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Re: The Bayou Jumper on a POTA activation

 

Hi Dale
So much fun. I got my license in 1993 at the age of 43 so I missed out on those FT243 days. I’m playing catch-up now.....Hi Hi.
73
Peter
AA2VG


On Dec 2, 2020, at 9:20 AM, Dale Holloway, K4EQ <daleholloway@...> wrote:

It sure is a fun little radio, Peter. I get mine out and use it every now and then and have a blast. It reminds me of my nostalgic Novice days with those FT243 crystals.
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Re: The Bayou Jumper on a POTA activation

Dale Holloway, K4EQ
 

It sure is a fun little radio, Peter. I get mine out and use it every now and then and have a blast. It reminds me of my nostalgic Novice days with those FT243 crystals.
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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 12/02/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 2 December 2020, 20:00 to 21:00, (GMT-06:00) 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.


The Bayou Jumper on a POTA activation

 

Hi. I just wanted to say thank you to 4SQRP for designing and helping me build my Bayou Jumper several years ago. It is such a fun and challenging rig to operate. The history of the Paraset radio in WW2 is fascinating. I decided that it was time to do a POTA activation with my BJ (serial # 033). Below was my post to POTA. TNXAGN for such a great little QRP rig..

After a number of POTA activations with my IC 7300 it was time to take my Paraset Replica, Bayou Jumper, to an activation. Would this well designed QRP Replica of a WW2 spy radio with its regenerative RX, crystal controlled TX, absence of a side tone, and no filters be able to complete an activation? YES it can! Using my CW club call sign W2LCW I logged 26 Qs in a little over an hour at Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge K-0477. Thanks to those who called and are in the log. Apologies to those who called and were not heard. The regenerative RX was working as hard as it could to pull you out! 73 Peter AA2VG--
Peter S. DeLuca
AA2VG


Re: Soldering Iron Temperature

W3BNO
 

I use 62/36/2 Rosen core and 625 F


Re: Soldering Iron Temperature

W3BNO
 

Hi Woody, as stated below, soldering is as much an art as a science. I personally use 62/36/2 Rosen core 
solder. It is a utectic blend that contains 2% silver which really improves the wetting property. I have been
using 015 diameter for most through hole and smd work. I generally keep my iron at about 625 Ffor most 
pic board work and maybe 750 F for large pic board mounted components that act as a heat sink. For
very large metal components such as PL259 shields I have a big old Waller 300 watt gun. For removing
through hole components I use a bulb mounted solder sucker that is mounted on a hollow tipped
soldering iron. To solder through hole components apply the iron tip to both the pan and the lead. Apply
the solder to the junction of the iron tip and pad. As the solder begins to flow, it helps heat transfer. Apply 
only enough solder so that you can still see the lead and the joint is smooth and convex in shape. Cut 
off the component lead slightly above the board 1/32 inch. Reapply the iron to ensure good uniform flow.
The joint should be shiny and smooth. The reason to leave some lead above the board is to aid in. 
Removing the component when and if it becomes necessary. I hope this helps.


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 12/02/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 2 December 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.


Ice Station Zebra , 30 Nov. 14060, 1900z

w0rw
 

     This is the format of the instructions given to the Japanese Imperial Army, Pacific,  for surrender on 17 Aug. 1945; V-J Day was 15 August 1945. The complete original text is in VMARS, Signal Magazine, Nov. 2020, by VK2NO.
    Extracted and revised below for current operations.
 

   (In order to see the original document on your own computer screen, you can download the '1942 Typewriter' Font into your Fonts Folder at C:\Windows/fonts . See https://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/1942-report).

   

 via w0rw

-----------------------


Instructions from CSO First Army ref the establishment of communications with Forward Observation Officer at Ice Station Zebra (ISZ).

The following details will provide sufficient information to all Amateurs in the US to allow the establishment of communications by wireless.

