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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 02/12/2020 #cal-notice

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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 12 February 2020
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 is WQ5RP Operator to be determined.

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.


Ozarkcon 2020 tidbits

Walter - K5EST
 

Hi All, yes the Ozarkcon Team has been busy with the
details of the greatest venue of QRP fun in mid-America.

The Speakers this year are in line with the last couple of 
years and many are known worldwide for knowledge and
their activity in QRP.

The webmaster will soon be receiving the data to put
the Ozarkcon website into operation. We will need to 
proofread and make a few adjustments, then a notice
of "open for pre-registration" will be sent to the reflector. 
Please allow us just a little more time to get things finalized.

The Stone Castle Hotel is still on winter break but you
can reserve rooms during normal weekday hours by
calling (417) 335-4700 and asking for the 4 State QRP
block of rooms.

More tidbits to follow later.

73,
Walter Dufrain - K5EST - QRPcw
 Speaker Presentations Chair for OzarkCon 2020
 An ARRL approved Specialty Operating Convention



Re: Upcoming Event: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 02/12/2020 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Group

Bert, N0YJ  is under the weather tonight, so I will call the DMR net at 9:00 pm.
Thanks 
Cu on the Nets 
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 3:00 PM main@4SQRP.groups.io Calendar <main@4sqrp.groups.io> wrote:

Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 8:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

View Event

Organizer: jomatlock@...

Description: The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS is WQ5RP Operator to be determined.

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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Upcoming Event: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 02/12/2020 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 8:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

View Event

Organizer: jomatlock@...

Description: The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS is WQ5RP Operator to be determined.

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.


February SSS Winner

John Lonigro
 

The February Second Sunday Sprint results are in. This month's winner is John Laney, K4BAI, with 20 QSO points.  Congratulations, John.  The February scores were quite a bit higher than January's. Last month, 6 points was enough to come in first (out of 9 entries).  This month, 6 points gets you tied for 8th place (out of 12).  The overall winner at this early stage of the contest is Carl WB0CFF, but only by the narrowest of margins, a single point.  In one month, John vaulted from last place (didn't participate in January) to being one point from the lead.

Congratulations to all who participated.  John will receive his certificate shortly.

72,

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


Upcoming Event: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 02/12/2020 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 8:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

View Event

Organizer: jomatlock@...

Description: The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS is WQ5RP Operator to be determined.

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.


W0RW @ Ice Station Zebra, 12 Feb. 2020 1800z-2000z

w0rw
 

W0RW @  Ice Station Zebra,   12 Feb. 2020.

(It is like Siberia there right now)… http://tinyurl.com/zgss4yu

(This is not a SOTA but it is at 8500 feet).

 

 1800z on 7032 +/-2,  w/  BC-221, 10W.

 

 1900z on 14061 +/-2  w/ PRC319 'Lite', 10W.

 2000z on 14285  +/-7 w/PRC319, 50W.


You can see the weather and  sky over  ISZ at:

 

 The QSL card for this operation will be my new Dino QSL.

 

 

Paul   W0RW

Colorado


Upcoming Event: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 02/12/2020 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 8:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

View Event

Organizer: jomatlock@...

Description: The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS is WQ5RP Operator to be determined.

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.


Re: Ham planning Katy Trail across-MO bicycle trip

david gauding
 

Hello Scott.

I don't know your planned pace but starting in Machens at the eastern terminus (St. Charles, MO) a good place to overnight the first day could be Klondike Park. See: https://www.sccmo.org/690/Klondike-Park  It's about thirty-three miles out. Cabins (reserve early) and primitive camping are available and the park is right on the trail. You can catch lunch or dinner at either bar & grill in Defiance, MO about half-way down the trail on day one. There are quite a few wineries along this stretch too. You won't go hungry or thirsty!

My wife and I started riding the Katy in 1990 when it first opened. These days we live about eight miles from the trail. Sandy still rides it occasionally but health issues keep me off now. I still run QRP portable at Klondike from time-to-time and several other shady spots near/along the trail.

Can't help you on repeaters but I'm sure others will chime in. You will want to set some time side for historic Rocheport, MO and Hermann, MO. Plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from there.

As someone has already mentioned the trail is hard on bikes. I read it's 3/8" minus grade limestone. Bad enough when it's dry but can be a real pain when wet. That said it is still a good riding surface and the scenery is ever changing.

Good;luck with your ride. I trust you will be operating portable along the way. Please keep us posted.

Dave Gauding, NF0R





Re: Ham planning Katy Trail across-MO bicycle trip

Jim
 

HI Scott,

I'm assuming you've done the rails-to-trails riding before.  KATY is crushed gravel, so prepare for the associated dust & drive train wear.  There are some good breweries and wineries along the route (a hike up to Montel might be worth it, depending upon how heavy all your gear is -- they have a lovely large deck with a scenic view of the surrounding area.  Wine, too!).

https://bikekatytrail.com is a pretty good website for info, as are others (plenty of info on the web for the KATY).

