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Re: Cycle 25

W6BOW
 

Jerry,

Thanks for the wonderful story. Baker Beach near the 25th Avenue entrance to the Presidio is on my list of portable sites for preparing for a cross-country road-trip we will be making in August. Hopefully I'll be joining in on the 4SQRP Wednesday net  running my NS-40.

Here are some pics of GG Park I've taken recently.

The park has been the perfect spot for me to rehab following hip surgery last year with the added benefit of being my place to escape the horrendous QRN level at the home QTH! The price we urban hams pay for living in an increasingly wired and wireless world.

All best to you and your wife (N6DXW). (I guess "YL", and "XYL" have become terms of the past in these more enlightened times? That's ok with me.) 

73,
Don


-----Original Message-----
From: Jerry Brown <n4eobrown@...>
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Jul 5, 2021 5:49 am
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Cycle 25

Don,

30 years ago my wife (N6DXW) and I lived at 1411A Washington Blvd on the
southwest bluff of  the Presidio of San Francisco while I had duty at 
Letterman Army Med Center. My antenna ws a 3-L Cushcraft trap Yagi on a short tower. With a view of Sea Cliffs neighborhood and the Pacific, it was quite the DX site. I can remember working the entire Pacific rim at dusk from Alaska, Japan, Australia and Easter Island at dusk with all signals over S-9 one memorable evening.

73,

Jerry N4EO, ex-YI9EO, ex-HL9EO, etc, etc, etc

On Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 7:47 PM W6BOW via groups.io <DBuckter=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Band conditions they are a'changin' me thinks.


Re: Cycle 25

W6BOW
 

Curt,

Some things change for the better.  I live a block and a half from GG Park but never got to know and appreciate it until I started walking with a purpose after hip surgery last year. Now I try to cover at least 5 miles every day. 

This link will take you to some pics I've snapped along the way.
Enjoy.
.
Our family will be road tripping from NJ to CA in August. I'm hoping to join in the Wednesday net a couple of times running my NS-40. 
GG Park has given me a good place to work on my set up for the trip. The QRN level at the home QTH is horrendous due to all the RF due to our increasingly wired and wireless civilization! 

Curt, you 4SQRP guys and gals do a great job. TU. Attending Ozarcon rates high on my bucket list.

73,

W6BOW
Don


-----Original Message-----
From: Curt via groups.io <rhulett1@...>
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Sent: Mon, Jul 5, 2021 2:47 am
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Cycle 25

On Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 05:46 PM, W6BOW wrote:

"picnic bench in SF's Golden Gate Park"
You are way braver than me.  I grew up about 40 miles east of there, ( first call WN6HJZ ) and that park was a zoo 50+ years ago.  Full of druggies and everything else person could imagine.  My future wife n I used to go to Filmore Auditorium and Avalon Ballroom some evenings to listen to Jefferson Airplane or Quicksilver.  They called us "short hairs" and we were the only ones there not stoned.

Those were the days my friend...

73, Curt KB5JO


Re: Cycle 25

Jerry Brown
 

Don,

30 years ago my wife (N6DXW) and I lived at 1411A Washington Blvd on the
southwest bluff of  the Presidio of San Francisco while I had duty at 
Letterman Army Med Center. My antenna ws a 3-L Cushcraft trap Yagi on a short tower. With a view of Sea Cliffs neighborhood and the Pacific, it was quite the DX site. I can remember working the entire Pacific rim at dusk from Alaska, Japan, Australia and Easter Island at dusk with all signals over S-9 one memorable evening.

73,

Jerry N4EO, ex-YI9EO, ex-HL9EO, etc, etc, etc


On Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 7:47 PM W6BOW via groups.io <DBuckter=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Band conditions they are a'changin' me thinks.


Re: Cycle 25 and QRP experiences so far?

Curt
 

On Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 04:21 PM, John - KK4ITX wrote:
If it wasn’t for the RBN and WSPR some days I would think my equipment was not functioning at all.
Well, that is my observation too.  And yes the FT8 n FT4, etc has activity when no CW heard here.  In fact, I kinda use the FT8 segment to see if a band is active or not.  I must confess, don't get much of a charge from a 10 mile QSO.

