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Re: New Hilltopper20/40

Leland L. Bahr
 

I  might add, there are a number of Novice Boat Anchor transmitter collectors that operate on 7100-7125.  Many of these guys are primarily restorers of older tube transmitters and receivers.  Many restore and operate old tube type Novice transmitters.  They are for the most part older hams reliving their youth using old gear.  CW is not their primary interest.  So these guys, for the most part, are not "CW speed demons" and they feel more relaxed operating between 7100-7125.  It's more like operating on an old Novice Band without all the clutter.  Any new ham interested in CW would most likely enjoy this part of 40 meters when first getting started with CW.

Lee, w0vt

On 8/21/2020 6:51 PM, Leland L. Bahr wrote:
I received my two new Hilltopper kits today from the new batch just released!  Thanks 4SQRP for your efforts.   (I plan to convert the new 40 meter kit to 30 meters as I already own a 40 and 20 meter Hilltopper.  If possible, I'd like to turn the 20 meter kit into a 17 or 15 meter transceiver.)  This is a nice kit.  If you missed out on prior Hilltopper offerings, you might consider purchasing one now while they are again available.

(True 5 watts without insane voltage applied to the radio, keyer, single conversion receiver, covers the entire band so for 40 meters you not only have the lower cw frequencies but the often used 7100-7125 khz portion of the band not available on some kits.  (I like the 7100-7125 portion of the band.)  On receive it draws only 70 ma and the rig has reverse voltage protection.  The two SMT parts are preinstalled on the board.  The three BS-170 transistors, in the final, are inexpensive to replace if ever needed.  You also get a case for the radio.  The parts are well laid out with individual packages as you build up the transceiver.  Each bag is marked for each of the build steps.  The parts count is not excessive either in this kit.  I also noticed, unlike in the earlier offering, the case for this offering no longer states the case is for 40 meters or 20 meters.  It just says "Hilltopper".  (Great news for me as I plan to use the radios on other bands then 20 and 40 meters.)  Although this kit is not considered a beginners project,  I suspect more first time builders  will have success building this kit then many other I have seen.  The manual is superb.  My only wish is I would have liked the keyer to be a memory keyer.  That means I'll be using an outboard keyer with this transceiver.

Lee, w0vt, w5drc



New Hilltopper20/40

Leland L. Bahr
 

I received my two new Hilltopper kits today from the new batch just released!  Thanks 4SQRP for your efforts.   (I plan to convert the new 40 meter kit to 30 meters as I already own a 40 and 20 meter Hilltopper.  If possible, I'd like to turn the 20 meter kit into a 17 or 15 meter transceiver.)  This is a nice kit.  If you missed out on prior Hilltopper offerings, you might consider purchasing one now while they are again available.

(True 5 watts without insane voltage applied to the radio, keyer, single conversion receiver, covers the entire band so for 40 meters you not only have the lower cw frequencies but the often used 7100-7125 khz portion of the band not available on some kits.  (I like the 7100-7125 portion of the band.)  On receive it draws only 70 ma and the rig has reverse voltage protection.  The two SMT parts are preinstalled on the board.  The three BS-170 transistors, in the final, are inexpensive to replace if ever needed.  You also get a case for the radio.  The parts are well laid out with individual packages as you build up the transceiver.  Each bag is marked for each of the build steps.  The parts count is not excessive either in this kit.  I also noticed, unlike in the earlier offering, the case for this offering no longer states the case is for 40 meters or 20 meters.  It just says "Hilltopper".  (Great news for me as I plan to use the radios on other bands then 20 and 40 meters.)  Although this kit is not considered a beginners project,  I suspect more first time builders  will have success building this kit then many other I have seen.  The manual is superb.  My only wish is I would have liked the keyer to be a memory keyer.  That means I'll be using an outboard keyer with this transceiver.

Lee, w0vt, w5drc


Re: Little Pistols vs Big Guns

W6BOW
 

Jim,

Wonderful report. Inspiring all the way around. Thanks!

