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Re: Anybody using a 4slink with a KX3?

Jim Sheldon
 

Hi Steve,
Yup, I'm using one.  It's straightforward except for one glitch.  The MIC/PTT jack is wired backwards for the KX3 so you can't use a commercially wired stereo cable between the 4SLink and the KX3.  In the 4SLink, on that jack, audio is on the ring and PTT is on the tip.  I don't know why it was designed that way as most rigs use the convention of microphone audio on the tip and PTT on the ring with, of course, ground being on the shell.
 
You have 2 choices, you can either make up a cable with the radio end having audio on the tip and PTT on the ring or you can do as I did and modify the 4SLink.  I cut the traces going to tip and ring on the MIC/PTT Jack and using some 22 gauge wire, re-wired the jack so that audio now appears on the tip contact and PTT appears on the ring contact.  Now, I can use the Elecraft cable kit option and the 4SLink really works great between my laptop and the KX3.
 
If you go the modified cable route, be sure and mark that cable so you don't accidentally get it mixed up with a normal one.  Having the tip and ring interchanged between ends might create a problem in some other situation.
 
 
Jim - W0EB

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Anybody using a 4slink with a KX3?

w1sfr <steverob@...>
 

Looking for experience and info.

73
STeve


Re: Google+ Hangouts

Wayne Dillon
 

I also have Google+ so a quick "Hangouts 101" from someone already using it would be appreciated.
Bobby, sounds good to me, could be a tertrific resource.
72/3 es God Bless de Wayne - KC0PMH


On Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 5:47 PM, kb4qnr <rolph981@...> wrote:
 

About a month ago I added a bunch of 4State members to my QRP Radio circle. I am wondering how many of us Google+ members use Hangouts? We could start having a weekend project show and tell or use hangouts for teaching each other how to learn and use things such as LT Spice or antenna modeling software just to mention a few. Let me know what you all think about this and any other ways the group members could benefit from Hangouts.
72 de kb4qnr
Bobby Rolph




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Re: [QRP-L] Plate Glass for Grinding Crystals

Rex Harper
 

Gangue,

Indeed, WA3OPY, Darell Brehm, and AC6UR, Ron Hall my buddies at International Crystal Manufacturing and W1REX (me) gave a crystal grinding workshop some years back at Ozarkcon when it was held in Joplin Mo. I designed a pretty nifty rig for measuring the crystal frequency between grinding steps and put together the materials for the workshop. The hardest thing was finding enough out of band crystals in a frequency range close enough to grind into a useful QRP frequency. I bought hundreds of FT243 crystals in order to get enough 6975Khz crystals for the workshop. I modified a standard crystal testing circuit to test the blanks outside the FT243 holder with enough 'anticipation precision' so that when they were re-installed into the FT243 holders, you got what you wanted! A good time was had by all and (almost?) everybody went home with a FT243-7030 hand made crystal!

The crystal (under construction) tester was the basis of my Build-Along presentation at FDIM a couple of years ago and still appears on my QRPme kits roster as I still have a few left. I did contract a local commercial glass shop to make me DOZENS of 6"x6" plate glass grinding platforms.....and we did use Bon Ami a very fine grit cleaning compound (like Comet) that the old timers used and you can still buy in your local supermarket. I do have a small supply of cut & beveled edge grinding plates left which I will part with for $10 each...

For this years FDIM Buildathon, I presented the Beaconator which was a simple 30m beacon transmitter that could also be used as a straight transmitter. I used a Picokeyer chip from Ham Gadgets to enable both options. I wanted each beacon owner to have a unique frequency but didn't have the time to have everyone grind a crystal....so I took the other old-timer's approach. I had a batch of HC-49 30m crystals made at the QRP area but had the crystalls delivered in UNSOLDERED HC-49 cases . So the builders simply removed the rubber band and 'penned' the crystals down in frequency using a pencil. I have leftover Beaconator kits and cheap deals on just the board & crystal on my QRPme website too!

So if you are looking to have some fun playing around with beacon transmitters and messing with the internals of quartz crystals, I have some fun kits you might be interested in.....

