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Ozarkcon Wacky Keys

Walter - K5EST
 

Hi All, in a very few short weeks the 2021 presentation of Ozarkcon will be online, via Zoom!

To enter your "Wacky Key" creation it is an easy process. 
1st... take a picture of the key
2nd...make and include a short video ~15 seconds or so will be enough for us to be able to see the key works
3rd.....send an email to   wackykey@...   (this is the file that the judges use for selection)
and
4th.....I will send you a receipt email to let you know your entry is received.

Rules are pretty simple:
1. You can't use any parts from a "real" key.  
2. You must demonstrate the key or paddle by sending some CW.  We must be able to copy the CW.

Now, I have access to years and years of farm equipment in several barns so a crazier than Cra Cra is easy. Heck, take a look around and there has to be something that wiggles, bends, or has hinges that would make a telegraph key. I made a straight key from a pickup truck tailgate......and it WORKED great!!! It was a bit heavy for a portable HamOut :-)

73, from the Wacky Coordinator,

Walter Dufrain - K5EST - QRPcw
 


Send in your score

John Lonigro
 

Please remember to enter your Second Sunday Sprint score at qrpcontest.com.  As usual, I hope to tabulate everything by tomorrow afternoon/evening and don't want to miss anybody.

72,

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - Sun, 03/14/2021 #cal-notice

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4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint

When:
Sunday, 14 March 2021
19:00 to 21:00
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Organizer:
John Lonigro

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


4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - Sun, 03/14/2021 19:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint

When: Sunday, 14 March 2021, 19:00 to 21:00, (GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

View Event

Organizer: John Lonigro

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


Bayou Jumper operating Event

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Group
Here is a repost for the Bayou Jumper event on Monday.

Grab your Bayou Jumper or Paraset Replica and join us.
72 
Johnny ACØBQ 

Beware the Ides of March...

Next "London Calling" event on Monday March 15
This honors the 100th birthday of SOE wireless operator Eileen Nearne (SK), MBE, Croix de Guerre 
read about her at:    <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eileen_Nearne>

We'll have three "Londons" to try and even out the propagation:
AC0BQ in KS, N4DR in MD, and N5IB in LA
We'll each run as much QRO as we can manage   LOL   where **are** the steroids for my hamster ???

15 Mar 2021 (Monday evening in USA)
Time: 2200 - 0200 UTC  (moving into 16 Mar UTC)
JIM N5IB
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Re: Reduction Drive

WA0ITP
 

thanks vy much Gwen.   I appreciate it.

On Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 10:12 AM Gwen Patton <ardrhi@...> wrote:
I did a little Googlewhacking, and found that places like the UPS Store and Staples frequently have 3d printing services these days. But if you can't find one nearby, there are online services that will print your file for you and ship it to you. The cost varies on the complexity of the piece and what material and settings you choose for it. I have a 3d printer but I'm not very good with it yet, so I keep track of where things can be printed in materials my printer won't handle.

I found this list for 2021 that seems reliable. https://all3dp.com/1/best-online-3d-printing-service-3d-print-services/

I like All3dp.com for its 3d-printing related information. 

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
73,
Gwen, NG3P



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Re: Reduction Drive

WA0ITP
 

Tnx John, appreciate the note.

On Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 8:42 AM John Lonigro <jonigro@...> wrote:
Terry:

I'm wondering how smoothly a 3-d printed reduction drive would work.  Personally, I think I'd take the suggestion about buying a vernier reduction unit from somewhere.  If nothing else, it would likely look better on your rig.  I've used 10-turn pots before with good success, if you have room inside your case for one.
Good luck and 72,

John, AA0VE

On 3/13/21 8:07 AM, KC3PLJ- Gary Dunn wrote:
You might try checking your local library. Ours has a 3D printer, you send them the Thingiverse file and they print it, charging only for weight of the filament used. 

~gd

Gary Dunn
KC3PLJ
Baltimore, MD



On Mar 13, 2021, at 8:47 AM, cornhusker via groups.io <cornhusker@...> wrote:

I can try printing one for you!   I'll run it and let you know how it goes and send it to you.  
73 de K0NEB 



On Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 12:26 AM, Bob Parr
<parr@...> wrote:
I just bought one off ebay for like 15 bucks.  Not a printed but a nice looking one.  Search for Vernier reduction drive knob.