Curt KB5JO
 
 


Re: Cycle 25

Curt
 

On Sun, Jul 4, 2021 at 05:46 PM, W6BOW wrote:
"picnic bench in SF's Golden Gate Park"
You are way braver than me.  I grew up about 40 miles east of there, ( first call WN6HJZ ) and that park was a zoo 50+ years ago.  Full of druggies and everything else person could imagine.  My future wife n I used to go to Filmore Auditorium and Avalon Ballroom some evenings to listen to Jefferson Airplane or Quicksilver.  They called us "short hairs" and we were the only ones there not stoned.

Those were the days my friend...

73, Curt KB5JO


Re: Cycle 25 and QRP experiences so far?

W6BOW
 

Curt,

I note that the SF Radio Club (W6PW) conducts a weekly CW net on 2M. 

Any chance the 4SQRP might consider developing in future a 2M QRP CW TX?

W6BOW


-----Original Message-----
From: Curt via groups.io <wb8yyy@...>
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Sent: Sun, Jul 4, 2021 5:47 pm
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Cycle 25 and QRP experiences so far?

I think possibly some is fewer big stations, with big antennas, are doing CW with the rise of ft8 ft4. Sometimes I operate successfully events at qrp, lots of cw activity there. I did operate my ft817 with an antenna in attic at my son's house, made some nice contacts from there. Well see what fall brings. Maybe build a qrp labs 25/50 watt PA it's something different.

73 Curt wb8yyy


Re: Cycle 25 and QRP experiences so far?

Curt
 

I think possibly some is fewer big stations, with big antennas, are doing CW with the rise of ft8 ft4. Sometimes I operate successfully events at qrp, lots of cw activity there. I did operate my ft817 with an antenna in attic at my son's house, made some nice contacts from there. Well see what fall brings. Maybe build a qrp labs 25/50 watt PA it's something different.

73 Curt wb8yyy


Cycle 25

W6BOW
 

Band conditions they are a'changin' me thinks.

I frequently monitor 20M CW from a picnic bench in SF's Golden Gate Park. (Away from the "rotten QRN" at the home QTH.)

Just in the last few weeks I've copied with ease CW stations in Taiwan, China, Singapore, Japan (the Olympics' club station), Malaysia, and Indiana, USA  (the Indy 500 club station). 

All stations heard on my little TECSUN PL-330 with its built-in telescoping antenna only.

(This is NOT a plug for the PL-330. That said the dang little thing has proven itself to be a serious radio. No toy. I plan to use it in future QRP peregrinations.))



W6BOW - In the remotest wilderness of Golden Gate Park, SF

The best is yet to come. 

73

Don





Re: Cycle 25 and QRP experiences so far?

John - KK4ITX
 

In January I made just under 5,000 miles to France from Zhills, FL.  I have found that there were fewer operators on because “the bands are dead” or they has gone to FT8 but it is very rare for me to go out and not make a few QSOs...... sometimes even using SB from the beach to check into the Maritime Net, Maine to Texas or Thunder Bay on 5w.

My opinion is that the bands are so free from use that they become quiet and even if the meter doesn’t deflect, communication can be accomplished, but only if you try..... and someone else is listening.  If it wasn’t for the RBN and WSPR some days I would think my equipment was not functioning at all.

I get just as much enjoyment out of a 10 mile contract as I do from 2,000 miles.

John
KK4ITX 

Visit:  www.zaarc.org.   👁

On Jul 4, 2021, at 18:16, Tim N9PUZ <tim.n9puz@...> wrote:

Well, Cycle 25 or not, it seems like the days where there has been an increased SFI it has been accompanied by higher A and K indices so the end result has not been improved too much.

It's still a lot of fun. I enjoy working someone a hundred miles away as I do contacting the other side of the country.

Tim N9PUZ

On 7/4/2021 3:20 PM, Curt via groups.io wrote:
Cycle 25 is evidently underway, but for me so far the results have been pretty mediocre.  Using a variety of radios ( BJ40, 5W-30, HT-20, K1 ) on 20,30,40 using wire antennas,  have yet to get beyond the US.  During minimum in Fall of 2019, had no difficulty working Asia and Europe with QRP.  The bands seem poor compared to my experiences during Cycle 24.  I realize we are just entering Cycle 25.

