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Re: 40 and 80 meter net

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Good to hear you John
Yes, signals were a little thin, but we got it done.
72
Johnny 

On Wed, Dec 9, 2020 at 9:33 PM John - KK4ITX via groups.io <jleahy00=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Well ! It’s been a long time (last Checked in on 11/28/2019) on 40m and it was a sloppy mess at that.  Johnny was coming in at S1 and less, mostly ESP on my end anyway, but at least there were Call Signs exchanged.  I am going to add another 30ft of wire and see if that helps.

80m as usual was noisy @ S7-S9 so I just shut down.

Thanks for picking me me up Johnny.

72,

John
KK4ITX 
Zephyrhills, Florida 



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On Dec 9, 2020, at 22:03, Johnny AC0BQ <jomatlock@...> wrote:

Ge Group 
Nice turn out on the net. 
40 Meters was unusual sounding, but the signals were still bouncing around, mostly from the SE part of the US. (LA)!

Check in's were 
40 Meters 
K0FHG
N4ELM 
N4MJ 
KD4MSR 
KK4ITX First time in ! welcome John
WI5H
80 METERS 
KD4MSR * double 
NOYJ 
N4MJ * DOUBLE 
WA0ITP 
WAOPWE 
K5EST Long time no hear! 
N4ELM * DOUBLE 
K0FHG  * DOUBLE 

Thanks guys, bands are trying to get better! 
72 
Johnny AC0BQ 


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Re: 40 and 80 meter net

John - KK4ITX
 

Well ! It’s been a long time (last Checked in on 11/28/2019) on 40m and it was a sloppy mess at that.  Johnny was coming in at S1 and less, mostly ESP on my end anyway, but at least there were Call Signs exchanged.  I am going to add another 30ft of wire and see if that helps.

80m as usual was noisy @ S7-S9 so I just shut down.

Thanks for picking me me up Johnny.

72,

John
KK4ITX 
Zephyrhills, Florida 



Visit:  www.zaarc.org.   👁

On Dec 9, 2020, at 22:03, Johnny AC0BQ <jomatlock@...> wrote:

Ge Group 
Nice turn out on the net. 
40 Meters was unusual sounding, but the signals were still bouncing around, mostly from the SE part of the US. (LA)!

Check in's were 
40 Meters 
K0FHG
N4ELM 
N4MJ 
KD4MSR 
KK4ITX First time in ! welcome John
WI5H
80 METERS 
KD4MSR * double 
NOYJ 
N4MJ * DOUBLE 
WA0ITP 
WAOPWE 
K5EST Long time no hear! 
N4ELM * DOUBLE 
K0FHG  * DOUBLE 

Thanks guys, bands are trying to get better! 
72 
Johnny AC0BQ 



40 and 80 meter net

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Group 
Nice turn out on the net. 
40 Meters was unusual sounding, but the signals were still bouncing around, mostly from the SE part of the US. (LA)!

Check in's were 
40 Meters 
K0FHG
N4ELM 
N4MJ 
KD4MSR 
KK4ITX First time in ! welcome John
WI5H
80 METERS 
KD4MSR * double 
NOYJ 
N4MJ * DOUBLE 
WA0ITP 
WAOPWE 
K5EST Long time no hear! 
N4ELM * DOUBLE 
K0FHG  * DOUBLE 

Thanks guys, bands are trying to get better! 
72 
Johnny AC0BQ 



Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 12/09/2020 #cal-notice

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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 9 December 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.


Re: Tasting.. tasting..

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Dale
How’s the WX in Wyoming?
72
Johnny ACØBQ 

On Wed, Dec 9, 2020 at 7:14 PM Dale Putnam <daleputnam@...> wrote:
IF this were a REAL taste.. it would be sweet.

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Tasting.. tasting..

Dale Putnam
 

IF this were a REAL taste.. it would be sweet.


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 12/09/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 9 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.


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 12/09/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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

Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 9 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.


