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Re: What's On Your Bench?

Paul Goemans
 

Hi,
  I would also recommend the Weller WES50 or WES51 temp controlled solder station. Many tips are available. We used these and earlier Wellers in the electronics repair shop I worked in. I like them because they are reliable and the pencil assemblies are slim! 
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 

From: Steve Hutcherson via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, November 15, 2020 8:35 AM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] What's On Your Bench?
 
Hi Fellas !

Half-way through my QRP-o-Meter build my soldering iron died Wednesday and still have the W8DIZ  5w30 and 5w17 kits to build this winter. Anyone like the soldering station their using now?  Referrals appreciated.
I'm ready for an upgrade. :-)

72, Hutch
WB5CTS/M


Re: What's On Your Bench?

Mike D
 

I have been using a Weller WESD51 around the house for about 10 years now.  It is the best inexpensive soldering iron I have been able to find and is works about as well as my more expensive irons.

Mike kd5rjz

On Sun, Nov 15, 2020 at 8:35 AM Steve Hutcherson via groups.io <Wb5cts=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Fellas !

Half-way through my QRP-o-Meter build my soldering iron died Wednesday and still have the W8DIZ  5w30 and 5w17 kits to build this winter. Anyone like the soldering station their using now?  Referrals appreciated.
I'm ready for an upgrade. :-)

72, Hutch
WB5CTS/M


Re: What's On Your Bench?

Bobby Drummond
 


Just finished a retro rig (6AW8 / 6BQ6  40 meter MOPA transmitter) based on an 15 meter Novice transmitter article in the April 1959 edition of Popular Electronics magazine.  It works fine and I've made around 30 QSOs with it so far.  <https://worldradiohistory.com/Popular-Electronics-Guide.htm>

Starting a 60 meter solid state transmitter now.  Schematic enclosed below.   Crystals for 2 of the channels for 60 meters are available from 3rd Planet Solar, by the way. <https://kc9on.com/> I've ordered the necessary parts and have received them in the last week.  Have laid out on paper the placement location of the components on a blank circuit board (will use Manhattan technique to mount them using a modified drill bit to make the "islands" - thanks QRP Quarterly Magazine for the idea for that technique.

Looking forward to finishing it up, smoke testing and putting it on the air this week.  (Note:  the FET final in this transmitter is a Class E type design, similar to the None Simpler 40 meter transmitter of yesteryear  from 4 State QRP - without the cool spiral coils though)  and dig that complementary symmetry driver, will ya'! 

When this one is finished and subsequent QSOs have been made, I already have plans for more bench projects.  That's one of the things retirement's for, right?

May all your projects be great learning experiences and have minimal frustrations (inevitable) and bring you tons of satisfaction (highly likely with support from this group)

P.S.  if the 60 meter transmitter described inspires you to build one too, put that thang on the air and proudly say, " . .  tx here, OM is homebrew, xtal controlled and "__" watts out" and listen out for me on mine.  It would be great to work someone GW3UWP-transmitter-to-GW3UWP-transmitter on 60 meters.

 
--
73 de AK4JA


Re: What's On Your Bench?

Gary AFN4A
 

Hutch,

I am using a Tenna soldering station which I bought from Nightfire Electronics a few years ago at one of our fests here in FL. Reasonably priced and it works great. Their business card shows their website as www.vakits.com and hopefully they are still in business with all that has been occurring this year.

Good hunting.

73,

Gary N3OS 



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-------- Original message --------
From: "Steve Hutcherson via groups.io" <Wb5cts@...>
Date: 11/15/20 09:35 (GMT-05:00)
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] What's On Your Bench?

Hi Fellas !

Half-way through my QRP-o-Meter build my soldering iron died Wednesday and still have the W8DIZ  5w30 and 5w17 kits to build this winter. Anyone like the soldering station their using now?  Referrals appreciated.
I'm ready for an upgrade. :-)

72, Hutch
WB5CTS/M
--
73 DE N3OS - Gary
QRPARCI #3425
NAQCC #7301
SKCC #3849
FISTS #18652


Re: What's On Your Bench?

