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Re: Portable Antenna Survey

Larry Makoski <w2lj@...>
 

On 6/28/2013 11:05 AM, Joe KF0XV wrote:
 

I'd like to hear from "Portable QRP'ers" on the subject of Antennas used out in the field.

1. What Antenna you use?

When I am near the car, I use a Buddistick on a magmount on the roof of my Jeep.
Away from the car, either a PAR ENDFEDZ 40/20/10 or a NorCal Doublet

2. What Antenna works best for you?

Buddistick and the ENDFEDZ

3. Dimensions of that Antenna?

Not really applicable, although the NorCal Doublet is a 44' long doublet - 2 legs @ 22' each.


I'm just getting started in portable op's and want real world experience info.
Joe KF0XV


Larry w2lj
-- 
73 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!

http://w2lj.blogspot.com/
http://www.w2lj.qrpradio.com/


Re: Portable Antenna Survey

Tim N9PUZ
 

Emergency Amateur Radio Club END FED 6–40 Meter Multiband HF Antenna


Several friends have built or bought these end fed antennas for 40-6 Meters and used them with very good success. Mine is unbuilt as yet.

Instructions: <http://www.earchi.org/92011endfedfiles/Endfed6_40.pdf>

Web Site: <http://www.earchi.org/proj_homebrew.html>

Use a collapsible fishing pole as a support if you don't have trees handy. It uses 30ft of wire so it's easy to get the radiator completely vertical if you wish. Requires a tuner.

73,

Tim N9PUZ


Re: Portable Antenna Survey

Walter - K5EST
 

My all time favorite portable antenna is a 3/8 WL wire at the lowest band, hooked to a tuner and 1/4 WL radial laying on the ground. It keeps the max radiation a quarter WL from the far end and ground losses. Easy setup and tear down. Easy multiband antenna.

Good thread!

72....Walter . K5EST


QRPp Question

Sam Neal
 

Hello,

I picked up a mint condition Lafayette Radio 6/2 meter VFO, with output between 8.000 and about 8.500 mHz.  ( Fed through frequency multiplier stages to get to 50 or 144 MHz ) Stability is pretty good considering it is 50 years or so old.

I then added some turns to the l/c circuit/tank circuit and brought the output frequency down to 7 mHz.  I hooked the output of the VFO ( high impedance ) into my new toy, a factory built/calibrated Oak Hills Research WM-2 ( 50 Ohms ) which indicated an output of .5 milliWatt. Is this along the same output levels as a Heath-Kit VF-1? Sounds kinda low.  Then, there is the impedance  mis-match. Also, haven't tried it hooked to my Heath-Kit DX-20 yet.

I am thinking about hooking it backwards into the wire antenna output terminal ( high impedance ) of a MFJ antenna tuner and hooking the " input " coax connector to the antenna which is a dipole and trying it as a QRPp transmitter.

" Inquiring minds want to know! "

73,

Sam Neal  N5AF



Re: Portable Antenna Survey - Murphy

Scotty Long <nu0s@...>
 

Yep it loads up fine but I have yet to actually use it; my dummy load loads up great as well so we will see... can't be any worse than the random wire antenna...

72/Scotty/NU0S

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID


Bill Cromwell wrote:

 

On 06/28/2013 11:19 AM, Scotty Long wrote:
>
> Buddipole with or without military whips and 12 foot mast works great.
> Very portable and easy to set up. I use it mostly in a vertical
> configuration with counterpoise wire.
> I also carry a long wire with a 4-1 and 1-1 LDG baluns and MFJ tuner
> as well for quick operations...and back up...
> I also all in the same go bag have a W3EDP wire antenna. Not used yet
> as the fist two work great...back up for the back up...
>
> Scotty/NU0S
>
> /Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID/
>

Hi Scotty,

You better make yourself an opportunity to check out that backup for the
backup antenna. One of my daughters married Murphy and if you don't
check it out then the Murph will get you when you need that antenna
most. Good to find out what it needs right in your own back yard instead
of late evening at the state park!

