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Re: My addition to Hilltopper rig

Dave Benson
 

Nice idea, Paul!

73- Dave, K1SWL


On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 4:02 PM Paul Goemans <wa9pwp@...> wrote:
Greetings!
  I built my Hilltopper 40 way back when, and built in an additional feature. The rig has no power switch, so I added a “power on” LED. That way I won’t forget to disconnect power to the rig if I walk away for awhile. Useful if you are running battery power!
See pictures. The “window” square on the top panel is a great spot for the LED. I drilled half way through from the back side to clear the metallization. You can drill all the way through if you wish. Use whatever color LED you want;, I used a green one from my junk box. Mount LED on the cathode of reverse polarity diode D1 so it just reaches the hole you drilled. Add suitable dropping resistor to give you desired brightness/ current. I used a 3.3K 1/4 watt resistor. The left side of the DC in jack is a convenient ground point. See second photo.
 
IMG_3010
 
IMG_3012
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI


Re: Ozark Patrol Audio Transformer and Jack

Gwen Patton
 

One thing that might be affecting regeneration is the "gimmick" capacitor C12. You might need more twists or fewer twists. I found it really changes the regeneration level a LOT.

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
73,
Gwen, NG3P


On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 11:22 AM Dale Hardin <joe.dale.hardin@...> wrote:
Thanks Johnny.  I think he is already following this incident.  BTW, this is the rig that a previous ham gave up on in frustration.  You might remember his posts.  I decided to take on the troubleshooting even though I'm not very good at it.  I hope to make it a good receiver for my grandkids.  I got started in ham radio with an Ocean Hopper.

On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 9:58 AM Johnny AC0BQ <jomatlock@...> wrote:
Gm Dale
See if you can get in touch with Dave Cripe, NM0S.

His email is NM0S@...

He designed this little bugger, I bet he can get you kick started.

It might be best to email him direct.
Be patient, he is pretty busy.

73
Johnny ACØBQ 



On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 9:52 AM Dale Hardin <joe.dale.hardin@...> wrote:
I ran the troubleshooting voltages in the Assembly Manual.  The battery voltage iws 8.434v.  The following voltages are in list order:
0.000
0.889
7.849
0.615
3.454
2.772
4.815
Looks like the voltages on the collectors of Q1 and Q3 are high.  I have gone through the soldering on the regenerative circuit and touched up each one.  Still no regeneration.  I replaced D1, but don't have (or can't find) 1N914 diodes.  Haven't pulled and tested them yet.
Any suggestions?

Regards, Dlae

On Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 8:07 PM Dale Hardin via groups.io <joe.dale.hardin=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
OK, got the little amp installed and working.  After replacing all the transistors, I hooked up my signal injector to the antenna end and got a tone out of the speaker.  However, I do not have any regeneration, so I hooked it up to my antenna.  Still no joy.  Absolotutely no regeneration.  I have the batteries out being recharged so I can get some voltage measurements.  I would appreciate it if one of you more knowedgable members would give me a list of tests to carry out to see what the problem is.  BTW, I removed, checked for good, and replaced the coil, so I'm comfortable it is ok.  The voltage changes on the regen pot when turned, so the pot is ok.  Where do I start looking now?  Dale
 

--
Dale Hardin, KS4NS
Elberta, AL









--
Dale Hardin
Elberta, AL 



--
Dale Hardin, KS4NS
Elberta, AL







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



--
Dale Hardin
Elberta, AL 

--
Dale Hardin, KS4NS
Elberta, AL


My addition to Hilltopper rig

Paul Goemans
 

Greetings!
  I built my Hilltopper 40 way back when, and built in an additional feature. The rig has no power switch, so I added a “power on” LED. That way I won’t forget to disconnect power to the rig if I walk away for awhile. Useful if you are running battery power!
See pictures. The “window” square on the top panel is a great spot for the LED. I drilled half way through from the back side to clear the metallization. You can drill all the way through if you wish. Use whatever color LED you want;, I used a green one from my junk box. Mount LED on the cathode of reverse polarity diode D1 so it just reaches the hole you drilled. Add suitable dropping resistor to give you desired brightness/ current. I used a 3.3K 1/4 watt resistor. The left side of the DC in jack is a convenient ground point. See second photo.
 
