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Re: What's On Your Bench?

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Gm Tim and the Group

We have had both frosty mornings and 
A light snow already, in Se Ks.

I agree, it’s time to clean the bench up and get busy.

I’ve got a original AC-1 Tx that needs a new power cord and a 80 meter tank coil wound.

I have a UBitx version 3 that needs to be modified before it goes on the air.
These little rigs are pretty basic, and 
It would benefit from a AGC module, as 
Well as some harmonic upgrades.

Other than these, I still have a “stash” 
Of un built kits that have accumulated over the years.

No doubt, plenty to stay busy with this winter.

We’re discussing plans of “how” and 
“If” we can have Ozarkcon next spring and keep the attendees safe from the 
Bad bug.

It sure would be nice to get back to somewhere near normal.

72
Johnny ACØBQ 







On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 7:22 AM Tim N9PUZ <tim.n9puz@...> wrote:
Here in central Illinois the weather is starting to turn cold. The ground is frost covered most mornings although we haven't had any snow so far.

Winter is normally my main building time. As usual my first project is cleaning and organizing my work bench. After that the first thing in the queue here is a QRP-O-Meter. No big projects planned for now. I am thinking of a simple remote antenna switch though.

Anyone else have some fun projects lined up?

Tim N9PUZ

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Re: What's On Your Bench?

 

I need to put up some antennas (G5RV, Vertical, & EFLW) and get to work on some kits (incl. a QRP-O-Meter and a couple of Pixies).  I've just been goofing around and letting stuff pile up...gotta get off my duff and do something!

EuGene, KA5NLY


On Saturday, November 14, 2020, 7:22:35 AM CST, Tim N9PUZ <tim.n9puz@...> wrote:


Here in central Illinois the weather is starting to turn cold. The ground is frost covered most mornings although we haven't had any snow so far.

Winter is normally my main building time. As usual my first project is cleaning and organizing my work bench. After that the first thing in the queue here is a QRP-O-Meter. No big projects planned for now. I am thinking of a simple remote antenna switch though.

Anyone else have some fun projects lined up?

Tim N9PUZ


What's On Your Bench?

Tim N9PUZ
 

Here in central Illinois the weather is starting to turn cold. The ground is frost covered most mornings although we haven't had any snow so far.

Winter is normally my main building time. As usual my first project is cleaning and organizing my work bench. After that the first thing in the queue here is a QRP-O-Meter. No big projects planned for now. I am thinking of a simple remote antenna switch though.

Anyone else have some fun projects lined up?

Tim N9PUZ


Re: DELTA MIKE ROMEO

Robert
 

yes sir 9:00 PM, everyone was in and out closed the net about 9:15

On 11/11/2020 10:10 PM, Chuck Skolaut via groups.io wrote:
Bert,  is this net still on at 9 PM?  Got things going again but was late checking at about 9:20 and didn't hear anything.

73,

Chuck  KØBOG

On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 10:01:12 PM CST, Robert <e1dslr@...> wrote:


TONIGHTS CHECKINS

N0TGR DICK
WA9BNZ BILL
WG5F ED
N4ELM DAVE
AC0BQ JOHNNY


THANKS TO ALL

73'S
BERT
N0YJ



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Re: DELTA MIKE ROMEO

Robert
 

sorry to hear that charles, time for a new one

On 11/11/2020 11:56 PM, Charles W. Powell via groups.io wrote:

Couldn't check in tonight.  My hotspot let the magic smoke out.  Not sure if it was the MMDVM board or the Pi Zero.  They have the distinctive odor of dead electronics.

73,

Chas - NK8O

On 11/11/20 10:00 PM, Robert wrote:
TONIGHTS CHECKINS

N0TGR DICK
WA9BNZ BILL
WG5F ED
N4ELM DAVE
AC0BQ JOHNNY


THANKS TO ALL

73'S
BERT
N0YJ



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Re: DELTA MIKE ROMEO

Charles W. Powell
 

Couldn't check in tonight.  My hotspot let the magic smoke out.  Not sure if it was the MMDVM board or the Pi Zero.  They have the distinctive odor of dead electronics.

73,

Chas - NK8O

On 11/11/20 10:00 PM, Robert wrote:
TONIGHTS CHECKINS

N0TGR DICK
WA9BNZ BILL
WG5F ED
N4ELM DAVE
AC0BQ JOHNNY


THANKS TO ALL

73'S
BERT
N0YJ


Re: DELTA MIKE ROMEO

Chuck Skolaut
 

Bert,  is this net still on at 9 PM?  Got things going again but was late checking at about 9:20 and didn't hear anything.