Re: Proposal for transmitter project

Thomas Martin
 

I was checking and found that on7yd has some diagrams and articles on 80 meter ARDF in case you haven’t seen them
Tom
K0amd


On Tuesday, December 8, 2020, KC3PLJ- Gary Dunn <KC3PLJ@...> wrote:
Hey Don,

I am a new ham, but have an interest in ARDF. I would be interested in helping but as I said I am very new to all of this stuff.

Let me know if there is a way I can help.

73,

~gd

Gary Dunn
KC3PLJ
Baltimore, MD



On Dec 6, 2020, at 2:18 PM, Don, W9EBK <donw9ebk@...> wrote:

If you would like to get involved in designing and building some 80 meter CW transmitters, I have an interesting project. I’ve been involved in Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) for many years. ARDF is the on-foot athletic competition type of radio direction finding that is internationally sanctioned under a very specific set of rules. I’m a member of the ARRL’s ARDF rules subcommittee and am involved with their other ARDF subcommittees. Lack of affordable and readily available equipment has been identified as a leading obstacle to growing the sport of ARDF in the United States. I’m proposing this project as a personal project, not sanctioned by the ARRL or any specific ham radio club.
   A company in China has brought out an affordable 80 meter ARDF receiver. While not great, it’s good enough to get beginners started. But, affordable 80 meter transmitters that fit specific ARDF requirements are needed. The Chinese ARDF transmitters aren’t readily available and lack important features. European transmitters are expensive and have features that don’t match up with FCC regulations.
   Now for the tough part of the transmitter’s RF design. The antennas used in competition are a vertical wire 8 to 12 feet long supported by a fishing pole, with no counterpoise other than a ground rod. No ground plane wires  are allowed because the competitors would trip on them or pull them loose. This means the transmitter is working into a load of 8 to 10 ohms at best. An antenna tuner would work to correct this but the transmitters need to be able to be built with an enclosure, battery and micro-controller for $50 or less. Conventional variable capacitors would eat up a lot of that budget and tuning them would complicate setting to transmitters. 
   If you’ve read this far, Thank You. I will be happy to answer specific questions off the reflector but here’s a short list of requirements. The transmitters need to put out around 2 to 5 watts of CW near 3.579 MHz, but with a few twists. ARDF competitions use 2 frequencies. 5 transmitters (Foxes) cycle on/off on one frequency while the Finish Line beacon on an adjacent frequency operates continuously. 2 frequencies programmable via DDS or crystal controlled with easily switchable crystals for something like 3.579 MHz and 3.585 MHz are needed. The Foxes cycle On for 1 minute sending a certain code sequence with the callsign at the end of the minute and off for 4 minutes. Timing must be just right so transmitter 1 identifies and goes off just as transmitter 2 comes on, etc. Timing needs to hold to within 1 second for several hours of operation. It’s best if the transmitters can be placed in the woods while turned off and have them all come on automatically at a certain time. This should be easy to accomplish with an Arduino or PIC as long as the callsign can be changed easily, as the transmitters will likely be passed around from club to club.

   

   If you are interested in tackling this project please contact me.
Thanks,
Don, W9EBK


Re: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 12/09/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

Robert
 

If you use a hotspot to access talk group 31654 in order to participate in the
Delta Mike Romeo net, be sure to edit your self care account at Brandmeister to include a password for your hotspot and then to edit the your hotspot to include that password.

Thanks again to Charles NK8O for making the group aware of this necessary security enhancement now required by Brandmeister.

73's

Bert
N0YJ




On Mon, Dec 7, 2020, 8:00 PM main@4SQRP.groups.io Calendar <main@4sqrp.groups.io> wrote:

Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 9 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.


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 12/09/2020 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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

Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 9 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.


Proposal for transmitter project

Don, W9EBK
 

If you would like to get involved in designing and building some 80 meter CW transmitters, I have an interesting project. I’ve been involved in Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) for many years. ARDF is the on-foot athletic competition type of radio direction finding that is internationally sanctioned under a very specific set of rules. I’m a member of the ARRL’s ARDF rules subcommittee and am involved with their other ARDF subcommittees. Lack of affordable and readily available equipment has been identified as a leading obstacle to growing the sport of ARDF in the United States. I’m proposing this project as a personal project, not sanctioned by the ARRL or any specific ham radio club.