IMG_3010
 
IMG_3012
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI


Re: Bayou Jumper (unbuilt)

wa2cky
 

The Bayou Jumper is SOLD and on it's way to the new owner.  Thanks to everyone for the many responses.

Bob Groh, WA2CKY

On Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 2:30 PM Bob Groh <bob.groh@...> wrote:
Cleaning up the ham shack a bit and, after looking at all the rigs I have to work on, decided to put my Bayou Jumper up for sale. Never built - I believe I got it at the 2107 Convention and just have never had the time to build it.  It is an early model (white panel) I believe and I am pretty sure it is all there. No case, of course. Does include a printed copy of the manual, etc. 

Thinking $65 with postage included (US addresses only).  PayPal would be preferred but a personal check or even (gasp!!) cash.  No problemo.  Just drop me a line if you are interested or just have some questions. 

73
Bob Groh, WA2CKY
420 NE Sunview Circle
Blue Springs, MO   64015


Re: Ozark Patrol Audio Transformer and Jack

Dale Hardin
 

Thanks Johnny.  I think he is already following this incident.  BTW, this is the rig that a previous ham gave up on in frustration.  You might remember his posts.  I decided to take on the troubleshooting even though I'm not very good at it.  I hope to make it a good receiver for my grandkids.  I got started in ham radio with an Ocean Hopper.

On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 9:58 AM Johnny AC0BQ <jomatlock@...> wrote:
Gm Dale
See if you can get in touch with Dave Cripe, NM0S.

His email is NM0S@...

He designed this little bugger, I bet he can get you kick started.

It might be best to email him direct.
Be patient, he is pretty busy.

73
Johnny ACØBQ 



On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 9:52 AM Dale Hardin <joe.dale.hardin@...> wrote:
I ran the troubleshooting voltages in the Assembly Manual.  The battery voltage iws 8.434v.  The following voltages are in list order:
0.000
0.889
7.849
0.615
3.454
2.772
4.815
Looks like the voltages on the collectors of Q1 and Q3 are high.  I have gone through the soldering on the regenerative circuit and touched up each one.  Still no regeneration.  I replaced D1, but don't have (or can't find) 1N914 diodes.  Haven't pulled and tested them yet.
Any suggestions?

Regards, Dlae

On Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 8:07 PM Dale Hardin via groups.io <joe.dale.hardin=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
OK, got the little amp installed and working.  After replacing all the transistors, I hooked up my signal injector to the antenna end and got a tone out of the speaker.  However, I do not have any regeneration, so I hooked it up to my antenna.  Still no joy.  Absolotutely no regeneration.  I have the batteries out being recharged so I can get some voltage measurements.  I would appreciate it if one of you more knowedgable members would give me a list of tests to carry out to see what the problem is.  BTW, I removed, checked for good, and replaced the coil, so I'm comfortable it is ok.  The voltage changes on the regen pot when turned, so the pot is ok.  Where do I start looking now?  Dale
 

--
Dale Hardin, KS4NS
Elberta, AL









--
Dale Hardin
Elberta, AL 



--
Dale Hardin, KS4NS
Elberta, AL







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



--
Dale Hardin
Elberta, AL 

--
Dale Hardin, KS4NS
Elberta, AL


Re: Ozark Patrol Audio Transformer and Jack

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Gm Dale
See if you can get in touch with Dave Cripe, NM0S.

His email is NM0S@...

He designed this little bugger, I bet he can get you kick started.

It might be best to email him direct.
Be patient, he is pretty busy.

73
Johnny ACØBQ 



On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 9:52 AM Dale Hardin <joe.dale.hardin@...> wrote:
I ran the troubleshooting voltages in the Assembly Manual.  The battery voltage iws 8.434v.  The following voltages are in list order:
0.000
0.889
7.849
0.615
3.454
2.772
4.815
Looks like the voltages on the collectors of Q1 and Q3 are high.  I have gone through the soldering on the regenerative circuit and touched up each one.  Still no regeneration.  I replaced D1, but don't have (or can't find) 1N914 diodes.  Haven't pulled and tested them yet.
Any suggestions?