73,

Chuck  KØBOG

On Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 10:01:12 PM CST, Robert <e1dslr@...> wrote:


TONIGHTS CHECKINS

N0TGR DICK
WA9BNZ BILL
WG5F ED
N4ELM DAVE
AC0BQ JOHNNY


THANKS TO ALL

73'S
BERT
N0YJ


DELTA MIKE ROMEO

Robert
 

TONIGHTS CHECKINS

N0TGR DICK
WA9BNZ BILL
WG5F ED
N4ELM DAVE
AC0BQ JOHNNY


THANKS TO ALL

73'S
BERT
N0YJ


40 and 80 Meter Net Report

Johnny AC0BQ
 

GE group
Signals aren't too bad? 40 meters was a little thin, and our friend had decided to play us a carrier of some kind at 7.122. 

Stations Heard tonight were: 

40 Meter:
N4ELM DAVE 
N4MJ GLENN 
W9BRD DAVE IN NJ, First time Check in! 
N0YJ BERT 
WA9PWP PAUL 

80 METER: 

NOYJ BERT * Double 
WA0ITP TERRY 
WA9PWP PAUL *Double 
W9BRD DAVE *DOUBLE 
N4ELM DAVE * DOUBLE 

THANKS GUYS, 
CU all next week, 
Stay Well, the Bad bug is still running amuck!!! 
72 
Johnny AC0BQ


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 11/11/2020 #cal-notice

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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
20:00 to 21:00
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:
40 and 80 Meters

Organizer:
jomatlock@...

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


40 Meter net

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Group 
It sounds like our "friends" are already tuning up on 7.122.

I will QSY down to 7.121.5 or so for the net at 8:00. 
72 
Johnny AC0BQ


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 11/11/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 11 November 2020, 20:00 to 21:00, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

View Event

Organizer: jomatlock@...

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


SSS Results

John Lonigro
 

Well, for a moment I was excited.  After entering the data, I did a sort to see who bubbled up to the top spot this month.  Lo and behold, my callsign showed up!  But then I realized I had sorted the list in ascending order, meaning the lowest score showed up first. Yep, that was me, with a big fat 0 for the year.  After correcting my mistake, I found that Chas, W2SH, is now in sole possession of 1st place for the year.  Chas has 150 QSO points.  In second place was John, K4BAI, with 144 points.  John didn't show up this month, which dropped him into second place from a tie for first place.  In third place for the year is Nick, WB5BKL, with 136 points.  Any one of these three people has a decent chance to wind up in first place at the end of the year, which is only a month away.

For November, our intrepid president, Johnny (AC0BQ) gets the honors for finishing first.  Johnny had 9 QSO points.  His certificate will be sent shortly.

The scores this month are noticeably lower, probably due to an overlap with the final two hours of the ARRL CW November Sweepstakes.  Well, I don't believe there will be any conflicts with the final month of our 2020 Second Sunday Sprint.  Let's hope there is a lot of activity in that final opportunity to either finish first for the month or, better yet, to finish first for the entire year.

Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion of the 2020 SSS.  Better yet, why not try to participate and get the December certificate for yourself?

72,

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 11/11/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 11 November 2020, 20:00 to 21:00, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

View Event

Organizer: jomatlock@...

Description: The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS is WQ5RP/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, 11/11/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 11 November 2020, 20:00 to 21:00, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

View Event

Organizer: jomatlock@...

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


PRC74 on Veterans Day, 11 Nov. 2020, at 1700z, on 14060.5 kHz.

w0rw
 

w0rw/pm, 11 Nov. 2020, Honoring Veterans.
Times: 1700z and 2100z, 
Freq: 14060.5 kHz,  +/- 1 Khz.

  The PRC74 is a Viet Nam Era Military  Radio. 
It is a solid state, fully synthesized, 1964, backpack radio.
   
   This radio spent 40 years in a junk yard and is now back on the air !
    It is not a 'Hanger Queen'.
(See pictures and info at : <http://www.n6cc.com/anprc-74b-hf-manpack-transceiver>.

   The entire rig weighs 30 (heavy metal) pounds and that's with the new Li-Ion battery pack.
   It is a Special Forces Radio used for long range comms.
This radio has at least 53  HC-49 crystals in it.
They are used to mix all the channel frequencies in 1 kHz steps from 2 to 18 MHz.
   Replacement of all the crystals today would cost  $2,000.
The original cost was of the radio $5,560. The cost of my new Chevy was  $2500.
   Other similar Green radios used in Viet Nam were the Squad radios, PRC25 and PRC77, for short range low power FM communications, 30-76 MHz.

   You can read more about this radios in KI0PF's, book..."MIL SPEC RADIO GEAR",
or see a PRC74 Video at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8m5NuLvw6k
made by Steve wg0at.ThanksSteve.
   My QSL Card is a color picture of my PRC74B.