73,

Bill KU8H


Re: Portable Antenna Survey

Chuck Carpenter
 

1. What Antenna you use?
Super Antenna with enhancements, longer base and longer top whip section

2. What Antenna works best for you?
This one always does a good job 20 meters up and OK on 40. I've also used it as a mobile antenna on 40 SSB

3. Dimensions of that Antenna?
Vertical 10 ft and double set of radials about 15 ft


I'm just getting started in portable op's and want real world experience info.
Joe KF0XV

Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ
EM22cv, Rains Co. TX


Re: Portable Antenna Survey - Murphy

Bill Cromwell
 

On 06/28/2013 11:19 AM, Scotty Long wrote:

Buddipole with or without military whips and 12 foot mast works great. Very portable and easy to set up. I use it mostly in a vertical configuration with counterpoise wire.
I also carry a long wire with a 4-1 and 1-1 LDG baluns and MFJ tuner as well for quick operations...and back up...
I also all in the same go bag have a W3EDP wire antenna. Not used yet as the fist two work great...back up for the back up...

Scotty/NU0S

/Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID/
Hi Scotty,

You better make yourself an opportunity to check out that backup for the backup antenna. One of my daughters married Murphy and if you don't check it out then the Murph will get you when you need that antenna most. Good to find out what it needs right in your own back yard instead of late evening at the state park!

73,

Bill KU8H


Re: Portable Antenna Survey

cornhusker
 

PAC-12. Light..portable..fast setup..quick to tune...use a deluxe tenna dipper to tune it..have fun! I use it on 40-20-30-17-15.
73 de K0NEB

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From: Joe KF0XV ;
To: <4sqrp@...>;
Subject: [4sqrp] Portable Antenna Survey
Sent: Fri, Jun 28, 2013 3:05:26 PM

 

I'd like to hear from "Portable QRP'ers" on the subject of Antennas used out in the field.

1. What Antenna you use?
2. What Antenna works best for you?
3. Dimensions of that Antenna?

I'm just getting started in portable op's and want real world experience info.
Joe KF0XV


Re: Portable Antenna Survey

Scotty Long <nu0s@...>
 

Buddipole with or without military whips and 12 foot mast works great. Very portable and easy to set up. I use it mostly in a vertical configuration with counterpoise wire.
I also carry a long wire with a 4-1 and 1-1 LDG baluns and MFJ tuner as well for quick operations...and back up...
I also all in the same go bag have a W3EDP wire antenna. Not used yet as the fist two work great...back up for the back up...

Scotty/NU0S

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID


Joe KF0XV wrote:

 

I'd like to hear from "Portable QRP'ers" on the subject of Antennas used out in the field.

1. What Antenna you use?
2. What Antenna works best for you?
3. Dimensions of that Antenna?

I'm just getting started in portable op's and want real world experience info.
Joe KF0XV


Re: Portable Antenna Survey

Kelly E
 

I am a bonafide antenna nut and love to try 'em all. Much depends on the type of portable work you mean... picnic table beside your car?  backpack? hotel or beach site?

However, here's some thoughts:
1.  I now consider a jumper dipole my main antenna. Have setup for 40-30-20m on one and 17-15-10m on a second one.  Open or close jumpers to change band.  Pro's: no tuner needed; lightweight  Con's: coax is heavier; need some height for best results  I launch high as I can with a slingshot-1 1/2 oz sinker and archery reel on a stake in the ground with Ripcord SI line from Cabela's to slide thru our pine trees sticky sap and bark.
2. Jumper Dipole or its cousin the End Fed Half Wave
3. 66 ft for the 40m version, less for the higher band side.

That said, I really like to use delta loops and open feed line too. They can be a bit quieter at times and set up fairly easily.

Enjoy the fun out there...
72,
Kelly K4UPG  http://k4upg.com

On 6/28/2013 11:05 AM, Joe KF0XV wrote:
 

I'd like to hear from "Portable QRP'ers" on the subject of Antennas used out in the field.

1. What Antenna you use?
2. What Antenna works best for you?
3. Dimensions of that Antenna?

I'm just getting started in portable op's and want real world experience info.
Joe KF0XV



Portable Antenna Survey

Joe KF0XV <joekf0xv@...>
 

I'd like to hear from "Portable QRP'ers" on the subject of Antennas used out in the field.

1. What Antenna you use?
2. What Antenna works best for you?
3. Dimensions of that Antenna?

I'm just getting started in portable op's and want real world experience info.
Joe KF0XV


FS Cyclone 40

George H. Gates
 

No longer available.  Tnx Geo/W2BPI


From: W2bpi1@...
To: 4sqrp@...
Sent: 6/27/2013 15:08:56 Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: FS Cyclone 40
 
Built, not working. Receive works. Can hear sigs but also some birdies. Blew finals but have replacements. keying did work but now has stopped. I got too much going on to troubleshoot now. It can be yours for $60.00 Shipped priority Mail. Continental USA only. Contact me off list. W2bpi1@aol dot com.  72 George/W2BPI


Re: Sad news today

Donald Kelly
 

We often know so little about the folks we work on the air and meet on websites.

