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Interesting kit.

Forrest Plumstead
 

Found a kit called the Frog Sound QRP. Similar in design to the rock mite except this has between 1.8 - 3 watts output. Available on e-Bay for $11.99 - $15.48.

 
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First 4Sqrp SSB net

ka0ncr
 

Well, the first weekly SSB net is over, and it seems like conditions were not all that good, due mostly

to the sun sending out a few flares.  I cheated a bit and cranked the rig up to about 20 watts..


I heard net control WQ5RP, AKA NQ0M,  at an RS of 45 or so, dropping down into the noise.


I heard WA0ITP, K5EST, and KC0PMH who were doing a bit better job here than net control.

I think net ctrl was vertical pol. and maybe everyone else Horz?   if you are reading this and

checked in, maybe you could mention your antenna pol. and the directions it favors?


I am not sure what to call the polarization of my antenna, its something I came up with a few

days ago and thought I would try out. Not sure exactly what this antenna is, but

  It seems to be a variant of a random length end fed antenna.like the EARCHI antennas.

I wanted to make something to get on the lower bands.. It seems to work well on 40 meters

for our Nebraska 40 meter noon net on 7.282. out into the pan handle.


It uses a 9-1 UNUN tied up at about 38 ft, and a 53 ft downward sloping radiating wire.

that is in an east to west orentation that ends at about 25 ft above ground over my garage..


The UNUN only has the vertical coax line to work against to drive the 53 ft wire.

The coax is RG-8, and comes down away from the tower and has about 10 large

ferrite beads clamped about 2 ft  above ground  which means

that there is about 35 feet of (vertical counter poise?) coax before it gets choked.


So, I don't know how much of my signal is vertical polarized, but it does seem to be

lower in noise than the ZS6BKW antenna I had up in about the same location before.


Anyhow.. Looking forward to checking in to these nets as much as I can.  I work

4PM to 4AM and the schedule as such is I work every other Monday night.  so 

I'll try to get in when I can!


73  - KA0NCR


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Re: Monday night SSB net checkins

Wayne Dillon
 

GE Jeremy,
From my corner of SE Kansas I heard:
WQ5RP you at about 3 1
K5EST at about 5 5 (That was the one you missed I think)
WA0ITP at about 5 5
and KA4NCR again at about 5 5
Good start Jeremy, as fall progresses into winter I think it'll get better.
72/3 es God Bless my friend
Wayne - KC0PMH

On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 7:54 PM, Jeremy Utley jerutley@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

Kinda light on the checkins this evening, but I was fighting a S9
noise level on my vertical here.

Checkins:

KA0NCR - Arnie Fremont, NE
WA0ITP - Terry Ottumwa, IA - Via Relay from Arnie
K5??? - I know I busted this one - was way down in the noise - thought
I got K5ESP, but maybe it was just an ESP-based contact.

I think I need to throw up something of a cloud-burner antenna here -
the Vertical isn't real good for this net!

Also thanks to Bill, KV6Z for the SWL report from Claremore, OK.

We'll try it again next week - maybe I can throw up my 40m Dipole this weekend!

Jeremy, NQ0M
In Beautiful Downtown Iola, KS




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Monday night SSB net checkins

Jeremy Utley
 

Kinda light on the checkins this evening, but I was fighting a S9
noise level on my vertical here.

Checkins:

KA0NCR - Arnie Fremont, NE
WA0ITP - Terry Ottumwa, IA - Via Relay from Arnie
K5??? - I know I busted this one - was way down in the noise - thought
I got K5ESP, but maybe it was just an ESP-based contact.

I think I need to throw up something of a cloud-burner antenna here -
the Vertical isn't real good for this net!

Also thanks to Bill, KV6Z for the SWL report from Claremore, OK.

We'll try it again next week - maybe I can throw up my 40m Dipole this weekend!

Jeremy, NQ0M
In Beautiful Downtown Iola, KS


Re: Tim Allen

Charles W. Powell
 

Look up his real name, Tim Dick (I think he was born Timothy Allen Dick) and you will find his call and what appears to be his home address.

Chas - NK8O

On Oct 20, 2014, at 5:09 PM, WA0ITP wa0itp@... [4sqrp] wrote:

 

I read the other day that he now has Tech license, but started out not having one.   Apparently a large number of the staff has tickets.


On 10/20/2014 6:05 PM, Tom Sevart tmsevart@... [4sqrp] wrote:
On 10/20/2014 12:47, David Martin davemrtn@... [4sqrp] wrote:
I was hoping you had worked Tim Allen or Joe Walsh !!!
Is Tim Allen a real ham or does he just play one on TV?


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net freq

Jeremy Utley
 

QRV at 7283


Re: I think I worked the "Most Interesting Man in Amateur Radio"

Jim Lowman
 

He now has his own ham license:

http://qrznow.com/tim-allen-gets-ham-license-w5kub-com-video/

72/73 de Jim - AD6CW

On 10/20/2014 4:05 PM, Tom Sevart tmsevart@gmail.com [4sqrp] wrote:
On 10/20/2014 12:47, David Martin davemrtn@centurytel.net [4sqrp] wrote:
I was hoping you had worked Tim Allen or Joe Walsh !!!
Is Tim Allen a real ham or does he just play one on TV?


