Date   

Sprint Tonight 7 to 9 PM

Walter - K5EST
 

4State QRP 2nd Sunday Sprints

beginning June 9th at 7 to 9 PM (cdst)

any mode and band, except WARC & 60 mtrs, no NCS, 5 watts maximum
output regardless of mode. The Sprint keeps the keys, mics, and
keyboards active and collect the valuable QSO contacts that are needed
to achieve the W25 awards.


<http://www.4sqrp.com/ActivityRecognition.php>

Suggested calling idea is.....CQ 4S....and obtain the stations 4SQRP
number for W25 awards. Please stop by the 7.122 MHz club hang-out
frequency to allow the crystal bound stations to have fun, also! Also
some folks have not changed their Pig Rig from 7.030.7 MHz.

Exchange, club member number or None if non-member

There is more at stake than the W25 awards, the most QSO contacts
station by October 1st, 2013, wins the club callsign WQ5RP for the
October 4x4 Sprint. (in case of a tie of QSOs, then we shall draw a
winner). With a massive multiplier attached, this may be the most
coveted contact in your logbook for the 4x4 Sprint!

Reporting is easy.....send me an email to

spike55@outlook.com

Put SPRINT in the subject line then in the text body, indicate your
number of QSO contacts and what mode.

......I will compile the total of entries and post them on the club
yahoo groups reflector!

72/73, see you on the Sprint!....Walter - K5EST


Re: 4S 2nd Sunday Sprint info

James Rodenkirch
 

7 to 9 PM Central time or 0001 to 0159Z???   

 

To: 4sqrp@...; wa0itp@...
CC: walter.k5est@...
From: tim.n9puz@...
Date: Sun, 9 Jun 2013 12:01:39 -0500
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] 4S 2nd Sunday Sprint info

 
Just as a reminder... If you have not committed your 4SQRP # to memory
go to the members page on the web site. If you hover your mouse over
your call sign a box will pop up with the information.

73,

Tim N9PUZ

On 6/8/2013 11:14 AM, WA0ITP wrote:
> 
>
> *Sounds good to me. *
> **
> *If I hear Uncle Phil calling "CQ 4S" I'll throw out "wa0itp" If he
> answers I'll respond with "tu nr 38 bk", he then sends "tu nr 13 dit
> dit" I send "dit dit" and he resumes calling.*
> **
> *Sound about right? .*
>
> ----------------------------------
> Real radios weigh less than a pound.
> I love this radio stuff !
> 72 WAØITP
> www.wa0itp.com <http://www.wa0itp.com>
> www.4sqrp.com <http://www.4sqrp.com>
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Walter - K5EST <mailto:walter.k5est@...>
> *To:* Phil Anderson <mailto:aldenmcduffie@...>
> *Cc:* 4sqrp@... <mailto:4sqrp@...>
> *Sent:* Saturday, June 08, 2013 11:00 AM
> *Subject:* Re: [4sqrp] 4S 2nd Sunday Sprint info
>
> Hi Phil, exchange is easy as possible, callsign and 4sqrp member
> number if possible.
>
> Hopes were to keep this Sprint very low in record keeping and just
> have fun!
>
> Thanks for asking.
> 72....Walter . K5EST
>
> On Jun 8, 2013 9:51 AM, "Phil Anderson" <aldenmcduffie@...
> <mailto:aldenmcduffie@...>> wrote:
>
> Hey Walter, sounds fun. WHAT IS THE EXCHANGE FOR THESE CONTACTS;
> for example on FD we exchange station class and state, e.g. 3A KS.
> Any exchange for this other than callsign?
>
> Uncle Phil, W0XI
>
> for sprint: 7-9 PM, Sunday, 6-9-13
>
>>
>> Walter - K5EST wrote:
>> The 2nd Sunday 4S Sprints begins June 9th, 2013
>
>
>>
>> Walter - K5EST
>
>
>
>


Re: 4S 2nd Sunday Sprint info

Tim N9PUZ
 

Just as a reminder... If you have not committed your 4SQRP # to memory go to the members page on the web site. If you hover your mouse over your call sign a box will pop up with the information.