Don
W6BOW


-----Original Message-----
From: Everett Catlin via groups.io <everettcatlin@...>
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Aug 18, 2020 6:08 pm
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Little Pistols vs Big Guns

Hi Jim

Sounds like you had a wonderful time in a great setting. It is nice to have a trip like that. she looks like a natural at he key. Take care and stay safe.

73
Vi Minore Plus Gaudium
Everett
N5mzx

On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 9:28:49 PM UTC, n5ib_2 <n5ib@...> wrote:


Hi Gang,

About two weeks ago Gloria (WD5CMA) and I had a chance to spend a week at our son (W5WWX) and daughter-in-law's cabin the the north Georgia mountains (Blue Ridge GA) inside the Chatahoochee National Forest. Great spot for "luxury" POTA, with mains power,  A/C, comfy furnishings, kitchen, cable TV, WiFi, hot tub, etc. Rough duty, but somebody's got to get those Parks On The Air  :^))

Antennas were held up by a Jackite pole strapped to the deck railing. The deck at that spot is 17' above ground level, so for 20m it was a full size dipole suspended vertically, on 40m it was a slight sloper. Rig, for most of the time, was the K2-QRP running off a 7 aH AGM battery that was topped up periodically with a 600 mA solar panel. Had short-lived mini-pileups most days on both CW and SSB after spotting on the POTA site.

But for a brief 90 minute spell, I threw caution to winds and broke out the 20m Spy Radio, based on Dave Benson's Green Mountain 20, but packaged to look like the Bayou Jumper. A photo is attached. Output is about 1.5 to 2.0 W depending on battery health. Here the battery was three 18650 Li-ion cells in series.

I dived right into the roiling fray of the NA Sprint on 20m, and in that 90 minute span, with a couple of snack breaks thrown in, made 25 Qs, working all but three or four of the stations I called. It was a barrel of fun. So nice to be in an RF quiet environment. So quiet I could hear some slight noise from my Samlex switching 20A supply when I broke it out for a few minutes the next day. Never heard any amid the RF soup at the home QTH in Baton Rouge.

But probably the neatest part was introducing our grand daughter, Tessa, to ham radio. Not quite 3 years old yet, she was fascinated with the straight key and keyer, and we even managed a few words of chat back to grandma on 2m when we were out walking the trails on our "bear hunts". Couple of photos attached as well. All-in-all a wonderful getaway.

Blatant advertisement - they do list the cabin on airbnb - There's no permanent antenna installed, but a fishing pole, some wire and string is all that's needed. I shan't post a link here - that would be too blatant - but contact me privately if you wish.

73,
Jim, N5IB
n5ib (at) juno (dot) com






Re: Ozark Patrol Audio Transformer and Jack

Curt
 

You could easily unsolder Q3 and test it with your DVM on diode test.  I bought 5 minimodule LM386 amps for $10 delivered.  No constuction just hook them up.

GL n 73, Curt KB5JO


Delta Mike Romeo Net

Robert
 

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Re: Ozark Patrol Audio Transformer and Jack

Dale Hardin KS4NS
 

I'm working on adding that $2 amp.  Darn single sided board with too-small pads is a pain to build.  However, I don't think the amp will solve this rig's problem.  I suspect Q3 is kaput.

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 7:09 PM Curt via groups.io <rhulett1=consolidated.net@groups.io> wrote:
Maybe not relevant:

The stock radio doesn't put out much volume into the speaker.  Headphones worked fine,  I bought a $2 audio amp and wired it into the speaker circuit, now volume from the speaker is very adequate.  I guess the radio was meant to be a retro-style regen and 2 transistors drive headphones fine but a speaker not very well.

72, Curt KB5JO



--
Dale Hardin
Elberta, AL 

--
Dale Hardin, KS4NS
Elberta, AL


40 and 80 Meter Net Report

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Group:
Band conditions not too bad tonite. 
Some qrn on 80, but not as bad as it usually is. 

