD (i.e. microscopes)

I got one of the headset magnifiers with lenses for both eyes,  It ran about $20 with an assortment of snap-in lenses. I used the strongest lenses- a working distance of 4-5 inches,,, and depth perception to boot.  They worked very well....  until I dropped the assembly and the retaining hardware vanished.  The lens is now secured with transparent tape in classic 'nerd' fashion.

73- Dave, K1SWL

On Sun, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:08 AM Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:
Gm guys 
I tried one the imported electronic USB
Magnifiers and didn’t care for it.
The focal length was really close, and I had trouble adjusting it on a Linux computer.
I couldn’t find any Linux drivers, so that may have been a issue?

I went back to my magnified work light and a magnified head set, lots better!!
That’s my 2 cents worth.
72
Johnny AC0BQ 


On Sun, Jun 30, 2019 at 7:36 AM Paul Goemans <wa9pwp@...> wrote:
We used a stereo “dissecting” microscope with above and below stage lighting in the electronics repair shop I worked in. I liked it!

de WA9PWP



Sent from Paul’s iPhone 

On Jun 30, 2019, at 6:44 AM, J.K. Wright <wrightjk@...> wrote:

The problem with low end $ usb microscopes is depth of field focusing. It is very narrow. Also depending on lenses, the lens tip may be very close to the work surface.
Magnified head gear may well be better, but if you want something else look at 3x-10x stereo scopes on a stand. They are comparatively pricey, but show up on craigslist and hamfests every so often.
Jerry, NK2C

On Sat, Jun 29, 2019, 6:12 PM jleahy00 via Groups.Io <jleahy00=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Bob,


And found it to be outstanding for $10.95.  This unit has a built in light that is adjustable so you don’t miss anything.  I have used it to assemble the Cricket 30, 40 and currently working on the audio filter.  I can’t believe the difference, now I need something to steady my hands !

None of my work has been SMD but this should work for you.

John
KK4ITX 


If you need a parachute and don't have one you probably won't need one again.

On Jun 29, 2019, at 18:46, wa2cky <bob.groh@...> wrote:

With a constant shift to building with SMD components (and with my 'aging' eyes), I have been looking at getting one of those USB electronic microscopes for working on SMD boards. Anyone else done any work on this topic and have any recommendations, thoughts, etc to pass on?

Bob Groh, WA2CKY

--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com

Re: Cryptographic signatures

WA4EFS
 

Just so everyone knows, if a messages starts with “Dearest, …” it’s not from me!

 

J Lloyd (WA4EFS)

 

Re: Cryptographic signatures

AD0QM
 

The problem with mailing lists is the contents gets mangled while being sent out by the mailing list software. If the list has different max widths than you when signing you can get bad results. Signing really only works when the thing you sign is an attachment. It's been the biggest complaint about PGP style email signatures next to how to build your web of trust.

When I use PGP for sending emails I only get consistent results by sending a message saying "Please see attachment for contents of message" and never using PGP for mailing lists.

Jeff

PS I'm sure the signature on this response will come up bad too.


On June 30, 2019 10:47:34 AM CDT, Nate Bargmann <n0nb@...> wrote:
Looking at the parent message my email client, neomutt, reports a bad
signature. Apparently, this is not unique to this list but I get the
same result from other groups.io lists as well. Sigh...

72, Nate

Re: Electronic visual aids for working with SMD (i.e. microscopes)

Charlie Vest
 

My sight has now deteriorated where even the headband lighted magnifier doesn't help with SMD and I can't read regular transistor numbers or clearly see my through hole soldering . Luckily I have a grandson living with me and a great nephew that is going to be a senior in high school this year that loves electronics and they teach it at the high school he goes to. It is rare for me not to have a part on hand when they want to do a build and they love to use all of the fancy test equipment on my bench . They have become my eyes for reading part numbers and I am still not ready to give up building after only 57 years of doing it !!

Since I can't see my solder joints when I solder them now I have found that the USB Camera / Microscope does a really good job of looking at the finished joint as well as looking for bridges when I look at it on a big monitor . I like it because I can get a really close look at a small area .