73,

Tim N9PUZ

On 6/8/2013 11:14 AM, WA0ITP wrote:


*Sounds good to me. *
**
*If I hear Uncle Phil calling "CQ 4S" I'll throw out "wa0itp" If he
answers I'll respond with "tu nr 38 bk", he then sends "tu nr 13 dit
dit" I send "dit dit" and he resumes calling.*
**
*Sound about right? .*

----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72 WAØITP
www.wa0itp.com <http://www.wa0itp.com>
www.4sqrp.com <http://www.4sqrp.com>


----- Original Message -----
*From:* Walter - K5EST <mailto:walter.k5est@gmail.com>
*To:* Phil Anderson <mailto:aldenmcduffie@sunflower.com>
*Cc:* 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com <mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com>
*Sent:* Saturday, June 08, 2013 11:00 AM
*Subject:* Re: [4sqrp] 4S 2nd Sunday Sprint info

Hi Phil, exchange is easy as possible, callsign and 4sqrp member
number if possible.

Hopes were to keep this Sprint very low in record keeping and just
have fun!

Thanks for asking.
72....Walter . K5EST

On Jun 8, 2013 9:51 AM, "Phil Anderson" <aldenmcduffie@sunflower.com
<mailto:aldenmcduffie@sunflower.com>> wrote:

Hey Walter, sounds fun. WHAT IS THE EXCHANGE FOR THESE CONTACTS;
for example on FD we exchange station class and state, e.g. 3A KS.
Any exchange for this other than callsign?

Uncle Phil, W0XI

for sprint: 7-9 PM, Sunday, 6-9-13


Walter - K5EST wrote:
The 2nd Sunday 4S Sprints begins June 9th, 2013


Walter - K5EST



4sqrp sprint is tonight 7 to 9 pm, freq?

Phil Anderson
 

ok GUYS, JUST NOTICED ON THE BANNER ON THE SIGHT THAT THE TIME IS TONITE AT 7-9pm. Hope to see ya there.

I will hang around 7122...........assume folks will spread out from there and what about 7030?

Uncle Phil


Re: 4S 2nd Sunday Sprint info

Phil Anderson
 

I forgot, when is the sprint..........is it as I recall 7 to 9 pm tonight, Sunday?



John R. Lonigro wrote:


The logger programs and the operators might both be confused by WB0PDR
(4SQRP #579) and WB7TPH (4SQRP #599) - hi.

John AA0VE


On 06/08/2013 01:44 PM, Walter - K5EST wrote:


Yes'sir......easy and simple.

Probably make the logger programs crazy without an RST. So some
stations may have to blurb a RST.

....Walter

On Jun 8, 2013 11:13 AM, "WA0ITP" > wrote:

    *Sounds good to me. *
    **Â
    *If I hear Uncle Phil calling "CQ 4S" I'll throw out "wa0itp"Â
    If he answers I'll respond with "t u nr 38 bk", he then sends "tu
    nr 13 dit dit"  I send "dit dit" and he resumes calling.*
    **Â
    *Sound about right? .*
    Â
    ----------------------------------
    Real radios weigh less than a pound.
    I love this radio stuff !
    72  WAØITP
    www.wa0itp.com
    www.4sqrp.com
    Â
    Â
    Â

        ----- Original Message -----
        *From:* Walter - K5EST
        *To:* Phil Anderson
        *Cc: * 4sqrp@...
        *Sent:* Saturday, June 08, 2013 11:00 AM
        *Subject:* Re: [4sqrp] 4S 2nd Sunday Sprint info



        Hi Phil, exchange is easy as possible, callsign and 4sqrp
        member number if possible.

        Hopes were to keep this Sprint very low in record keeping and
        just have fun!

        Thanks for asking.
        72....Walter . K5EST

        On Jun 8, 2013 9:51 AM, "Phil Anderson"
                > wrote:

            Hey Walter, sounds fun. WHAT IS THE EXCHANGE FOR THESE
            CONTACTS; for example on FD we exchange station class and
            state, e.g. 3A KS.
            Any exchange for this other than callsign?

            Uncle Phil, W0XI

            for sprint: 7-9 PM, Sunday, 6-9-13



            Walter - K5EST wrote:
            The 2nd Sunday 4S Sprints begins June 9th, 2013





            Walter - K5EST









Re: 4S 2nd Sunday Sprint info

John Lonigro
 

The logger programs and the operators might both be confused by WB0PDR (4SQRP #579) and WB7TPH (4SQRP #599) - hi.

John AA0VE


On 06/08/2013 01:44 PM, Walter - K5EST wrote:
 

Yes'sir......easy and simple.

Probably make the logger programs crazy without an RST. So some stations may have to blurb a RST.