Regards, Dlae

On Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 8:07 PM Dale Hardin via groups.io <joe.dale.hardin=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
OK, got the little amp installed and working.  After replacing all the transistors, I hooked up my signal injector to the antenna end and got a tone out of the speaker.  However, I do not have any regeneration, so I hooked it up to my antenna.  Still no joy.  Absolotutely no regeneration.  I have the batteries out being recharged so I can get some voltage measurements.  I would appreciate it if one of you more knowedgable members would give me a list of tests to carry out to see what the problem is.  BTW, I removed, checked for good, and replaced the coil, so I'm comfortable it is ok.  The voltage changes on the regen pot when turned, so the pot is ok.  Where do I start looking now?  Dale
 

--
Dale Hardin, KS4NS
Elberta, AL









--
Dale Hardin
Elberta, AL 



--
Dale Hardin, KS4NS
Elberta, AL







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


Re: Ozark Patrol Audio Transformer and Jack

Dale Hardin
 

I ran the troubleshooting voltages in the Assembly Manual.  The battery voltage iws 8.434v.  The following voltages are in list order:
0.000
0.889
7.849
0.615
3.454
2.772
4.815
Looks like the voltages on the collectors of Q1 and Q3 are high.  I have gone through the soldering on the regenerative circuit and touched up each one.  Still no regeneration.  I replaced D1, but don't have (or can't find) 1N914 diodes.  Haven't pulled and tested them yet.
Any suggestions?

Regards, Dlae


On Sat, Aug 22, 2020 at 8:07 PM Dale Hardin via groups.io <joe.dale.hardin=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
OK, got the little amp installed and working.  After replacing all the transistors, I hooked up my signal injector to the antenna end and got a tone out of the speaker.  However, I do not have any regeneration, so I hooked it up to my antenna.  Still no joy.  Absolotutely no regeneration.  I have the batteries out being recharged so I can get some voltage measurements.  I would appreciate it if one of you more knowedgable members would give me a list of tests to carry out to see what the problem is.  BTW, I removed, checked for good, and replaced the coil, so I'm comfortable it is ok.  The voltage changes on the regen pot when turned, so the pot is ok.  Where do I start looking now?  Dale
  --
Dale Hardin, KS4NS
Elberta, AL



--
Dale Hardin
Elberta, AL 

--
Dale Hardin, KS4NS
Elberta, AL


Re: Ozark Patrol Audio Transformer and Jack

Dale Hardin
 

OK, got the little amp installed and working.  After replacing all the transistors, I hooked up my signal injector to the antenna end and got a tone out of the speaker.  However, I do not have any regeneration, so I hooked it up to my antenna.  Still no joy.  Absolotutely no regeneration.  I have the batteries out being recharged so I can get some voltage measurements.  I would appreciate it if one of you more knowedgable members would give me a list of tests to carry out to see what the problem is.  BTW, I removed, checked for good, and replaced the coil, so I'm comfortable it is ok.  The voltage changes on the regen pot when turned, so the pot is ok.  Where do I start looking now?  Dale
  --
Dale Hardin, KS4NS
Elberta, AL


Event: K0B &quot;BRUTUS BASH&quot; SPECIAL OPERATING EVENT #cal-invite

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

K0B "BRUTUS BASH" SPECIAL OPERATING EVENT

When:
Wednesday, 9 September 2020 18:00 to
Sunday, 13 September 2020 12:00
(UTC-05:00) America/Chicago
Repeats: Daily, through Sunday, 13 September 2020

Where:
HOME OR PORTABLE

Organizer: ROBERT McCLENDON N0YJ e1dslr@...