It is suggested that instructions state a time for the commencement of transmission.

Communications will be established between ISZ and

Amateur Operators on 30 Nov. 2020 on the following frequencies:-

14060 Kc/s Between the hours of 1900 UTC and 2000UTC.

7033 Kc/s           "       "     "       "  2000 UTC and 2100 UTC.

Should interference from other stations prevent satisfactory communications on  14060 or 7033 Kc/s communications will then be established on the following alternative frequencies:-

14065 Kc/s Between the hours of 1900 UTC and 2000UTC.

7035 Kc/s           "       "     "       "  2000 UTC and 2100 UTC.

Call Signs: The wireless station at ISZ will use the call sign W0RW.

Wireless stations in the US will use their appropriate government authorized call signs.

When calling, the station at ISZ will send the call sign of the

US Amateur station followed by de and its own call sign.

Thus:  W6XX de W0RW  can you hear me K

International Morse code will be used.

All transmissions will be in ENGLISH language and at the speed of 20 words a minute.

When communications are established by FOO (MOS13A) at ISZ all Amateur stations will obey all orders transmitted by ISZ.

When not transmitting the ISZ station will maintain a continuous listening watch.

(sgd) CHOP RW 

ISZ CMDR First Army

XXXX


Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017)

wa2cky
 

Andy, quick question for you. What is the least expensive way to ship books to Scotland from the US? I looked at our US Post Office regs and it is bewildering - what with VAT's and the like. Certainly looks like certification as a gift is helpful but even then a bit of a bodge. And potentially very expensive in any case.

Bob Groh, WA2CKY

On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 7:52 PM Andy - GM0NWI via groups.io <andy.gm0nwi1=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:
As a Scottish Ham licensed in early 1990’ 

I used to wait for our club when i was a member back then to receive CQ & QST magazine

Loved ALL the content no matter how easy or difficult to read an article was at first

The of course there was QEX, Ham Radio
Today

The list goes on ...

I “ do & don’t “ understand why folks get rid of their treasured issues.  Nowadays you dont need to troll thru actual paper to find articles when you can cross-reference via the net

If space is a premium theres always a real good sealed box or 2 in the loft or garage

“ Why discard & waste a lifetime of learning “

We’re the older generation now and are forever crying out about a “ wasteful society “

Lastly Myself ...

Would LOVE free paper copies of 

The Novice ( Item Builds In General ) & The Good QRP/QRPp ( Item Builds In General )

Minimalist Radio Equipment In General )

From the pages of ANY past Journals
 
I am QRZ QTHR ... ( If Anyone Cares To Know )

73’s
Andy - GM0NWI


Re: Intriguing PCB holder on Amazon

Richard Clemens
 

Interesting but when building would it be hard to keep flipping the board to solder?
I also note the sloppy LED installation in the one image...


Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

wa2cky
 

Thanks again to everyone.  Someone has opted to get them all (thanks, EuGene).  Had several offers and I am so delighted not to have them go in the trash!  I will be soooooo glad when Covid get's under control and our library will once again be able to put magazines out for folks to pickup.

Here is my ham radio magazine story.  I have been in ham radio since I was in high school (over 60 years ago) and, over the years, I had accumulated well over 10 large boxes of old ham radio magazines - some I had gotten myself through subscriptions, some will acquired at estate sales and auctions, some were given to me, etc, etc. I had magazines that dated back before 1920! I had one wall of my basement - over 15 ft long and 5 ft all - with old magazines!  Ye, gads!  One day in the mid-1990s, I walked downstairs and said 'you have got to get rid of all those magazines'.  So I sat down and used every trick I could think of to get them out gone - sold some, gave some away, etc. And managed to clean out all of them - took over 2 years but I got 'er done.  Since then, I keep just the last two years or so and get rid of everything older.  It is much easier today to find old articles on the web and the ARRL has made it much easier - even to point where I guess they are making back issues of QEX available. Still I do like getting paper copies to read - for some reason the digital ones just don't do it for me.  

