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Re: Keyer for a Ten Tec Rebel

Gwen Patton
 

Given it's Arduino-based, I wonder if there might be a sketch that could be added to the existing codebase for it to add keyer capability? There's a number of Arduino-based keyer sketches out there, but I don't know how adding it would be done, or even if there's room in the Uno board inside the radio.

There's any number of YACK (Yet Another CW Keyer) units out there, though, that could be set up externally, or even inside the case, wired to the key jack. I have a couple, a YACK keyer I haven't built yet from Ebay, another that I got from Electro-Resales that I use as a code oscillator connected to my computer's line in jack, a Nanokeyer, and an extremely tiny board I bought pre-built from Kit-Projects.com. 

Electro-Resales:

The other YACK keyer I bought Ebay was from Possumlodge, but he doesn't list it anymore.

Kit-Projects:
He had a predrilled case for it as a separate product, but looks like he's out. He has a touch keyer, with touch paddles, and a case, but that may not be to your liking. I built this board into a cheap 100x60x25 mm project box I got on Amazon. It's big enough for the board and a 9v battery to power it. I put the piezo buzzer on the bottom of the case under the board, with a hole drilled for the sound to escape. With little rubber feet on the bottom, there's plenty of open space for the sidetone sound to get out clearly if you use the sidetone on the keyer. I turn it off when I use it with any rig that has sidetone already, and turn it on when I use one that doesn't have sidetone.

All of these are VERY inexpensive options save one, the Nanokeyer:

This one costs, basic kit form, $44 Euros. It doesn't come with a case OR the Arduino Nano it uses as its brains. You might want to use different buttons depending on the case you get, and not mount the buttons it comes with on the PCB. I did, and I'm thinking of desoldering them and adding buttons on wires, to give me more case options. The Nano you can get on Amazon for a few bucks, the Chinese clones are dirt cheap. I bought 10 of 'em for $20 a couple of years ago, and just used one of those. Worked fine. So you have to supply case and processor, and additional hardware depending on how you enclose it. It's the most expensive option of the keyers I bought, and they all work fine.

Last keyer I have is an old Super CMOS III built into the Lucite dust cover for a Bencher BY-2 paddle. I bought the paddle AND the cover with the keyer already installed at a hamfest for $80 around 15 years ago when I got my General. They don't make 'em anymore. I still use that keyer with the Bencher from time to time. I just replace the batteries and it keeps on plugging.

I've also got a tiny 80m Tixie transceiver, a modification of a Pixie circuit that incorporates a TICK keyer chip. Unfortunately, TICK chips are no longer made either. It's a shame, they were great little keyers. There's probably other similar devices available now, but I have no experience with them.

Hope this helps. If I can give any further advice about any of them, just drop me a note. I use the Kit-Projects keyer with my portable QRP rigs that don't have keyers in them. But most of my rigs have keyers, like my Small Wonder Labs DSW-20, my QCX, my KX3, and some others I probably missed. But the Crickets and my IQ32 don't have keyers, so it was worth the $16 or so I paid for it.

73,
Gwen, NG3P

On Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 7:20 PM K0CSL <craigk0csl@...> wrote:
I recently purchased a used Ten Tec 506 Rebel, thinking it would be to fun to experiment with as I continue to hone my CW skills.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a keyer to go with it.  I’ve never used a stand-alone keyer before, so I could use some assistance.  Any recommendations?  Are there any products I should avoid?

73,

Craig Long - K0CSL



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Re: #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus? #BRUTUS

Paul Smith
 

Hey Johnny,
Leslie told me tonight we could go camp in the grass by the pavilion if it is not too hot. otherwise we will be there for the Saturday festivities. What food will we need to procure for the vittles? i can live on coffee, jerkey and ramen noodles when needed hi hi
de Paul

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Subject: Re: [4SQRP] #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus?
 
I will call Tomorrow and see if I can reserve the pavilion.
Will let u all know.
73
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 4:43 PM Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:
I still dont have a commitment from my sons. I wanted to pitch my tent in the grass by the pavilion where the restrooms and water are handy. de Paul

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Karen said that Pam might have already paid them, last year, for the Pavilion for 2019???

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Keyer for a Ten Tec Rebel

K0CSL <craigk0csl@...>
 

I recently purchased a used Ten Tec 506 Rebel, thinking it would be to fun to experiment with as I continue to hone my CW skills.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a keyer to go with it.  I’ve never used a stand-alone keyer before, so I could use some assistance.  Any recommendations?  Are there any products I should avoid?

73,

Craig Long - K0CSL

Re: #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus? #BRUTUS

Johnny AC0BQ
 

I will call Tomorrow and see if I can reserve the pavilion.
Will let u all know.
73
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 4:43 PM Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:
I still dont have a commitment from my sons. I wanted to pitch my tent in the grass by the pavilion where the restrooms and water are handy. de Paul

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Karen said that Pam might have already paid them, last year, for the Pavilion for 2019???