   A company in China has brought out an affordable 80 meter ARDF receiver. While not great, it’s good enough to get beginners started. But, affordable 80 meter transmitters that fit specific ARDF requirements are needed. The Chinese ARDF transmitters aren’t readily available and lack important features. European transmitters are expensive and have features that don’t match up with FCC regulations.

   Now for the tough part of the transmitter’s RF design. The antennas used in competition are a vertical wire 8 to 12 feet long supported by a fishing pole, with no counterpoise other than a ground rod. No ground plane wires  are allowed because the competitors would trip on them or pull them loose. This means the transmitter is working into a load of 8 to 10 ohms at best. An antenna tuner would work to correct this but the transmitters need to be able to be built with an enclosure, battery and micro-controller for $50 or less. Conventional variable capacitors would eat up a lot of that budget and tuning them would complicate setting to transmitters. 

   If you’ve read this far, Thank You. I will be happy to answer specific questions off the reflector but here’s a short list of requirements. The transmitters need to put out around 2 to 5 watts of CW near 3.579 MHz, but with a few twists. ARDF competitions use 2 frequencies. 5 transmitters (Foxes) cycle on/off on one frequency while the Finish Line beacon on an adjacent frequency operates continuously. 2 frequencies programmable via DDS or crystal controlled with easily switchable crystals for something like 3.579 MHz and 3.585 MHz are needed. The Foxes cycle On for 1 minute sending a certain code sequence with the callsign at the end of the minute and off for 4 minutes. Timing must be just right so transmitter 1 identifies and goes off just as transmitter 2 comes on, etc. Timing needs to hold to within 1 second for several hours of operation. It’s best if the transmitters can be placed in the woods while turned off and have them all come on automatically at a certain time. This should be easy to accomplish with an Arduino or PIC as long as the callsign can be changed easily, as the transmitters will likely be passed around from club to club.

   

   If you are interested in tackling this project please contact me.

donw9ebk@...

Thanks,

Don, W9EBK


Hilltoppers 30 update

W3BNO
 

I successfully completed building the Hilltoppers 30 today. It works great. Power out is a full 5 watts @ 12 volts d.c. I was able to achieve this power by evenly spacing the turns on L6 , and compressing the turns on L7. This is a normal way of adjusting a pi network for proper impedance match. I wanted the side tone to be a little bit louder, so I paralleled R7 with a 470k resistor that I tacked on the bottom of the board. This increased the side tone level. By about 1 1/2 times. I. Left C15 out as I have done in both my HT20 , and HT;40. I found that with C15 installed I can't get the bfo to tune to the 800 hz off set. I opted to wind L6, and L7 with #24 magnet wire as I have plenty on hand and it's much easier to get a tight winding with thinner wire on size 37 cores. I did use the supplied # 21 wire to wind the drain choke. All in all a very enjoyable kit to build and It appears to have good performance. I can't wait until I can take it outside and try it out on the air. Thanks for providing this fine kit to the qrp community.


Re: B.J. white face

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Gm Lynn 
I think you're going to have to visit with Dave Cripe and see if he can assist you with changing the values in the band pass filter? 
Just my best Guess? 
72 
Johnny AC0BQ

On Sat, Dec 5, 2020 at 9:55 AM Lynn Brock <hamland802@...> wrote:
Greetings
I have built 3 bj's, two white and one green. I would like to convert one of the white face to 30 mtrs. Having worked with many regens getting the rec on 30 no problem. A bit stumped on the transmit side. Tried a 30 mtr xtal and it does osc after a fashion.
Anyone out there help?
Thanks
Lynn


B.J. white face

Lynn Brock
 

Greetings
I have built 3 bj's, two white and one green. I would like to convert one of the white face to 30 mtrs. Having worked with many regens getting the rec on 30 no problem. A bit stumped on the transmit side. Tried a 30 mtr xtal and it does osc after a fashion.
Anyone out there help?
Thanks
Lynn