What are other experiences so far running QRP?

72, Curt KB5JO







Re: Cycle 25 and QRP experiences so far?

Tim N9PUZ
 

Well, Cycle 25 or not, it seems like the days where there has been an increased SFI it has been accompanied by higher A and K indices so the end result has not been improved too much.

It's still a lot of fun. I enjoy working someone a hundred miles away as I do contacting the other side of the country.

Tim N9PUZ

On 7/4/2021 3:20 PM, Curt via groups.io wrote:
Cycle 25 is evidently underway, but for me so far the results have been pretty mediocre.  Using a variety of radios ( BJ40, 5W-30, HT-20, K1 ) on 20,30,40 using wire antennas,  have yet to get beyond the US.  During minimum in Fall of 2019, had no difficulty working Asia and Europe with QRP.  The bands seem poor compared to my experiences during Cycle 24.  I realize we are just entering Cycle 25.

What are other experiences so far running QRP?

72, Curt KB5JO


Cycle 25 and QRP experiences so far?

Curt
 

Cycle 25 is evidently underway, but for me so far the results have been pretty mediocre.  Using a variety of radios ( BJ40, 5W-30, HT-20, K1 ) on 20,30,40 using wire antennas,  have yet to get beyond the US.  During minimum in Fall of 2019, had no difficulty working Asia and Europe with QRP.  The bands seem poor compared to my experiences during Cycle 24.  I realize we are just entering Cycle 25.

What are other experiences so far running QRP? 

72, Curt KB5JO


FS: NS-40 QRP Transmiter and SAVXO

Robert Harrison
 

Please see QTH  ad 1545473.
Thanks,
Robert KG6TGI


Re: FS Hilltopper 20 and Hilltopper 40 QRP transceivers

Jim Long
 

The Hilltoppers have been sold.  Thanks, people.

Jim
N9EET


Re: Delta Mike Romeo Net

W6BOW
 

Not to be overlooked the 4SQRP group nifty web site   Four State QRP Group (4sqrp.com)  and the "Ozark Banner" newsletter  Four State QRP Group (4sqrp.com)

Something for everyone's interest.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Logullo N0̸MII <jeff@...>
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io
Sent: Thu, Jul 1, 2021 7:54 pm
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Delta Mike Romeo Net

Well Jim, those of us who get on the DMR net enjoy each others’ company. Our net leader Bert N0YJ chooses a topic — always QRP or ham radio related, and we in turn talk a little bit about it. 

Many of us have met yearly at Ozarkcon; but we’ve also gotten to know fellow QRPers from across the country via this DMR avenue who we may never meet. I’ve enjoyed the visits a lot… but that’s not all this club is about. 

You’re not required to participate in the DMR net. We also meet up every Wednesday on 40 and 80 meters — QRP CW. And we have the monthly Second Sunday Sprint — two hours of HF CW QRP contest fun. 

Something here for everyone…

Jeff N0̸MII


On Jul 1, 2021, at 9:26 PM, Jim W7RY via groups.io <jimw7ry@...> wrote:


I knew joining this list QRP list was a mistake.


UHF DMR talkgroups on a QRP mailing list.  How fitting.

Really folks?


Thanks and 73
Jim W7RY
On 7/1/2021 11:05 AM, W0MQY wrote:
Oh, I wondered if there was a way to enter a TG number.  Wish I had known how to do that last night.  I will practice and be ready for next week. Thanks for your help. 

On Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 8:56 AM Robert <e1dslr@...> wrote:
Top right hand side there is a red arrow (play) press that  and you can enter TG number or select one of the displayed TG's  only active, busy talk groups are displayed. TG'S like repeaters are idle most of the time.