Check in's were: 

40 meters

N4MJ GLEN
WI5H MIKE 
W2SH cHAS 
WB0CFF CARL Double 
N4ELM DAVE DOUBLE 
W5ESE SCOTT DOUBLE 

80 METERS

NOYJ BERT 
WB0CFF CARL DOUBLE 
N4ELM DAVE DOUBLE 
KL7IXI MIKE 
W5ESE SCOTT DOUBLE 
K5TD REOBERT 
K5TSK Hank First Time Welcome to the net! 

Thanks guys, Take Care. 
72 
Johnny AC0BQ 


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 08/19/2020 #cal-notice

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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 19 August 2020
20:00 to 21:00
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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/ACØBQ 

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 operator is Johnny ACØBQ 

* 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: Ozark Patrol Audio Transformer and Jack

Curt
 

Maybe not relevant:

The stock radio doesn't put out much volume into the speaker.  Headphones worked fine,  I bought a $2 audio amp and wired it into the speaker circuit, now volume from the speaker is very adequate.  I guess the radio was meant to be a retro-style regen and 2 transistors drive headphones fine but a speaker not very well.

72, Curt KB5JO


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 08/19/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 19 August 2020, 20:00 to 21:00, (GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

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Organizer: jomatlock@...

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

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 operator is Johnny ACØBQ 

* 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: Little Pistols vs Big Guns

Stephen Myers
 

The years have been kind to you Jim. It is nice seeing a picture of you.

Your walking buddy from Grand Isl.

73's,
Steve
de HP9SAM (AKA KJ4SLK)


Re: Ozark Patrol Audio Transformer and Jack

Dale Hardin KS4NS
 

Thanks.  I'll turn it back around again.  I assume the measurement of Can on Q3 in the Assembly Manual is incorrect.  That's what threw me off.  

On Wed, Aug 19, 2020 at 10:28 AM nm0s_qrp <nm0s@...> wrote:
Hi Dale.  The transformer was marked correctly, and you had it installed properly.  The 5.7 volt level you measured is pretty typical of what you should expect.

73 Dave NM0S



--
Dale Hardin
Elberta, AL 

--
Dale Hardin, KS4NS
Elberta, AL


Re: Ozark Patrol Audio Transformer and Jack

nm0s_qrp
 

Hi Dale.  The transformer was marked correctly, and you had it installed properly.  The 5.7 volt level you measured is pretty typical of what you should expect.

73 Dave NM0S


Re: Little Pistols vs Big Guns

Everett Catlin
 

Hi Jim

Sounds like you had a wonderful time in a great setting. It is nice to have a trip like that. she looks like a natural at he key. Take care and stay safe.

73
Vi Minore Plus Gaudium
Everett
N5mzx

On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 9:28:49 PM UTC, n5ib_2 <n5ib@...> wrote:


Hi Gang,

About two weeks ago Gloria (WD5CMA) and I had a chance to spend a week at our son (W5WWX) and daughter-in-law's cabin the the north Georgia mountains (Blue Ridge GA) inside the Chatahoochee National Forest. Great spot for "luxury" POTA, with mains power,  A/C, comfy furnishings, kitchen, cable TV, WiFi, hot tub, etc. Rough duty, but somebody's got to get those Parks On The Air  :^))

Antennas were held up by a Jackite pole strapped to the deck railing. The deck at that spot is 17' above ground level, so for 20m it was a full size dipole suspended vertically, on 40m it was a slight sloper. Rig, for most of the time, was the K2-QRP running off a 7 aH AGM battery that was topped up periodically with a 600 mA solar panel. Had short-lived mini-pileups most days on both CW and SSB after spotting on the POTA site.

But for a brief 90 minute spell, I threw caution to winds and broke out the 20m Spy Radio, based on Dave Benson's Green Mountain 20, but packaged to look like the Bayou Jumper. A photo is attached. Output is about 1.5 to 2.0 W depending on battery health. Here the battery was three 18650 Li-ion cells in series.

I dived right into the roiling fray of the NA Sprint on 20m, and in that 90 minute span, with a couple of snack breaks thrown in, made 25 Qs, working all but three or four of the stations I called. It was a barrel of fun. So nice to be in an RF quiet environment. So quiet I could hear some slight noise from my Samlex switching 20A supply when I broke it out for a few minutes the next day. Never heard any amid the RF soup at the home QTH in Baton Rouge.

