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Re: Hilltoppers

Leland L. Bahr
 

Here is part TWO of the old 3950 AM/SSB days in Wisconsin:

I got my Novice license WN9DRC back in the Fall of 1953.  By Spring 1954 I was a General as W9DRC and 15 years old.  As I said earlier, Bud, W9HIF and Joe, W9PYM were like oil and water.  Bud teased Joe, but Joe was serious.  I came home from school one day and was now a ham for around 6 months.  My mother was waiting for me at the door.  She said, Lee, there is a FCC Inspector in our living room and he would like to speak to you.  I went to the living room and this very tall man was sitting in a chair with his coat draped over the sofa.  (I'm sure my mother was wondering what kind of trouble I was in when the Federal government was calling on a 15 year old boy.)  (I think his name was Mr. Johnson.)  He introduced himself and asked to see my station which was in our basement.  He looked my equipment over, a Hallicrafters S-38C and a Globe Scout 40A.  Then he asked to see ALL my logs.  (Back then you had to log in each time you threw the BIG Switch.  That was true even if you were mobile.)  All I could think was, was there ever a time I threw the SWITCH without logging it in???  Then he told me he was confiscating my logs and gave me a receipt for them.  He said nothing further as to why he took them.  (I didn't sleep well that night.)  Later on I figured out why he took them. The FCC took Joe Collins, W9PYM,  to court for jamming other stations, especially SSB operators with his 813 AM transmitter modulated by a pair of 810 tubes.  The FCC figured a young 15 year old ham would most likely keep a good log and I lived a couple miles away from Joe and probably talked to him a lot.  As it turned out my log had Joe in it when he did not have me logged into his log.  Joe was not allowed to operate for one year after that trial.  They used the log books to silence Joe for a year. All this happened during the first six months of being a ham radio operator.

Lee, w0vt

ex, w9drc


Re: Hilltoppers

Leland L. Bahr
 

Paul,

Yes, I was a very close friend of Bud and Emily, his wife.  Emily is now in her upper 90s and we keep in touch.  Both Bud and Emily were like big brother and sister to me as I was growing up.  They were at my wedding and we always went to the Fon du Lac banquet together.  I remember a lot of stories about Bud, W9HIF who was also W9EZZ known as Lowell.  (Bud and Lowell never talked to one another!)  Bye the way, Bud's son in law practiced law in Green Bay and was/is a ham.  Bud and Joe Collins, W9PYM were like oil and water.  They loved to JAMB  one another.  (AM vs SSB War, back in the 50s.)  Bud's closest friend was Earl Jenkins, W9LUQ and engineer at KFIZ in Fon du Lac.  Once in awhile a bunch of Wisconsin hams would get together for a JAM session.  Bud played drums.  I remember Earl got plastered at one of these jam sessions.  I found him in a corner on the floor with a wind up phonograph player on his lap.  He was playing a 78 and crying.  The song was, "How Could Red Ridding Hood".  The words were: How could Red Riding Hood be so very good with that wolf knocking at her door?  Please don't ask it, who filled her basket, the story will never tell!"  The other side was:  "Hello Bluebird".  Earl cried as he played the record over and over as he kept the player wound.   Bud had a 32 inch Muntz TV operating facing the rear of his station wagon.  In the Summer he used to tote a toboggan on the top of his station wagon.  At the Fon du Lac banquet, he would place his QSL card in the men's urinals and then proceed all night to inquire who placed his QSL in the urinals!  When I was in my early years of collage, I used to date a girl from Stougton.  (That is another story.  A blue eyed blond Norwegian bomb shell.  Her name was Carol Auby.  Her older brother worked at Ray O Vac.)  Bud and I used to go to a low class bar in downtown Milwaukee once in awhile.  One dollar would buy you a shot of whisky, a glass of beer, and a ham hock.  Yes, I remember Bud!  Back then most hams were mobile on 3950 khz AM.  That was the Wisconsin ham watering hole frequency.