 

Some of my local ham friends were truly amazing folks.

 

It is nice when someone remembers a lost friend as you have.

 

Sorry for your loss.

 

73

 

Don K5UOS

 

 

From: 4sqrp@... [mailto:4sqrp@...] On Behalf Of k8cqa
Sent: Friday, June 28, 2013 12:00 AM
To: 4sqrp@...
Subject: [4sqrp] Sad news today

 

 

I got word today (still Thursday in my mind...) that Ben Pfeiffer, KA8LLE, has passed away. Ben loved QRP and introduced me to the 4sqrp group. In recent years, he got his greatest thrills from working rare DX while running QRP; pile-ups were not intimidating to Ben, as he was a true follower of the idea that "It's not the power; it's the SKILL!". Ben lived about 600 feet east of me for 10 years until he moved to a one-floor dwelling in an assisted living facility last August; I guess I should say he was moved, as he went into the hospital from his former home, and came out of the hospital into his new home. Finding things was a bit difficult for a while! We actually date back much farther; shortly after my Novice license expired in 1957, Ben's Dad told my Dad that Ben was looking for a transmitter, so I sold him my Heathkit AT-1. Anyway, I just wanted everyone to know that we have lost a super QRP fan, and a great supporter of 4sqrp as long as he was able to follow the group via his computer.
72/73 de John - K8CQA


Sad news today

John C. Demuth - K8CQA
 

I got word today (still Thursday in my mind...) that Ben Pfeiffer, KA8LLE, has passed away. Ben loved QRP and introduced me to the 4sqrp group. In recent years, he got his greatest thrills from working rare DX while running QRP; pile-ups were not intimidating to Ben, as he was a true follower of the idea that "It's not the power; it's the SKILL!". Ben lived about 600 feet east of me for 10 years until he moved to a one-floor dwelling in an assisted living facility last August; I guess I should say he was moved, as he went into the hospital from his former home, and came out of the hospital into his new home. Finding things was a bit difficult for a while! We actually date back much farther; shortly after my Novice license expired in 1957, Ben's Dad told my Dad that Ben was looking for a transmitter, so I sold him my Heathkit AT-1. Anyway, I just wanted everyone to know that we have lost a super QRP fan, and a great supporter of 4sqrp as long as he was able to follow the group via his computer.
72/73 de John - K8CQA


Re: SS-40 Survey -- rant about Priority Mail tracking

Jerry Haigwood <jerry@...>
 

Hi Chris,
What you say below was true but, the USPS does now have tracking. For
example, I recently ordered a power supply from a company in New Jersey. I
was able to track the package to my door step. The Postal Service actually
delivered the package 1 day early.
Jerry W5JH
"building something without experimenting is just solder practice"

-----Original Message-----
From: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com [mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Chris Howard w0ep
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2013 8:46 AM
To: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com; WA0ITP
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] SS-40 Survey -- rant about Priority Mail tracking


Um, a comment from the peanut gallery.

USPS Priority mail has "delivery confirmation".
It is not a tracking number.

They don't lose things very often, but when they do they will tell you that
there is no tracking as the item moves through their system. If it is never
delivered then the "delivery confirmation"
is worthless.

I've had that happen. They actually went to a lot of effort to try to find
my lost package.
But it was the same as if it were just a dumb package.

Delivery confirmation is useful in being able to discern if the customer is
lying or if the package really got lost. That it will do.

sorry, bit of a rant...

Chris






On 6/26/2013 10:26 PM, WA0ITP wrote:


HI Todd, Thanx for asking.

The original price was $62 including shipping. Due to component cost
increases we'll probably have to fix the new kit's price at approx $60,
maybe a bit more, plus shipping. The reason I'm not firm on the price is
that we haven't purchased components or boards for the SS-40 in some time,
and costs have increased, some considerably. We always try to contain the
costs as much as possible however.

DX shipping in particular has skyrocked, so we feel we have to break out
shipping costs separately. We'll be using Priority mail since it provides
a tracking number.

Thanx again and hope this helps.

