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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 09/09/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 9 September 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.


Skeeter Hunt 2020 Results published.

Larry Makoski
 

To all Skeeters and Skeeter Hunters,

You are ALL chmapions in my book! Thank you all for participating - without you, this event is a big ZERO. You folks make it what it is. And while you're tops, special kudos go to:

Gene N5GW - 1st Place overall with 25,912 points
Kent as N0SS - 2nd Place overall with 21,316 points
Dave AB9CA - 3rd Place overall with 17. 806 points
Peter NN9K - 4th Place overall with 16,381 points
Marc W4MPS - 5th Place overall with 14.020 points

The 2020 Skeeter Scoreboard is available for viewing in its entirety at:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/18QkjuDoQik9OYXQeC19l4kUPCyAgYcQU/view?usp=sharing

The soapbox will follow ASAP as well as certificates to those who earned them.

Thanks again to all who particpated and and to those who sent in log summaries, comments and photos.

73 de Larry W2LJ - Skeeter Hunt Contest Manager - Skeeter # 13 in perpetuity.


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 09/09/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 9 September 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: 9 volt rechargeable

Jim, N5IB
 

If you should choose to go with a higher voltage battery with a regulator, take a look at this adjustable regulator/current limiter project, that was in CQ back in Feb of 2018 (I think) :

https://qsl.net/n5ib/A%20Current%20Limiting%20Accessory%20for%20QRP%20Power%20Supplies.pdf

It has the advantage of being a linear device, so no RF noise from buck/boost switchers. And has internal, adjustable current limiting to protect connected devices. The regulator is low drop-out, so needs only about 10V input to regulate at 9V.

Jim, N5IB


Re: 9 volt rechargeable

Greg Troxel
 

"John - KK4ITX via groups.io" <jleahy00=yahoo.com@groups.io> writes:

I have all the Crickets, the Cricket-Key, The Muriana and the
QRPoMeter....... and a host of other requirements for a 9 volt battery
like test equipment....... I do need some money left over for
retirement and other kits but the cost of these 9 volt guys are
wrecking my IRA.

I have looked at several rechargeable options but the full charge is
only 8.4 volts max, so the question is...... what is the acceptable
cutoff voltage for the devices listed above ?  Few specs give a
operational voltage range.  My Yaesu FT-818 for instance cuts back on
power output when my external battery nears 12.0 volts.  If my
Crickets drop to 1/2 power I’ll be @ 3/8 of a watt...... I enjoy
challenges but that’s really not much to work with on a regular basis.

Another issue might be with the physical size of the battery as some
appear to be larger in length and thickness so some of the kits may
have to be modified for the battery to fit ?

Any thoughts out there ?  Any experience with 9 volt rechargeables ?
I have had mixed experiences. I got two Imedion rechargeables and the
Maha charger. I am 98% sure these were 9.6V nomimal batteries, with 8
cells, vs the 7 cell 8.4V nominal. My general impression is that
8-cell batteries are preferred.

With so many cells in parallel, they seem prone to damage from a
reversed cell. One of my two batteries seemed to have a slightly weak
cell to start with, and now, maybe 6 yaers later, the other seems
troubled. Compared to AA cells, with which I've had great experiences,
I wasn't really happy with them. But, the basic issue is that the 9V
battery is a very difficult form factor.

I recently contemplated getting a new one to try:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1407442-REG/watson_9v_250_9v_rechargeable_nimh_battery.html

which is said to be 8 cells, but 9.9V at "full charge" doesn't really
compute, as charged-and-resting is usually 1.35 Vpc for NiMH.

Apparently powerex (same as maha/imedion) has both 8.4 and 9.6, with
different capacities:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=powerex%209v%20precharged%20rechargeable%20nimh%20battery&;N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ps



I would also wonder about making a regulator to 9V from 12, and some
snap connectors, and operating off a power supply or larger battery even
if portable.

73 de n1dam


Re: 9 volt rechargeable

raoverton16
 

Oh yes, I forgot... Wire up a 9 volt battery plug in "reverse" and connect to component battery terminals.
--
Bob Overton
WD5ILB


Re: 9 volt rechargeable

raoverton16
 

Have you thought about 12 volts portable with an adjustable down voltage regulator? That is what I use. 12 volt 8 amp hour sealed lead acid cell with an adjustable 5 amp "Buck" down converter. Works great for me! Hope this helps.
--
Bob Overton

WD5ILB


9 volt rechargeable

John - KK4ITX
 

I have all the Crickets, the Cricket-Key, The Muriana and the QRPoMeter....... and a host of other requirements for a 9 volt battery like test equipment....... I do need some money left over for retirement and other kits but the cost of these 9 volt guys are wrecking my IRA.