Lee

w0vt, ex W9DRC 

On 9/17/2019 10:55 AM, Paul Goemans wrote:
Leland,
  I was going to email you and ask if you knew of the legendary original W9HIF. I looked you up on QRZ, and there it was! Not sure if I ever had a QSO with Bud, but sure knew of him! Grew up in Green Bay, WI!
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 
From: Leland Lannoye via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 9:53 AM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Hilltoppers
 
Your Honor, I second the request. 
Leland J. Lannoye, W9HIF, home of the scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of ham radio long, long ago.


On Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 9:52, Leland L. Bahr
If 4SQRP is considering another small run of the Hilltopper,  I'd
suggest you make it also available in a 30 meter version.  I certainly
would order one.  That way you could do a larger batch of Hilltoppers. 
(Half 20/40 meters for stragglers and 30 meters for those wanting more
of the Benson design and already Hilltopper owners.)  This is too nice a
transceiver to go away.  It's Dave Benson's best kit.

Lee, w0vt




Re: Hilltoppers

Gary E. Kohtala
 

That's a great idea! I'll take a 30m Hilltopper if one was made available. 
Thanks.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

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On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 09:52:53 AM EDT, Leland L. Bahr <w5drc@...> wrote:


If 4SQRP is considering another small run of the Hilltopper,  I'd
suggest you make it also available in a 30 meter version.  I certainly
would order one.  That way you could do a larger batch of Hilltoppers. 
(Half 20/40 meters for stragglers and 30 meters for those wanting more
of the Benson design and already Hilltopper owners.)  This is too nice a
transceiver to go away.  It's Dave Benson's best kit.

Lee, w0vt




Re: Hilltoppers

Andriy Gronau (KD2KUB) <kd2kub.forum@...>
 

Not much I can say but a 30 or 80 meter version would be great. 

I would even go for an 80/60 combo hihi

On Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 11:55 Paul Goemans <wa9pwp@...> wrote:
Leland,
  I was going to email you and ask if you knew of the legendary original W9HIF. I looked you up on QRZ, and there it was! Not sure if I ever had a QSO with Bud, but sure knew of him! Grew up in Green Bay, WI!
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 
From: Leland Lannoye via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 9:53 AM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Hilltoppers
 
Your Honor, I second the request. 
Leland J. Lannoye, W9HIF, home of the scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of ham radio long, long ago.


On Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 9:52, Leland L. Bahr
<w5drc@...> wrote:
If 4SQRP is considering another small run of the Hilltopper,  I'd
suggest you make it also available in a 30 meter version.  I certainly
would order one.  That way you could do a larger batch of Hilltoppers. 
(Half 20/40 meters for stragglers and 30 meters for those wanting more
of the Benson design and already Hilltopper owners.)  This is too nice a
transceiver to go away.  It's Dave Benson's best kit.

Lee, w0vt




--
TNX DE KD2KUB


Re: Hilltoppers

Paul Goemans
 

Leland,
  I was going to email you and ask if you knew of the legendary original W9HIF. I looked you up on QRZ, and there it was! Not sure if I ever had a QSO with Bud, but sure knew of him! Grew up in Green Bay, WI!
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 

From: Leland Lannoye via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, September 17, 2019 9:53 AM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Hilltoppers
 
Your Honor, I second the request. 
Leland J. Lannoye, W9HIF, home of the scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of ham radio long, long ago.


On Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 9:52, Leland L. Bahr
<w5drc@...> wrote:
If 4SQRP is considering another small run of the Hilltopper,  I'd
suggest you make it also available in a 30 meter version.  I certainly
would order one.  That way you could do a larger batch of Hilltoppers. 
(Half 20/40 meters for stragglers and 30 meters for those wanting more
of the Benson design and already Hilltopper owners.)  This is too nice a
transceiver to go away.  It's Dave Benson's best kit.

Lee, w0vt




Re: Hilltoppers

Ron K0OXB
 

I'm in for a 30 meter version as well.  This kit deserves a longer life to remember the skills of Dave Benson!

73,  Ron K0OXB 


On Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 9:53 AM, Leland Lannoye via Groups.Io
<w9hifmemorialstation@...> wrote:
Your Honor, I second the request. 
Leland J. Lannoye, W9HIF, home of the scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of ham radio long, long ago.


On Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 9:52, Leland L. Bahr
<w5drc@...> wrote:
If 4SQRP is considering another small run of the Hilltopper,  I'd
suggest you make it also available in a 30 meter version.  I certainly
would order one.  That way you could do a larger batch of Hilltoppers. 
(Half 20/40 meters for stragglers and 30 meters for those wanting more
of the Benson design and already Hilltopper owners.)  This is too nice a
transceiver to go away.  It's Dave Benson's best kit.

Lee, w0vt




Re: Hilltoppers

Leland Lannoye
 

Your Honor, I second the request. 
Leland J. Lannoye, W9HIF, home of the scary ghost stories and tales of the glories of ham radio long, long ago.


On Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 9:52, Leland L. Bahr
<w5drc@...> wrote:
If 4SQRP is considering another small run of the Hilltopper,  I'd
suggest you make it also available in a 30 meter version.  I certainly
would order one.  That way you could do a larger batch of Hilltoppers. 
(Half 20/40 meters for stragglers and 30 meters for those wanting more
of the Benson design and already Hilltopper owners.)  This is too nice a
transceiver to go away.  It's Dave Benson's best kit.

Lee, w0vt




Hilltoppers

Leland L. Bahr
 

If 4SQRP is considering another small run of the Hilltopper,  I'd suggest you make it also available in a 30 meter version.  I certainly would order one.  That way you could do a larger batch of Hilltoppers.  (Half 20/40 meters for stragglers and 30 meters for those wanting more of the Benson design and already Hilltopper owners.)  This is too nice a transceiver to go away.  It's Dave Benson's best kit.

Lee, w0vt


Upcoming Event: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 09/18/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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

Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 18 September 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 WQ5RP Terry.

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.


2019 NJQRP Skeeter Hunt Scoreboard

Larry Makoski
 

The 2019 NJQRP Skeeter Hunt Scoreboard is ready to view!
Congratulations to:
AB9CA - First Place Overall - Top Indiana Finish
N3AQC - Second Place Overall - Top Pennsylvania Finish
NN9K - Third Place Overall - Top Illinois Finish
NK9G - Fourth Place Overall - Top Wisconsin Finish
N0SS - Fifth Place Overall - Top Missouri Finish
Thanks to all who participated and submitted a log. There were so many soapbox comments submitted that it will take a bit of time to get them published - so stay tuned!

Larry W2LJ


Re: Wed Nite 40M Net

WA0ITP
 

Thanks Johnny!
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 9/16/2019 5:51 PM, Johnny Matlock wrote:

Ge Terry
Weather permitting 
I will give 40 meters at try at 8:00 pm.
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Mon, Sep 16, 2019 at 5:48 PM WA0ITP <wa0itp@...> wrote:
I wont be available for this Wednesdays 45M net. Pse someone jump in and give it a call.
-- 
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com


Re: Wed Nite 40M Net

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Terry
Weather permitting 
I will give 40 meters at try at 8:00 pm.
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Mon, Sep 16, 2019 at 5:48 PM WA0ITP <wa0itp@...> wrote:
I wont be available for this Wednesdays 45M net. Pse someone jump in and give it a call.
-- 
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com

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


Re: Wed Nite 40M Net - oops

WA0ITP
 

Meant 40M net of course, sri.
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 9/16/2019 5:48 PM, WA0ITP wrote:

I wont be available for this Wednesdays 45M net. Pse someone jump in and give it a call.
-- 
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com


Wed Nite 40M Net

WA0ITP
 

I wont be available for this Wednesdays 45M net. Pse someone jump in and give it a call.
-- 
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com


Fall QSO Party

KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...>
 

Hey everyone, Fall arrives a week from today so that means it is time for the QRP-ARCI Fall QSO Party! October 12 from 00:00Z to 23:59Z  

All the details are here: http://www.qrpcontest.com/qrparci_fall/

Don't miss out! 

--
73 de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey


Re: WTB: Hilltopper 40

KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...>
 

Jim do the current kits have the audio mods that Dave cooked up for the 20m version or are they not needed in the 40m version?

de KB9BVN

On 9/14/2019 12:26 AM, Jim Pruitt wrote:
Hello Brian.

