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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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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>






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OzarkCon is coming April 4-5, 2014 in Branson, MO View Details at
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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
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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>






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.


Re: SS-40 Survey

WA0ITP
 

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
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 

----- Original Message -----
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@...> 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
www.4sqrp.com
 

 



PSK wed. night checkins:

Virgil R. Hammond <n0tgr@...>
 

Wed. night PSK checkins:
AC0WZ  Dan, Fulton, MO
K6QKL Chuck, Fairview Hts. Il.
Band noise,wind damaged dipole
Field Day got em.
N0TGR  Dick, Tnx fer checkins.


Re: 80M CW Nets

Paul Daulton
 


Re: SS-40 Survey

Todd K7TFC
 

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@...> 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
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 



80M CW Nets

WA0ITP
 

80 was ruff agn tonight. lots QRN and propagastion wasnt too hot.  Sri, I know I'm beginning to sound like a broken record.  Johnny and Dave made it in and I heard a KB5 but I just couldnt pull out the rest of the call.  Other than that Zippo, If this continues I'll feel like cancelling the 80M net for the summer. Or maybe moving it to 9P, any opinions on that anyone?
 

1:02

AC0BQ

Johnny

Lebo KS

1:07

W0CH

Dave

Seneca,MO 

 
Thanx to Johnny and Dave, and to all who tried.  I appreciate the effort.
 ----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 


Sorry for the late start!

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Sorry guys for the delayed start on 40.
I had a call from a customer needing some help!
Oh well?
Tnx 72
Johnny 


SS-40 Survey

WA0ITP
 

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
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 


Field Day from Tulsa with KX3

wg5f <yahoomail@...>
 

I had a home based Field Day in Tulsa again this year however, I had my KX3 for the first time and it was great!
Ran 127 CW QSO's, with 50 ARRL Sections, and 39 States/Provinces.
I made contacts on 40, 20, 15, & 10 this year.
Probably about 11 hours of cumulative operating time.
I was happiest about working Alaska and Hawaii for the first time QRP in Field Day. (I've never even HEARD Alaska and Hawaii on previous Field Days!)
I used the slingshot to get my 150 ft non-resonate dipole up in the backyard trees. The internal auto-tuner in the KX3 did a great job of matching the antenna.
I used a variety of Gel Cells to power the KX3 and the Dell laptop. I built a voltage booster for the laptop that gave me 19.5VDC to extend the laptop life during the event.
The logging software was N3FJP Field Day and I used a WINKEY Lite USB keyer cabled to the KX3. (I've mounted the WINKEY in a Altoids tin, of course!) I actually didn't use the laptop for sending/replying to the exchanges, finding the KX3 paddles very easy to use. I guess I could have run the computer off the mains power, but I wanted to see how the booster would work out.
I worked most QSO's at 3 watts, but went up to 5 watts on Sunday morning as I had plenty of battery left.
All in all - it was a good exercise and lots of fun.
72,
-Ed, WG5F-


Re: WTB Palm Paddle

bobby rolph
 

I just saw one for sale on ebay about an hour ago. Search under QRP.
Bobby



On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 8:32 PM, WB9DLC - Mike Barrell <wb9dlc@...> wrote:
 

Hi Terry

I think the 'Mini' is the regular, as compared to the new 'Pico"



73

Mike Barrell - WB9DLC
Visit http://wb9dlc.com





On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM, WA0ITP <wa0itp@...> wrote:
 

Oops, that was the regular size Palm, not the Mini.
 
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: WA0ITP
Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 7:00 PM
Subject: [4sqrp] WTB Palm Paddle

I used Bert N0YJ's Palm Mini paddle during Field Day and really liked it.  I would like to add one to my portable stuff.  Anyone have one they'd like to sell?  If so pse reply off list, tnx much.

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

 




Re: WTB Palm Paddle

WB9DLC - Mike Barrell <wb9dlc@...>
 

Hi Terry

I think the 'Mini' is the regular, as compared to the new 'Pico"



73

Mike Barrell - WB9DLC
Visit http://wb9dlc.com





On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM, WA0ITP <wa0itp@...> wrote:
 

Oops, that was the regular size Palm, not the Mini.
 
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 
----- Original Message -----
From: WA0ITP
Sent: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 7:00 PM
Subject: [4sqrp] WTB Palm Paddle

I used Bert N0YJ's Palm Mini paddle during Field Day and really liked it.  I would like to add one to my portable stuff.  Anyone have one they'd like to sell?  If so pse reply off list, tnx much.

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