Description:
I HAVE THE SPECIAL EVENT CALL SIGN K0B RESERVED FOR SEPTEMBER 9,10,11,12, AND 13TH.
I HAVE CREATED A GOOGLE ONLINE SPREAD SHEET AT THIS ADDRESS

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vJkwuvWcKC_99PVaAvbXXBrT0UfsNkJpvtSp5_8r6Rk/edit#gid=0

SIGN UP TO OPERATE AS K0B BY GOING TO THE LINK ABOVE AND ASKING FOR PERMISSION TO EDIT BY CLICKING ON AN UNUSED ROW, ONCE YOU GET AN EMAIL BACK YOU CAN FILL IN THE ROW ASSOCIATED WITH THE TIME SLOT YOU WISH TO OPERATE, SIGN UP FOR AS MANY TIME SLOTS AS YOU WISH.

MY HOPE IS TO HAVE AN EVENT MUCH LIKE SKCC'S K3Y, HAVING STATIONS IN MANY DIFFERENT CALL AREAS OPERATING IN DIFFERENT MODES TO BRING ATTENTION TO OUR GROUP AND TO CELEBRATE OUR VIRTUAL BRUTUS BASH.

IF YOU OPERATE AS K0B PLEASE KEEP A DETAILED LOG OF YOUR CONTACTS MADE AS K0B SO WE CAN SEND QSL CARDS TO ALL OF YOUR CONTACTS.

WHEN MAKING CONTACTS AS K0B PLEASE USE K0B/(YOUR CALL AREA) DON'T FORGET TO GIVE YOUR CALL AS WELL DURING THE EXCHANGE.

I WILL UPDATE THE QRZ BIOGRAPHY FOR K0B WHEN WE GET CLOSER TO THE EVENT EXPLAINING WHAT WE ARE DOING.

I HOPE TO GET A LOT OF OPERATORS SIGNED UP AND LOOK FORWARD TO A SUCCESSFUL EVENT

THANKS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS VIRTUAL EVENT
72'S
BERT N0YJ


Re: Reading List

Everett Catlin
 

Hi Jim

That was a good book. Jim I got a call from a fellow ham that I placed first in the Delta Division in the International SSS Contest as QRP Single operator. I MUST HAVE BEEN THE ONLY Entry. HI HI Hi. He said it was on page 75 of the new issue. It was fun and I almost decided not to send it in. I was embarrassed. 2520 total points and best DX was 5100 + miles. Hope you and the family are doing well and hope to see you again someday.

72
Ev Catlin N5MZX 

Vi Minore Plus Gaudium

On Saturday, August 22, 2020, 7:01:08 PM UTC, n5ib_2 <n5ib@...> wrote:


Another for your fireside reading - quite a few references to ham operators helping in 1940s electronics development:
It's a story of the development of the proximity fuse:

12 Seconds of Silence
by James Holmes
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Boston  New York    2020
ISBNs:
9780358309512
9781328460127 (hardcover)
9781328459855 (ebook)


N5IB



G-QRP Club On-Line Convention 5-6 September

Graham G3MFJ
 

From Steve Hartley - chairman of the G-QRP Club

Folks
 
I am just out of this week's progress meeting for the Convention and all is on track for it to be a great weekend of live QRP talks with Q&A sessions after each one. We have been able to secure speakers to cover the top 10 topics that were suggested in the survey we carried out including construction, antennas, digital modes, propagation test equipment, portable operations and more.
 
The ticket sales have been steady through the week and we have now sold over half of the seats available. If you have not yet booked, I would encourage you to do so in order to make sure you do not miss out; the Eventbrite system works really well but if you get stuck, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
 
The full programme is on the Club website, along with details on how to book tickets and some FAQs about the event: http://www.gqrp.com/convention.htm
 
73, Steve, G0FUW
Chairman
G-QRP Club


Re: FS: Bayou Jumper (unbuilt)

Dr. Skip Amis
 

HELLO BOB;
IF YOU STILL HAVE THE BJ - I'D LIKIE TO CHAT WITH U ABT IT
47/73 - SKIP

"If you are able to read this, thank a teacher;
  while it is still in English, thank a veteran!"
  May God bless -
  Dr. Skip Amis, N5CFM, NV5V; PhD, DMin, DDiv, MDiv.
         < ' )))>< Proudly serving those who serve since 1973.
 U.S. Navy,1965-'66; U.S. Merchant Marines,1973-'79.  


