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Re: September Ozark QRP Banner is online

Rich Fowler <k8meg@...>
 

GM Jeremy, Nicely done Banner! Thanks!
72,
Rich K8MEG


Re: September Ozark QRP Banner is online

Paul Smith
 

Great news letter Jeremy, You are off to a good start.
Tnx and cul de Paul N0NBD




On Sep 1, 2014, at 11:02 PM, 'Jeremy Utley' jerutley@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:


Hey all!

 

Since I expect the next couple of weeks to be pretty busy here, between work and preparing for Brutus, I decided to get the September issue of the Banner up nice and early this month!  It’s up and online now!

 

http://www.4sqrp.com/TheBanner.php

 

From the index:

 

Brutus Bash

Ozarkcon 2015

WD9F’s Antenna Journey

Bugg’in CW

KB6NU’s column – Remote Ops

4x4 Sprint

From the Editor

 

Hope everyone enjoys!  Thanks to everyone who sent in articles!

 

73

Jeremy, NQ0M

In Beautiful Downtown Iola, KS

 




Re: September Ozark QRP Banner is online

Dale Putnam
 

Hi Jeremy,
  Great issue.. good read, cover to cover.
Thank you for your very productive labor of love!!

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



To: 4sqrp@...
From: 4sqrp@...
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:02:54 -0500
Subject: [4sqrp] September Ozark QRP Banner is online

 

Hey all!

 

Since I expect the next couple of weeks to be pretty busy here, between work and preparing for Brutus, I decided to get the September issue of the Banner up nice and early this month!  It’s up and online now!

 

http://www.4sqrp.com/TheBanner.php

 

From the index:

 

Brutus Bash

Ozarkcon 2015

WD9F’s Antenna Journey

Bugg’in CW

KB6NU’s column – Remote Ops

4x4 Sprint

From the Editor

 

Hope everyone enjoys!  Thanks to everyone who sent in articles!

 

73

Jeremy, NQ0M

In Beautiful Downtown Iola, KS

 



September Ozark QRP Banner is online

Jeremy Utley
 

Hey all!

 

Since I expect the next couple of weeks to be pretty busy here, between work and preparing for Brutus, I decided to get the September issue of the Banner up nice and early this month!  It’s up and online now!

 

http://www.4sqrp.com/TheBanner.php

 

From the index:

 

Brutus Bash

Ozarkcon 2015

WD9F’s Antenna Journey

Bugg’in CW

KB6NU’s column – Remote Ops

4x4 Sprint

From the Editor

 

Hope everyone enjoys!  Thanks to everyone who sent in articles!

 

73

Jeremy, NQ0M

In Beautiful Downtown Iola, KS

 


New Rig Power

WA0ITP
 

GA AJ,

"my New Used rigs coming will go down to 10 watts, can i still check in with that ?"   Yes, of course, glad to have you check in with it.
-- 
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
wa0itp@...
www.4sqrp.com



On 9/1/2014 11:09 AM, A email4utoo@... [4sqrp] wrote:
Thanks Phil, i did not know you cared so much, hihi, the Heart Icon , just a nudge !  changing antennas and adding Coax , changing Rigs, will be off Net for awhile , my New Used rigs coming will go down to 10 watts, can i still check in with that ? i am not trying to hide anything no need for it at my age ! lol hihi.  will be building 4States kits this winter for proper QRP power and weight ! hihi .  thanks again Phil for your efforts to help us improve our Fists !  73s, "AJ" W5HEH


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Re: The Code Blog...........ok had mistyped the link OPS

A <email4utoo@...>
 

Thanks Phil, i did not know you cared so much, hihi, the Heart Icon , just a nudge ! changing antennas and adding Coax , changing Rigs, will be off Net for awhile , my New Used rigs coming will go down to 10 watts, can i still check in with that ? i am not trying to hide anything no need for it at my age ! lol hihi. will be building 4States kits this winter for proper QRP power and weight ! hihi . thanks again Phil for your efforts to help us improve our Fists ! 73s, "AJ" W5HEH


Re: Big Brutus in 2 weeks

John Lonigro
 

The SSS is scheduled to fall on the 14th of September, from 7:00-9:00 pm. I just realized many folks at the Big Brutus Bash will be packed up and heading home by then. If enough people think it's a good idea, for this one time only, we could make it the Second SATURDAY Sprint - same time, but one day earlier. That might produce much more activity than if I kept it Sunday night. One thing to consider: Some of the participants in the SSS will be co-located, making it difficult to have QSOs without blowing out each other's receivers. It might degenerate into a big dummy load party!

