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Wanted: Begali CW Machine

Michael McShan
 

Hi,

Subject line says it all.  If you have a CW Machine that you're thinking of parting with, then please drop me a line.

73, Mike W5RST


Michael McShan W5RST
Oklahoma City, OK

ex-N5JKY

SKCC #85T
FISTS #2626
QRP ARCI #9057
4SQRP #146
NAQCC #720
EM15fl


Toms 9015

Paul Smith
 

Hey Tom,
Glad to hear ur luck on ur new rig. I have a 9030 and 9040 both stable after a short warmup.. I have a 9020 u can leave on all week and still have to chase it up and down the band.... Oh well. Glad u mad a contact... I have mad a couple on the rig I picked up.
Cul

de Paul Smith N0NBD

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Wednesday evening 40m nets

Wayne Dillon
 

Good evening all, well what a bumper evening. I'm not going to split it up just a listing of all who made both nets, thank you all so yery much for making it an excellent evening on the air!
Just for interest the setup here is an Elecraft KX3 (3 Watts) into a 1/2 size G5RV in the attic space. I have the Roofing filter fitted to the KX3 and tonite is was set at 500Hz, the same as My FT817 and the FT920 (currently away for repair) but the KX3's filter is so much less harsh than the Yaesu filters. So, even when the FT920 comes back it'll be the KX3 for the nets, oh yeah!

KF0XV Joe KS
KF5ZYB Avrum AR
AC0BQ Johnny KS
W5RST Mike FL
KV6Z Bill OK
KU4GW Cliff NC
W2SH Chas NJ
AE5ZZ Jim AR
N0NBD Paul KS
K8CQA John OH
WA0ITP Terry IA
N0YJ Bert KS
KC9W Randy TN
KV6Z Bill OK

Again thank one and all, it's nice to get back to two nets.
72/3 es God Bless de Wayne - KC0PMH
P.S. Don't forget Terry's Thursday morning net on 7122.

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The Lord lift up his contenance upon you and give you peace.

God Bless from Wayne Dillon - KC0PMH

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Wed 80M Cw Net

WA0ITP
 

Good net tonight, thanx to all who made it in and also to those who tried. I heard several stations that I couldnt pull out. I'm surprised at the QRN tonight, not much storm activity on the radar. Making it in were:

N0NBD Paul Humboldt KS
N0YJ Bert Silver Lake, KS
KV6Z Bill Claremore, OK
W2SH Chas Millington, NJ
K8CQA John Gnadenhutten, OH
W5RST Mike Oklahoma City, OK

Thanks again and cu next week.

72 Terry WAØITP


FOX: FOXtRAVAGANZA!!!

Dale Putnam
 

On the 17th of this month.. evening in this part of the woods... at 0200z or 7pm MT... 
The Game Warden will open the gates to BOTH the 40 and 80 acre woods.... to ALL
HOUNDS and FOXES...   The call will be CQ FOX {FOXCALL} k   and all the FOXes.. 
Will use that or something close.. and their exchange will be... 

(houndcall) RST STATE AL PWR    ALL of the Foxes, alternates, and committeefolk will 
use the name "AL" in honor of (SK) K0FRP a long time Foxer. He is missed. 
I wonder how many ALs will be worked? The FOXes are encouraged to post their 
number of ALs and pelts... as are the Hounds... to post their totals too. 
Because there is a potential for being a bit crowded... the Warden, altho concern was 
expressed for the condition of the Woods being left as found.. agreed to allow.. just this once
allow us to use a few more trees to hide in.. so for this time only... we will be using

7025 to 7055   AND  3545 to 3575  so there will be a few more trees for us to slink behind.... 
(beats the dickens outta tryin to hide in sagebrush)

We will have it all "AL" on the 17th!!  FOXes will be "AL" and Hounds will be their own name.
Check the webpage for additional information.   www.qrpfoxhunt.org

Come honor Al with us.. catch a few for yourself. 

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

 The Wily Western Fox....   that one, under the hat...... 
 

 


Re: Ozarkcon 2014

Phil Anderson
 

I think we should all sign a 4SQRP QSL (do we have one) and send it to Peter, G3JRH!

He surely won the distance award?