If you go to the 4SQRP page at:
http://www.4sqrp.com/index.php
and select 4 State QRP Kit Builders tab on the left that takes you to:
http://www.4sqrp.com/Kit_Helpers.php

You will see 7 people willing to build a kit for someone (one of the 7 is in Canada).  4 of them on that list indicate that they are not busy.  The 4 that the list show as not busy are:
Larry Draughn    AE4LD
Steve Miller    N0SM
Dave Raycroft    VA3RJ
Paul Rose    K0EET

I just sent a kit to Steve Miller, N0SM today to build for someone and have sent him kits for others in the past.  If that is something that interests you then I would suggest that you contact one of them about building a kit for you but you might want to do it quickly as I am down to 6 Hilltopper kits left.  I do not know what they charge for their service.  Some of them I know do not charge other than postage but that is something you will have to work out with them.  They do a great service for the group.

Good luck.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY


On 9/13/2019 7:58 PM, KB9BVN - wrote:
Hi gang

I am the happy owner of the HT 20 and I would like to buy a already built and working HT 40 radio. So if you have one built and working and wish to purge it from your inventory, let me know and maybe we can work something out.

I'd buy the kit but I'll never get it built...my eyes ain't what they used to be.

Anyway...just give me a shout.

de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey


Re: Hilltopper

Jim Pruitt
 

Hello Bob.

As Terry indicated, go to the 4SQRP main page at:
http://www.4sqrp.com/index.php
and select the "Shop Four State QRP Kits" tab on the left which takes you to:
http://www.4sqrp.com/kitIndex.php
in that page do down to either "K1SWL Hilltopper 40" link
which takes you to:
http://www.4sqrp.com/hilltopper-40.php

or select "K1SWL Hilltopper 20" link in/on that kit index page which takes you to:
http://www.4sqrp.com/hilltopper20.php

As someone else indicated we only have 40 meter and 20 meter versions right now but there is information in the files section of the Hilltopper (groups.io) subgroup that has the ATMega328P (Arduino chip) INO firmware file and also conversion information for 30 meters.  At this time the kit you order comes with a top panel that indicates that it is either a Hilltopper 40 or a Hilltopper 20.  The kits are $90 usd plus postage ($7.90 for USPS priority mail within the USA).  I only have 6 kits left.  They are Hilltopper20's but if someone orders a Hilltopper40 then I remove the 20 meter parts and replace them with 40 meter parts (and top panel).

Thank you for your interest and support.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY


On 9/13/2019 11:05 AM, Bob Nelson via Groups.Io wrote:

Jim,
I'm very late hearing about the Hilltopper.
Where can I get more description, and an
order form or instructions?

Tnx es 73,
Bob - K6KL

On Friday, September 13, 2019, 12:45:20 PM CDT, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:


As a heads up: Just in case anyone is undecided about ordering the
Hilltopper be aware that I only have 8 kits left.  There has been talk
of another short run but even if that happens it will take time to get
the parts and boards ordered and in hand  and get them kitted and there
is no guarantee that the group will do another run. If the Hilltopper is
on your list but you have not ordered it yet, you might consider
ordering it now before they are gone.  Dave Benson did a terrific job on
this kit.

Thank you for your support.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY



On 9/12/2019 10:14 PM, Leland L. Bahr wrote:
> I just ordered a 40 meter Hilltopper and have not built my 20 meter
> version yet!  Curt, KB5JO, a friend of mine, keeps telling me how much
> fun he is having with his 20 meter version.  So even though I have not
> built the first one, I did not want to miss out in being able to get a
> 40 meter version.  I can see, there is a lot a merit in simplicity. 
> The Hilltopper is well laid out and the instruction manual is great.
snip
>   The more I think about this kit, is it is a REAL SLEEPER!  Years ago
> I missed out buying a Red Hot Radio when they were available and have
> always kicked myself for not picking one up when they were available. 
> I think I would say the same thing if I didn't buy the Hilltoppers
> before they were no longer available.  The Hilltoppers are basic
> solidly built easy to build work horses.  Surface mount is taken care
> of for you and the instructions make the build pretty much bullet
> proof and fun to build. In short, this is a fun project to build and
> KB5JO says it is a really fun rig to use. That is saying something as
> KB5JO has a lot of QRP rigs he has built.  For you guys on the edge of
> ordering one or not,  my suggestion is you need to seriously consider
> buying a Hilltopper while you can still do so.  As Curt has told me,
> the Hilltopper is a REAL KEEPER !
>
> Lee, w0vt, w5drc






Re: WTB: Hilltopper 40

Jim Pruitt
 

Hello Brian.