Anyways thanks to all - been fun reading all the comments.  And thanks to those who decided to help me be a responsible consumer!

73
Bob Groh 

On Thu, Nov 26, 2020 at 12:51 PM Bob Groh <bob.groh@...> wrote:
Happy Thanksgiving Day to all. 

Cleaning up a bit and I have some QSTs from 2015, 2016 and 2017 that will be going into the trash unless someone would like them. I can load as many as I can get into a Medium sized USPS Priority Mail box and zip them your way if you will pay $15.05 for postage (US only). Not guaranteeing complete years as some might be missing. Drop me a line if interested. 

73
Bob Groh, WA2CKY


Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017)

Andy - GM0NWI
 

As a Scottish Ham licensed in early 1990’ 

I used to wait for our club when i was a member back then to receive CQ & QST magazine

Loved ALL the content no matter how easy or difficult to read an article was at first

The of course there was QEX, Ham Radio
Today

The list goes on ...

I “ do & don’t “ understand why folks get rid of their treasured issues.  Nowadays you dont need to troll thru actual paper to find articles when you can cross-reference via the net

If space is a premium theres always a real good sealed box or 2 in the loft or garage

“ Why discard & waste a lifetime of learning “

We’re the older generation now and are forever crying out about a “ wasteful society “

Lastly Myself ...

Would LOVE free paper copies of 

The Novice ( Item Builds In General ) & The Good QRP/QRPp ( Item Builds In General )

Minimalist Radio Equipment In General )

From the pages of ANY past Journals
 
I am QRZ QTHR ... ( If Anyone Cares To Know )

73’s
Andy - GM0NWI


Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

Dean LaClair
 

Today's ham is NOTHING like the ham of yesteryear. No I'm not going to make any comments about the code I'm not going to make any comments about the lack of theory, just plain old don't care about building things learning things and doing things. 
There are a whole lot of articles available in QST about the $28 baofeng which is 90% of today's new hams, only radio.

When I was a young ham I couldn't wait for the new issue of QST, 73 magazine, ham radio magazine to show up...I read them cover to cover. The in rush of new information was awesome. 
I'll bet I'm not wrong and saying that 90% of the hams that have been licensed in the last 5 years have never built a dipole antenna.

Do you ever remember so many companies selling simple wire antennas? 
And by the way it's not just ham radio, look around.

Good luck in the contest,73
Dean K2WW


Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

John
 

I have all but a very few (9?) of ALL the small digest sized issues.

Since I'm a man of (minimal) moderation, I stopped collecting with the change to the large format magazine :-)

John K5MO


On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 3:47 PM Karl Schwab <schwab.karl@...> wrote:
I had complete QST's back to 1969 when I decided to give them away to make room in my shack for the installation of a new furnace.  I took several years of them to local ham swap meets and I could not give them away!  I like other ARRL members, find little need for them now with the ability to acquire reference information from ARRL on-line.  My wife and I took them to the curb on recycle day, and got rid of everyone of them.  Kind of sad I think, but that is the way it is.  I continue to get the printed copy of QST; I read them thoroughly, keep one years worth, and then add one the newest one and pitch the oldest. I find reading QST on-line not be to my liking.  73, Karl, KO8S


Re: Intriguing PCB holder on Amazon

Thomas Martin
 

If you go to Banggood.com search soldering aids they have similar ones for much less. I ordered on nice for the smaller boards
tom

On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 1:50 PM Bob - K2KI <k2ki@...> wrote:
Hi all,
I was doing some window shopping at Amazon and came across this:

https://www.amazon.com/Toolour-Pieces-Circuit-Board-Holder/dp/B07TDGT21L/ref=pd_di_sccai_1/141-0245591-8116743?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07TDGT21L&pd_rd_r=7b0da477-6da5-44bc-a310-0cadc5342c46&pd_rd_w=sxl4t&pd_rd_wg=BWTHC&pf_rd_p=c9443270-b914-4430-a90b-72e3e7e784e0&pf_rd_r=60J8V780JFKXTPYVWZYK&psc=1&refRID=60J8V780JFKXTPYVWZYK

