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First Day of Summer!

Larry Makoski
 

This coming Sunday, June 20th will officially be the First Day of Summer, and that means it's time to sign up for your official 2021 NJQRP Skeeter Hunt number. Join in on Sunday, August 15th for fun in one of the more popular QRP Operating Events of the Summer.

All you have to do is send an e-mail to w2ljqrp@..., and you'll receive an answer back with your very own Skeeter number. No, it's not necessary to have one to participate, but it sure adds to the fun! PLEASE NOTE THAT NUMBER REQUESTS WILL NOT BE HONORED BEFORE JUNE 20TH!

For all the details about the Sprint - please visit https://www.qsl.net/w2lj/

And to see the Roster for those who have signed up so far, please visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p12ygiXqoQuv0-akSSoPSSeMrzuGzVzG/view?usp=sharing

I'm sure you'll recognize a lot of the names and calls there. This year's bonus qualifier - there are two! Either post a photo OF your setup to social media on the day of the Hunt OR spell out the word "SKEETER" using letters from the call signs of people you have worked. You can claim one bonus or the other; but not both. See the Skeeter Hunt Webpage for full details.

See you all on the air on Sunday, August 15th!

Larry W2LJ - Skeeter # 13


Event: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - 06/16/2021 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
06/16/2021
20:00 to 21:00
(UTC-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:
40 and 80 Meters

Organizer: jomatlock@...

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Description:
The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central time (DST)  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS is WQ5RP/ACØBQ 

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central Time Wednesday (DST). 



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) 02:00 UTC (9:00PM Central dst 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: Antenna project parts

John - KK4ITX
 

Jim,

I have used the driveway markers to build a square loop that works well.  I have the 4ft units that allow for about 7ft diam.  I have seen the 6ft markers but haven’t figured out how to get them back to Florida.  

A loop tuner kit from 4S would be a great project ??

I use the QRP loop tuner from MFJ and the biggest issue is the quick loss of the sweet spot. Vernier adjusters would be so much better.  My radiator is made from 4 conductor trailer hook up cable.  The unit setup takes about 2 minutes, really portable.  A camera tripod from a Flea Market ($4) works well.

Between kits and antennas my hobby life is complete !

72,

John
KK4ITX 
Zephyrhills FL / Wells, ME

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On Jun 14, 2021, at 10:01, Jim, N5IB <n5ib@...> wrote:

I was in the garden center at the local Lowes store yesterday and noticed some interesting possibilities for antenna projects in the bin of tree and tomato stakes.
This one in particular looked useful:

https://www.google.com/shopping/product/10679692674551206146?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=fiberglass+tree+stake&prds=epd:15024779348756971889,eto:15024779348756971889_0,local:1,prmr:2&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj36bD4lJfxAhVGgK0KHedFA3gQ9pwGCAU

It was in a mismarked bin, but I found the above link, and looks like the price would be $10
6 ft long by 7/8" solid fiberglass rod - great for a boom for a small VHF/UHF beam.

And don't overlook the $2.25 fiberglass driveway markers at the other Big Box

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-48-in-Reflective-Rod-in-Orange-31474/304685319

I made a nice collapsible/portable 6m Moxon with four of those

Jim, N5IB






Antenna project parts

Jim, N5IB
 

I was in the garden center at the local Lowes store yesterday and noticed some interesting possibilities for antenna projects in the bin of tree and tomato stakes.
This one in particular looked useful:

https://www.google.com/shopping/product/10679692674551206146?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=fiberglass+tree+stake&prds=epd:15024779348756971889,eto:15024779348756971889_0,local:1,prmr:2&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj36bD4lJfxAhVGgK0KHedFA3gQ9pwGCAU

It was in a mismarked bin, but I found the above link, and looks like the price would be $10
6 ft long by 7/8" solid fiberglass rod - great for a boom for a small VHF/UHF beam.

And don't overlook the $2.25 fiberglass driveway markers at the other Big Box

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-48-in-Reflective-Rod-in-Orange-31474/304685319

I made a nice collapsible/portable 6m Moxon with four of those

Jim, N5IB


Send in your score

John Lonigro
 

As is usually the case, I haven't checked qrpcontest.com yet to see how many participated in last night's Second Sunday Sprint.  I hope it's a large number.  Please get your score submitted by the end of today and I'll tabulate things when I have a chance tomorrow.  As usual, I'll post the results Wednesday morning.