Another option would be to make it a different weekend (Sep 21st?), to avoid a conflict altogether.

What's everyone think? It doesn't really matter to me. Please send me your feedback this week, to give me time to send out updated notices. I'd hate for people to not get the word and wonder why nobody is on the air the night of the 14th.

Note: As of now, the SSS is still scheduled for SUNDAY, September 14th.

Send your feedback by replying to this email. Don't use the special sprint email address.

Thanks and 72,

John AA0VE

On 09/01/2014 09:53 AM, WA0ITP wa0itp@mchsi.com [4sqrp] wrote:

GM All,

As this is Sept 1, it seems appropriate to send another announcement. The Big Brutus outing is coming up fast, only two weeks to go. It's Sept 13 and 14, that's the weekend after next!

Betty in the office says there are 8 reservations, that's a good start, but we need more. There are almost unlimited tents sites available and many camper sites available also (some with electric and water, and some without). Pse make your reservations now by calling 620-827-6177.

Here's some info to help with your planning.

Arnie, KA0NCR's Big Brutus Camping checklist.
http://www.4sqrp.com/BigBrutusCheckList.html

Big Brutus Web site
http://www.bigbrutus.org/visitor_center.html

Past outings.
http://www.wa0itp.com/portableops.html
Sri I dont have anything for last year. If anyone has some pictures pse send them to me and I'll make up a web page for 2013.



Have a great labor day holiday.

--
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
wa0itp@wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com


Big Brutus in 2 weeks

WA0ITP
 

GM All,

As this is Sept 1, it seems appropriate to send another announcement.  The Big Brutus outing is coming up fast, only two weeks to go. It's Sept 13 and 14, that's the weekend after next!  

Betty in the office says there are 8 reservations, that's a good start, but we need more. There are almost unlimited tents sites available and many camper sites available also (some with electric and water, and some without).  Pse make your reservations now by calling 620-827-6177.

Here's some info to help with your planning.

Arnie, KA0NCR's Big Brutus Camping checklist.
http://www.4sqrp.com/BigBrutusCheckList.html

Big Brutus Web site
http://www.bigbrutus.org/visitor_center.html

Past outings.
http://www.wa0itp.com/portableops.html
Sri I dont have anything for last year. If anyone has some pictures pse send them to me and I'll make up a web page for 2013.



Have a great labor day holiday.
-- 
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
wa0itp@...
www.4sqrp.com


Re: I've started a Code Circle Blog, Unc Phil

Charlie Vest
 

I have been a ham for 49 years in November. Naturally from that era mainly a CW operator, plus QRP of those days and QRP of these days. A Novice was limited to 75 watts input when I was first licensed in 1965.

However that rule must have been made for millionaires wanting to get into ham radio, rather than 12 year old Novices. I ran what I thought was a Cadillac kit transmitter during part of my Novice year, an Ameco AC-1, that cost me about $15. I had 3 crystals which were like gold then. So on a good day I "might" have been able to run all the way up to 6 or 7 watts output. I managed WAS with the Ameco and a true Cadillac Hallicrafters S-40 receiver.

I received and thoroughly read the Code Circle Blog, part number 1 this past week and it is well worth joining this group and reading through it, no matter how many years that you have been doing this. Things DO change over the years, even if not major changes, even minor ones are worthy of knowing about and often modifying or implementing the information in your operating practices.

You CAN teach at least a 61 year old dog new tricks. Excellent reading.

JOB WELL DONE !!

Looking forward to the next installment.

Charlie, W5COV,

4SQRP # 16
SKCC   # 19
CBLA   # 13, and so many more I have to open a file to list them all, but these are the best.


