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Re: New member

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ga Lee:
Very glad to have you as a part of our QRP group.
Please join us on the Wednesday night nets!
72
Johnny AC0BQ


On Wednesday, August 7, 2013, WA0ITP wrote:
 

Please welcome Lee Johnson, WT0D.  I met Lee at the Cedar Rapids hamfest last Sunday.  We watched the launch of the IHAB 12 balloon together.  http://www.ihabproject.com/    Lee is retired from Rockwell Collins.
 
Welcome aboard Lee. 
 
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Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 


New member

WA0ITP
 

Please welcome Lee Johnson, WT0D.  I met Lee at the Cedar Rapids hamfest last Sunday.  We watched the launch of the IHAB 12 balloon together.  http://www.ihabproject.com/    Lee is retired from Rockwell Collins.
 
Welcome aboard Lee. 
 
----------------------------------
Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 


Wed Nite Nets

WA0ITP
 

The Four State QRP Comfortable nets meet each Wednesday night
beginning at 7:30 PM CDT, 0030z.

If we have to QSY, I like to move up, Wayne likes to move down,
and Dick doesn't have to move much at all.

Add anything to the exchange that you wish, temp rig, ant, etc.
Checking into all sessions is encouraged.

7:30 CDT 0030z ... 40M CW Net on 7122,  KC0PMH NCS
8:00 CDT 0100z ... 80M CW Net on 3564,  WA0ITP NCS.
8:30 CDT 0130z ... 40M CW Net on 7122,  KC0PMH NCS
9:00 CDT 0200z ... 80M PSK Net on 3580.5,  N0TGR NCS

All are welcome!  After the nets, a list of checkins will be
posted on the Four State reflector.
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Real radios weigh less than a pound.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 


Re: RMRC net

 

I'd suggest 3 hours later. This would work until later in the year. I have a heck of a time making the net during the summer when we are traveling in the motorcoach.

Bob AF9W


Re: Second Sunday Sprint

Walter - K5EST
 

Ok Tim, will send text and pixs.

Thanks...we appreciate your help!

72....Walter . K5EST

On Aug 6, 2013 5:07 PM, "Timothy Stabler" <wb9nlz@...> wrote:
 


When you get the Brutus bash done and whatever else you are working on, please write it up and send to me for my QQ column  (plus pictures, of course).

Thanks much.

Tim
WB9NLZ


Re: Brutus Bash

Tom Sevart
 

I've got spot #7 reserved and will be bringing my new portable QTH. I didn't get to operate during our first outing with the camper but hope to get plenty in at Brutus.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


RMRC net

Dale Putnam
 

I was about to call the net when I was interupted by the tornado warning sirens... I knew the storm was close and the
net would be short due to sparks. Didn't figure on eliminated due to twisted wind.
  I apologize... and will take this oppurtunity to ask, if there is any objection to moving the net time.. to one more conducive to
talking cw, and missing the weather? I'd suggest either an hour or two earlier... or three later....??? Any suggestions?
I haven't gotten the tx fixed from the last spark ye, parts are ordered.
 
any thoughts for better time??

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


Re: Second Sunday Sprint

Timothy Stabler
 


When you get the Brutus bash done and whatever else you are working on, please write it up and send to me for my QQ column  (plus pictures, of course).

Thanks much.

Tim
WB9NLZ


SSB what is that?

Paul Smith
 

I sold my only mic a D104 in 1993.......Don't even have a rig that will do SSB he he he
de Paul N0NBD


OT: Seeking Charlie W5COV

Don Jackson
 

Excuse the use of the reflector, but I have been trying to get in touch with Charlie, W5COV, for nearly 2 weeks. Two emails, one voice mail, no response. Charlie, if you are reading this, please email or phone me.

Don AE5K


Re: QRP SSB

Wayne Dillon
 

That's FB Unc... but do you know where the mic is???
God Bless de Wayne - KC0PMH


On Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 1:07 PM, Phil Anderson <aldenmcduffie@...> wrote:
 

I haven't been on SSB in over ten years.............but my two-year old FT-450D has a mike input.....might be fun!!!!!!!

72, Uncle Phil, W0xi




--
http://www.qsl.net/kc0pmh/   Under construction but please visit anyway.
 
QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
I'm British by birth but American by CHOICE!