Enjoy your ride, let us know how it goes -- no 40m gear?


Send in your score

John Lonigro
 

The February SSS is history.  Please remember to submit your score (qrpcontest.com) by tomorrow (Tuesday).  I will try to tabulate everything and report the results by Wednesday morning.

DST will start prior to the March SSS.  This is a reminder that the SSS runs from 7:00-9:00 pm central time all year round, which is CST for a few months in the winter and CDT the rest of the year.

72,

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - Sun, 02/09/2020 #cal-notice

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4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint

When:
Sunday, 9 February 2020
7:00pm to 9:00pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Organizer:
John Lonigro

Description:
4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint. See http://www.4sqrp.com/4sqrpOnTheAir.php for details.


Upcoming Event: 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - Sun, 02/09/2020 7:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint

When: Sunday, 9 February 2020, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

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Organizer: John Lonigro

Description: 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint. See http://www.4sqrp.com/4sqrpOnTheAir.php for details.


Re: Cricket 40 Mod

Karl Schwab
 

Good deal Dan; I just tried the Cricket 80a today, both straight key and keyer jack work perfectly!  I think this mod needs to be included in the kits, i.e., trace(s) added/removed from key PCB, whatever it takes.  Owners will want the keyer option at some point.  73, Karl, KO8S

On Sat, Feb 8, 2020 at 1:09 PM Daniel Walter via Groups.Io <nm3a=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Thanks for the picture, Karl. I figured out the mods. Just as simple as my mod! But I didn't think of that.
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72/73, Dan
NM3A


Re: Cricket 40 Mod

Daniel Walter
 

Thanks for the picture, Karl. I figured out the mods. Just as simple as my mod! But I didn't think of that.
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72/73, Dan
NM3A


Re: Cricket 40 Mod

Karl Schwab
 

Dan, I do not have, or there never was, a schematic for this mod, i.e., "adding keyer jack to straight key strip" (or some such words).  I took my Cricket 80a apart (see attached photo) so you can see how simple this was to do.  Again, this was not my idea, but a post to the 4sqrp groups here a year or more ago.  Looks like one pin of the jack was removed, then soldered to the board, two pins jumped, and a short length of wire added from one pin and soldered to pad on PCB.  The photo shows this.  Sorry, that is all that I have, but I have to say, it works like a charm buy using either the original straight key or attaching a keyer.  No shorting plug or anything else needs to be used.  I would like to see someone, research this mod and re-post it here.  I think I will order a Cricket 40 and build it using what I have done here. 73, Karl, KO8S

On Sat, Feb 8, 2020 at 11:14 AM Daniel Walter via Groups.Io <nm3a=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Karl,
Do you have the schematic for your mod?  Do you need a shorting jack?
Dan
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72/73, Dan
NM3A


Re: Cricket 40 Mod

Daniel Walter
 

Karl,
Do you have the schematic for your mod?  Do you need a shorting jack?
Dan
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72/73, Dan
NM3A


Upcoming Event: 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - Sun, 02/09/2020 7:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint

When: Sunday, 9 February 2020, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

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Organizer: John Lonigro

Description: 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint. See http://www.4sqrp.com/4sqrpOnTheAir.php for details.


#OZARKCON Hotel Reservations #OZARKCON

Ed Meyer, WG5F
 

I just called in my hotel reservations to the StoneCastle in Branson.
They are still on winter hours so you can only visit with them Monday-Friday.
But you can get your room reserved - be sure and say your with the 4SQRP OzarkCon group.
73,
-Ed, WG5F-


Re: Cricket 40 Mod

Karl Schwab
 


The attached photo is of my Cricket 80a that was modified per a post here from a year or so ago, allowing for the use of the straight key or keyer input.  It was a simple mod of cutting a PCB trace and adding a single length of wire.  Neither of which can be seen in this photo.  The short length of wire is directly under the straight key strip.  The mod was nice and clean and works perfectly and should be done on all Cricket builds, in my opinion.  73, de Karl, KO8S

On Friday, February 7, 2020, 10:53:24 AM EST, Daniel Walter via Groups.Io <nm3a@...> wrote:


There were 2 previous mods. The one used a transistor to lower the keying current. It seemed slightly more complicated but apparently allowed for simultaneous use of an external keyer and the straight key. The other mod I had thought of but discarded as it requires a shorting plug, which is another thing to get lost, and a way to hold the key down when the external keyer is used. The extra strip was already there and it requires only a wire and two extra nuts and bolts. And, most importantly to me, both the external keyer and the straight key can be used at the same time with no other items.


Best would be having the jack right on the PCB and no extra strip. Easy to incorporate into a new PCB design, but a little harder to mod the existing one. 
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72/73, Dan
NM3A