Unc Phil


Ozarkcon 2014

Woody Hester
 

While it seems redundant, I just have to add to the chorus of praise for all the volunteers who worked so hard to pull off Ozarkcon 2014.  For me, it was great fun to make some new friends, catch up with old friends, and learn even more about this great hobby.  Congrats to Terry and all on a perfect event.  For those of you who didn't come, put it on your calendar for 2015 right now (April 10th & 11th).  For me, the drive from Central Illinois is long, but well worth it!  Heck.  Good old Peter (G3JRH) comes all the way from the UK!!


Wed Nite Nets

WA0ITP
 

The Four State QRP Comfortable nets meet each Wednesday night
beginning at 7:30 PM Central Time.

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. We call it the "Clean Sweep".

7:30 Central time ... 40M CW Net on 7122, KC�PMH NCS
8:00 " " ... 80M CW Net on 3564, WA�ITP NCS.
8:30 " " ... 40M CW Net on 7122, KC�PMH NCS
9:00 " " ... 80M PSK Net on 3580.5, N�TGR NCS

All are welcome! After the nets, a list of checkins will be
posted on the Four State reflector.


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Thurs Morning Net

WA0ITP
 

This Four State net meets each Thursday morning at 8:00 AM Central on 7122 kc,
the Four State 40M hangout frequency. NCS is WA�ITP and this is a Four State
members only net.

Add anything to the exchange that you wish, member number, temp, rig, ant, etc.
After the net, a list of checkins will be posted on the Four State reflector.

Hope to cu tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM Central time.



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Re: Free lunch

Paul Smith
 

I agree Tom, The sandwich lunch made things much nicer. Last year the eating places we went to had a 20 minute wait and the PIZZA Hut was out of crusts....... Even Humboldt Pizza Hut does not run out of crust hi hi cul de Paul N0NBD


FDIM Table Help Needed

WA0ITP
 

Four State will have a table again this year at FDIM, and we need some help in
working it. Duties would include selling kits, and promoting Four State, etc.
The table will be located in the large banquet room where most of the activities
take place.

Working the table can be done in shifts, trading off with Jim Kortge, Dave
Cripe, and Arnie Grubbs who have already volunteered.

If you are going to FDIM, and if you would like to be involved, pse contact Jim,
Dave, or Arnie to coordinate your efforts.

Thank you vy much.
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Foxtravaganze coming.. coming....

Dale Putnam
 

The Foxtravaganza is being discussed... behind closed bushes... and maybe a tree... or two...
The Game Warden and a few other voices are being heard too.... They are all talking about 
a FoxTravaganza.. that will be happening... are you ready for this????????

NEXT WEEK!!  oh yeah!!

Next Week.. whew.. and I can hold off for another week or so.. no problem... 
after that the Withdrawls will attack.. I know... 

Next week.. mark a calander... or maybe a calender.. for either Tues or Thurs... 
that is the discussion.. one or the other... 

Some other notes of interest... all the FOX folks.. altenates too.. will be in either the 40 or the 80 acre woods..
and they can be fleet of foot.. and dash willy nilly between the two.. 
HOWEVER.. there is one thing that will be common among them.. and that is that they will all be using the same 
name in the exchange. And using the same name will be in honor of AL... who is hunting fox now in the Great Foxhunt,
having gone SK this season.
  
Stay tuned for more information, as my ear to the ground.. gets used some more... use. 
And I relay it on,  

Have a great day, 
 

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


Re: Finding the problem child???

Bill Cromwell
 

Hi,

My experience with NiMH cells is counter to this 'very fast self discharge' statement. Maybe I have the exceptions to Jim's 'rule'. I have a mixed bag of various off-branded cells. They will hold a good charge for months, too. Some of mine are well over 5 years old but I have lost track of just how much over five years. Probably not 10. When I used NiCad cells I got more than 10 years out of many of those. It's a matter of how you (mis)treat and (ab)use them.

If you mix cells in a battery and they do not have approximately the same charge curves and especially the same discharge curves you will ruin at least one of them if you discharge them deeper. If you match up the curves for the cells in a pack then brand name, paint color, and logo won't matter. Look at the manufacturer's claimed capacity in mAH printed on the cells for a starting place in the matching process. For mismatched cells just don't run them down as far - no farther than the weakest cell will allow.