....Walter

On Jun 8, 2013 11:13 AM, "WA0ITP" <wa0itp@...> wrote:
Sounds good to me. 
 
If I hear Uncle Phil calling "CQ 4S"  I'll throw out "wa0itp"  If he answers I'll respond with "tu nr 38 bk", he then sends "tu nr 13 dit dit"  I send "dit dit" and he resumes calling.
 
Sound about right?  .
 
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WAØITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, June 08, 2013 11:00 AM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] 4S 2nd Sunday Sprint info



Hi Phil, exchange is easy as possible, callsign and 4sqrp member number if possible.

Hopes were to keep this Sprint very low in record keeping and just have fun!

Thanks for asking.
72....Walter . K5EST

On Jun 8, 2013 9:51 AM, "Phil Anderson" <aldenmcduffie@...> wrote:
Hey Walter, sounds fun. WHAT IS THE EXCHANGE FOR THESE CONTACTS; for example on FD we exchange station class and state, e.g. 3A KS.
Any exchange for this other than callsign?

Uncle Phil, W0XI

for sprint: 7-9 PM, Sunday, 6-9-13


Walter - K5EST wrote:
The 2nd Sunday 4S Sprints begins June 9th, 2013



Walter - K5EST







Re: 4S 2nd Sunday Sprint info

Walter - K5EST
 

Yes'sir......easy and simple.

Probably make the logger programs crazy without an RST. So some stations may have to blurb a RST.

....Walter

On Jun 8, 2013 11:13 AM, "WA0ITP" <wa0itp@...> wrote:
Sounds good to me. 
 
If I hear Uncle Phil calling "CQ 4S"  I'll throw out "wa0itp"  If he answers I'll respond with "tu nr 38 bk", he then sends "tu nr 13 dit dit"  I send "dit dit" and he resumes calling.
 
Sound about right?  .
 
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WAØITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, June 08, 2013 11:00 AM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] 4S 2nd Sunday Sprint info



Hi Phil, exchange is easy as possible, callsign and 4sqrp member number if possible.

Hopes were to keep this Sprint very low in record keeping and just have fun!

Thanks for asking.
72....Walter . K5EST

On Jun 8, 2013 9:51 AM, "Phil Anderson" <aldenmcduffie@...> wrote:
Hey Walter, sounds fun. WHAT IS THE EXCHANGE FOR THESE CONTACTS; for example on FD we exchange station class and state, e.g. 3A KS.
Any exchange for this other than callsign?

Uncle Phil, W0XI

for sprint: 7-9 PM, Sunday, 6-9-13


Walter - K5EST wrote:
The 2nd Sunday 4S Sprints begins June 9th, 2013



Walter - K5EST






Re: 4S 2nd Sunday Sprint info

WA0ITP
 


Sounds good to me. 
 
If I hear Uncle Phil calling "CQ 4S"  I'll throw out "wa0itp"  If he answers I'll respond with "tu nr 38 bk", he then sends "tu nr 13 dit dit"  I send "dit dit" and he resumes calling.
 
Sound about right?  .
 
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WAØITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, June 08, 2013 11:00 AM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] 4S 2nd Sunday Sprint info

Hi Phil, exchange is easy as possible, callsign and 4sqrp member number if possible.

Hopes were to keep this Sprint very low in record keeping and just have fun!

Thanks for asking.
72....Walter . K5EST

On Jun 8, 2013 9:51 AM, "Phil Anderson" <aldenmcduffie@...> wrote:
Hey Walter, sounds fun. WHAT IS THE EXCHANGE FOR THESE CONTACTS; for example on FD we exchange station class and state, e.g. 3A KS.
Any exchange for this other than callsign?

Uncle Phil, W0XI

for sprint: 7-9 PM, Sunday, 6-9-13


Walter - K5EST wrote:
The 2nd Sunday 4S Sprints begins June 9th, 2013



Walter - K5EST




Re: 4S 2nd Sunday Sprint info

Walter - K5EST
 

Hi Phil, exchange is easy as possible, callsign and 4sqrp member number if possible.

Hopes were to keep this Sprint very low in record keeping and just have fun!

Thanks for asking.
72....Walter . K5EST

On Jun 8, 2013 9:51 AM, "Phil Anderson" <aldenmcduffie@...> wrote:
Hey Walter, sounds fun. WHAT IS THE EXCHANGE FOR THESE CONTACTS; for example on FD we exchange station class and state, e.g. 3A KS.
Any exchange for this other than callsign?