But probably the neatest part was introducing our grand daughter, Tessa, to ham radio. Not quite 3 years old yet, she was fascinated with the straight key and keyer, and we even managed a few words of chat back to grandma on 2m when we were out walking the trails on our "bear hunts". Couple of photos attached as well. All-in-all a wonderful getaway.

Blatant advertisement - they do list the cabin on airbnb - There's no permanent antenna installed, but a fishing pole, some wire and string is all that's needed. I shan't post a link here - that would be too blatant - but contact me privately if you wish.

73,
Jim, N5IB
n5ib (at) juno (dot) com






Ozark Patrol Audio Transformer and Jack

Dale Hardin KS4NS
 

I am working on a troubled Ozark Patrol.  I checked the voltages per the manual and found that the Collector (can) Q3 was 5.72v.  I ohmed out the audio transformer and the marked Primary side was 278.5 ohms and the secondary side was 1.8 ohms.  I reversed the transformer and got  9.25v (battery voltage nearly) at the can of Q3.  Could it be that the "P" was on the wrong side of the transformer?  The rig is still nearly deaf after the change.  I think there may be an issue with the wiring between the transformer-jack- and speaker.  Anyone had a problem with the jack wiring?  I plan to add an amplifier to increase the volume.  The rig has other issues, but I want to resolve this one first.

Dale Hardin, KS4NS
Elberta, AL


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 08/19/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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When: Wednesday, 19 August 2020, 20:00 to 21:00, (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 central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS is WQ5RP/ACØBQ 

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 operator is Johnny ACØBQ 

* 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: Little Pistols vs Big Guns

Jerry Brown
 

Jim,
Love the story and your location....
Another place in the same area that offers lodging to military active duty and retired is located on
Camp Merrill, near Dolanaga, GA where the Army conducts the mountain phase of Army Ranger school.
It's northwest of Dolanaga and about half the distance to where you were situated.




My wife and I spent a couple of days there with friends from Eisenhower Army Med Center in Augusta a few years ago.
At that time there were two family-sized units open for military (active duty and retired). 
73,
Jerry N4EO, ex-YI9EO, ex-HL9EO

On Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 4:28 PM n5ib_2 <n5ib@...> wrote:
Hi Gang,

About two weeks ago Gloria (WD5CMA) and I had a chance to spend a week at our son (W5WWX) and daughter-in-law's cabin the the north Georgia mountains (Blue Ridge GA) inside the Chatahoochee National Forest. Great spot for "luxury" POTA, with mains power,  A/C, comfy furnishings, kitchen, cable TV, WiFi, hot tub, etc. Rough duty, but somebody's got to get those Parks On The Air  :^))

Antennas were held up by a Jackite pole strapped to the deck railing. The deck at that spot is 17' above ground level, so for 20m it was a full size dipole suspended vertically, on 40m it was a slight sloper. Rig, for most of the time, was the K2-QRP running off a 7 aH AGM battery that was topped up periodically with a 600 mA solar panel. Had short-lived mini-pileups most days on both CW and SSB after spotting on the POTA site.

But for a brief 90 minute spell, I threw caution to winds and broke out the 20m Spy Radio, based on Dave Benson's Green Mountain 20, but packaged to look like the Bayou Jumper. A photo is attached. Output is about 1.5 to 2.0 W depending on battery health. Here the battery was three 18650 Li-ion cells in series.

I dived right into the roiling fray of the NA Sprint on 20m, and in that 90 minute span, with a couple of snack breaks thrown in, made 25 Qs, working all but three or four of the stations I called. It was a barrel of fun. So nice to be in an RF quiet environment. So quiet I could hear some slight noise from my Samlex switching 20A supply when I broke it out for a few minutes the next day. Never heard any amid the RF soup at the home QTH in Baton Rouge.