As for the mis-shaped cell I would guess that one is the bad one. Measure the no-load terminal voltage of each cell and then measure the terminal voltage of each cell while it is lighting a penlight bulb intended for a single 1.5 volt cell (or use a resistor to draw a few milliaAmperes). Divide the no-load number by the loaded number and compare the quotients. This should be done with the cells charged well up on the flatter part of their curve. The bad cell - probably the 'wahoonie shaped' one - will be significantly different. Did that cell break open when it deformed?

73,

Bill KU8H

On 04/08/2014 07:49 AM, Jim Sheldon wrote:
Yeah, what he said, especially in the case of NiMH batteries. That said, measure the voltage across the individual cells. If there's a bad one, it will measure significantly lower in voltage than the others.
Almost all NiMH batteries have a very fast self discharge rate unless you buy the Sanyo "Eneloop" or other NiMH types that are specially formulated for very low self discharge. They are more expensive, but well worth it in the long run. I've had a set of 2500 milliamp hour Eneloop's in my KX3 for over 2 years now and they hold a charge for months without being charged when I'm operating it on the power supply. Be sure your power supply provides at least 12.5 (preferrably 13.8) volts during the time you are charging the pack in the radio as well or they won't get fully charged.
Jim - W0EB

Wayne,


I never mix new batteries with old ones.


72 de Scott/n7net


Sent from my iPad

On Apr 8, 2014, at 6:29 AM, "Wayne Dillon" <wayne.dillon@...>
wrote:


Good morning all, once again I'm going to the best for an answer...

In my KX3 I loaded up 8 NiMH cells and they seemed to charge OK but
they don't keep their charge (but they used to), so, in readiness
for better WX i sprung for 8 new cells. No problem there but I
suspect that one of the cells in the old pack has maybe gone
wahoonie shaped on me. What would be an effective method of testing
the individual cells? Maybe I could then root out the bad one.

Thanks all in advance es God Bless
Wayne - KC0PMH

P.S. Walter, the nice thing about the pictures et al from O'con
that get published in "The Banner" is that those of us who couldn't
attend get to share the FB memories, if only by proxie.


Re: Finding the problem child???

Jim Sheldon
 

Yeah, what he said, especially in the case of NiMH batteries.  That said, measure the voltage across the individual cells.  If there's a bad one, it will measure significantly lower in voltage than the others.
 
Almost all NiMH batteries have a very fast self discharge rate unless you buy the Sanyo "Eneloop" or other NiMH types that are specially formulated for very low self discharge.  They are more expensive, but well worth it in the long run.  I've had a set of 2500 milliamp hour Eneloop's in my KX3 for over 2 years now and they hold a charge for months without being charged when I'm operating it on the power supply.   Be sure your power supply provides at least 12.5 (preferrably 13.8) volts during the time you are charging the pack in the radio as well or they won't get fully charged.
 
Jim - W0EB

> Wayne,
>
>
> I never mix new batteries with old ones. 
>
>
> 72 de Scott/n7net
>
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Apr 8, 2014, at 6:29 AM, "Wayne Dillon"
> wrote:
>
>
> Good morning all, once again I'm going to the best for an answer...
>
> In my KX3 I loaded up 8 NiMH cells and they seemed to charge OK but
> they don't keep their charge (but they used to), so, in readiness
> for better WX i sprung for 8 new cells. No problem there but I
> suspect that one of the cells in the old pack has maybe gone
> wahoonie shaped on me. What would be an effective method of testing
> the individual cells? Maybe I could then root out the bad one.
>
> Thanks all in advance es God Bless
> Wayne - KC0PMH
>
> P.S. Walter, the nice thing about the pictures et al from O'con
> that get published in "The Banner" is that those of us who couldn't
> attend get to share the FB memories, if only by proxie.


Re: Finding the problem child???

Scott ..
 

Wayne,

I never mix new batteries with old ones. 

72 de Scott/n7net


Sent from my iPad

On Apr 8, 2014, at 6:29 AM, "Wayne Dillon" <wayne.dillon@...> wrote:

 

Good morning all, once again I'm going to the best for an answer...
In my KX3 I loaded up 8 NiMH cells and they seemed to charge OK but they don't keep their charge (but they used to), so, in readiness for better WX i sprung for 8 new cells. No problem there but I suspect that one of the cells in the old pack has maybe gone wahoonie shaped on me. What would be an effective method of testing the individual cells? Maybe I could then root out the bad one.
Thanks all in advance es God Bless
Wayne - KC0PMH
P.S. Walter, the nice thing about the pictures et al from O'con that get published in "The Banner" is that those of us who couldn't attend get to share the FB memories, if only by proxie.