Uncle Phil, W0XI

for sprint: 7-9 PM, Sunday, 6-9-13


Walter - K5EST wrote:
The 2nd Sunday 4S Sprints begins June 9th, 2013



Walter - K5EST




Re: 4S 2nd Sunday Sprint info

Phil Anderson
 

Hey Walter, sounds fun. WHAT IS THE EXCHANGE FOR THESE CONTACTS; for example on FD we exchange station class and state, e.g. 3A KS.
Any exchange for this other than callsign?

Uncle Phil, W0XI

for sprint: 7-9 PM, Sunday, 6-9-13


Walter - K5EST wrote:
The 2nd Sunday 4S Sprints begins June 9th, 2013



Walter - K5EST




4S 2nd Sunday Sprint info

Walter - K5EST
 

The 2nd Sunday 4S Sprints begins June 9th, 2013

Advantage of the Sprints is no NCS is needed and you have a chance to
jump into the fun at your leisure. Seems here lately that the antennas
have no chance of drying out with storms showing up ever few days.

4State QRP 2nd Sunday Sprints

beginning June 9th at 7 to 9 PM (cdst)

any mode and band, except WARC & 60 mtrs, no NCS, 5 watts maximum
output regardless of mode. The Sprint keeps the keys, mics, and
keyboards active and collect the valuable QSO contacts that are needed
to achieve the W25 awards.

<http://www.4sqrp.com/ActivityRecognition.php>

Suggested calling idea is.....CQ 4S....and obtain the stations 4SQRP
number for W25 awards. Please stop by the 7.122 MHz club hang-out
frequency to allow the crystal bound stations to have fun, also! Also
some folks have not changed their Pig Rig from 7.030.7 MHz.

There is more at stake than the W25 awards, the most QSO contacts
station by October 1st, 2013, wins the club callsign WQ5RP for the
October 4x4 Sprint. (in case of a tie of QSOs, then we shall draw a
winner). With a massive multiplier attached, this may be the most
coveted contact in your logbook for the 4x4 Sprint!

Reporting is easy.....send me an email to

spike55@outlook.com

Put SPRINT in the subject line then in the text body, indicate your
number of QSO contacts and what mode.

......I will compile the total of entries and post them on the club
yahoo groups reflector!

72/73, see you on the Sprint!
Walter - K5EST


Re: DSO Scope

Chuck Carpenter
 

Dan,

I have a Hantek DSO-2250 USB scope. Works great and the display is as big as whatever PC I have it connected to. I like it much better than the analog scope I had. The ease of saving JPGs of the display waveforms is very handy.

I'd think that the stand-alone version would work equally as well.

Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ
EM22cv, Rains Co. TX


Re: Ref Piggy saga

Virgil R. Hammond <n0tgr@...>
 

George my keyer chip was bad also, glad you got it going your way, Dick  N0TGR

From: Johnny Matlock
To: "4sqrp@..." <4sqrp@...>; GeorgeG
Sent: Friday, June 7, 2013 8:45 PM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Ref Piggy saga
 
Good job George
It's the little wired ones that seem to cause us the most grief!
Hope to hear the "Pig" on the air.
72 
Johnny AC0BQ
On Friday, June 7, 2013, GeorgeG wrote:
 
Some of you may remember the problems I had with the Piggy xmiting on multi freq. I had come up with a work around as described on the Pig forum. Well I have replaced the keyer chip. Guess what? My problem went away! No more work around needed. 72 George/W2BPI


Re: Ref Piggy saga

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Good job George
It's the little wired ones that seem to cause us the most grief!
Hope to hear the "Pig" on the air.
72 
Johnny AC0BQ

On Friday, June 7, 2013, GeorgeG wrote:
 

Some of you may remember the problems I had with the Piggy xmiting on multi freq. I had come up with a work around as described on the Pig forum. Well I have replaced the keyer chip. Guess what? My problem went away! No more work around needed. 72 George/W2BPI


Ref Piggy saga

George H. Gates
 

Some of you may remember the problems I had with the Piggy xmiting on multi freq. I had come up with a work around as described on the Pig forum. Well I have replaced the keyer chip. Guess what? My problem went away! No more work around needed. 72 George/W2BPI


Re: DSO

Robert 'RC' Conley <rc.kc5wa@...>
 

if your interested.
 I purchased this one about 7 months ago.
Best money spent in log time <http://www.testequipmentdepot.com/owon/sds-series/sds7102.htm?gclid=CLzOnuGP07cCFQfl7AodNDoAYg>


On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 5:20 PM, Dan Reynolds <on30ng@...> wrote:
 

I am thinking very hard about upgrading my oscilloscope. 
I have an Iwatsu 60 MHz, 4 channel that I purchased off eBay. It works fine. I got some 'Chinese' probes off eBay as well and they work great. 