Re: I think I worked the "Most Interesting Man in Amateur Radio"

Charlie Vest
 

Tim and several cast members did obtain a ham license, according to an article that I read and when his call was publicly released, I did look him up on QRZ. Don't remember the call however.

Charlie, W5COV


On 10/20/2014 6:05 PM, Tom Sevart tmsevart@gmail.com [4sqrp] wrote:
On 10/20/2014 12:47, David Martin davemrtn@centurytel.net [4sqrp] wrote:
I was hoping you had worked Tim Allen or Joe Walsh !!!
Is Tim Allen a real ham or does he just play one on TV?

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Tim Allen

WA0ITP
 

I read the other day that he now has Tech license, but started out not having one.�� Apparently a large number of the staff has tickets.


On 10/20/2014 6:05 PM, Tom Sevart tmsevart@... [4sqrp] wrote:
On 10/20/2014 12:47, David Martin davemrtn@... [4sqrp] wrote:
I was hoping you had worked Tim Allen or Joe Walsh !!!
Is Tim Allen a real ham or does he just play one on TV?


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Re: I think I worked the "Most Interesting Man in Amateur Radio"

Tom Sevart
 

On 10/20/2014 12:47, David Martin davemrtn@centurytel.net [4sqrp] wrote:
I was hoping you had worked Tim Allen or Joe Walsh !!!
Is Tim Allen a real ham or does he just play one on TV?

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Re: YouKits vs. MFJ

Curt
 

Dennis

There may not be dramatic difference in receive performance in this price class as tuey may use similar ICs.  I don't readily know if both use a DDS vfo but that is a plus for stability.  Not necessarily the most attractive rig I enjoy my PFR3 for the occasional portable operating I do.  As you suggest that you can build you might enjoy the journey. Do get something that you will enjoy operating.  

73 Curt


Re: portable QRP

Charles W. Powell
 

He didn't say where he actually was listening.  He just answered the guys who were up a few and giving their call sign once or twice, then worked his way down.  The pattern was pretty obvious.  Up 5 to the LIDs, then worked from up 3 down to up 1.  If you were listening the how he answered, it was pretty easy to follow. After I had him in the log, I listened to see what a mess he had left up 5.  I couldn't distinguish a single call sign up 5, and they just kept "shouting" over each other.  Down a few it was nice and orderly as he systematically answered the guys who weren't stepping all over one another.  I was impressed, to say the least. It made him very easy to work as a QRP station. Over the weekend (Saturday) I also heard W1AW/4 scolding some of the ops on 30 meters.  Gave them the QSO but let them know their techniques (or manners) weren't very good.

It looks like I have trip to Tanzania coming up 9/2015.  I may try some of those tricks, and a very narrow passband to thin out the chaos. I know from my last trip that if ONE person hears you anywhere in the world, you will have pile-up.  Last time I was only back on the air for a brief time after 25 years quiet, and I really didn't have a lot of DX experience.  This time I think I will be better prepared.

I've been a little annoyed in the past at the wide splits, but now I am beginning to understand.  The poor guy at the key for TX7G had ground to a crawl with a QSO rate of about 1 every 3-4 minutes, or even worse.  I don't know anything about the experience level of the team or op, but I think I would have thrown up my hands,  sent "QRT", and been done with it.

Chas NK8O

On Oct 20, 2014, at 11:54 AM, Phil Anderson aldenmcduffie@... [4sqrp] wrote:

 

Hey Doc,

Exactly how did he specify LIDs up 5 and then hide but say others up 3?
Sounds like a neat technique!

Unc Phil

I notice the various W1AW/1 or 2 or whatever # are using the 1 UP and 2
UP when calling CQ to spread out the returns.
Works nicely.

>>>doctorcwp@... [4sqrp] wrote:
>
> He should have used the technique I heard the other day - send the
> LIDs up 5, then start answering the stations who actually are
> listening at about 3 up. As I recall, that was TK5MH - Corsica.
> Worked him as well from the park a few weeks ago.
>
>

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Re: portable QRP

WA0ITP
 

Way to go Chas!!

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On 10/20/2014 11:59 AM, doctorcwp@... [4sqrp] wrote:

I had a "happy dance" moment over the weekend.  I am currently working in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  We had some stellar warm weather over the weekend, so I packed up the go kit and headed for the park.  The first station hear was on 15 meters, VK9DLX, Lord Howe Island.  I was running a KX3 at 5 watts to a sloping random wire.  My rule is that if I can hear the DX well, he's likely to hear me.  After chasing the pile-up for about 30 minutes, he called me.  I found the QSO in Clublog, so it's verified!

So, with all the guys trying to be louder than everyone else with the beams pointed so as to irradiate everyone on the island, the little QRP station covered 7985 miles, nearly 1600 miles per watt, to get the job done.