Bert

On Thu, Jul 1, 2021, 8:18 AM W0MQY <womquee@...> wrote:
Hello Bert
I listened to the link you sent and out of 17 talk groups for the US,  your talk group 31654 did not appear on the screen.  I tried global and US plus Everything but nothing appeared for the State of Kansas.  There were two groups on from Missouri.   
<IMG_3230.jpg>

On Wed, Jun 30, 2021 at 9:19 PM Robert <e1dslr@...> wrote:
Small Group tonight
WG5F ED
KC0NCK KEITH
N4ELM DAVE
NK8O CHARLES
WA9BNZ BILL

73's
Bert
N0YJ

Good Evening
--
Joe Porter, PhD

SEKARC.net

A.R.R.L. Member
F.I.S.T.S. cw club   #19078
N.A.Q.C.C.   #10355
4sqrp Group   #103
S.K.C.C.   #4213
NJ Skeeter  #66  (2020)
Sasquatch   #855
Qrparci   #12810
       

--
Joe Porter, PhD

SEKARC.net

A.R.R.L. Member
F.I.S.T.S. cw club   #19078
N.A.Q.C.C.   #10355
4sqrp Group   #103
S.K.C.C.   #4213
NJ Skeeter  #66  (2020)
Sasquatch   #855
Qrparci   #12810
       



--
--
Jeff N0̷MII
4SQRP# 702


Re: Delta Mike Romeo Net

Roger-N0RSR
 

Jeff does a fine job of putting out the DMR options. I'd also suggest Droid Star for android devices and the DVMega DVstick30 for windows devices.

Both options give you the ability to go digital without the need for a radio.

-Roger
N0RSR



On Fri, Jul 2, 2021, 4:45 AM Jeff Logullo N0̸MII <jeff@...> wrote:
If you live in range of a DMR repeater that allows access to “user activated” Brandmeister talk groups, then a DMR radio is all you need. If not, then you can also use a “hot spot” which you can think of as your link to the DMR system. The hot spot uses a WiFi link to the Internet to connect you to the DMR system… in the same way that repeaters are linked. 

So: a DMR radio, plus either a DMR repeater in range, or your own hot spot, and you’ve got what you need. 

This site is a great introduction… and the site has a lot of details to help you get started if you take the plunge:


Also see the web page of the Nixa ARC:


Look for links to a preso by Chuck Kraly K0XM. 

And finally, you will need some patience, and a sense of humor. Both really help as you’re getting started with DMR — trust me :-)

One last note: 4SQRP has a groups.io subgroup. If you want to discuss further or need help getting started, this is the place to be!


72,
Jeff N0̸MII 

On Jul 1, 2021, at 11:06 PM, wb6ogd <garywinblad@...> wrote:

Yeah, sort of.
I admit, I am an old codger, I had no idea
what you guys were talking about either.
But, always interested in learning, I have 
been googling.
How about a 20 thousand  foot overview 
for us dummies?
It looks like you can buy a $50 handy talkie,
log into a local repeater and digitally 
connect to your net… or do you just get
connected via the web?
73,
Gary
WB6OGD 

--
--
Jeff N0̷MII
4SQRP# 702


Re: Delta Mike Romeo Net

W6BOW
 

Well done Jeff. 

W6BOW
San Francisco  CA

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Logullo N0̸MII <jeff@...>
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io
Sent: Thu, Jul 1, 2021 7:54 pm
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Delta Mike Romeo Net

Well Jim, those of us who get on the DMR net enjoy each others’ company. Our net leader Bert N0YJ chooses a topic — always QRP or ham radio related, and we in turn talk a little bit about it. 

Many of us have met yearly at Ozarkcon; but we’ve also gotten to know fellow QRPers from across the country via this DMR avenue who we may never meet. I’ve enjoyed the visits a lot… but that’s not all this club is about. 

You’re not required to participate in the DMR net. We also meet up every Wednesday on 40 and 80 meters — QRP CW. And we have the monthly Second Sunday Sprint — two hours of HF CW QRP contest fun. 

Something here for everyone…

Jeff N0̸MII


On Jul 1, 2021, at 9:26 PM, Jim W7RY via groups.io <jimw7ry@...> wrote:


I knew joining this list QRP list was a mistake.


UHF DMR talkgroups on a QRP mailing list.  How fitting.

Really folks?