On 8/31/2014 4:37 PM, Phil Anderson aldenmcduffie@... [4sqrp] wrote:
 

Hello All,

If you're like me, you have a way to go to reach "code nirvana."
The study and use of Morse has long been an interest of mine and
most likely yours too.

I've started a blog on ideas/things to do for learning and improving
our code. A good goal is to be consistent in copying the content
of QSOs or contest exchanges at at least 20 WPM.

If you'd like to subscribe to my blog, which I plan to send out every
week or so - at no cost - here's the link:

https://tinynewsletter.com/theCodeCircle

to reach the subscribe landing page. You can also click there
to view the first blog mailed yesterday.

72, Unc Phil, W0XI





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The Code Blog...........ok had mistyped the link OPS

Phil Anderson
 

Here is the subscribe or view archive link:

https://tinyletter.com/theCodeCircle

copy and paste that into your browser.


tnx unc Phil



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The link is not working yet.........will email when get that corrected....

Phil Anderson
 

Ops

The link is not working yet.........will email when get that corrected....

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I've started a Code Circle Blog, Unc Phil

Phil Anderson
 

Hello All,

If you're like me, you have a way to go to reach "code nirvana."
The study and use of Morse has long been an interest of mine and
most likely yours too.

I've started a blog on ideas/things to do for learning and improving
our code. A good goal is to be consistent in copying the content
of QSOs or contest exchanges at at least 20 WPM.

If you'd like to subscribe to my blog, which I plan to send out every
week or so - at no cost - here's the link:

https://tinynewsletter.com/theCodeCircle

to reach the subscribe landing page. You can also click there
to view the first blog mailed yesterday.

72, Unc Phil, W0XI





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Re: OT: Mechanical Dot Stabilizers for Bug Keys

Sid Leben <sid@...>
 

Jim,
I am interested in your Dot Stabilizer for my Vibroplex. 
Sid
KC2EE
HouSton, TX. 77040
Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 31, 2014, at 10:29 AM, "'Jim's Desktop' w0eb@... [4sqrp]" <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

The mechanical stabilizers I've been making for bugs have been extremely well received and I thank my customers for their kind words & reviews. The orders have finally slowed down a bit and since finally obtaining a decent bench-top "mill/drill" I've been able to get a few ahead and now have some of the Vibroplex "round pendulum" versions in stock for immediate shipment. I also have prepared "blanks" in stock for the McElroy and Metric round pendulum types that use a larger diameter rod so all that's necessary is for the proper sized hole to be drilled and chamfered to send these as well.
 
The "flat pendulum" types still have to be made as ordered because I'm still waiting on the right sized cutting bit (back ordered) to allow me to cut the slot on the mill. Right now I have to rough it out on the jigsaw and file to size.
 
Thanks again to all those that have ordered and are now using them.
 
Any inquiries should be direct email to me rather than on the reflector to keep the off topic clutter to a minimum.
 
Jim Sheldon - W0EB


OT: Mechanical Dot Stabilizers for Bug Keys

Jim Sheldon
 

The mechanical stabilizers I've been making for bugs have been extremely well received and I thank my customers for their kind words & reviews. The orders have finally slowed down a bit and since finally obtaining a decent bench-top "mill/drill" I've been able to get a few ahead and now have some of the Vibroplex "round pendulum" versions in stock for immediate shipment. I also have prepared "blanks" in stock for the McElroy and Metric round pendulum types that use a larger diameter rod so all that's necessary is for the proper sized hole to be drilled and chamfered to send these as well.
 
The "flat pendulum" types still have to be made as ordered because I'm still waiting on the right sized cutting bit (back ordered) to allow me to cut the slot on the mill. Right now I have to rough it out on the jigsaw and file to size.
 
Thanks again to all those that have ordered and are now using them.
 
Any inquiries should be direct email to me rather than on the reflector to keep the off topic clutter to a minimum.
 
Jim Sheldon - W0EB


Re: Hi all and 14 Mhz Crystals?

Donald Kelly
 

Hi Ian,

 

DSB rig are a lot of fun!