Bob
KG5GTE

------ Original Message ------
From: "WA0ITP" <wa0itp123@...>
To: "4sqrpio" <4sqrp@groups.io>
Sent: 3/12/2021 5:00:59 PM
Subject: [4SQRP] Reduction Drive

Most of us have built small rigs with potentiometer/polyvaricon tuning that was horrendously fast and awkward.   I am in such a dilemma with a little homebuilt rig that I love but it's waay too twitchy on the  tuning.   I've been searching around for an answer and think I've found it in a reduction drive tuning knob.  Something like this. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3562490      Problem is that it's 3D printed and I dont have the knowledge, or the equipment, to produce one.  So I'm wondering if a member of the Group can produce one for me.  If so, pse contact me via email directly.

I could cut down the tuning range (and still stay centered) with series caps on either side of the polyvaricon, but want to be able to use nearly all of the CW portion of the band (80M) - but more slowly. 

TIA, really appreciate any help.
Tnx es 72  WAØITP




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Re: Reduction Drive

WA0ITP
 

Great idea GAry, tnx much.

On Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 8:07 AM KC3PLJ- Gary Dunn <KC3PLJ@...> wrote:
You might try checking your local library. Ours has a 3D printer, you send them the Thingiverse file and they print it, charging only for weight of the filament used. 

~gd

Gary Dunn
KC3PLJ
Baltimore, MD



On Mar 13, 2021, at 8:47 AM, cornhusker via groups.io <cornhusker@...> wrote:

I can try printing one for you!   I'll run it and let you know how it goes and send it to you.  
73 de K0NEB 



On Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 12:26 AM, Bob Parr
<parr@...> wrote:
I just bought one off ebay for like 15 bucks.  Not a printed but a nice looking one.  Search for Vernier reduction drive knob.

Bob
KG5GTE

------ Original Message ------
From: "WA0ITP" <wa0itp123@...>
To: "4sqrpio" <4sqrp@groups.io>
Sent: 3/12/2021 5:00:59 PM
Subject: [4SQRP] Reduction Drive

Most of us have built small rigs with potentiometer/polyvaricon tuning that was horrendously fast and awkward.   I am in such a dilemma with a little homebuilt rig that I love but it's waay too twitchy on the  tuning.   I've been searching around for an answer and think I've found it in a reduction drive tuning knob.  Something like this. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3562490      Problem is that it's 3D printed and I dont have the knowledge, or the equipment, to produce one.  So I'm wondering if a member of the Group can produce one for me.  If so, pse contact me via email directly.

I could cut down the tuning range (and still stay centered) with series caps on either side of the polyvaricon, but want to be able to use nearly all of the CW portion of the band (80M) - but more slowly. 

TIA, really appreciate any help.



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Re: Reduction Drive

WA0ITP
 

FB Joe, tnx much, appreciate it.

On Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 7:47 AM cornhusker via groups.io <cornhusker=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I can try printing one for you!   I'll run it and let you know how it goes and send it to you.  
73 de K0NEB 



On Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 12:26 AM, Bob Parr
<parr@...> wrote:
I just bought one off ebay for like 15 bucks.  Not a printed but a nice looking one.  Search for Vernier reduction drive knob.

Bob
KG5GTE

------ Original Message ------
From: "WA0ITP" <wa0itp123@...>
To: "4sqrpio" <4sqrp@groups.io>
Sent: 3/12/2021 5:00:59 PM
Subject: [4SQRP] Reduction Drive

Most of us have built small rigs with potentiometer/polyvaricon tuning that was horrendously fast and awkward.   I am in such a dilemma with a little homebuilt rig that I love but it's waay too twitchy on the  tuning.   I've been searching around for an answer and think I've found it in a reduction drive tuning knob.  Something like this. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3562490      Problem is that it's 3D printed and I dont have the knowledge, or the equipment, to produce one.  So I'm wondering if a member of the Group can produce one for me.  If so, pse contact me via email directly.

I could cut down the tuning range (and still stay centered) with series caps on either side of the polyvaricon, but want to be able to use nearly all of the CW portion of the band (80M) - but more slowly.

TIA, really appreciate any help.



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Re: Reduction Drive

WA0ITP
 

Thanks Bob

On Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 12:26 AM Bob Parr <parr@...> wrote:
I just bought one off ebay for like 15 bucks.  Not a printed but a nice looking one.  Search for Vernier reduction drive knob.

Bob
KG5GTE

------ Original Message ------
From: "WA0ITP" <wa0itp123@...>
To: "4sqrpio" <4sqrp@groups.io>
Sent: 3/12/2021 5:00:59 PM
Subject: [4SQRP] Reduction Drive

Most of us have built small rigs with potentiometer/polyvaricon tuning that was horrendously fast and awkward.   I am in such a dilemma with a little homebuilt rig that I love but it's waay too twitchy on the  tuning.   I've been searching around for an answer and think I've found it in a reduction drive tuning knob.  Something like this. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3562490      Problem is that it's 3D printed and I dont have the knowledge, or the equipment, to produce one.  So I'm wondering if a member of the Group can produce one for me.  If so, pse contact me via email directly.