Thanks and 73
Jim W7RY
On 7/1/2021 11:05 AM, W0MQY wrote:
Oh, I wondered if there was a way to enter a TG number.  Wish I had known how to do that last night.  I will practice and be ready for next week. Thanks for your help. 

On Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 8:56 AM Robert <e1dslr@...> wrote:
Top right hand side there is a red arrow (play) press that  and you can enter TG number or select one of the displayed TG's  only active, busy talk groups are displayed. TG'S like repeaters are idle most of the time.

Bert

On Thu, Jul 1, 2021, 8:18 AM W0MQY <womquee@...> wrote:
Hello Bert
I listened to the link you sent and out of 17 talk groups for the US,  your talk group 31654 did not appear on the screen.  I tried global and US plus Everything but nothing appeared for the State of Kansas.  There were two groups on from Missouri.   
<IMG_3230.jpg>

On Wed, Jun 30, 2021 at 9:19 PM Robert <e1dslr@...> wrote:
Small Group tonight
WG5F ED
KC0NCK KEITH
N4ELM DAVE
NK8O CHARLES
WA9BNZ BILL

73's
Bert
N0YJ

Good Evening
--
Joe Porter, PhD

SEKARC.net

A.R.R.L. Member
F.I.S.T.S. cw club   #19078
N.A.Q.C.C.   #10355
4sqrp Group   #103
S.K.C.C.   #4213
NJ Skeeter  #66  (2020)
Sasquatch   #855
Qrparci   #12810
       

--
Joe Porter, PhD

SEKARC.net

A.R.R.L. Member
F.I.S.T.S. cw club   #19078
N.A.Q.C.C.   #10355
4sqrp Group   #103
S.K.C.C.   #4213
NJ Skeeter  #66  (2020)
Sasquatch   #855
Qrparci   #12810
       



--
--
Jeff N0̷MII
4SQRP# 702


Re: FS Hilltopper 20 and Hilltopper 40 QRP transceivers

Bobby Rolph
 

Hello Jim I would like to purchase the 20 m Hilltopper kit. 73 from KB4QNR. Space send me a PayPal address
Bobby Rolph 





On Friday, July 2, 2021, 10:26 AM, Jim Long <jphiliplong@...> wrote:

For Sale

Hilltopper 20 built my me.  Well cared for. Works fine.  Never been portable except to the back deck.   These kits are out of stock now.    $75.00 and $9.00 shipping USPS Priority Mail to US addresses only.  Payment via Paypal.   Email me off list for further discussion.   

Hilltopper 40 built my me.  Well cared for. Works fine.  Never been portable except to the back deck.   These kits are out of stock now.    $75.00 and $9.00 shipping USPS Priority Mail to US addresses only.  Payment via Paypal.   Email me off list for further discussion.   

Jim   N9EET


FS Hilltopper 20 and Hilltopper 40 QRP transceivers

Jim Long
 

For Sale

Hilltopper 20 built my me.  Well cared for. Works fine.  Never been portable except to the back deck.   These kits are out of stock now.    $75.00 and $9.00 shipping USPS Priority Mail to US addresses only.  Payment via Paypal.   Email me off list for further discussion.   

Hilltopper 40 built my me.  Well cared for. Works fine.  Never been portable except to the back deck.   These kits are out of stock now.    $75.00 and $9.00 shipping USPS Priority Mail to US addresses only.  Payment via Paypal.   Email me off list for further discussion.   

Jim   N9EET


Re: Delta Mike Romeo Net

Jeff Logullo N0̸MII
 

If you live in range of a DMR repeater that allows access to “user activated” Brandmeister talk groups, then a DMR radio is all you need. If not, then you can also use a “hot spot” which you can think of as your link to the DMR system. The hot spot uses a WiFi link to the Internet to connect you to the DMR system… in the same way that repeaters are linked. 

So: a DMR radio, plus either a DMR repeater in range, or your own hot spot, and you’ve got what you need. 

This site is a great introduction… and the site has a lot of details to help you get started if you take the plunge:


Also see the web page of the Nixa ARC:


Look for links to a preso by Chuck Kraly K0XM. 