Rex
W1REX

On 7/8/2013 10:56 PM, L L bahr wrote:
I am again going to try and grind some crystals and need a piece of flat plate glass maybe 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick to try and do it. I don't know if all plate glass is flat or if some is better then others. I'm not sure where to get it and would suspect something like 6 inches to 12 inches square would work just fine. I have not checked out some local glass shop and maybe this is where I should go. Is there anyone on here with any good suggestions as to what I need and where I could find the appropriate glass?

Thanks,

Lee, w0vt


Re: Google+ Hangouts

Charlie Vest
 

Although I do have a Google account and signed up with a few members from this group , as of yet I have not taken the time to become familiar with its features .

The hangout idea sounds good to me .

Basically I am an old analog guy , plus an old time glowbug guy .

However I do as much building and experimenting as I can find time for and still make a few contacts . I try very hard to make a few contacts every day now . No one specific mode or specific band . In fact I have spent so much time designing and building various projects over the past 5 or 6 years , I actually did very little actual on the air operating . I do run beacons both part 15 and ham band , plus MEPT's for QRSS and WSPR .

When I looked at how empty the log was for making two way contacts I decided that it was once again time for me to once again become involved in on the air operation . I have been a ham for 48 years this year , after being licensed when I was age 12.

Never in all that time did I chase ANY pieces of paper or certificates of any kind . So I set up LOTW and bought another logging program and started with number zero , with my intent now to collect all of the paper possible on any band in any mode from 160 meters through 432 MHz. including 222 MHz.

I am having an absolute ball now !! Still have a LOT of pending antenna projects since my "main" station antenna right now is a G5RV up 30 feet . I am even using it on 6 meters and worked 4 "new" states with it this morning on 6 ,  under my rebirth :)

Always interested in learning more and would love to learn more about some of the design software from some of the younger people out there .

IF you hear me on , it is VERY likely that I need your state , county , or grid now on some mode on some band(s).

73, Charlie , W5COV

 

About a month ago I added a bunch of 4State members to my QRP Radio circle. I am wondering how many of us Google+ members use Hangouts? We could start having a weekend project show and tell or use hangouts for teaching each other how to learn and use things such as LT Spice or antenna modeling software just to mention a few. Let me know what you all think about this and any other ways the group members could benefit from Hangouts.
72 de kb4qnr
Bobby Rolph



Google+ Hangouts

bobby rolph
 

About a month ago I added a bunch of 4State members to my QRP Radio circle. I am wondering how many of us Google+ members use Hangouts? We could start having a weekend project show and tell or use hangouts for teaching each other how to learn and use things such as LT Spice or antenna modeling software just to mention a few. Let me know what you all think about this and any other ways the group members could benefit from Hangouts.
72 de kb4qnr
Bobby Rolph


Re: 13 Colonies QRP style

kb4qqj
 

This helped a lot of the event operators and chasers. Keep your eye out for it next year as well.
 
Randy_KB4QQJ
 

In a message dated 7/8/2013 4:12:16 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, jomatlock@... writes:

FB Fred 

I was able to work one of them!
I didn't know they were running the special event stations!
Congrats 
Johnny AC0BQ


Re: 13 Colonies QRP style

Johnny AC0BQ
 

FB Fred 
I was able to work one of them!
I didn't know they were running the special event stations!
Congrats 
Johnny AC0BQ

On Monday, July 8, 2013, FRED wrote:
 

The 4th of July weekend 13 Colonies sure is a fun event! After being off the air for a month while I relocated my shack, I hooked up my inverted vee Saturday morning and discovered that the 13 Colonies event was going on.

I managed to work all 13 plus the bonus station relatively easy by the afternoon with my Softrock SDR/Mobo 4.3 to a 50w amp so I decided to try it QRP - without the 50w amp.

Thank goodness I managed to work 11 of the colony stations prior to the solar flare on Sunday! It took me most of the day to work the last two for a QRP clean sweep.

BTW - if you ask, in the past the event coordinator will put a QRP sticker on your 13 Colonies certificate.

72
Fred
WA8PGE


Re: SIX METERS OPEN

Charlie Vest
 

A rover in Wyoming has been in hear pretty solid last couple of hours . He is working a TX station right now . Worked TX , ND and MT earlier on my G5RV at 30 feet .

I think I may get motivated to put together a 3 element quad .

Charlie , W5COV


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Nothing here in VT either from my OCF up 80'.