 I have looked at several rechargeable options but the full charge is only 8.4 volts max, so the question is...... what is the acceptable cutoff voltage for the devices listed above ?  Few specs give a operational voltage range.  My Yaesu FT-818 for instance cuts back on power output when my external battery nears 12.0 volts.  If my Crickets drop to 1/2 power I’ll be @ 3/8 of a watt...... I enjoy challenges but that’s really not much to work with on a regular basis.

Another issue might be with the physical size of the battery as some appear to be larger in length and thickness so some of the kits may have to be modified for the battery to fit ?

Any thoughts out there ?  Any experience with 9 volt rechargeables ?

Appreciate any help.

John
KK4ITX 


Re: Membership in Hilltopper40 Subgroup

NV1F
 

Dear Bruce, KS4V:

    Thank you for your prompt response: I DO have a LOT to learn:   I
will follow your advise and "take [my] time" as you recommend and will
"play with" it, at first, by operating it:  Now that I know that "J6 is
for display,"  I think I might do that later. I'll have to learn what
the ATmega328 and CAT control codes are later:  I have enough to digest
for the time being. 73, "Sparks" NV1F

On 9/5/2020 1:36 PM, Bruce KS4V wrote:
Welcome to the group Jim. It is a fun kit to build and if you take you time, you will have a fun radio to play with. To answer your questions:

J5 is for programming the ATmega328 and for I/O if you add the CAT control code, and J6 is for display, if you care to add it.

Bruce KS4V

-----Original Message-----
From: main@4SQRP.groups.io [mailto:main@4SQRP.groups.io] On Behalf Of NV1F
Sent: Saturday, September 5, 2020 6:39 AM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io; JPruitt67@Gmail.com
Subject: [4SQRP] Membership in Hilltopper40 Subgroup

Dear 4 States QRP & Jim Pruitt"

Thank you for your prompt fulfillment of my order for a
Hilltopper40 QRP kit: I am a former shipboard radio operator went went
to sea in the late 1960s and into the early 1980s before the same
technology that put us on ships in 1912 took us off in 1990. I received
my my novice amateur radio license in 1956 (KN2UEJ) and my Extra in
November, 1968 with the call W1DH, which I lost earlier this year for
failure to renew: Fortunately, I had taken a lifetime membership in the
ARRL in the mid-1950s when the fee was $200 (now it's $1500 and such not
a good-deal for a 78-year-old): ARRL hooked me up with three volunteer
examiners who re-tested me in March in a heated garage at the beginning
of the pandemic and received my Extra Class ticket as AC1JI which was
later changed to NV1F.

I half-way built a Pixie QRP kit until I mixed up the transistors
in the end, but I have definitely regained much of my soldering skills,
at least for a 78-year-old whose hands are surprisingly steady and
vision acute enough to see everything close up clearly in good light.

Bottom line: Can you process my registration for 4SQP.groups.io to
enable me to register in the HilltopperKit subgroup, as referenced at
page 6 of the 16 April 2020 manual? I would particularly like to know
the meaning of the sentence in RED ink stating" "Please note that the J5
and J6 header strip are not proved int this kit." It further states in
black ink: "See the 'Files' section of the subgroup for more information."

Your prompt response is greatly appreciated, as would like my kit
build of the Hilltopper40 to work after completion.

Yours very truly, /s/ John L. Giulietti, NV1F.






Re: Membership in Hilltopper40 Subgroup

Bruce KS4V
 

Welcome to the group Jim. It is a fun kit to build and if you take you time, you will have a fun radio to play with. To answer your questions:

J5 is for programming the ATmega328 and for I/O if you add the CAT control code, and J6 is for display, if you care to add it.

Bruce KS4V

-----Original Message-----
From: main@4SQRP.groups.io [mailto:main@4SQRP.groups.io] On Behalf Of NV1F
Sent: Saturday, September 5, 2020 6:39 AM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io; JPruitt67@Gmail.com
Subject: [4SQRP] Membership in Hilltopper40 Subgroup

Dear 4 States QRP & Jim Pruitt"

Thank you for your prompt fulfillment of my order for a
Hilltopper40 QRP kit: I am a former shipboard radio operator went went
to sea in the late 1960s and into the early 1980s before the same
technology that put us on ships in 1912 took us off in 1990. I received
my my novice amateur radio license in 1956 (KN2UEJ) and my Extra in
November, 1968 with the call W1DH, which I lost earlier this year for
failure to renew: Fortunately, I had taken a lifetime membership in the
ARRL in the mid-1950s when the fee was $200 (now it's $1500 and such not
a good-deal for a 78-year-old): ARRL hooked me up with three volunteer
examiners who re-tested me in March in a heated garage at the beginning
of the pandemic and received my Extra Class ticket as AC1JI which was
later changed to NV1F.