 

I don’t know what you are planning to use for a receiver. Direct conversion receivers work well with DSB transmitters. They make transceivers not simple but easier to build.

 

 

This article by Rick Campbell, KK7B, is a very good background on DC receivers.

 

https://www.arrl.org/files/file/Technology/tis/info/pdf/9208019.pdf

 

 

Rick Campbell is also co-author of “Experimental Methods in RF Design”. He expands the concept of DC receivers in the book. Well worth the money.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Experimental-Methods-Design-Wes-Hayward/dp/087259923X

 

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/emrfd/info

 

 

 

 

From: 4sqrp@... [mailto:4sqrp@...]
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 5:35 AM
To: 4sqrp@...; Donald Kelly
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Hi all and 14 Mhz Crystals?

 

 

Donald,

             Thankyou. I was googling that one for a good few days in my spare time and never hit on them. 14.200 should put me exactly where I want to be with this DSB rig and that will be somewhere around 28.400 plus or minus a bit.

Thanks again your help is very much appreciated.   Ian  K3HQL

 

 

On Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:52:56 -0500

"'Donald Kelly' DKELLY42@... [4sqrp]" <4sqrp@...> wrote:

http://www.expandedspectrumsystems.com/prod4.html

 

 

 

Ian - There is a 14.200MHz HC49/U uP crystal on the website shown in the link.

 

 

 

Rich Kennedy - N4ESS

Expanded Spectrum Systems

6645 Founders St.

Zephyrhills, FL. 33542-1828

USA

 

 

 

 

 

I have bought several crystals from Rich in the past including crystals for DSB rigs.

 

 

 

GL with your project.

 

 

 

Don K5UOS

 

 

 

From: 4sqrp@... [mailto:4sqrp@...]

Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 2:13 PM

To: 4sqrp@...

Subject: [4sqrp] Hi all and 14 Mhz Crystals?

 

 

 

 

 

Hi all,

 

Just thought I would say Hello and ask if anyone knows where I might obtain a crystal that falls between 14.1700 and 14.2400 Mhz? It is for a 10 Meter DSB QRP project I am now in the process of building.

 

 

 

I have tried most of the usual sources but to no avail. Any help, advice or suggestions on this one would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks Ian K3HQL

 

 

 


Losing Daylight

WA0ITP
 

GM All,

I signed up for KE9V, Jeff Davis' newsletter a few months ago and I'm glad I did. It's a simple format and a fb read. You may remember that Jeff is the creator of the highly acclaimed ham radio audio book "Cornbread Road". He is also a long time Four State member, nr 127.

Jeff's newsletter, K9PL Phillip's (mem nr 257) K9YA Telegraph, and the Banner are among my favorite Ham radio publications and I jump on them as soon as they hit the inbox. . Also wishing Jeremy, NQ0M good luck as he assumes responsibility for the Banner. We're lucky to have them as members

Just thought I'd pass this along.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Losing Daylight
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:13:53 +0000
From: Jeff Davis, KE9V <stuckbit@gmail.com>
Reply-To: Jeff Davis, KE9V <reply-hhxt=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1@tinyletter.com>
To: <wa0itp@wa0itp.com>



Losing Daylight

/August 30, 2014/

Labor Day weekend, the traditional end of summer. Public pools and swimming holes will be closing and the kids are headed back to school. Those of us with morning commutes are having to add a little more time for the school buses and its hard not to notice that the sun seems to be taking its own sweet time getting over the eastern horizon.

We've hit that point where we're quickly losing daylight.

With autumn approaching, amateur radio begins to kick into higher gear and the number of things to do begins to pile on.

And I'm not just talking about antenna work. Though, you're only one click away <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396813-www.qsl.net/ve6wz/coil.htm?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>; from complete details for making your own 80 meter loading coils. Just saying...

The 62nd W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396817-www.w9dxcc.com/?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>; is now only a few weeks away. The event takes place in Schaumburg, Illinois and the keynote speaker this year is ARRL First Vice President, Rick Roderick, K5UR <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396821-www.arrl.org/news/arrl-first-vice-president-rick-roderick-k5ur-to-keynote-w9dxcc-2014?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>;.