But probably the neatest part was introducing our grand daughter, Tessa, to ham radio. Not quite 3 years old yet, she was fascinated with the straight key and keyer, and we even managed a few words of chat back to grandma on 2m when we were out walking the trails on our "bear hunts". Couple of photos attached as well. All-in-all a wonderful getaway.

Blatant advertisement - they do list the cabin on airbnb - There's no permanent antenna installed, but a fishing pole, some wire and string is all that's needed. I shan't post a link here - that would be too blatant - but contact me privately if you wish.

73,
Jim, N5IB
n5ib (at) juno (dot) com







Re: Little Pistols vs Big Guns

Nick WA5BDU <kennnick@...>
 

That sounds and looks great!  I feel like I haven’t been anywhere in forever.  Because I haven’t.

Way to activate!

73-

Nick, WA5BDU


On Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 4:28 PM n5ib_2 <n5ib@...> wrote:
Hi Gang,



About two weeks ago Gloria (WD5CMA) and I had a chance to spend a week at our son (W5WWX) and daughter-in-law's cabin the the north Georgia mountains (Blue Ridge GA) inside the Chatahoochee National Forest. Great spot for "luxury" POTA, with mains power,  A/C, comfy furnishings, kitchen, cable TV, WiFi, hot tub, etc. Rough duty, but somebody's got to get those Parks On The Air  :^))



Antennas were held up by a Jackite pole strapped to the deck railing. The deck at that spot is 17' above ground level, so for 20m it was a full size dipole suspended vertically, on 40m it was a slight sloper. Rig, for most of the time, was the K2-QRP running off a 7 aH AGM battery that was topped up periodically with a 600 mA solar panel. Had short-lived mini-pileups most days on both CW and SSB after spotting on the POTA site.



But for a brief 90 minute spell, I threw caution to winds and broke out the 20m Spy Radio, based on Dave Benson's Green Mountain 20, but packaged to look like the Bayou Jumper. A photo is attached. Output is about 1.5 to 2.0 W depending on battery health. Here the battery was three 18650 Li-ion cells in series.



I dived right into the roiling fray of the NA Sprint on 20m, and in that 90 minute span, with a couple of snack breaks thrown in, made 25 Qs, working all but three or four of the stations I called. It was a barrel of fun. So nice to be in an RF quiet environment. So quiet I could hear some slight noise from my Samlex switching 20A supply when I broke it out for a few minutes the next day. Never heard any amid the RF soup at the home QTH in Baton Rouge.



But probably the neatest part was introducing our grand daughter, Tessa, to ham radio. Not quite 3 years old yet, she was fascinated with the straight key and keyer, and we even managed a few words of chat back to grandma on 2m when we were out walking the trails on our "bear hunts". Couple of photos attached as well. All-in-all a wonderful getaway.



Blatant advertisement - they do list the cabin on airbnb - There's no permanent antenna installed, but a fishing pole, some wire and string is all that's needed. I shan't post a link here - that would be too blatant - but contact me privately if you wish.



73,

Jim, N5IB

n5ib (at) juno (dot) com














Re: Little Pistols vs Big Guns

John - KK4ITX
 

Awesome Jim, I don’t get to see my 17 grand babies much...... she’s a cutie.

It’s always great to go to a “quiet” place to play....... but you have to check your radios to be sure that they are on !!

Thanks for the uplifting email.

John
KK4ITX 

Visit:  www.zaarc.org.   👁

On Aug 18, 2020, at 17:43, Bobby Drummond <alphak4ja@...> wrote:



On Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 5:28 PM n5ib_2 <n5ib@...> wrote:n 2m when we were out walking the trails on our "bear hunts". Couple of photos attached as well. All-in-all a wonderful getaway.

Now there's a man that knows how to live!   You lucky dog!

Happy fer you, Jim. 

--
73 de AK4JA


Re: Little Pistols vs Big Guns

Bobby Drummond
 



On Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 5:28 PM n5ib_2 <n5ib@...> wrote:n 2m when we were out walking the trails on our "bear hunts". Couple of photos attached as well. All-in-all a wonderful getaway.

Now there's a man that knows how to live!   You lucky dog!

Happy fer you, Jim. 

--
73 de AK4JA

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