Issue with Hilltoppers 30 kit

W3BNO
 




Begin forwarded message:

From: John Fitzer <jfitzer1053@...>
Date: December 3, 2020 at 2:57:43 PM CST
To: main+owner@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: Fwd: Issue with Hilltoppers 30 kit

I am forwarding this to the group to alert anyone who may be building the Hilltoppers 30. Please see below for two issues I encountered while building the kit. This in no way is a criticism of the kit or the team members. This is a quality kit with quality components. It should provide excellent service once built. My only. Goal is to help others so that they will be successful in building this fine qrp radio. Please see my comments below. I have. already notified Jim Pruitt so that he can check any unshipped kits.

Thanks and 73s.    W3BNO.


Begin forwarded message:

From: John Fitzer <jfitzer1053@...>
Date: December 3, 2020 at 2:38:16 PM CST
To: John Fitzer <jfitzer1053@...>
Subject: Fwd: Issue with Hilltoppers 30 kit




Begin forwarded message:

From: John Fitzer <jfitzer1053@...>
Date: December 3, 2020 at 2:36:14 PM CST
To: John Fitzer <jfitzer1053@...>
Subject: Fwd: Issue with Hilltoppers 30 kit




Begin forwarded message:

From: John Fitzer <jfitzer1053@...>
Date: December 2, 2020 at 4:13:44 PM CST
To: Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...>
Subject: Issue with Hilltoppers 30 kit

Jim I am assembling the Hilltoppers 30 kit and found a rather serious issue. The parts list denotes C2 as a .0022 (2200) pf capacitor. This is found in the band pack and is installed in group 6. The schematic shows a 220 pf cap and this is the correct value required to resonate the 4.7 micro Henry choke at 10.1 MHZ when connected in series with the 68 pf capacitor. My band pack contained a cap marked 222 (2200) pf in addition the parts lists C2 as marked 223 which would be (22000) pf. This is not an issue for me as I stock a good assortment of components from my days as a service tech. I just pulled one from my stock and kept on rolling. I only bring this to your attention so that you can correct the issue before you ship more kits. If someone builds this kit and the receiver has low gain they should probably confirm C2 is marked 221 and not 222. In addition R22, a 1K resistor was not marked as denoted in the manual. It's listed as conventional marked ( brown black red ) but it is marked with 4 bands ( brown black black brown ). Again for me this was not a problem but for a less experienced builder this could be an issue. If you think this could help someone please feel free to share.
Thanks and 73s



40 Meter Cricket kit back in Stock

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Gm group
Ray N5SEZ has some 40 meter Cricket 
kits ready to ship.
The ordering page should be open mid morning.

Thanks for your patience.
72
Johnny ACØBQ 
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Cricket 40 kits update.

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge group
Those if you that have been waiting for a Cricket 40 will soon be happy!

The boards made it in and were currently kitting them.
Just a few days and I will announce the 
Release.
Thanks for your patience.
72
Johnny ACØBQ 
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Re: Ozark Patrol Receiver kits back in stock

Charles W. Powell
 

I don't need another one, but I really have had fun with mine!  Great kit.  Slightly challenging to tune, but once you figure it out, it works great.  Now I have to get to my Bayou Jumper.  Haven't got it up and running yet.

Chas - NK8O

On 12/3/20 4:11 PM, Johnny AC0BQ wrote:
Good afternoon group.
I pleased to announce that we have the Ozark Patrol
Receiver kits back in stock and ready to ship.

We have a new kitter, Ted Mead and would be more than happy to ship you one in time for Christmas!

I hope you all are doing well during these trying time.

72
Johnny AC0BQ


Ozark Patrol Receiver kits back in stock

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Good afternoon group.
I pleased to announce that we have the Ozark Patrol
Receiver kits back in stock and ready to ship.

We have a new kitter, Ted Mead and would be more than happy to ship you one in time for Christmas!

I hope you all are doing well during these trying time.

72
Johnny AC0BQ

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