Has anyone tried these?  They look cool and you can get flexible arms to
hold your PCB up higher and change the orientation of the board.
Any feedback god, bad or indifferent would be appreciate any info.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

--
73/72 . .
Bob de k2ki
k2ki@...
k2ki.bb@... (Goes to my cell)
NEQRP #911
4SQRP #2292
FP #4214
SKCC #12195
NAQCC #2337


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Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

Jim Sheldon
 

I give all of mine to the local library at the end of the year when I’m done with them.  Head librarian is a ham but not an ARRL member so they all get bound up a year at a time and made available for check out.

That’s worked out well so far.

Jim, W0EB


On Nov 27, 2020, at 2:47 PM, Karl Schwab <schwab.karl@...> wrote:

I had complete QST's back to 1969 when I decided to give them away to make room in my shack for the installation of a new furnace.  I took several years of them to local ham swap meets and I could not give them away!  I like other ARRL members, find little need for them now with the ability to acquire reference information from ARRL on-line.  My wife and I took them to the curb on recycle day, and got rid of everyone of them.  Kind of sad I think, but that is the way it is.  I continue to get the printed copy of QST; I read them thoroughly, keep one years worth, and then add one the newest one and pitch the oldest. I find reading QST on-line not be to my liking.  73, Karl, KO8S


Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

Karl Schwab
 

I had complete QST's back to 1969 when I decided to give them away to make room in my shack for the installation of a new furnace.  I took several years of them to local ham swap meets and I could not give them away!  I like other ARRL members, find little need for them now with the ability to acquire reference information from ARRL on-line.  My wife and I took them to the curb on recycle day, and got rid of everyone of them.  Kind of sad I think, but that is the way it is.  I continue to get the printed copy of QST; I read them thoroughly, keep one years worth, and then add one the newest one and pitch the oldest. I find reading QST on-line not be to my liking.  73, Karl, KO8S


Intriguing PCB holder on Amazon

Bob - K2KI
 

Hi all,
I was doing some window shopping at Amazon and came across this:

https://www.amazon.com/Toolour-Pieces-Circuit-Board-Holder/dp/B07TDGT21L/ref=pd_di_sccai_1/141-0245591-8116743?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07TDGT21L&pd_rd_r=7b0da477-6da5-44bc-a310-0cadc5342c46&pd_rd_w=sxl4t&pd_rd_wg=BWTHC&pf_rd_p=c9443270-b914-4430-a90b-72e3e7e784e0&pf_rd_r=60J8V780JFKXTPYVWZYK&psc=1&refRID=60J8V780JFKXTPYVWZYK

Has anyone tried these?  They look cool and you can get flexible arms to hold your PCB up higher and change the orientation of the board.
Any feedback god, bad or indifferent would be appreciate any info.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

--
73/72 . .
Bob de k2ki
k2ki@comcast.net
k2ki.bb@gmail.com (Goes to my cell)
NEQRP #911
4SQRP #2292
FP #4214
SKCC #12195
NAQCC #2337


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Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

David Wilcox
 

What ever happened to the kids and sometimes adults getting onto the hobby or even those who were not ARRL members who in the past clamored for the recent and even old copies of QST, 73, CQ, etc?  We used to haul them home and go through them like Radio Shack and Heathkit catalogs devouring every word and dreaming of someday owning those long forgotten rigs or building some of the kits and projects that were available but not on our budget.  Is no one curious or can they all afford the back issue CDs or going through the complicated process of the ARRL archives to find something fun or interesting?  Just wondering.

When in model RC airplane building a few years ago even at my mid age I enjoyed any older issues of the modeling mags I could scrounge up to see what had been done before and what was happening on the “new” scene.