72,
John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


Re: Mobile and home antenna?

Curt
 

Even arrl is offering a efhw kit for 40m and up. Myantennas also sells them. Qrp only recipes are out there. They can be erected other ways besides horizontal but the feed end does need to be elevated. Note those pricey cushcraft verticals are really efhw with traps. 

Curt


Re: Mobile and home antenna?

Rick
 

We used the MFJ 1984mp end-fed half-wave antenna for field day 2 years ago and I was pretty impressed. Nothing beats wire in the air!
It was hung up high on the side of an RV, went to a 20" telescoping pole in the middle and about 15' high at the far end. It tuned up great on all the HF bands except 30 meters. About 15' of coax to the radio.
Its not one of those "fancy super duper pack-up miracle" antennas, but at 80 bucks a piece you could leave the one up at home and have another stashed in the RV.


Happening Now: 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - 06/13/2021 #cal-notice

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4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint

When:
06/13/2021
19:00 to 21:00
(UTC-05:00) America/Chicago

Organizer: John Lonigro <jonigro@...>

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


Event: 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - 06/13/2021 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint

When:
06/13/2021
19:00 to 21:00
(UTC-05:00) America/Chicago

Organizer: John Lonigro <jonigro@...>

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


Re: Mobile and home antenna?

David Lininger
 

Of course, if the RV is parked in your driveway, you can set your shack
up in it, including the antenna outside. When it is time to travel
everything is already aboard.

On 13/6/21 7:20, Curt via groups.io wrote:
Doc

If you can sufficiently hide your home antenna, you won't want to be
frequently moving it. An efhw sized for 40m would work nicely, they can
be oriented various ways, but of course needs 60 some feet total. Might
be preferable by neighbors to RV antenna if it stayed in your driveway.
So I am thinking 2 different antennas. 

Curt
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Rev. 2:10
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Re: Mobile and home antenna?

Curt
 

Doc

If you can sufficiently hide your home antenna, you won't want to be frequently moving it. An efhw sized for 40m would work nicely, they can be oriented various ways, but of course needs 60 some feet total. Might be preferable by neighbors to RV antenna if it stayed in your driveway. So I am thinking 2 different antennas. 

Curt


Re: Mobile and home antenna?

David Wilcox K8WPE
 

And don’t forget the old HOA/mobile trick, a mobile antenna on your car parked in the driveway.  It’s portable and I have never heard of a HOA rule against it. A screwdriver antenna on a car rear bumper or even a triple magmount works well. The larger the car the bigger the ground plane or run a wire from the frame and unroll it out of the trunk to whatever length you need. This works in National or State parks where you can’t use a tree or put a stake in the ground. You can even run a control wire along with the coax to your operating position (garage or lenai). 

Dave K8WPE 
David J. Wilcox’s iPad

On Jun 12, 2021, at 4:03 PM, Mlike McEwen <michael.t.mcewen@...> wrote:


Due to some medical issues, a new residence with HOA limits, and obtaining an RV, my operating options have changed. "Simplify" is the key concept.  Having used various wire, beam, and verticals over the years, I have a decent experience base.  Now I think I am ready for mobile (vertical?) that I can move from home to RV as needed.

I understand the limits but I am not a contester or DX seeker...I am casual "ham."

What are some suggestions for a 20/40 that might do the trick and not be hard to move back and forth? The moving would only be two or three times a month.

73, Doc K5OSA


Re: Mobile and home antenna?

Jim Upson
 

Hi again,

I enjoy Tom Witherspoon’s blog and videos....as he demonstrates many antenna and radios...

One that has my attention (actually several) are antennas from Chameleon....very pricy, but built tough.  MPAS Lite seems super simple to set up....if you can get past the price....

Look around Tom’s blogs and videos....here’s one blog and I’ll find one with a video too....

https://qrper.com/2020/12/pota-field-report-ernest-f-hollings-ace-basin-national-wildlife-refuge-k-0520/

next blog with a video....to see the antenna skip to about the 6-minute Mark:
https://qrper.com/2021/03/sota-field-report-activating-lane-pinnacle-with-the-elecraft-kx2-and-cha-mpas-lite/

there is a MPAS 2.0 version with different style whips...but the setup for MPAS Lite would be the same....he set it up very early on in the video:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rsBRvnXH6dE

Jim /AC3B 


Re: Mobile and home antenna?