Charlie , W5COV 

On June 30, 2019 at 11:44 AM Dave Benson <davek1swl@...> wrote:

I got one of the headset magnifiers with lenses for both eyes,  It ran about $20 with an assortment of snap-in lenses. I used the strongest lenses- a working distance of 4-5 inches,,, and depth perception to boot.  They worked very well....  until I dropped the assembly and the retaining hardware vanished.  The lens is now secured with transparent tape in classic 'nerd' fashion.

73- Dave, K1SWL

On Sun, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:08 AM Johnny Matlock < jomatlock@...> wrote:
Gm guys 
I tried one the imported electronic USB
Magnifiers and didn’t care for it.
The focal length was really close, and I had trouble adjusting it on a Linux computer.
I couldn’t find any Linux drivers, so that may have been a issue?

I went back to my magnified work light and a magnified head set, lots better!!
That’s my 2 cents worth.
72
Johnny AC0BQ 


On Sun, Jun 30, 2019 at 7:36 AM Paul Goemans < wa9pwp@...> wrote:
We used a stereo “dissecting” microscope with above and below stage lighting in the electronics repair shop I worked in. I liked it!

de WA9PWP



Sent from Paul’s iPhone 

On Jun 30, 2019, at 6:44 AM, J.K. Wright < wrightjk@...> wrote:

The problem with low end $ usb microscopes is depth of field focusing. It is very narrow. Also depending on lenses, the lens tip may be very close to the work surface.
Magnified head gear may well be better, but if you want something else look at 3x-10x stereo scopes on a stand. They are comparatively pricey, but show up on craigslist and hamfests every so often.
Jerry, NK2C

On Sat, Jun 29, 2019, 6:12 PM jleahy00 via Groups.Io <jleahy00= yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Bob,


And found it to be outstanding for $10.95.  This unit has a built in light that is adjustable so you don’t miss anything.  I have used it to assemble the Cricket 30, 40 and currently working on the audio filter.  I can’t believe the difference, now I need something to steady my hands !

None of my work has been SMD but this should work for you.

John
KK4ITX 


If you need a parachute and don't have one you probably won't need one again.

On Jun 29, 2019, at 18:46, wa2cky < bob.groh@...> wrote:

With a constant shift to building with SMD components (and with my 'aging' eyes), I have been looking at getting one of those USB electronic microscopes for working on SMD boards. Anyone else done any work on this topic and have any recommendations, thoughts, etc to pass on?

Bob Groh, WA2CKY

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday Fox K4FB

Dale Putnam
 


 
From the FOXHUNT reflector... special hunt to avoid the 4th.
(FOX folks are patriotic)
Y'all enjoy GOOD LUCK, 

Have a great day,

Dale - WC7S in Wy

"Actions speak louder than words"


From: qfox@groups.io <qfox@groups.io> on behalf of Paul Womble <pwomble@...>
Sent: Sunday, June 30, 2019 7:32 PM
To: qfox@groups.io
Subject: [qfox] Tuesday Fox K4FB
 
Hello everyone!

Don't forget the 20m Foxhunt this week is on Tuesday night due to the July 4th holiday.  I will be one of the foxii along with Dan N7CQR.  I am located in Central Florida between Tampa and Orlando.  I will be running my KX3 at 5 watts.   My antenna plan can be either A or B.  Plan A is using the Tennadyne T10.10-30HD log periodic at 50' I have at our Emergency Operations Center.  Plan B will using my trusty Hustler 6BTV at home.  We are in our summer thunderstorm season here.  If no storms are in the area I will be at the EOC. 

I will listen up 1-2khz until the pack thins out.  Spread out because I will likely NOT be listening on the same frequency as the previous QSO.  

Hope to see you in the log!

Paul K4FB

Upcoming Event: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 07/03/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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

Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 8:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

View Event

Organizer: jomatlock@...

Description: The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm DST central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS is to be announced.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central DST 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.

Re: Electronic visual aids for working with SMD (i.e. microscopes)

John Clements
 

Most of the time I use my magnifier lamp (with an eye loupe sitting on top) and use a cheap set of head mounted magnifiers.  But when it gets real tough or I want to take a picture/video I use a USB microscope with my 32" TV.  My first one was a $15 kids microscope, worked OK  but took poor video.  I upgraded to a $50 one which for static images is about the same but video's are much cleaner.  I gave the $15 one away to a fellow ham.  The hardest part is adjusting focus (depth of field as mentioned in this thread) and my TV is at an angle to the bench so hand/eye coordination between TV and work can be a little challenging at times.  A few pictures can be seen in this link:  https://kc9on.com/ham-radio/smd/

73 John kc9on

Upcoming Event: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 07/03/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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

Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 8:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

View Event

Organizer: jomatlock@...