WB5CTS/M "Hutch"
 

Hi Fellas !

Half-way through my QRP-o-Meter build my soldering iron died Wednesday and still have the W8DIZ  5w30 and 5w17 kits to build this winter. Anyone like the soldering station their using now?  Referrals appreciated.
I'm ready for an upgrade. :-)

72, Hutch
WB5CTS/M


Monthly Run For The Bacon - tomorrow ... Sunday!

Larry Makoski
 

Tomorrow, November 15th is the monthly Run For The Bacon, proudly brought to you by the Flying Pigs QRP Club International. A friendly lil' QRP Sprint guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

The time? 6-8 EST, 5-7 CST, 4-6 MST, 3-5 PST

The frequencies? We usually gather somewhere abouts the standard "QRP Watering Holes" on 160 through 10 Meters.

The exchange? RST - S/P/C (state/province/country) - Flying Pig # (non-members send output power)

For ALL the details, please visit http://www.qrpcontest.com/pigrun/

Join us and have some fun - see you on the air!


Re: [ADV] [4SQRP] What's On Your Bench?

 

Be careful, Jack...that light might be an oncoming train!

EuGene, KA5NLY


On Saturday, November 14, 2020, 9:47:56 AM CST, jrdock@... <jrdock@...> wrote:


First, let me say that I have built many 4sqrp kits.  However my next build will be the new QCX that has come out in the last 6 to 8 months.  Just what I need, a new QRP rig Hi.  We here in south East Kansas have what I think is a fantastic and active club with some extraordinary members.  We have a builder club within the club which gives members the opportunity for “hands on training” and experience the satisfaction of creating ones own equipment.
We are, of course, not having building sessions at present due to COVID-19 but hope to resume sometime in 2021.  The light at the end of the tunnel is now visible, things are looking up with the new solar cycle starting and a vaccine for COVID in the near future, so hang in there the “new normal” is just around the corner.
Visit our web site at SEKARC.net

Jack ..... WD0CFH


Pro

Jack R. Dock ... How about we give GOD a reason to continue blessing America?  In defense of America I pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.
War does not determine who is right, only who is left.
"A veteran is someone who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for any amount, up to and including their lives.
                            Many of life's failures are people who
                            did not realize how close they were to
                            success when they gave up.
                                          Thomas A. Edison

On Nov 14, 2020, at 7:39 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


Re: What's On Your Bench?

 

The project at the moment is the local club's 2m repeater. I am
rebuilding it around a Kenwood TKR-750 repeater and a set of dB Products
band pass, band reject cavities. I recovered the CAT-250 controller
from the old repeater and I will add a Raspberry Pi 3B+ to the ensemble
for AllStar linking capability. I'd recently redid the local 70cm machine
in a similar fashion and it is working well.

One thing I want to do this winter is get a local DVSwitch server up and
going and hopefully be able to join the DMR net from AllStar on the 70cm
repeater. I think we'd find that interesting.

Ambitious plans! Though, not necessarily QRP although I can hit the
70cm repeater with 500 mW. I guess that is QRP. :-D

72, Nate

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possible worlds. The pessimist fears this is true."

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Re: What's On Your Bench?

JAMES DAVIDSON
 

I WOULD SAY I AM GOING TO DO OK FOR THE WINTER ON THE BENCH . WIFE AND I WENT THROUGH THE VIRUS IN JULY .GOD BLESSED US WITH ALL THE MEDICAL PROBLEMS WE HAVE STILL HERE ..HOPE OCON HAPPENS NEXT YEAR JIM KC0DD  #187   HAVE A BLESSED 


Re: What's On Your Bench?