From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of wa2cky <bob.groh@...>
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2020 2:30 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io <4SQRP@groups.io>
Subject: [4SQRP] FS: Bayou Jumper (unbuilt)
 
Cleaning up the ham shack a bit and, after looking at all the rigs I have to work on, decided to put my Bayou Jumper up for sale. Never built - I believe I got it at the 2107 Convention and just have never had the time to build it.  It is an early model (white panel) I believe and I am pretty sure it is all there. No case, of course. Does include a printed copy of the manual, etc. 

Thinking $65 with postage included (US addresses only).  PayPal would be preferred but a personal check or even (gasp!!) cash.  No problemo.  Just drop me a line if you are interested or just have some questions. 

73
Bob Groh, WA2CKY
420 NE Sunview Circle
Blue Springs, MO   64015


FS: Bayou Jumper (unbuilt)

wa2cky
 

Cleaning up the ham shack a bit and, after looking at all the rigs I have to work on, decided to put my Bayou Jumper up for sale. Never built - I believe I got it at the 2107 Convention and just have never had the time to build it.  It is an early model (white panel) I believe and I am pretty sure it is all there. No case, of course. Does include a printed copy of the manual, etc. 

Thinking $65 with postage included (US addresses only).  PayPal would be preferred but a personal check or even (gasp!!) cash.  No problemo.  Just drop me a line if you are interested or just have some questions. 

73
Bob Groh, WA2CKY
420 NE Sunview Circle
Blue Springs, MO   64015


Re: New Hilltopper20/40

wa2cky
 

Nice to know about the 7100-7125 segment. Kind of where I will wind up when I get back on.  Someday.

Bob, WA2CKY

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 7:25 PM Leland L. Bahr <w5drc@...> wrote:
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
>
>
>
>




Reading List

Jim, N5IB
 

Another for your fireside reading - quite a few references to ham operators helping in 1940s electronics development:
It's a story of the development of the proximity fuse:

12 Seconds of Silence
by James Holmes
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Boston New York 2020
ISBNs:
9780358309512
9781328460127 (hardcover)
9781328459855 (ebook)


N5IB


Re: New Hilltopper20/40

Leland L. Bahr
 

Johnny,

A nice thing about the Hilltopper is you don't have to go through a bunch of menus to use this radio.  You need to push a button to hear the audio frequency read out, change tuning steps, or change RIT for example, but these are not constantly used functions and there are not many of them to activate.  It's a simple to use radio putting out an honest 5 watts.  (You don't need to memorize or have a cheat sheet handy to be able to use this radio.)  Not a lot of frills but a great basic transceiver doing the basic things a transceiver needs to do and it does it very well.  The parts population is not super close either making construction much easier too.  The more you get to know this transceiver, the more you realize how nice it really is.

Lee

w0vt, w5drc

On 8/21/2020 8:07 PM, Johnny AC0BQ wrote:
Hello Lee
Thanks for the review.
Dave Benson knocked it out of the park when he designed these.
A very nice radio indeed!!
72
Johnny ACØBQ


Re: New Hilltopper20/40

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Hello Lee
Thanks for the review.
Dave Benson knocked it out of the park when he designed these.
A very nice radio indeed!!
72
Johnny ACØBQ 

On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 6:52 PM Leland L. Bahr <w5drc@...> 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









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


Re: New Hilltopper20/40

Dave Benson
 

Lee-

Thanks for your post, and nice to see the Hilltopper offered once more!  Glad to hear that the top cover is now 'generic'.

I used my Hilltopper-40 for the recent Skeeter Hunt event to the tune of 11 contacts.  Most of those were in the first 20 minutes of operation. Perhaps the most interesting of those was with AF3Z-Jim in PA.  He was running 0.5W crystal-controlled, and was apparently operating from the grandkids' treehouse in their backyard.

73-  Dave, K1SWL


On Fri, Aug 21, 2020 at 7:52 PM Leland L. Bahr <w5drc@...> 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





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