I could cut down the tuning range (and still stay centered) with series caps on either side of the polyvaricon, but want to be able to use nearly all of the CW portion of the band (80M) - but more slowly.

TIA, really appreciate any help.



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Re: Reduction Drive

Andrew Wollin
 

You may find that a local library has one you can use for not a lot.

Drew VE3UIN


On Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 11:12 AM Gwen Patton <ardrhi@...> wrote:
I did a little Googlewhacking, and found that places like the UPS Store and Staples frequently have 3d printing services these days. But if you can't find one nearby, there are online services that will print your file for you and ship it to you. The cost varies on the complexity of the piece and what material and settings you choose for it. I have a 3d printer but I'm not very good with it yet, so I keep track of where things can be printed in materials my printer won't handle.

I found this list for 2021 that seems reliable. https://all3dp.com/1/best-online-3d-printing-service-3d-print-services/

I like All3dp.com for its 3d-printing related information. 

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
73,
Gwen, NG3P


Re: Reduction Drive

Gwen Patton
 

I did a little Googlewhacking, and found that places like the UPS Store and Staples frequently have 3d printing services these days. But if you can't find one nearby, there are online services that will print your file for you and ship it to you. The cost varies on the complexity of the piece and what material and settings you choose for it. I have a 3d printer but I'm not very good with it yet, so I keep track of where things can be printed in materials my printer won't handle.

I found this list for 2021 that seems reliable. https://all3dp.com/1/best-online-3d-printing-service-3d-print-services/

I like All3dp.com for its 3d-printing related information. 

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
73,
Gwen, NG3P


Re: Reduction Drive

John Lonigro
 

Terry:

I'm wondering how smoothly a 3-d printed reduction drive would work.  Personally, I think I'd take the suggestion about buying a vernier reduction unit from somewhere.  If nothing else, it would likely look better on your rig.  I've used 10-turn pots before with good success, if you have room inside your case for one.
Good luck and 72,

John, AA0VE

On 3/13/21 8:07 AM, KC3PLJ- Gary Dunn wrote:
You might try checking your local library. Ours has a 3D printer, you send them the Thingiverse file and they print it, charging only for weight of the filament used. 

~gd

Gary Dunn
KC3PLJ
Baltimore, MD



On Mar 13, 2021, at 8:47 AM, cornhusker via groups.io <cornhusker@...> wrote:

I can try printing one for you!   I'll run it and let you know how it goes and send it to you.  
73 de K0NEB 



On Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 12:26 AM, Bob Parr
<parr@...> wrote:
I just bought one off ebay for like 15 bucks.  Not a printed but a nice looking one.  Search for Vernier reduction drive knob.

Bob
KG5GTE

------ Original Message ------
From: "WA0ITP" <wa0itp123@...>
To: "4sqrpio" <4sqrp@groups.io>
Sent: 3/12/2021 5:00:59 PM
Subject: [4SQRP] Reduction Drive

Most of us have built small rigs with potentiometer/polyvaricon tuning that was horrendously fast and awkward.   I am in such a dilemma with a little homebuilt rig that I love but it's waay too twitchy on the  tuning.   I've been searching around for an answer and think I've found it in a reduction drive tuning knob.  Something like this. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3562490      Problem is that it's 3D printed and I dont have the knowledge, or the equipment, to produce one.  So I'm wondering if a member of the Group can produce one for me.  If so, pse contact me via email directly.

I could cut down the tuning range (and still stay centered) with series caps on either side of the polyvaricon, but want to be able to use nearly all of the CW portion of the band (80M) - but more slowly. 

TIA, really appreciate any help.
Tnx es 72  WAØITP



Re: Reduction Drive

KC3PLJ- Gary Dunn
 

You might try checking your local library. Ours has a 3D printer, you send them the Thingiverse file and they print it, charging only for weight of the filament used. 

~gd

Gary Dunn
KC3PLJ
Baltimore, MD



On Mar 13, 2021, at 8:47 AM, cornhusker via groups.io <cornhusker@...> wrote:

I can try printing one for you!   I'll run it and let you know how it goes and send it to you.  
73 de K0NEB 



On Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 12:26 AM, Bob Parr
<parr@...> wrote:
I just bought one off ebay for like 15 bucks.  Not a printed but a nice looking one.  Search for Vernier reduction drive knob.