Jesus came to pay a debt He didn't owe because we owe a debt we cannot pay...

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up his contenance upon you and give you peace.

God Bless from Wayne Dillon - KC0PMH

Joshua 24:14-15
2 Cor 5:17
1 Jn 2:17
 

4 State QRP Group NCS - 40m & 160m
4SQRP #95
FPQRP #342 (Flying Pigs QRP Club)
G-QRP-C #11504
NAQCC # 0759
QRP-ARCI #11505
SKCC #1155C
SOC #848
30MDG#1176
NEQRP #693
GORC #192


Re: Brutus Bash

Virgil R. Hammond <n0tgr@...>
 

These are good batteries, I've got several of them and haven't had a bad one yet. Dick, N0TGR

From: Jim Sheldon
To: 4sqrp@...
Sent: Monday, August 5, 2013 3:02 PM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Brutus Bash
 
I hope to have some approximately year old, 17 amp hour, 12 volt Gel Cell batteries on the table.  These are pulls from the various hospitals around the midwest and are from portable X-ray machines.  They are "valve vented, medical grade" which are virtually leak proof and as such most hospitals require they be changed out every year whether or not they need it, so they are usually in great condition.  The guy that gets these works for a big medical imaging firm (read Fuji Med) and they'd rather we get them for ham use than have to recycle perfectly usable batteries so they become available quite often.  The only reason we sell them rather than give them away is the cost of travel to the various sites to harvest them.  The usual prices (depending on the age of the batteries) are $15 each, 2 for 20 for the year old ones and if we happen to get some really new ones (it does happen) they go for $20 each/2 for $30.  I use an automotive type battery tester and they have to pass a 15 second, 30 amp draw without dropping more than 1.5 volts or I reject them and take the rejects to the local Interstate Battery store for recycle.  Interstate doesn't get very many of them so that attests to the quality.  As these are used batteries, I can't offer a real warranty on them, but I will exchange any that go bad within a month of purchase providing the purchaser brings them to me.  Shipping would most likely cost more than the initial purchase price.
 
Anyone going to the KS State ARRL convention in Salina on the 18th of this month?  N5LXW and I expect to have some available there and what we don't sell there I'll most likely bring to the Brutus Bash.
 
Jim - W0EB

> Great Jim!!! Never worked with a KX3, and will have a Bug to plug
> in to make CW music!
>
> Just thinking. ....4sqrp HamOuts are well known for radio
> fun...food..camping......and tailgates for buy/sell/swap/and free.
> So maybe folks coming would want to bring radio gear they want to
> sell, give away, or is collecting dust as a door stop. Depending on
> our kite "fly to crash" ratio....there may be a kite skyhook in the
> mix!
>
> The Old Farmer's Almanac says. ...region 10...Heartland. ...Sept.
> will be slightly drier than normal, with near normal temperatures.
> Sept 8-16 A few thunderstorms,  turning warm. (last year a
> thunderstorm visited Brutus!)
>
> So there you have it....don't say a thing about kite flying LOL.
>
> 72....Walter . K5EST
>
>
>


Second Sunday Sprint

Walter - K5EST
 

4State QRP 2nd Sunday Sprints

August 11th ... 7 to 9 PM (cdst)

any mode and band, except WARC & 60 mtrs, no NCS, 5 watts maximum
output regardless of mode. The Sprint keeps the keys, mics, and
keyboards active and collect the valuable QSO contacts that are needed
to achieve the W25 awards.

 <http://www.4sqrp.com/ActivityRecognition.php>

 Suggested calling idea is.....CQ 4S....and obtain the stations 4SQRP
number for W25 awards. Please stop by the 7.122 MHz group hang-out
frequency to allow the crystal bound stations to have fun, also! Also
some folks have not changed their Pig Rig from 7.030.7 MHz.

We have yet to have a SSB or digital entry, there is room for everyone!

Exchange, club member number or None if non-member. You may want to give RST and your club number.

 There is more at stake than the W25 awards, the most QSO contacts
station by October 1st, 2013, wins  the club callsign WQ5RP for the
October 4x4 Sprint. (in case of a tie of QSOs, then we shall draw a
winner). With a massive multiplier attached, this may be the most
coveted contact in your logbook for the 4x4 Sprint!

 Reporting is easy.....send me an email to

spike55@...