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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
 

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4SQRP #95
FPQRP #342 (Flying Pigs QRP Club)
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Finding the problem child???

Wayne Dillon
 

Good morning all, once again I'm going to the best for an answer...
In my KX3 I loaded up 8 NiMH cells and they seemed to charge OK but they don't keep their charge (but they used to), so, in readiness for better WX i sprung for 8 new cells. No problem there but I suspect that one of the cells in the old pack has maybe gone wahoonie shaped on me. What would be an effective method of testing the individual cells? Maybe I could then root out the bad one.
Thanks all in advance es God Bless
Wayne - KC0PMH
P.S. Walter, the nice thing about the pictures et al from O'con that get published in "The Banner" is that those of us who couldn't attend get to share the FB memories, if only by proxie.


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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)
NAQCC # 0759
QRP-ARCI #11505
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SOC #848
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GORC #192
DMC (Digital Modes Club) # 06686


Free lunch

Tom Sevart
 

I for one really enjoyed the free sandwich for lunch on Saturday. I also heard others comment on how nice it was that they didn't have to drive out somewhere trying to find something to eat. It was good for me since my wife & kids were out in the van and didn't have to pick anything up for me. Hope we can do it again.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: HW-16 Crystal

TJ
 

If you have not done it, bending a crystal isn't too hard.  I spent some time this weekend doing just that to get one on 7.030.  I made some paste with water and baking soda and grounded it down slowly, checking often.  The sharpie dots are good when you need to go the other direction (down in freq).  

73, W0EA
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On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 8:03 PM, Jg <jgoodsell@...> wrote:
 

Same ones used on the DX-60, I believe? I.ve got a 7.122, and a 7.107. A couple others too I think. Be happy to loan them . Not ready to part with them prmanently even though they are not seeing much (any) airtime. They are my NS-40 crystals now days.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Device



WA0ITP <wa0itp@...> wrote:

>I picked up an HW-16 from Nick at Ocon, and would like to try it out with a
>crystal before fitting it with a DDS VFO.
>
>Anyone have an FT-243 80 or 40M crystal I can borrow? 3560 or close would be
>perfect. I will double into 7120 in the 16 and maybe I could work a few Four
>Staters up there. The 16 is an interesting design, and one of the coolest of the
>old Heatkit rigs imho. I used one during a field day in a former life. It was
>the first QSK rig I had seen, and a new world opened up for a new ham from SEIA.
>Man, that was loong time ago.
>
>TIA
>
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>
>
>
>



Re: HW-16 Crystal

Jg
 

Same ones used on the DX-60, I believe? I.ve got a 7.122, and a 7.107. A couple others too I think. Be happy to loan them . Not ready to part with them prmanently even though they are not seeing much (any) airtime. They are my NS-40 crystals now days.

Sent from my Verizon Wireless Device

WA0ITP <wa0itp@...> wrote:

I picked up an HW-16 from Nick at Ocon, and would like to try it out with a
crystal before fitting it with a DDS VFO.

Anyone have an FT-243 80 or 40M crystal I can borrow? 3560 or close would be
perfect. I will double into 7120 in the 16 and maybe I could work a few Four
Staters up there. The 16 is an interesting design, and one of the coolest of the
old Heatkit rigs imho. I used one during a field day in a former life. It was
the first QSK rig I had seen, and a new world opened up for a new ham from SEIA.
Man, that was loong time ago.

TIA

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Re: HW-16 Crystal

Johnny AC0BQ
 

I will look at my stash Terry
Not sure what freq i have?
Johnny 


On Monday, April 7, 2014, WA0ITP <wa0itp@...> wrote:
 

I picked up an HW-16 from Nick at Ocon, and would like to try it out with a
crystal before fitting it with a DDS VFO.

Anyone have an FT-243 80 or 40M crystal I can borrow? 3560 or close would be
perfect. I will double into 7120 in the 16 and maybe I could work a few Four
Staters up there. The 16 is an interesting design, and one of the coolest of the
old Heatkit rigs imho. I used one during a field day in a former life. It was
the first QSK rig I had seen, and a new world opened up for a new ham from SEIA.
Man, that was loong time ago.

TIA

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72 WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com



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