Those older mags are great bathroom reading fodder or read just when I was just too tired or lazy to go to the shack and make a contact or repair one of my plane wrecks.  I still take my one or two year old copies of ham mags to the club and most of the time they sit there.  There aren’t that many mags being printed anymore so the piles I bring  are even much smaller than years ago.  They are FREE too! I just don’t get it.

Dave K8WPE since 1960, probably living in the past too much but the undertaker won’t be able to wipe the smile off my face when my time comes.  Thank you ham radio and the Elmers that put up with me back in the day.  Ham Radio, still Cheaper than a psychiatrist and less trouble than a mistress, and still bringing everlasting joy.

David J. Wilcox’s iPad

On Nov 26, 2020, at 10:39 PM, Louis Axeman via groups.io <n8la@...> wrote:


Maybe take them to a thrift store if there are no takers.  They may spur interest in amateur radio in someone who sees them there.

Lou,  N8LA


On Thursday, November 26, 2020, 09:23:46 PM CST, David Lininger <kb0zke@...> wrote:


John, I had the same problem several years ago. As was mentioned, ARRL
members can get the information for free online simply by searching for
what they want. Without an index, a pile of magazines is just a pile of
magazines. Also, I suspect that most hams have their own pile of magazines.



On 26/11/20 13:35, John - KK4ITX via groups.io wrote:
> Bob,
>
> Let us know if you’re successful, I had 6-7 years of QST and tried to
> give them away at meetings, Hamfests and on email reflectors with no
> takers. I don’t understand why 75% of hams don’t want free magazines
> especially printed for their hobby.
>
> I finally gave up and recycled them :(
>
> Good luck !
>
> John
> KK4ITX 
>
> /*Visit:  *www.zaarc.org <http://www.zaarc.org>.   👁/
>
> On Nov 26, 2020, at 13:51, wa2cky <bob.groh@...
> <mailto:bob.groh@...>> wrote:
>
>> Happy Thanksgiving Day to all. 
>>
>> Cleaning up a bit and I have some QSTs from 2015, 2016 and 2017 that
>> will be going into the trash unless someone would like them. I can
>> load as many as I can get into a Medium sized USPS Priority Mail box
>> and zip them your way if you will pay $15.05 for postage (US only).
>> Not guaranteeing complete years as some might be missing. Drop me a
>> line if interested. 
>>
>> 73
>> Bob Groh, WA2CKY
>

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Rev. 2:10
kb0zke@...






Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

 

Wow!  As I read through all of my accumulated messages, I read the messages between between you and some other hams about how nobody wants the QST magazines and I, too, was amazed that they are still around.

I'll take them...will get your address off of Zed and send you the $15.50 in tomorrow's mail, or if you do PayPal, invoice me at bigusmith@...

EuGene Smith, KA5NLY
P.O. Box 1110
Clinton, AR 72031


On Thursday, November 26, 2020, 11:24:45 PM CST, bigusmith via groups.io <bigusmith@...> wrote:


Bob,

I've been out a better part of today so I am catching up on about 40 accumulated e-mails.  Although this is a late response to an early afternoon offer, if you still have any of those QST back issues left, I would be interested.  By all means, don't trash any leftovers.

Let me know if you still have any left and I will send you a check for the postage.

EuGene Smith, KA5NLY


On Thursday, November 26, 2020, 12:51:45 PM CST, wa2cky <bob.groh@...> wrote:


Happy Thanksgiving Day to all. 

Cleaning up a bit and I have some QSTs from 2015, 2016 and 2017 that will be going into the trash unless someone would like them. I can load as many as I can get into a Medium sized USPS Priority Mail box and zip them your way if you will pay $15.05 for postage (US only). Not guaranteeing complete years as some might be missing. Drop me a line if interested. 

73
Bob Groh, WA2CKY

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