Bob
KG5GTE

------ Original Message ------
From: "WA0ITP" <wa0itp123@...>
To: "4sqrpio" <4sqrp@groups.io>
Sent: 3/12/2021 5:00:59 PM
Subject: [4SQRP] Reduction Drive

Most of us have built small rigs with potentiometer/polyvaricon tuning that was horrendously fast and awkward.   I am in such a dilemma with a little homebuilt rig that I love but it's waay too twitchy on the  tuning.   I've been searching around for an answer and think I've found it in a reduction drive tuning knob.  Something like this. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3562490      Problem is that it's 3D printed and I dont have the knowledge, or the equipment, to produce one.  So I'm wondering if a member of the Group can produce one for me.  If so, pse contact me via email directly.

I could cut down the tuning range (and still stay centered) with series caps on either side of the polyvaricon, but want to be able to use nearly all of the CW portion of the band (80M) - but more slowly. 

TIA, really appreciate any help.


Re: Reduction Drive

cornhusker
 

I can try printing one for you!   I'll run it and let you know how it goes and send it to you.  
73 de K0NEB 



On Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 12:26 AM, Bob Parr
<parr@...> wrote:
I just bought one off ebay for like 15 bucks.  Not a printed but a nice looking one.  Search for Vernier reduction drive knob.

Bob
KG5GTE

------ Original Message ------
From: "WA0ITP" <wa0itp123@...>
To: "4sqrpio" <4sqrp@groups.io>
Sent: 3/12/2021 5:00:59 PM
Subject: [4SQRP] Reduction Drive

Most of us have built small rigs with potentiometer/polyvaricon tuning that was horrendously fast and awkward.   I am in such a dilemma with a little homebuilt rig that I love but it's waay too twitchy on the  tuning.   I've been searching around for an answer and think I've found it in a reduction drive tuning knob.  Something like this. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3562490      Problem is that it's 3D printed and I dont have the knowledge, or the equipment, to produce one.  So I'm wondering if a member of the Group can produce one for me.  If so, pse contact me via email directly.

I could cut down the tuning range (and still stay centered) with series caps on either side of the polyvaricon, but want to be able to use nearly all of the CW portion of the band (80M) - but more slowly.

TIA, really appreciate any help.


Re: Reduction Drive

Bob Parr
 

I just bought one off ebay for like 15 bucks.  Not a printed but a nice looking one.  Search for Vernier reduction drive knob.

Bob
KG5GTE

------ Original Message ------
From: "WA0ITP" <wa0itp123@...>
To: "4sqrpio" <4sqrp@groups.io>
Sent: 3/12/2021 5:00:59 PM
Subject: [4SQRP] Reduction Drive

Most of us have built small rigs with potentiometer/polyvaricon tuning that was horrendously fast and awkward.   I am in such a dilemma with a little homebuilt rig that I love but it's waay too twitchy on the  tuning.   I've been searching around for an answer and think I've found it in a reduction drive tuning knob.  Something like this. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3562490      Problem is that it's 3D printed and I dont have the knowledge, or the equipment, to produce one.  So I'm wondering if a member of the Group can produce one for me.  If so, pse contact me via email directly.

I could cut down the tuning range (and still stay centered) with series caps on either side of the polyvaricon, but want to be able to use nearly all of the CW portion of the band (80M) - but more slowly.

TIA, really appreciate any help.


4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - Sun, 03/14/2021 19:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint

When: Sunday, 14 March 2021, 19:00 to 21:00, (GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

View Event

Organizer: John Lonigro

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


Reduction Drive

WA0ITP
 

Most of us have built small rigs with potentiometer/polyvaricon tuning that was horrendously fast and awkward.   I am in such a dilemma with a little homebuilt rig that I love but it's waay too twitchy on the  tuning.   I've been searching around for an answer and think I've found it in a reduction drive tuning knob.  Something like this. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3562490      Problem is that it's 3D printed and I dont have the knowledge, or the equipment, to produce one.  So I'm wondering if a member of the Group can produce one for me.  If so, pse contact me via email directly.

I could cut down the tuning range (and still stay centered) with series caps on either side of the polyvaricon, but want to be able to use nearly all of the CW portion of the band (80M) - but more slowly.

TIA, really appreciate any help.


Re: Soup'er Up'er

Mark Hansen
 

I'll take one for sure!

Mark WA0RXR


Re: Soup'er Up'er

Wil Emidy
 

Put me in for one. 73


On Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 7:56 AM K0LWY <k0lwy@...> wrote:
Me too,  put me on the list for two 
73,  Wally K0LWY

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