----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72 WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com <http://www.wa0itp.com> www.4sqrp.com
<http://www.4sqrp.com>




----- Original Message -----
*From:* Todd F. Carney / K7TFC <mailto:k7tfc@arrl.net>
*To:* 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com <mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com> ; WA0ITP
<mailto:wa0itp@mchsi.com>
*Sent:* Wednesday, June 26, 2013 9:31 PM
*Subject:* Re: [4sqrp] SS-40 Survey

Hey, Terry! Could you give us a ballpark guess on the kit price before
we answer the survey? I might want one, but only if the price was right.

73,

Todd
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K7TFC / Medford, Oregon, USA / CN82ni / UTC-8
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QRP (CW & SSB) / EmComm / SOTA / Homebrew / Design


On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 6:44 PM, WA0ITP <wa0itp@mchsi.com
<mailto:wa0itp@mchsi.com>> wrote:

__


__

I've placed a survey on the SS-40 home page. This is an attempt
to try to determine interest in another run of SS-40 kits. Its not very
fancy, but serviceable. Please check it out.
http://www.4sqrp.com/SS40.php

If you missed out on the last run, and would order one if they
were available again, please select "Yes". If there is sufficient interest
we will have another run, if not the kit will be retired. Thank you for
your participation.
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72 WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com <http://www.wa0itp.com>
www.4sqrp.com <http://www.4sqrp.com>






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

4SQRP Website: http://4sqrp.com
OzarkCon is coming April 4-5, 2014 in Branson, MO View Details at
http://www.ozarkcon.com/index.phpYahoo! Groups Links


FS Cyclone 40

George H. Gates
 

Built, not working. Receive works. Can hear sigs but also some birdies. Blew finals but have replacements. keying did work but now has stopped. I got too much going on to troubleshoot now. It can be yours for $60.00 Shipped priority Mail. Continental USA only. Contact me off list. W2bpi1@aol dot com.  72 George/W2BPI


Re: SS-40 Survey -- rant about Priority Mail tracking

davemrtn
 

I recently sent a package via 1st class mail and paid a small extra for "tracking".

I wanted to make sure I knew when it was delivered.

As it turns out the USPS attempted deliver and no one was at the address to receive the package, so they left a delivery notice. After a week no one had gone to the USPS to get the package and the company I was dealing with said they hadn't received my package.......

Guess who had egg on THEIR face !!!

Anyway, it's resolved now and my replacement parts are scheduled for delivery by my local USPS today.

Now I just hope the replacement parts work better than the first ones I received.

--
David Martin - K5DCM - Mountain Home Ar.



Quoting Chris Howard w0ep <w0ep@w0ep.us>:


Um, a comment from the peanut gallery.
USPS Priority mail has "delivery confirmation". It is not a tracking number.
They don't lose things very often, but when they
do they will tell you that there is no tracking
as the item moves through their system. If it is
never delivered then the "delivery confirmation"
is worthless.
I've had that happen. They actually went to
a lot of effort to try to find my lost package. But it was the same as if it were just a dumb
package.
Delivery confirmation is useful in being able to
discern if the customer is lying or if the
package really got lost. That it will do.
sorry, bit of a rant...
Chris






On 6/26/2013 10:26 PM, WA0ITP wrote:


HI Todd, Thanx for asking.
The original price was $62 including shipping. Due to component cost
increases we'll probably have to fix the new kit's price at approx $60, maybe a
bit more, plus shipping. The reason I'm not firm on the price is that we
haven't purchased components or boards for the SS-40 in some time, and costs
have increased, some considerably. We always try to contain the costs as much
as possible however.

DX shipping in particular has skyrocked, so we feel we have to break out
shipping costs separately. We'll be using Priority mail since it provides a
tracking number.

Thanx again and hope this helps.
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound. I love this radio stuff !
72 WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com <http://www.wa0itp.com>
www.4sqrp.com <http://www.4sqrp.com>




----- Original Message -----
*From:* Todd F. Carney / K7TFC <mailto:k7tfc@arrl.net>
*To:* 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com <mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com> ; WA0ITP
<mailto:wa0itp@mchsi.com>
*Sent:* Wednesday, June 26, 2013 9:31 PM
*Subject:* Re: [4sqrp] SS-40 Survey

Hey, Terry! Could you give us a ballpark guess on the kit price
before we
answer the survey? I might want one, but only if the price was right.