Put SPRINT in the subject line then in the text body, indicate your
number of QSO contacts and what mode.

......I will compile the total of entries and post them on the club
yahoo groups reflector!

72....Walter . K5EST


Re: Brutus Bash

Jim Sheldon
 

I hope to have some approximately year old, 17 amp hour, 12 volt Gel Cell batteries on the table.  These are pulls from the various hospitals around the midwest and are from portable X-ray machines.  They are "valve vented, medical grade" which are virtually leak proof and as such most hospitals require they be changed out every year whether or not they need it, so they are usually in great condition.  The guy that gets these works for a big medical imaging firm (read Fuji Med) and they'd rather we get them for ham use than have to recycle perfectly usable batteries so they become available quite often.  The only reason we sell them rather than give them away is the cost of travel to the various sites to harvest them.  The usual prices (depending on the age of the batteries) are $15 each, 2 for 20 for the year old ones and if we happen to get some really new ones (it does happen) they go for $20 each/2 for $30.  I use an automotive type battery tester and they have to pass a 15 second, 30 amp draw without dropping more than 1.5 volts or I reject them and take the rejects to the local Interstate Battery store for recycle.  Interstate doesn't get very many of them so that attests to the quality.  As these are used batteries, I can't offer a real warranty on them, but I will exchange any that go bad within a month of purchase providing the purchaser brings them to me.  Shipping would most likely cost more than the initial purchase price.
 
Anyone going to the KS State ARRL convention in Salina on the 18th of this month?  N5LXW and I expect to have some available there and what we don't sell there I'll most likely bring to the Brutus Bash.
 
Jim - W0EB

> Great Jim!!! Never worked with a KX3, and will have a Bug to plug
> in to make CW music!
>
> Just thinking. ....4sqrp HamOuts are well known for radio
> fun...food..camping......and tailgates for buy/sell/swap/and free.
> So maybe folks coming would want to bring radio gear they want to
> sell, give away, or is collecting dust as a door stop. Depending on
> our kite "fly to crash" ratio....there may be a kite skyhook in the
> mix!
>
> The Old Farmer's Almanac says. ...region 10...Heartland. ...Sept.
> will be slightly drier than normal, with near normal temperatures.
> Sept 8-16 A few thunderstorms,  turning warm. (last year a
> thunderstorm visited Brutus!)
>
> So there you have it....don't say a thing about kite flying LOL.
>
> 72....Walter . K5EST
>
>
>


Re: Brutus Bash

Walter - K5EST
 

Great Jim!!! Never worked with a KX3, and will have a Bug to plug in to make CW music!

Just thinking. ....4sqrp HamOuts are well known for radio fun...food..camping......and tailgates for buy/sell/swap/and free. So maybe folks coming would want to bring radio gear they want to sell, give away, or is collecting dust as a door stop. Depending on our kite "fly to crash" ratio....there may be a kite skyhook in the mix!

The Old Farmer's Almanac says. ...region 10...Heartland. ...Sept. will be slightly drier than normal, with near normal temperatures. Sept 8-16 A few thunderstorms,  turning warm. (last year a thunderstorm visited Brutus!)

So there you have it....don't say a thing about kite flying LOL.

72....Walter . K5EST


Re: QRP SSB

Phil Anderson
 

I haven't been on SSB in over ten years.............but my two-year old FT-450D has a mike input.....might be fun!!!!!!!

72, Uncle Phil, W0xi


Brutus Bash

Jim Sheldon
 

As it stands right now, depending on the weather, my wife and I plan on being there for at least Saturday and maybe even Sunday.  
 
For those who haven't seen one, I'll have my Elecraft KX3 there and anyone that wants some hands-on time with one will be able to operate it.  You'll be able to use either the Elecraft paddles that mount on the radio, or I'll have adapters on hand to allow you to plug in your own set of paddles.  I'll have enough battery power available to run the rig the whole weekend and still have some left over so it ought to be fun.  
 
As we don't own any camping gear, we'll be staying in one of the area motels so might actually be down Friday night.  I'll be bringing my portable "gazebo" with some netting and a tarp to provide shade and keep most of the bugs out so it ought to be a really fun weekend.
 
Looking forward to see the big "skyhook" antennas too if the wind doesn't get too wicked.  The KX3 ought to work great on 160 meters with a lot of wire in the air and usually by September the evening band noise is starting to quiet down on 160 as well.  
 