Jeffrey Parker
 

Had one of those on my Jeep. It'll handle 100 watts only pain is moving the jumper wire had to use a cheat sheet. Antenna not marked. Works well. 


On Sat, Jun 12, 2021, 7:07 PM Jim Upson <jim72upson@...> wrote:
I don’t own one of these....but it sounds like it might be an option for you??

https://oh8stn.org/blog/2021/06/11/super-antenna-mp1-quick-n-dirty-no-radial-deployment/

be sure to scroll down to Julian’s video where he tells more about it and shows it in use....

Regardless, I hope to hear your final solution...
73, Jim/AC3B 


Re: Mobile and home antenna?

John - KK4ITX
 

Mike,

Been there and still there !  I was a Full Time RVer wintering in an HOA in Florida and traveling in the summer before Ham Radio entered my life..  I have found the most versatile setup is a 9:1 UnUn or any EFHW and it’s certainly the cheapest.  Using a “crappie” fish pole 20-30 ft allows for some very easy and creative setups.  QRP Guys has several EFHW kits that have worked very well for me.  Simply change the wire for your desired frequency or sometimes I just use the 40m wire and let the tuner handle the rest.

I have and still use a Wolf River Coil and it works quite good with a 8ft antenna but manual tuning has to be done at the antenna.  I also have an antenna matcher from Alpha Antenna that usually tunes from your radio or tuner for most bands fro 80-6, it is somewhat pricey but it works well.

I am currently experimenting with a homemade loop and that shows promise especially for portable use, next week I will be using/testing it on Wells, ME Beach.

I guess the real thing is to try several approaches and use the one OR two or more that works for you.  When I travel I carry 4-6 antennas with me because not all locations can use the same antenna except the loop which is not as efficient as most other options.

Fun stuff antennas, enjoy and if you don’t have a 4S tuner this would be a great time.

John
KK4ITX 





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Re: Mobile and home antenna?

Jim Upson
 

I don’t own one of these....but it sounds like it might be an option for you??

https://oh8stn.org/blog/2021/06/11/super-antenna-mp1-quick-n-dirty-no-radial-deployment/

be sure to scroll down to Julian’s video where he tells more about it and shows it in use....

Regardless, I hope to hear your final solution...
73, Jim/AC3B


Re: FAVOR NEEDED???

Dan Miller
 

Let me try this again....
If you look up the call sign, the name is right.
Is that email in the reflector's list?
On groups like this, I don't mind replying.
To me, the suspicious part is he didn't reply!

Dan, KG7JVE

On Wed, Jun 9, 2021, 11:51 AM Ruth A Mumaw <k3nlt@...> wrote:

Hello

Need a little faror from you please?

Thanks,

Russ


Re: Mobile and home antenna?

David Lininger
 

Just checked both Amazon and eBay. Both have it in stock for $85.00.

Lots of high recommendations.

On 12/6/21 14:45, Viktors Miske wrote:
I'm in almost identical situation. Been studying the  OPEK HVT-400B
HF/VHF Multi-Band Mobile Antenna.
Sold on Amazon, probably find on Ebay. Runs about 85 bucks. Only thing
is you need to manually switch bands.
--
David Lininger, kb0zke
Rev. 2:10
kb0zke@gmail.com


Re: Mobile and home antenna?

Viktors Miske
 

I'm in almost identical situation. Been studying the  OPEK HVT-400B HF/VHF Multi-Band Mobile Antenna.
Sold on Amazon, probably find on Ebay. Runs about 85 bucks. Only thing is you need to manually switch bands.


Mobile and home antenna?

Mlike McEwen
 

Due to some medical issues, a new residence with HOA limits, and obtaining an RV, my operating options have changed. "Simplify" is the key concept.  Having used various wire, beam, and verticals over the years, I have a decent experience base.  Now I think I am ready for mobile (vertical?) that I can move from home to RV as needed.

I understand the limits but I am not a contester or DX seeker...I am casual "ham."

What are some suggestions for a 20/40 that might do the trick and not be hard to move back and forth? The moving would only be two or three times a month.

73, Doc K5OSA

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