73,

Todd
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
K7TFC / Medford, Oregon, USA / CN82ni / UTC-8
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
QRP (CW & SSB) / EmComm / SOTA / Homebrew / Design


On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 6:44 PM, WA0ITP <wa0itp@mchsi.com
<mailto:wa0itp@mchsi.com>> wrote:

__


__

I've placed a survey on the SS-40 home page. This is an attempt to
try to determine interest in another run of SS-40 kits. Its not very fancy, but
serviceable. Please check it out. http://www.4sqrp.com/SS40.php

If you missed out on the last run, and would order one if they were
available again, please select "Yes". If there is sufficient interest we will
have another run, if not the kit will be retired. Thank you for your
participation.
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound. I love this radio stuff !
72 WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com <http://www.wa0itp.com>
www.4sqrp.com <http://www.4sqrp.com>






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

4SQRP Website: http://4sqrp.com
OzarkCon is coming April 4-5, 2014 in Branson, MO
View Details at http://www.ozarkcon.com/index.phpYahoo! Groups Links



40m net

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Gm group:
As Terry said the bands were tough, to say the least!
Before the net I worked WN0I in Mo just for fun!
Early net 
WA0ITP TERRY on his Pig Rig and his big rig as well that's a double!
N0YJ BERT was /P with his vertical and 2.5 watts from his HB1B, good job Bert!

Late net:WA0ITP TERRY on the PIG 
sounding FB!
W0CH DAVE in MO. I didn't get his rig sorry Dave?
It was fun but tough.
The super ears on the lite TDN TEC ARGO 6 did help!
72

Johnny AC0BQ


Re: SS-40 Survey -- rant about Priority Mail tracking

Chris Howard w0ep
 

Um, a comment from the peanut gallery.

USPS Priority mail has "delivery confirmation".
It is not a tracking number.

They don't lose things very often, but when they
do they will tell you that there is no tracking
as the item moves through their system. If it is
never delivered then the "delivery confirmation"
is worthless.

I've had that happen. They actually went to
a lot of effort to try to find my lost package.
But it was the same as if it were just a dumb
package.

Delivery confirmation is useful in being able to
discern if the customer is lying or if the
package really got lost. That it will do.

sorry, bit of a rant...

Chris

On 6/26/2013 10:26 PM, WA0ITP wrote:


HI Todd, Thanx for asking.

The original price was $62 including shipping. Due to component cost increases we'll probably have to fix the new kit's price at approx $60, maybe a bit more, plus shipping. The reason I'm not firm on the price is that we haven't purchased components or boards for the SS-40 in some time, and costs have increased, some considerably. We always try to contain the costs as much as possible however.

DX shipping in particular has skyrocked, so we feel we have to break out shipping costs separately. We'll be using Priority mail since it provides a tracking number.

Thanx again and hope this helps.

----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72 WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com <http://www.wa0itp.com>
www.4sqrp.com <http://www.4sqrp.com>




----- Original Message -----
*From:* Todd F. Carney / K7TFC <mailto:k7tfc@arrl.net>
*To:* 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com <mailto:4sqrp@yahoogroups.com> ; WA0ITP <mailto:wa0itp@mchsi.com>
*Sent:* Wednesday, June 26, 2013 9:31 PM
*Subject:* Re: [4sqrp] SS-40 Survey

Hey, Terry! Could you give us a ballpark guess on the kit price before we answer the survey? I might want one, but only if the price was right.

73,

Todd
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
K7TFC / Medford, Oregon, USA / CN82ni / UTC-8
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
QRP (CW & SSB) / EmComm / SOTA / Homebrew / Design


On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 6:44 PM, WA0ITP <wa0itp@mchsi.com <mailto:wa0itp@mchsi.com>> wrote:

__


__

I've placed a survey on the SS-40 home page. This is an attempt to try to determine interest in another run of SS-40 kits. Its not very fancy, but serviceable. Please check it out. http://www.4sqrp.com/SS40.php

If you missed out on the last run, and would order one if they were available again, please select "Yes". If there is sufficient interest we will have another run, if not the kit will be retired. Thank you for your participation.
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72 WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com <http://www.wa0itp.com>
www.4sqrp.com <http://www.4sqrp.com>






Re: ExpressPCB Conversion Software

Tim N9PUZ
 

??? Paul, I don't have a Twitter account either and was never asked for it to register. You have to register/create a user name with DesignSpark on their web site and then you request a registration key which comes via email.

Tim N9PUZ

On 6/26/2013 5:02 PM, Paul Daulton wrote:
Thanks to Dave and Tim for the repliys. I got hung up regestering
designspark- they require a twitter account which I dont have. My phone
has a crank on the side and the earpiece is on a cord! I'll have to
upgrade to the 21st century.