So why do I want to upgrade?
Well, partly because I'm not really that good with an o'scope. Seems strange to upgrade right? Well the newer DSO scopes with LCD screens are super smart. Some will 'autorange' for you and not only that - the most important thing is they tell you the frequency and voltage of the signals you're looking at.

Ham radio is my hobby, not my livelihood and I do enjoy learning all I can - to a point. When it becomes work I'm not quite as interested. The flip side is an o'scope is one of the most handy tools you can have.

Which is why I'm at this crossroads. 
Seems to me a DSO (a cheaper DSO, one of the Chinese models) will actually help me learn more and let me enjoy my building more. My number one ham activity is building.

This is the one I'm considering: http://goo.gl/7rJKB 
Warning - this is an eBay ad... 
I don't expect this to be a Tektronix. I don't expect it to be perfect. I've seen some reviews of their other products and most seem to like their stuff (Hantek). I think my main concerns are bandwidth and samples per second. Well and cost of course! Another thing, this particular seller has a 99.9% positive rating. I'm assuming if they sold junk it would catch up with them. And I've been watching this thing for months. I've read the blogs, EEV, forums, eHam, etc. I know that the Chinese DSO's are the hot ticket now for engineers. But I'm not an engineer, I'm a hobbyist.

You don't have to talk me into one, I've pretty much accomplished that. I was just wondering if anyone else has had this same thought pattern and has purchased one and it has helped you. Or what do you think?

73
Dan -- KB9JLO




--
Wiol ono


Re: DSO

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Dan 
Terry and Bert both bought new scopes at Dayton last year, I can't remember the brand, but they will sing dance and take names almost!!
Hopefully they will chime in on the subject!
72
Johnny

On Friday, June 7, 2013, Dan Reynolds wrote:
 

I am thinking very hard about upgrading my oscilloscope. 
I have an Iwatsu 60 MHz, 4 channel that I purchased off eBay. It works fine. I got some 'Chinese' probes off eBay as well and they work great. 

So why do I want to upgrade?
Well, partly because I'm not really that good with an o'scope. Seems strange to upgrade right? Well the newer DSO scopes with LCD screens are super smart. Some will 'autorange' for you and not only that - the most important thing is they tell you the frequency and voltage of the signals you're looking at.

Ham radio is my hobby, not my livelihood and I do enjoy learning all I can - to a point. When it becomes work I'm not quite as interested. The flip side is an o'scope is one of the most handy tools you can have.

Which is why I'm at this crossroads. 
Seems to me a DSO (a cheaper DSO, one of the Chinese models) will actually help me learn more and let me enjoy my building more. My number one ham activity is building.

This is the one I'm considering: http://goo.gl/7rJKB 
Warning - this is an eBay ad... 
I don't expect this to be a Tektronix. I don't expect it to be perfect. I've seen some reviews of their other products and most seem to like their stuff (Hantek). I think my main concerns are bandwidth and samples per second. Well and cost of course! Another thing, this particular seller has a 99.9% positive rating. I'm assuming if they sold junk it would catch up with them. And I've been watching this thing for months. I've read the blogs, EEV, forums, eHam, etc. I know that the Chinese DSO's are the hot ticket now for engineers. But I'm not an engineer, I'm a hobbyist.

You don't have to talk me into one, I've pretty much accomplished that. I was just wondering if anyone else has had this same thought pattern and has purchased one and it has helped you. Or what do you think?

73
Dan -- KB9JLO


Re: DSO

Phil Anderson
 

Hi Dan. My old 50 MHz Techtronics scope died on me a couple of years ago but I liked it too because it was so basic.

I decided to buy a new Tech and to my surprise when it came it had the Tech label on the front but it was clearly built in China. I must admit that I do like some of the new-fangled features like FFT, which allows you to obtain the frequency response of a circuit you are working on; that's very handy when working with filters. Also, I was able to plot the frequency response from my YEASU FT450D in the various CW settings..............

However, I know what you mean about the techy nature of these new gadgets. While I now like this "modern" scope, it did take some time to work my way through the manual and get used to the 30 buttons and many menus!