Not to be outdone, the W4DXCC Convention <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396825-www.w4dxcc.com/?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>; takes place later in the month, on September 26-27 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Great Smoky Mountains in the fall is a sight to behold!

The 33rd TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396829-www.tapr.org/dcc?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>;) takes place September 5th thru the 7th in Austin, Texas. Speaking of TAPR, the summer edition of the Packet Status Register is available for download <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396833-www.tapr.org/psr/psr126.pdf?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>; (PDF).

The coffee nap <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396837-ca.shine.yahoo.com/blogs/shine-on/drink-coffee-next-nap-rest-better-180732001.html?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>; might be the edge serious contesters need for a little /pick-me-up/ in those wee hours. But let's hope it's not needed for the North American Sprint <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396841-ncjweb.com/sprint-rules.pdf?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>; (CW) on September 7th. It's only four hours long, an excellent foretaste of the fall contest season.

The 2014 ARRL VHF Contest <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396845-www.arrl.org/september-vhf?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>; takes place September 13th to the 15th. The goal is for amateurs in the US and Canada (and their possessions) to work as many amateur stations in as many different 2 degrees x 1 degree Maidenhead grid squares as possible using authorized frequencies above 50 MHz. Others can play too. Check the complete rules from the link above.

ICOM is once again sponsoring the D-STAR QSO Party <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396849-www.icomamerica.com/en/amateur/d-starparty2014.aspx?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>; on September 19-21st. Prizes available, get all the details from the link.

The Centennial QSO Party <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396853-www.arrl.org/centennial-qso-party?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>; rocks on in September with Tennessee, Oregon, New Hampshire, Texas, Colorado, Connecticut, North Carolina, New Mexico and Idaho -- oh my!

Like I said, it's a busy month for ham radio. And that's just skimming the surface. Gird your loins and get in the game. The season is just getting started...


Get Your Kicks

Route 66 <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396857-en.wikipedia.org/wiki/u.s._route_66?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>;, /the mother road/, was established in 1926. It was the first major automobile link from the nation's heartland to the west coast. Through stories, songs and TV shows, the highway came to symbolize the spirit of the freedom of the open road, inspiring many to see America.

Through stories, TV shows, and songs, the highway came to symbolize the spirit and freedom of the open road, inspiring many to see America.

/If you ever plan to motor west,
Travel my way, take the highway, that's the best.
Get your kicks on Route 66/

/It winds from Chicago to L.A.
More than 2000 miles all the way,
Get your kicks on Route 66/

With the advent of the interstate highway system in the 1950s, Route 66 became the road less traveled and over the next few decades, it began to disappear into the tapestry of Americana.

Today, small portions of Highway 66 still exist in towns and rural areas across several states. Radio amateurs help keep alive the spirit, and the history of the fabled motorway through the annual Route 66 on the Air special event.

2014 marks the 15th year of this radio event. Originally started by the Northern Arizona DX Association, it was a way to allow amateur radio operators a fun way to /Relive the Ride/. The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396861-www.w6jbt.org/2013site/operating-frequency-guidelines/?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>; (CBARC) in San Bernardino, CA took over the event a couple years later and it has grown to be one of the favorite amateur radio events each year.

Radio clubs <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396865-www.qsl.net/route66/?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>; using special 1X1 callsigns operate from cities on or near the route from coast to coast. Hundreds of operators worldwide aim to contact as many of these stations as possible.

Don't miss it. On the air September 6 - 14th. Get your kicks!


In the Shack

Kirk Pickering, K4RO <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396869-qrz.com/db/k4ro?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>; is one of those big dog contesters. He's been the editor of the /National Contest Journal/ for the last few years. Active from his home in Tennessee, I run across him on the bands in nearly every contest --
you have too. Kirk is active with the Tennessee Contest Group <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396873-k4tcg.org/?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>;. According to his Web page <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396877-www.k4ro.net/k4ro/station_tour/index.html?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>;, he's located /20 miles due west of Nashville Tennessee -- on a sharp ridge which peaks about 800' above mean sea level. The 97 foot high tower base is at about 750' AMSL. The horizon is viewable for almost 360 degrees from the tower top. There is roughly a 50' rise to the NNE. The location is a rocky and heavily wooded ridge top. /Here's a close-up look <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396881-www.k4ro.net/k4ro/station_tour/images/station10.jpg?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>; at his station, and a photo tour <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396885-www.k4ro.net/k4ro/station_tour/k4ro_tour1.html?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>; of his antenna farm.