And finally, you will need some patience, and a sense of humor. Both really help as you’re getting started with DMR — trust me :-)

One last note: 4SQRP has a groups.io subgroup. If you want to discuss further or need help getting started, this is the place to be!


72,
Jeff N0̸MII 

On Jul 1, 2021, at 11:06 PM, wb6ogd <garywinblad@...> wrote:

Yeah, sort of.
I admit, I am an old codger, I had no idea
what you guys were talking about either.
But, always interested in learning, I have 
been googling.
How about a 20 thousand  foot overview 
for us dummies?
It looks like you can buy a $50 handy talkie,
log into a local repeater and digitally 
connect to your net… or do you just get
connected via the web?
73,
Gary
WB6OGD 

--
--
Jeff N0̷MII
4SQRP# 702


Re: Delta Mike Romeo Net

wb6ogd <garywinblad@...>
 

Yeah, sort of.
I admit, I am an old codger, I had no idea
what you guys were talking about either.
But, always interested in learning, I have 
been googling.
How about a 20 thousand  foot overview 
for us dummies?
It looks like you can buy a $50 handy talkie,
log into a local repeater and digitally 
connect to your net… or do you just get
connected via the web?
73,
Gary
WB6OGD 



On Jul 1, 2021, at 7:54 PM, Jeff Logullo N0̸MII <jeff@...> wrote:


Well Jim, those of us who get on the DMR net enjoy each others’ company. Our net leader Bert N0YJ chooses a topic — always QRP or ham radio related, and we in turn talk a little bit about it. 

Many of us have met yearly at Ozarkcon; but we’ve also gotten to know fellow QRPers from across the country via this DMR avenue who we may never meet. I’ve enjoyed the visits a lot… but that’s not all this club is about. 

You’re not required to participate in the DMR net. We also meet up every Wednesday on 40 and 80 meters — QRP CW. And we have the monthly Second Sunday Sprint — two hours of HF CW QRP contest fun. 

Something here for everyone…

Jeff N0̸MII


On Jul 1, 2021, at 9:26 PM, Jim W7RY via groups.io <jimw7ry@...> wrote:

 I knew joining this list QRP list was a mistake.


UHF DMR talkgroups on a QRP mailing list.  How fitting.

Really folks?


Thanks and 73
Jim W7RY
On 7/1/2021 11:05 AM, W0MQY wrote:
Oh, I wondered if there was a way to enter a TG number.  Wish I had known how to do that last night.  I will practice and be ready for next week. Thanks for your help. 

On Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 8:56 AM Robert <e1dslr@...> wrote:
Top right hand side there is a red arrow (play) press that  and you can enter TG number or select one of the displayed TG's  only active, busy talk groups are displayed. TG'S like repeaters are idle most of the time.

Bert

On Thu, Jul 1, 2021, 8:18 AM W0MQY <womquee@...> wrote:
Hello Bert
I listened to the link you sent and out of 17 talk groups for the US,  your talk group 31654 did not appear on the screen.  I tried global and US plus Everything but nothing appeared for the State of Kansas.  There were two groups on from Missouri.   
<IMG_3230.jpg>

On Wed, Jun 30, 2021 at 9:19 PM Robert <e1dslr@...> wrote:
Small Group tonight
WG5F ED
KC0NCK KEITH
N4ELM DAVE
NK8O CHARLES
WA9BNZ BILL

73's
Bert
N0YJ

Good Evening
--
Joe Porter, PhD

SEKARC.net

A.R.R.L. Member
F.I.S.T.S. cw club   #19078
N.A.Q.C.C.   #10355
4sqrp Group   #103
S.K.C.C.   #4213
NJ Skeeter  #66  (2020)
Sasquatch   #855
Qrparci   #12810
       

--
Joe Porter, PhD

SEKARC.net

A.R.R.L. Member
F.I.S.T.S. cw club   #19078
N.A.Q.C.C.   #10355
4sqrp Group   #103
S.K.C.C.   #4213
NJ Skeeter  #66  (2020)
Sasquatch   #855
Qrparci   #12810
       



--
--
Jeff N0̷MII
4SQRP# 702

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