Reminds me of my new YEASU FT-450D with all of its buttons and menus. When it comes to a QRP rig, I find I want the minimum number of controls on the front panel!
So I know what you mean.

Hey, go for that scope! 72, Uncle Phil in Lawrence, KS



Dan Reynolds wrote:


I am thinking very hard about upgrading my oscilloscope.
I have an Iwatsu 60 MHz, 4 channel that I purchased off eBay. It works
fine. I got some 'Chinese' probes off eBay as well and they work great.

So why do I want to upgrade?
Well, partly because I'm not really that good with an o'scope. Seems
strange to upgrade right? Well the newer DSO scopes with LCD screens
are super smart. Some will 'autorange' for you and not only that - the
most important thing is they tell you the frequency and voltage of the
signals you're looking at.

Ham radio is my hobby, not my livelihood and I do enjoy learning all I
can - to a point. When it becomes work I'm not quite as interested.
The flip side is an o's cope is one of the most handy tools you can have.

Which is why I'm at this crossroads.
Seems to me a DSO (a cheaper DSO, one of the Chinese models) will
actually help me learn more and let me enjoy my building more. My
number one ham activity is building.

This is the one I'm considering: http://goo.gl/7rJKB
Warning - this is an eBay ad...
I don't expect this to be a Tektronix. I don't expect it to be
perfect. I've seen some reviews of their other products and most seem
to like their stuff (Hantek). I think my main concerns are bandwidth
and samples per second. Well and cost of course! Another thing, this
particular seller has a 99.9% positive rating. I'm assuming if they
sold junk it would catch up with them. And I've been watching this
thing for months. I've read the blogs, EEV, forums, eHam, etc. I know
that the Chinese DSO's are the hot ticket now for engineers. But I'm
not an engineer, I'm a h obbyist.

You don't have to talk me into one, I've pretty much accomplished
that. I was just wondering if anyone else has had this same thought
pattern and has purchased one and it has helped you. Or what do you think?

73
Dan -- KB9JLO


DSO

Dan Reynolds
 

I am thinking very hard about upgrading my oscilloscope. 
I have an Iwatsu 60 MHz, 4 channel that I purchased off eBay. It works fine. I got some 'Chinese' probes off eBay as well and they work great. 

So why do I want to upgrade?
Well, partly because I'm not really that good with an o'scope. Seems strange to upgrade right? Well the newer DSO scopes with LCD screens are super smart. Some will 'autorange' for you and not only that - the most important thing is they tell you the frequency and voltage of the signals you're looking at.

Ham radio is my hobby, not my livelihood and I do enjoy learning all I can - to a point. When it becomes work I'm not quite as interested. The flip side is an o'scope is one of the most handy tools you can have.

Which is why I'm at this crossroads. 
Seems to me a DSO (a cheaper DSO, one of the Chinese models) will actually help me learn more and let me enjoy my building more. My number one ham activity is building.

This is the one I'm considering: http://goo.gl/7rJKB 
Warning - this is an eBay ad... 
I don't expect this to be a Tektronix. I don't expect it to be perfect. I've seen some reviews of their other products and most seem to like their stuff (Hantek). I think my main concerns are bandwidth and samples per second. Well and cost of course! Another thing, this particular seller has a 99.9% positive rating. I'm assuming if they sold junk it would catch up with them. And I've been watching this thing for months. I've read the blogs, EEV, forums, eHam, etc. I know that the Chinese DSO's are the hot ticket now for engineers. But I'm not an engineer, I'm a hobbyist.

You don't have to talk me into one, I've pretty much accomplished that. I was just wondering if anyone else has had this same thought pattern and has purchased one and it has helped you. Or what do you think?

73
Dan -- KB9JLO


Northern Lights in the USA

Dan Reynolds
 

Sorry for forwarding a message but I thought some might be interested in seeing some Northern Lights...

73
Dan -- KB9JLO


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 10:41 AM
Subject: Northern Lights in the USA

Space Weather News for June 7, 2013
http://spaceweather.com

GEOMAGNETIC STORMS: Last night, Earth passed through a region of south-pointing magnetism in the solar wind. This triggered a G2-class (Kp=6) geomagnetic storm. At its peak, the storm spawned Northern Lights in the USA as far south as
Kansas
. More auroras are in the offing as a CME is set to deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field on June 8-9.  Check http://spaceweather.com for photos and updates.