Pass it On

Feel free to pass along the Quintessence subscription link <http://mail01.tinyletterapp.com/ke9v/losing-daylight/1396889-ke9v.net/letter?c=13703211-6a62-474f-9d6d-32d0ce384be1>; to your friends. I've stopped actively promoting the letter -- because referrals from readers like you are the best advertising I can't buy. Besides, I kind of like having our very own /darknet of semi-underground dispatches/. But there's always room for more so thanks for your help in passing it on.


Postscript

Some interesting feedback this week from the mailbag, mostly about this letter and why even bother with it. "There are amateur radio related blogs and social media sites galore, who needs a personal letter?" My answer to that is pretty simple. I write this letter because there are ham radio blogs and social media sites galore. A quantity of a thing is not a good indicator of the quality of a thing.

Besides, a letter is much more personal than a blog or a Facebook page. It's addressed to you. And it's not just shouting out the window in the hope that someone passing might take notice. In addition, I despise the advertisements and associated nonsense that finds its way into my Twitter feed or on the sidebar of my Facebook page. I can keep those out of this letter.

And frankly, email is a better medium. It may seem old-school, but it's a great way to reach mobile readers without having to talk them into installing yet another app. It works on everything from tablets to feature phones to Commodore 64s with dial-up Internet access.

I admit that this is something of an experiment, I didn't really know what to expect when I started writing it. Still don't. But my goal is simple. Quintessence is a standalone publication. It's not a /tactic/ intended to send you to a Web page or another site. This letter is the product and primary editorial focus. Most others seem to be little more than copy and paste headlines back to another publication and that just feels "spammy" to me.

/"A great newsletter has the personality of an email from a friend and the professionalism of a magazine"/, someone once said, and that seems a worthy goal. I'll keep working on it.

Enjoy your week and be safe! 73 de Jeff, KE9V

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I Have QRM I Can't Hear ( Off Subject )

Sam Neal
 

Hello,

I have a two tube florescent ( T32, 44 inches long ) light hanging above my
operating desk. No problems from the lights. I have a little MFJ field
strength meter mounted near the radio(s) for tuning up the QRP rigs. To pick
up sufficient signal, I had to add a couple of test clip leads to the field
strength meter to make it's " antenna " larger and didn't have anything to
hang them from and saw the florescent light above and wrapped one turn around
the light and clipped the lead on to it's-self.

I noticed that I was getting a field strength reading even when I wasn't
transmitting and disconnecting the wire around the florescent tube brought the
meter to zero. Any thoughts? Apparently the RF is in some range other than
HF/6/2 meters.

73,

Sam Neal N5AF


Re: 80 m net

kb4qqj
 

Tried and Tried but just couldn't make it.....BUT I did manage the two 40m nets. It's been a while since I could get in.
 
Randy_KB4QQJ
 

In a message dated 8/27/2014 9:51:49 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, 4sqrp@... writes:
I could hear another station trying, but the noise was above you,
Looks like 80 was bouncing short tonight!
Thanks guys gud to cu all on 80m
Hope to cu at Brutus!
72
Johnny AC0BQ


Re: 80 m net

Tom Sevart
 

On 08/27/2014 21:00, Paul Smith psmith61@cox.net [4sqrp] wrote:
The band was noisy but I got in.
Very noisy.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Wed.night PSK checkins.

Dick Hammond
 

KA0KRN David, Ottumwa, IA
AC0WZ. Dan, Fulton, MO
KA0EGE  Jeff, Pittsburgh, KS
KC0IFQ Dennis, Augusta, KS
Good band, signals and tnx all fer checking in.
N0TGR  Dick, AUGUSTA, KS  NCS

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