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Re: #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus? #BRUTUS

Paul Smith
 

I still dont have a commitment from my sons. I wanted to pitch my tent in the grass by the pavilion where the restrooms and water are handy. de Paul

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Subject: Re: [4SQRP] #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus?
 
Karen said that Pam might have already paid them, last year, for the Pavilion for 2019???

Chasing NK8O via Digital

Ed Meyer, WG5F
 

Please, don't tell me to go to the KX3 forums or the JT8 Forums... 
They just tend to get too confusing at times. 
I want to try and chase NK8O, Charles, around Tanzania when he tries to get on FT8, PSK-31 over the next couple of weeks. 
(I can use PSK31 directly with the KX3 with no problems.)
If you're running FT8 with your KX3, using a windows laptop, tell me what you've done to make the magic happen.   
I don't have a Mac Book. 
I don't have a USB sound card/dongle.
I do have an old Tigertronics USB interface in a drawer somewhere...
I do have one of the 4S-Link interfaces.
I do have the Elecraft cable set.
If you have a link to a good article or want to guide me (and maybe some other 4-staters) thru it, lemme know.
Thanks!
72,
-Ed, WG5F-

Re: #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus? #BRUTUS

Ed Meyer, WG5F
 

Karen said that Pam might have already paid them, last year, for the Pavilion for 2019???

Re: Nouveau 75 Help needed

Chris Howard w0ep
 

I have a microscope and am willing to help. I don't think I am a good first choice. But if it comes down to me or nothin', you've got me.

Chris Howard
W0EP
Recently moved back to Zero land.
Dubuque, IA


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On Aug 18, 2019, at 15:22, Bill VanKirk <bvkirk@...> wrote:
Would any of the 4state builders be available to take a look at my Nouveau 75? It has a problem and I can't figure it out. The audio is distorted so bad on receive stations can not be copied. SMD is beyond my skill level and I don't want to destroy this trying. I will be willing to pay someone for their time to get this going. Help anyone?

73
Bill
4sqrp #201

Re: Nouveau 75 Help needed

cornhusker
 

The problem is being worked on.  Just hang on for a solution soon.  I had same issue.  
73 de K0NEB 


On Sun, Aug 18, 2019 at 4:22 PM, Bill VanKirk
<bvkirk@...> wrote:
Would any of the 4state builders be available to take a look at my Nouveau 75? It has a problem and I can't figure it out. The audio is distorted so bad on receive stations can not be copied. SMD is beyond my skill level and I don't want to destroy this trying. I will be willing to pay someone for their time to get this going. Help anyone?

73
Bill
4sqrp #201

Nouveau 75 Help needed

Bill VanKirk
 

Would any of the 4state builders be available to take a look at my Nouveau 75? It has a problem and I can't figure it out. The audio is distorted so bad on receive stations can not be copied. SMD is beyond my skill level and I don't want to destroy this trying. I will be willing to pay someone for their time to get this going. Help anyone?

73
Bill
4sqrp #201

Re: WTB ZZ RX 40

tom martin <tecnician@...>
 




On Aug 18, 2019, at 9:14 AM, Jim Long <jphiliplong@...> wrote:

want to buy an unbuilt zz rx 40.  kit if u have one


Jim
WW9H

Re: Ozark Banner

Tom Sevart
 

Good article on 10m E-skip in the Banner. The idea of listening to the 28.200-.300 beacon band is a great idea to see when the band is open, as well as the popular 10-10 freq. I operate a 10m beacon on 28.2095 and it's always interesting to see where my beacon's being heard. And one trick I often use is to listen for skip on the 11 meter CB band, 27.025 in particular. When I hear signals there, I'll move up to 10m. And so far with all the rain and storms we've had this summer, seems like E-skip has been pretty active.


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WTB ZZ RX 40

Jim Long
 

want to buy an unbuilt zz rx 40.  kit if u have one


Jim
WW9H

Re: Very Nice Banner

Walter - K5EST
 

Perfect Banner, thank you Keith!  The taking care of the portable mast should be on every QRPer's reading list!
73,

Walter Dufrain - K5EST - QRPcw
.....  Four St@te QRP Group   ....
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On Sat, Aug 17, 2019 at 9:20 PM Tom Brown <tbrown63301@...> wrote:
Enjoyed reading the Banner. Tnx Keith for a really nice edition. I missed the presentation about the masts at OCon because I was taking care of some business so really enjoyed reading the write up. 
Tom W0MFQ

Very Nice Banner

Tom Brown
 

Enjoyed reading the Banner. Tnx Keith for a really nice edition. I missed the presentation about the masts at OCon because I was taking care of some business so really enjoyed reading the write up. 
Tom W0MFQ

Re: Suspect Parts

Dale Putnam
 

Very well put, Curt, and I echo the same test results. 
Cost of repairs are higher.. but they only need be done ONCE.