Description: The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm DST central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS is to be announced.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central DST 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.

Any QRP Voice Nets?

Jeff Collins
 

Dear All,

    Other than the DMR Net are there any QRP Voice Nets for us that has some kind of brain blockage that is not allowing us to learn CW (have attempted to learn in more than one way)?

    In CW I am up to 3 letters and hour...but it is the same 3 letters over and over. :)

    On the flip side I am going to try and listen on on the CW nets...just because.

Thank you,

Jeffrey R. Collins - W7GRV
FCC(SW) USN, Ret.
BS, EMT-P, FF I/II

Re: Any QRP Voice Nets?

Dan Reynolds
 

I've never found anything. Seems mostly QRP & SSB are not good partners. But I've had a lot of fun with it. When things were better I would prowl around contests and pick up some DX. Seems everybody has better ears in a contest. LOL! I think, too it's hard to depend on propagation to schedule a regular net. 
This week is one of my favorite events - 13 Colonies. You should give it a try. They often will ask for QRP stations. http://www.13colonies.net/
Hang in there. You can still QRP & SSB and have fun. I've actually gotten (3) 1000 miles per watt QRP-ARCI awards (the ones I turned in). And that was with my old radio a FT-817 and wire antennas. 
One more thing, and I will state up front that this is me, I don't advertise that I'm QRP unless someone specifically asks or like in the 13 colonies event they want QRP stations to answer. At least for US amateurs-- they get awfully deaf once you tell them you're QRP. Some are even insulting. Personally I view it as fishing with light tackle. I like the challenge and I like to think I'm accomplishing something. 
Have fun. 
--
Dan Reynolds -- KB9JLO

Re: Any QRP Voice Nets?

Jeff Collins
 

Dear Dan,

    Thanks for the reply.  I got a couple of stations last year from 13 Colonies. This year I am busy getting my house ready to sell. But I will be caught up by the end of July and will more time to get on the air. I have only been a Ham about 2 years and really on air a little over a year.

        For my 100 watt base station I have a Kenwood TS-520S station (first HF rig) and ICOM 706 MKIIG (will go in my truck once I work out antenna issues) and an ICOM 718 (which will become my field day rig). All of these use a 37 foot End Fed Antenna at 30 feet to the East in a tree and 15 foot to the West on a pole hooked up to a little MFJ tuner.

    I was at the 4 State QRP Conference this year and came away with a better appreciation for QRP work. Really wish CW would stick in my brain. I picked up a nice FT-817ND for a very good price to play with, so I am building a backpack QRP rig to work with. Going to try some Parks On The Air and Peaks On The Air things later in the year. I have also signed up for the NJQRP Skeeter Hunt in August.

Thank you,

Jeffrey R. Collins - W7GRV
FCC(SW) USN, Ret.
BS, EMT-P, FF I/II

On 7/3/2019 9:31 AM, Dan Reynolds wrote:

I've never found anything. Seems mostly QRP & SSB are not good partners. But I've had a lot of fun with it. When things were better I would prowl around contests and pick up some DX. Seems everybody has better ears in a contest. LOL! I think, too it's hard to depend on propagation to schedule a regular net. 
This week is one of my favorite events - 13 Colonies. You should give it a try. They often will ask for QRP stations. http://www.13colonies.net/
Hang in there. You can still QRP & SSB and have fun. I've actually gotten (3) 1000 miles per watt QRP-ARCI awards (the ones I turned in). And that was with my old radio a FT-817 and wire antennas. 
One more thing, and I will state up front that this is me, I don't advertise that I'm QRP unless someone specifically asks or like in the 13 colonies event they want QRP stations to answer. At least for US amateurs-- they get awfully deaf once you tell them you're QRP. Some are even insulting. Personally I view it as fishing with light tackle. I like the challenge and I like to think I'm accomplishing something. 
Have fun. 
--
Dan Reynolds -- KB9JLO