Jim  - W0EB


Re: QRP SSB

Walter - K5EST
 

Had my receiver on scan since we first talked about a group SSB watering hole. The lower SSB freqs of 40 meters (here) seem to be busiest vs the higher end of the band. On or about 7.278 MHz has been the quietest, here!

Hope we can find something soon!

72....Walter . K5EST

On Aug 5, 2013 10:50 AM, "Dan Reynolds" <on30ng@...> wrote:
 

Keith, I too wonder why. If we go back to the fishing analogy, a bunch of fishermen lined up on the bank - nobody would blink an eye if one guy was using light tackle or ultra-light tackle and another guy was using a stick! As long as we can make the contact why does it matter? 

I guess this is one of the mysteries of life... I just don't like being shut down because I'm not running a jiggawatt (borrowed from back to the future). 
I like the magic.

This sure has been an entertaining thread. So, what did we decide on for a "watering" hole?


--- In 4sqrp@..., casey kerchner wrote:
> I posed the question s to WHY,
> and several thought the QRO guys are embarrassed by how much they spent
> on their equipment. Many surely don't want their wives to know that they have thousands in the Rigs and thousands in the Towers and Antennas,
> and some guy with a $100 in a little bitty box and a chunk of wire can
> talk to the same places world wide.....


Re: QRP SSB

Dan Reynolds
 

Keith, I too wonder why. If we go back to the fishing analogy, a bunch of fishermen lined up on the bank - nobody would blink an eye if one guy was using light tackle or ultra-light tackle and another guy was using a stick! As long as we can make the contact why does it matter? 
I guess this is one of the mysteries of life... I just don't like being shut down because I'm not running a jiggawatt (borrowed from back to the future). 
I like the magic.

This sure has been an entertaining thread. So, what did we decide on for a "watering" hole?


--- In 4sqrp@..., casey kerchner wrote:
> I posed the question s to WHY,
> and several thought the QRO guys are embarrassed by how much they spent
> on their equipment. Many surely don't want their wives to know that they have thousands in the Rigs and thousands in the Towers and Antennas,
> and some guy with a $100 in a little bitty box and a chunk of wire can
> talk to the same places world wide.....


Re: QRP SSB

Curt
 

Dan

often we don't need those extra couple S-units after all (but sometimes we do!)

I use to to more 'QRP' SSB when my K2 only could do 10 watts, just to enjoy its niceness compared to my then larger rig. of course, often it worked fine.

I also sometimes enjoy a state QSO party, and sometimes I infer based upon the path where QRP will work well. Sometimes I can't 'compete' with 100 watts because I am too close to the target state for any 20m QSOs -- but find that QRP SSB works well on 40m (and sometimes even a few on 80m) to add some contacts to what I am getting on CW.

of course, the main motivation for QRP is (a) building stuff and (b) portable operation. the SOTA ops do find SSB is useful in their bag of tricks, and here multi-band capability is a virtue -- so I sense they will be less motivated to use homebrew or 'simple' kit rigs. as those KX3's and even K2's are rather pricey -- one can wonder if there would be a market for a dual-band (20/40m) SSB/CW QRP rig that is easy on the battery and wallet? hard to say, and equally hard to design for 1/2 price (maybe also half the size) of a K2?

well if you arrange your shack so that a CW rig is normally the incumbent, you might do more CW ! my 'homebrew' headset doesn't yet fit my K2, so I do more CW. but during '6m season' I do find myself being more bi-modal.

I did use my 'PTO stack' of Cyclone and NC2030 in a recent QRP contest. One needs to find opportunities to get their nice lesser rigs into the starting lineup. Not much Cyclone traffic - so maybe everyone's build is going smoothly.

73 Curt

--- In 4sqrp@..., "Dan Reynolds" <on30ng@...> wrote:

Hey guys had another one this evening and I just had to share. Not to
brag because I'm AMAZED.
I talked to Geoffrey G8OFQ/DL portable (well sort of). He's running
remote from Hamburg, Germany - his rig is in the UK. But that's still
almost 4300 miles. Was on 20 meters SSB. And yes he's running 400 watts
to a SteppIR but it's still a contact! :-)
I know guys I should be using CW...
73Dan -- KB9JLO