JAMES DAVIDSON
 

playing with new to me  hw8  .puting diff final in   got a solid state relay coming . old mechanical one hangs up some  .built another qrpometer for a friend. he went qro so now have two .hi hi  817 .nd, ats4.rock might getting used ..did buy a chrome dual lever vibroplex .don't like it  got the deluxe straight key also  now thats cool .  7300 runs a cool 5 watts mtr 3 put calf filter on mtr  it works great .  i listen to the net on wed sometimes. checked in with johnny but he cant hear me>  its too fast for me anyhow.  i still run 12 to 14 wpm  guess i am stuck there . but thats ok still get lots of air time  73  JIM  KC0DD   # 187       HAVE A BLESSED DAY  


Re: What's On Your Bench?

cornhusker
 

I have been busy with antennas and shack improvements.  New tribander for 10 15 20  and new wires for 30m and 80m and 17/12m and all new feedlines.  4 new ropes and pulleys for the wires.  Trying to get antenna work done before winter.  Stripped out all old cables from the shack and tower and put in all new grounding and got rid of lots of evils, like ground loops and received noise.   Much lower noise levels on all bands but especially 160 80 and 40.   More to do this week, including fine tuning the wires.  Then back to the bench for more kits!  
73 de K0NEB 



Re: What's On Your Bench?

Mike D
 

Today I've got a Fluke 435 with a couple of leaky capacitors.  I recently moved and have been going through my hoarded test equipment as I move it over.

Mike kd5rjz

On Sat, Nov 14, 2020, 11:39 AM Bill Lamm <kd9mdl@...> wrote:
I think finding the bench will be the hardest part.. I have several upcycle lithium batt projects almost finished and a new portable uBITX v5 (shack in a box) project happening this winter.. I am glad it will take a while because work has been very busy this fall..


Re: What's On Your Bench?

Bill Lamm
 

I think finding the bench will be the hardest part.. I have several upcycle lithium batt projects almost finished and a new portable uBITX v5 (shack in a box) project happening this winter.. I am glad it will take a while because work has been very busy this fall..


Re: What's On Your Bench?

Woody Hester
 

Recently finished installing the spot function on my 4SQRP station (SS-40, NS-40, SVXO, Magic Box). A little bit of a chirp, but not shameful so I'm going with it.  Helps me make contacts because everyone want to tell me about the tiny chirp, Hah!  I have been slowly improving that station for 9 years now!  Wow!  I really am a slow builder!

Slowly plugging away on the QRP Labs 50W Amplifier for my QCX+.  I'll run it at 15V (about 30W) when I really need to dig deep to BUST a pile up ha ha.  Winding the trifilar transformer at T-1, then getting it properly mounted on the board was a challenge for me!  First time I botched it, but second time I got it done.

Not sure what's next, but given the Covid winter ahead, there will certainly be more! / Woody / WD9F


What's On Your Bench?

Lee Bahr
 

I have a couple projects going right now.  (The couple Hilltoppers are waiting to be built.)  I just finished putting together a QCX+ for 40 meters but have not tuned it up or aligned it to date.  I am in the process of putting together a QRPometer. Besides that I am now collecting parts to build a Whaddon MK III "Tinker Box"  HF transmitter clone.  (WW2 Spy Transmitter)

Lee

w0vt, w5drc


Re: [ADV] [4SQRP] What's On Your Bench?

jrdock@ckt.net
 

First, let me say that I have built many 4sqrp kits.  However my next build will be the new QCX that has come out in the last 6 to 8 months.  Just what I need, a new QRP rig Hi.  We here in south East Kansas have what I think is a fantastic and active club with some extraordinary members.  We have a builder club within the club which gives members the opportunity for “hands on training” and experience the satisfaction of creating ones own equipment.
We are, of course, not having building sessions at present due to COVID-19 but hope to resume sometime in 2021.  The light at the end of the tunnel is now visible, things are looking up with the new solar cycle starting and a vaccine for COVID in the near future, so hang in there the “new normal” is just around the corner.
Visit our web site at SEKARC.net

Jack ..... WD0CFH


Pro

Jack R. Dock ... How about we give GOD a reason to continue blessing America?  In defense of America I pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.
War does not determine who is right, only who is left.
"A veteran is someone who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for any amount, up to and including their lives.
                            Many of life's failures are people who
                            did not realize how close they were to
                            success when they gave up.
                                          Thomas A. Edison

On Nov 14, 2020, at 7:39 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


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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