If you are a Veteran,  Thank  You....
Happy Vets Day...
Paul   w0rw
Colorado


Send in your score

John Lonigro
 

This is the monthly reminder to send in your score from yesterday's Second Sunday Sprint (NOT your November Sweepstakes score!).  It seems that more than a few of us got caught up in the November sweepstakes by mistake.  One person emailed me to complain that we were sending CW at 25-35 wpm. That didn't sound like our contest. From the various emails on this reflector, it obviously wasn't. We're the "Friendly Group", not the "Cutthroat Group" (hi).

Anyway, log onto www.qrpcontest.com and enter your score.  As usual, I plan on tabulating the scores Tuesday evening and reporting them Wednesday morning, so get your scores submitted ASAP.

72,
John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


Re: 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - Sun, 11/08/2020 #cal-notice

John - KK4ITX
 

Just wanted to let you know that I was there.........

I do wish that the organizers would (1) Take notice of other events and at least request/define/limit the areas for their event, (2) actually post areas to NOT play in and (3) Ask that the contesters be courteous to those not in the contest when their CQ are answered by an unsuspecting/uninformed OP looking for a QSO.

I listened on 20/40/80m around the usual places and all I heard was 25-35wpm contesters, sorry but I really lost my usual patience and did some WSPR.

John
KK4ITX 

Visit:  www.zaarc.org.   👁

On Nov 8, 2020, at 21:24, Johnny AC0BQ <jomatlock@...> wrote:

Hello Chas 
Yes I realized that after I spotted my self!
I worked one of the Contesters at about 25 WPM.
He didn’t like my replies.
73
Johnny 

On Sun, Nov 8, 2020 at 8:06 PM <w2sh@...> wrote:
Hi Johnny,

TU for the 40m QSO.  Got two other members and that was it.  80m useless with the Sweepstakes going on and that's all that I hear; ditto for 40m down around 7.040 mhz.

72,

Charles (aka Chas), W2SH


From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of Johnny AC0BQ <jomatlock@...>
Sent: Sunday, November 8, 2020 21:00
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io <main@4sqrp.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - Sun, 11/08/2020 #cal-notice
 
gE 
Any body going to 80 Meters? 
3.564.5
tnx 
AC0BQ


On Sun, Nov 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM main@4SQRP.groups.io Calendar <noreply@groups.io> wrote:

4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint

When:
Sunday, 8 November 2020
19:00 to 21:00
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Organizer:
John Lonigro

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


--
Charles Moizeau, W2SH

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Re: 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - Sun, 11/08/2020 #cal-notice

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Hello Chas 
Yes I realized that after I spotted my self!
I worked one of the Contesters at about 25 WPM.
He didn’t like my replies.
73
Johnny 

On Sun, Nov 8, 2020 at 8:06 PM <w2sh@...> wrote:
Hi Johnny,

TU for the 40m QSO.  Got two other members and that was it.  80m useless with the Sweepstakes going on and that's all that I hear; ditto for 40m down around 7.040 mhz.

72,

Charles (aka Chas), W2SH


From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of Johnny AC0BQ <jomatlock@...>
Sent: Sunday, November 8, 2020 21:00
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io <main@4sqrp.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - Sun, 11/08/2020 #cal-notice
 
gE 
Any body going to 80 Meters? 
3.564.5
tnx 
AC0BQ


On Sun, Nov 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM main@4SQRP.groups.io Calendar <noreply@groups.io> wrote:

4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint

When:
Sunday, 8 November 2020
19:00 to 21:00
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Organizer:
John Lonigro

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


--
Charles Moizeau, W2SH

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


Re: 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - Sun, 11/08/2020 #cal-notice

n4mj
 

No 4SS stations heard on 80m, 40m, nor 20m.  Sweepstakes seems to have everyone (4S) taking break. Lots of QRN from the major solar flare on lower bands, too.  That doesn't help QRP stations.

C;Ya next month.

73 de n4mj//glenn


 
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On Sunday, November 8, 2020, 08:06:52 PM CST, w2sh@... <w2sh@...> wrote:


Hi Johnny,

TU for the 40m QSO.  Got two other members and that was it.  80m useless with the Sweepstakes going on and that's all that I hear; ditto for 40m down around 7.040 mhz.

72,

Charles (aka Chas), W2SH


From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of Johnny AC0BQ <jomatlock@...>
Sent: Sunday, November 8, 2020 21:00
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io <main@4sqrp.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - Sun, 11/08/2020 #cal-notice
 
gE 
Any body going to 80 Meters? 
3.564.5
tnx 
AC0BQ


On Sun, Nov 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM main@4SQRP.groups.io Calendar <noreply@groups.io> wrote:

4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint

When:
Sunday, 8 November 2020
19:00 to 21:00
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Organizer:
John Lonigro

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


--
Charles Moizeau, W2SH

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