On Jul 8, 2013, at 2:03 PM, Chuck Carpenter wrote:

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Only hearing mostly very weak sigs with QSB here at my QTH in NTX all morning.

Of course my "wet noodle" 3-element quad is only about 8 ft off the
ground and fixed pointed east.

Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ
EM22cv, Rains Co. TX




Re: SIX METERS OPEN

Stephen Roberts <steverob@...>
 

Nothing here in VT either from my OCF up 80'.


On Jul 8, 2013, at 2:03 PM, Chuck Carpenter wrote:

 

Only hearing mostly very weak sigs with QSB here at my QTH in NTX all morning.

Of course my "wet noodle" 3-element quad is only about 8 ft off the
ground and fixed pointed east.

Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ
EM22cv, Rains Co. TX



Re: SIX METERS OPEN

Chuck Carpenter
 

Only hearing mostly very weak sigs with QSB here at my QTH in NTX all morning.

Of course my "wet noodle" 3-element quad is only about 8 ft off the ground and fixed pointed east.





Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ
EM22cv, Rains Co. TX


SIX METERS OPEN

Charlie Vest
 

Six meters is wide open here , both short and long . A good day for a "wet noodle" antenna . Some hard to get grids and states very loud and active right now . Put whatever you have on 6 , tune around a little and HAVE A GREAT TIME !!

Charlie , W5COV


Re: HI-PER-MITE in depth review

WA0ITP
 

Thanx Ray,

I think Walter knows the guy who posted that study. Interesting to see how
great it is at 75 wpm isnt it. I use mine a lot, but can't even carry on a
conversation with myself at 15 wpm. So you're still way ahead of me.

Thank for the post.

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Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72 WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
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----- Original Message -----
From: "W0PFO" <rcadmus@gmail.com>
To: <4sqrp@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, July 08, 2013 9:01 AM
Subject: [4sqrp] HI-PER-MITE in depth review


|I just ran across this on a high speed CW guys blog.
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http://qrqcwnet.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-hi-per-mite-active-audio-cw-bandpass-filter-is-awesome
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| Thought it might be of interest to the group. Why was I on a QRQ web site?
Who knows - I certainly do not qualify :-( Once upon a time i could copy about
30 wpm and carry on a local conversation at the same time. Today 20 is a
struggle with full concentration. So much for our "golden years"...
|
| Regards,
|
| ray W0PFO
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HI-PER-MITE in depth review

Ray Cadmus
 

I just ran across this on a high speed CW guys blog.

http://qrqcwnet.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-hi-per-mite-active-audio-cw-bandpass-filter-is-awesome

Thought it might be of interest to the group. Why was I on a QRQ web site? Who knows - I certainly do not qualify :-( Once upon a time i could copy about 30 wpm and carry on a local conversation at the same time. Today 20 is a struggle with full concentration. So much for our "golden years"...

Regards,

ray W0PFO


13 Colonies QRP style

flsaas
 

The 4th of July weekend 13 Colonies sure is a fun event! After being off the air for a month while I relocated my shack, I hooked up my inverted vee Saturday morning and discovered that the 13 Colonies event was going on.

I managed to work all 13 plus the bonus station relatively easy by the afternoon with my Softrock SDR/Mobo 4.3 to a 50w amp so I decided to try it QRP - without the 50w amp.

Thank goodness I managed to work 11 of the colony stations prior to the solar flare on Sunday! It took me most of the day to work the last two for a QRP clean sweep.

BTW - if you ask, in the past the event coordinator will put a QRP sticker on your 13 Colonies certificate.

72
Fred
WA8PGE


Re: Portable Antenna Survey

Joseph Moore <joekf0xv@...>
 

Thanks to all who replied to the Survey. I got some great ideas.

Looking forward to trying some of your Antennas soon.

I am expiermenting with a 9:1 unun and 60 foot wire now

(no counterpoise) and 25 feet of coax. I have read (On the Web)

Pros and cons, some like it others call it a dummy load.

Another was the 24 ga Speaker wire dipole. 22 feet each leg

And 28 foot feed line. I put a 1:1 balun at the feed point and then

25 foot of coax.

Thanks again to all

Joe KF0XV

 


Re: Six meters open

Phil Anderson
 

Thanks Sam.......I'll give 6-meters a try today, 7/7.