If you go to the 4SQRP page at:
http://www.4sqrp.com/index.php
and select 4 State QRP Kit Builders tab on the left that takes you to:
http://www.4sqrp.com/Kit_Helpers.php

You will see 7 people willing to build a kit for someone (one of the 7 is in Canada).  4 of them on that list indicate that they are not busy.  The 4 that the list show as not busy are:
Larry Draughn    AE4LD
Steve Miller    N0SM
Dave Raycroft    VA3RJ
Paul Rose    K0EET

I just sent a kit to Steve Miller, N0SM today to build for someone and have sent him kits for others in the past.  If that is something that interests you then I would suggest that you contact one of them about building a kit for you but you might want to do it quickly as I am down to 6 Hilltopper kits left.  I do not know what they charge for their service.  Some of them I know do not charge other than postage but that is something you will have to work out with them.  They do a great service for the group.

Good luck.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY


On 9/13/2019 7:58 PM, KB9BVN - wrote:
Hi gang

I am the happy owner of the HT 20 and I would like to buy a already built and working HT 40 radio. So if you have one built and working and wish to purge it from your inventory, let me know and maybe we can work something out.

I'd buy the kit but I'll never get it built...my eyes ain't what they used to be.

Anyway...just give me a shout.

de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey


WTB: Hilltopper 40

KB9BVN - <kb9bvn@...>
 

Hi gang

I am the happy owner of the HT 20 and I would like to buy a already built and working HT 40 radio. So if you have one built and working and wish to purge it from your inventory, let me know and maybe we can work something out.

I'd buy the kit but I'll never get it built...my eyes ain't what they used to be.

Anyway...just give me a shout.

de KB9BVN
Brian Murrey


Re: Hilltopper

WA0ITP
 

http://www.4sqrp.com/hilltopper-40.php
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 9/13/2019 1:05 PM, Bob Nelson via Groups.Io wrote:


Jim,
I'm very late hearing about the Hilltopper.
Where can I get more description, and an
order form or instructions?

Tnx es 73,
Bob - K6KL

On Friday, September 13, 2019, 12:45:20 PM CDT, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:


As a heads up: Just in case anyone is undecided about ordering the
Hilltopper be aware that I only have 8 kits left.  There has been talk
of another short run but even if that happens it will take time to get
the parts and boards ordered and in hand  and get them kitted and there
is no guarantee that the group will do another run. If the Hilltopper is
on your list but you have not ordered it yet, you might consider
ordering it now before they are gone.  Dave Benson did a terrific job on
this kit.

Thank you for your support.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY



On 9/12/2019 10:14 PM, Leland L. Bahr wrote:
> I just ordered a 40 meter Hilltopper and have not built my 20 meter
> version yet!  Curt, KB5JO, a friend of mine, keeps telling me how much
> fun he is having with his 20 meter version.  So even though I have not
> built the first one, I did not want to miss out in being able to get a
> 40 meter version.  I can see, there is a lot a merit in simplicity. 
> The Hilltopper is well laid out and the instruction manual is great.
snip
>   The more I think about this kit, is it is a REAL SLEEPER!  Years ago
> I missed out buying a Red Hot Radio when they were available and have
> always kicked myself for not picking one up when they were available. 
> I think I would say the same thing if I didn't buy the Hilltoppers
> before they were no longer available.  The Hilltoppers are basic
> solidly built easy to build work horses.  Surface mount is taken care
> of for you and the instructions make the build pretty much bullet
> proof and fun to build. In short, this is a fun project to build and
> KB5JO says it is a really fun rig to use. That is saying something as
> KB5JO has a lot of QRP rigs he has built.  For you guys on the edge of
> ordering one or not,  my suggestion is you need to seriously consider
> buying a Hilltopper while you can still do so.  As Curt has told me,
> the Hilltopper is a REAL KEEPER !
>
> Lee, w0vt, w5drc





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