I half-way built a Pixie QRP kit until I mixed up the transistors
in the end, but I have definitely regained much of my soldering skills,
at least for a 78-year-old whose hands are surprisingly steady and
vision acute enough to see everything close up clearly in good light.

Bottom line: Can you process my registration for 4SQP.groups.io to
enable me to register in the HilltopperKit subgroup, as referenced at
page 6 of the 16 April 2020 manual? I would particularly like to know
the meaning of the sentence in RED ink stating" "Please note that the J5
and J6 header strip are not proved int this kit." It further states in
black ink: "See the 'Files' section of the subgroup for more information."

Your prompt response is greatly appreciated, as would like my kit
build of the Hilltopper40 to work after completion.

Yours very truly, /s/ John L. Giulietti, NV1F.


Membership in Hilltopper40 Subgroup

NV1F
 

Dear 4 States QRP & Jim Pruitt"

    Thank you for your prompt fulfillment of my order for a
Hilltopper40 QRP kit: I am a former shipboard radio operator went went
to sea in the late 1960s and into the early 1980s before the same
technology that put us on ships in 1912 took us off in 1990. I received
my my novice amateur radio license in 1956 (KN2UEJ) and my Extra in
November, 1968 with the call W1DH, which I lost earlier this year for
failure to renew:  Fortunately, I had taken a lifetime membership in the
ARRL in the mid-1950s when the fee was $200 (now it's $1500 and such not
a good-deal for a 78-year-old):   ARRL hooked me up with three volunteer
examiners who re-tested me in March in a heated garage at the beginning
of the pandemic and received my Extra Class ticket as AC1JI which was
later changed to NV1F.

    I half-way built a Pixie QRP kit until I mixed up the transistors
in the end, but I have definitely regained much of my soldering skills, 
at least for a 78-year-old whose hands are surprisingly steady and
vision acute enough to see everything close up clearly in good light.

   Bottom line:   Can you process my registration for 4SQP.groups.io to
enable me to register in the HilltopperKit subgroup, as referenced at
page 6 of the 16 April 2020 manual?  I would particularly like to know
the meaning of the sentence in RED ink stating" "Please note that the J5
and J6 header strip are not proved int this kit."   It further states in
black ink: "See the 'Files' section of the subgroup for more information."

    Your prompt response is greatly appreciated, as would like my kit
build of the Hilltopper40 to work after completion.

Yours very truly, /s/ John L. Giulietti, NV1F.


tonight's nets

Robert
 

40 meters

N4ELM DAVE, LA
AE5KA CHIP, ME
N5IB JIM, LA
N4KV JOHN, TN

80 meters
N4ELM DAVE, LA
WA9PWP PAUL, WI
N0EVH JOHN, MO
WB0CFF CARL, MN
N4KV JOHN, LA
KL7IXI MIKE, MO

DELTA MIKE ROMEO

KU5M JOE
WG5F ED
N0MII JEFF
AC0BQ JOHNNY
WA9BNZ BILL

72'S 73'S
BERT

N0YJ


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 09/02/2020 #cal-notice

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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 2 September 2020
20:00 to 21:00
(GMT-05:00) 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/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: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 09/02/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Group
BERT N0YJ will be NCS tonight.
Listen for him on 40 and 80 please.
73
Johnny ACØBQ 

On Wed, Sep 2, 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, 2 September 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.









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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 09/02/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 2 September 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: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 09/02/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

John Lonigro
 

CW only.  The DMR net at 9:00 (CDT) is digital voice.
72,
John, AA0VE

On 9/2/20 10:27 AM, Dr Jim Kennedy via groups.io wrote:
Are these nets CW or SSB?
--
*72/73, Doc - K2PHD
OOTC#4697 - SKCC#5669 - NAQCC#9194 - FISTS#18988
OEM/RACES/ARES/CERT/SKYWARN
K2PHD@...
FN20qv*


Re: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 09/02/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

Dr Jim Kennedy
 

Sorry 😝 should have looked at frequency. Dah!
--
*72/73, Doc - K2PHD
OOTC#4697 - SKCC#5669 - NAQCC#9194 - FISTS#18988
OEM/RACES/ARES/CERT/SKYWARN
K2PHD@...
FN20qv*


Re: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 09/02/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

Dr Jim Kennedy
 

Are these nets CW or SSB?
--
*72/73, Doc - K2PHD
OOTC#4697 - SKCC#5669 - NAQCC#9194 - FISTS#18988
OEM/RACES/ARES/CERT/SKYWARN
K2PHD@...
FN20qv*


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 09/02/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 2 September 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.


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 09/02/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 2 September 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.

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