Uncle Phil in Lawrence, KS

w0xi

Saturday, July 06, 2013 5:13 PM
 

Hello,

I had limited time, but worked a dozen or so stations, mostly in the 8-th and 9-th call areas with a 2 & 3 thrown in there & heard two
VE3's, all on CW.

73,

Sam Neal  N5AF

=============================================


Perhaps I will work on my 6 meter antennas this weekend to work on VUCC
and to finish up WAS on 6 . Two of the 4 remaining states that I need
are Arkansas and Nebraska !! Go figure , the close in ones :) Have had
Hawaii and Alaska in the log for several years . ( Both worked with 10
watts into a 5 element Cushcraft at 15 feet !! )

Perhaps if I can get some decent antennas operating again , someone on
this group can run a schedule with me for NE and AR .

If you have a rig that covers 6 meters , fire it up on whatever antenna
will load up for you on 6 and join the fun on the "Magic Band." You just
might get hooked and have a new antenna project to keep you busy .

73 ,

Charlie , W5COV




Re: Six meters open

Sam Neal
 

Hello,

I had limited time, but worked a dozen or so stations, mostly in the 8-th and 9-th call areas with a 2 & 3 thrown in there & heard two
VE3's, all on CW.

73,

Sam Neal  N5AF

=============================================


Perhaps I will work on my 6 meter antennas this weekend to work on VUCC
and to finish up WAS on 6 . Two of the 4 remaining states that I need
are Arkansas and Nebraska !! Go figure , the close in ones :) Have had
Hawaii and Alaska in the log for several years . ( Both worked with 10
watts into a 5 element Cushcraft at 15 feet !! )

Perhaps if I can get some decent antennas operating again , someone on
this group can run a schedule with me for NE and AR .

If you have a rig that covers 6 meters , fire it up on whatever antenna
will load up for you on 6 and join the fun on the "Magic Band." You just
might get hooked and have a new antenna project to keep you busy .

73 ,

Charlie , W5COV




Re: FOXHUNT - 20M Summer Season opener

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Well 
I sure wish I wasn't out town next 2 weeks.....just Love hunting FOX!
have fun guys cu when I get back from Boston Ma.
72
Johnny AC0BQ


On Jul 6, 2013, at 8:03, Dale Putnam <daleputnam@...> wrote:

 


07/11/2013 1 K4FB Paul FL 2 N9NE Todd WI
 
Here are the first two FOXii up for skinning... in the Summer Season of FOXHUNTs
This very next Thursday (local),  starting promptly at 0100z (Fri - GMT) or 7 pm MDT, +/- 10KHz from 14.060,
these two skilled, sly, swift foxii, will be emerging from their dens, and it will be up to you to find and grab
a pelt (qso) from each of them. There will be only two, and the following week a different two, continueing for
the entire summer season. 10 weeks, each Thursday. So dust off that qrp gear, oil up them keys, and lets get to it.
Take a look to the sky, to the last thing your shot will touch, until it smacks a FOXii, hopefully deadon. We have only
FIVE DAYS LEFT....
  Whew, it has been a long dry summer, my FOX withdrawl was getting unmanageable... how about you?
See you in the pack of hounds... and good luck to all and to all a good hunt.

Have a great season,
 
 
--... ...-- Dale - WC7S in Wy
 
 


Six meters open

Charlie Vest
 

A nice opening today on 6 meters into Northeast OK. Have worked one station using a squalo and another using an EDZ . I am using my G5RV . Better opening into here today than yesterday .

Perhaps I will work on my 6 meter antennas this weekend to work on VUCC and to finish up WAS on 6 . Two of the 4 remaining states that I need are Arkansas and Nebraska !! Go figure , the close in ones :) Have had Hawaii and Alaska in the log for several years . ( Both worked with 10 watts into a 5 element Cushcraft at 15 feet !! )

Perhaps if I can get some decent antennas operating again , someone on this group can run a schedule with me for NE and AR .

If you have a rig that covers 6 meters , fire it up on whatever antenna will load up for you on 6 and join the fun on the "Magic Band." You just might get hooked and have a new antenna project to keep you busy .

73 ,

Charlie , W5COV