Have a great day,

Dale - WC7S in Wy

"Actions speak louder than words"



From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of Curt via Groups.Io <rhulett1@...>
Sent: Saturday, August 17, 2019 2:03 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io>
Subject: [4SQRP] Suspect Parts
 
For awhile, substandard parts, (small value ceramic capacitors and transistors in particular), have been sold for very low prices on the auction site.  Had encountered these in very cheap kits from the same site and always considered it getting what was paid for.  Routine testing of these components was necessary to avoid building a brick, usually replacing the bad parts with parts from a vendor like Mouser, Digikey, Newark, etc.  Sometimes wholesale replacement was easier than testing as even with testing, the life of the suspect capacitors is unknown.  An audio transistor relabeled as an RF transistor or RF FET can be frustrating.

More recently, have been encountering these same substandard parts in kits sold by qrp clubs and small us vendors. Most have likely always relied on the quality of the provided components, and didn't bother testing components before installation. Those days are over. My two most recently purchased kits had substandard 0.1 uf ceramic capacitors as tested.  When I test a component and find it 1/2 the labeled value with ten times the loss I don't trust it at all.

Curt KB5JO

Re: Ozark Banner

w9ran
 

On 8/17/2019 3:00 PM, Tim McDonough N9PUZ wrote:
Because of the various park regulations and also because I can be kind of lazy I often extend my mast with the wire attached and then taking the direction of the prevailing wind into consideration I just lean the pole into a tree.
Another nice thing about Jackite poles is they fit perfectly into EMT (conduit) hanger clamps that can be found at any home improvement store:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/2-ACC-Conduit-Hanger-67820/202077114

By bolting two hanger clamps back-to-back, you have a way to attach the Jackite pole to another round pipe, like the ladder on an RV, fencepost, etc.    With a little work you can make a vertical support that fits into a standard receiver type hitch with a couple of these clamps that will support a 30 ft. Jackite pole without guys.   An old hitch type bike rack provides all the raw material needed.

The performance of a 30'  antenna with three 30' counterpoise wires equals that of nearly any home antenna on 40 meters and does a good job on all bands with a tuner (or preferably an autotuner at the base).   And if you come up with a way to attach it to your vehicle you can avoid any regulatory issues and be on the air in well under 10 minutes.

73,  Bob W9RAN

Suspect Parts

Curt
 

For awhile, substandard parts, (small value ceramic capacitors and transistors in particular), have been sold for very low prices on the auction site.  Had encountered these in very cheap kits from the same site and always considered it getting what was paid for.  Routine testing of these components was necessary to avoid building a brick, usually replacing the bad parts with parts from a vendor like Mouser, Digikey, Newark, etc.  Sometimes wholesale replacement was easier than testing as even with testing, the life of the suspect capacitors is unknown.  An audio transistor relabeled as an RF transistor or RF FET can be frustrating.

More recently, have been encountering these same substandard parts in kits sold by qrp clubs and small us vendors. Most have likely always relied on the quality of the provided components, and didn't bother testing components before installation. Those days are over. My two most recently purchased kits had substandard 0.1 uf ceramic capacitors as tested.  When I test a component and find it 1/2 the labeled value with ten times the loss I don't trust it at all.

Curt KB5JO

Re: Ozark Banner

Tim N9PUZ
 

Thank you to Keith and all of the authors for another nice issue of the Banner!

I like to do SOTA activations when I'm able; the nearest "summits" are about 3 hours away from my home. To get my "fix" I also participate in the POTA (Parks On The Air) program since there are several of those to choose from within an hours drive and even a couple within about 20 minutes.

I really enjoyed the post on portable masts. Because of the various park regulations and also because I can be kind of lazy I often extend my mast with the wire attached and then taking the direction of the prevailing wind into consideration I just lean the pole into a tree. Works well and even a Conservation Officer who stopped where I was operating once never said a thing after looking at it.

I have three of the Jackite brand poles and highly recommend them for their ruggedness. My first one (28 ft) is about 20 years old now and is still going strong. Before installing a tower at home it was used outdoors for about 18 months straight as the center support for a NorCal Doublet which was my only HF antenna at the time. The lettering on the pole faded but aside from that it's in great condition.

Tim N9PUZ

On 8/17/2019 10:50 AM, Keith Arns via Groups.Io wrote:
The August edition of the Ozark Banner is now available for you to download.  Hope you enjoy it.

Keith Arns
KC0PP
Editor

Re: Great Banner

Johnny AC0BQ
 

I agree with Paul.
Great Banner Kieth

Thanks for putting it together.
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Sat, Aug 17, 2019 at 11:46 AM Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:

Good banner this time. I really liked the section on Masts for portable ops. Im going to have to upgrade to the jackite pole although my old sunny day crappie rod is 15 years old or so and still kicking. good read de Paul N0NBD

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