Unfortunately yesterday on 17 meters, TX7G was operating but he encountering some of the worst LIDs I've ever heard.  Every time he gave a partial call sign, the LIDs just carried on sending, and they weren't even close. Makes sense, because they probably weren't even listening.  I tried, but the poor guy couldn't even pick out the strong calls over the cacophony.  He should have used the technique I heard the other day - send the LIDs up 5, then start answering the stations who actually are listening at about 3 up.  As I recall, that was TK5MH - Corsica.  Worked him as well from the park a few weeks ago.


I love QRP!


72,


Chas NK8O


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Re: portable QRP

Phil Anderson
 

Hey Doc,

Exactly how did he specify LIDs up 5 and then hide but say others up 3?
Sounds like a neat technique!

Unc Phil

I notice the various W1AW/1 or 2 or whatever # are using the 1 UP and 2 UP when calling CQ to spread out the returns.
Works nicely.


doctorcwp@yahoo.com [4sqrp] wrote:
He should have used the technique I heard the other day - send the LIDs up 5, then start answering the stations who actually are listening at about 3 up. As I recall, that was TK5MH - Corsica. Worked him as well from the park a few weeks ago.

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Re: I think I worked the "Most Interesting Man in Amateur Radio"

davemrtn
 

I was hoping you had worked Tim Allen or Joe Walsh !!!


On 10/20/2014 12:09 PM, Rich Fowler k8meg@... [4sqrp] wrote:
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Yes, Vern, W9FAM is an interesting ham! Lots of WOW! stuff.

I have about 350 QSLs to send to the bureau and a number to send direct at 2 green stamps, plus several U.S. Directs. I did QRZ look ups for probably 500 calls to determine whether to send to bureau, direct or via managers. In the process, I was constantly distrated by the "WOW Factor" of hams all over the world. Lot of interesting hams from all walks of life.

This is a great hobby!




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Re: I think I worked the "Most Interesting Man in Amateur Radio"

Jay Bromley <jayw5jay@...>
 

Hi Tom,

On SSB he goes by W9Father And Mother.  Yep he has a big signal!

 

73 de w5jay/jay..

 

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To: 4sqrp@...
Subject: [4sqrp] I think I worked the "Most Interesting Man in Amateur Radio"

 



Saturday at Twin Bridges after working a few stations in the NY QSO party, since it seemed everyone wanted to contest instead of ragchew, I went down to 30 meters to see if I could slow down a bit and just have a nice chat.  I called CQ a few times and was answered by W9FAM at about 40 WPM.  He slowed down to 30 WPM and asked if that was OK for me to copy, and I told him it was while I speeded up my keyer to 30.  We had a nice chat and at the end he told me to check out his QRZ.com page.  I did and holy heck this guy has done a lot in radio.

I can't seem to link directly to his page because of the way QRZ has things set up, but go there and search for W9FAM and you'll see what I mean.

Tom N2UHC

 





Re: I think I worked the "Most Interesting Man in Amateur Radio"

Rich Fowler <k8meg@...>
 

Yes, Vern, W9FAM is an interesting ham! Lots of WOW! stuff.

I have about 350 QSLs to send to the bureau and a number to send direct at 2 green stamps, plus several U.S. Directs. I did QRZ look ups for probably 500 calls to determine whether to send to bureau, direct or via managers. In the process, I was constantly distrated by the "WOW Factor" of hams all over the world. Lot of interesting hams from all walks of life.

This is a great hobby!



portable QRP

Charles W. Powell
 

I had a "happy dance" moment over the weekend.  I am currently working in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  We had some stellar warm weather over the weekend, so I packed up the go kit and headed for the park.  The first station hear was on 15 meters, VK9DLX, Lord Howe Island.  I was running a KX3 at 5 watts to a sloping random wire.  My rule is that if I can hear the DX well, he's likely to hear me.  After chasing the pile-up for about 30 minutes, he called me.  I found the QSO in Clublog, so it's verified!

So, with all the guys trying to be louder than everyone else with the beams pointed so as to irradiate everyone on the island, the little QRP station covered 7985 miles, nearly 1600 miles per watt, to get the job done.

Unfortunately yesterday on 17 meters, TX7G was operating but he encountering some of the worst LIDs I've ever heard.  Every time he gave a partial call sign, the LIDs just carried on sending, and they weren't even close. Makes sense, because they probably weren't even listening.  I tried, but the poor guy couldn't even pick out the strong calls over the cacophony.  He should have used the technique I heard the other day - send the LIDs up 5, then start answering the stations who actually are listening at about 3 up.  As I recall, that was TK5MH - Corsica.  Worked him as well from the park a few weeks ago.


I love QRP!


72,


Chas NK8O


Re: PCB Cleaner

Rich Fowler <k8meg@...>
 

Everything is acceptable. In my context, if I receive a "to be repaired" board from a person that I don't know and have no idea about the solder they used or their experience, I'll clean the board to remove any contamination and excessive rosin.  I then take a picture of the board so I can view it on the computer and magnify it to look for poor solder joints, etc.

For the most part, my soldering has a minimum of residue. In the industry I worked, we cleaned and coated the PCBs, As hobbyist, we can do whatever we feel like doing. We won't violate any regulations or "best practices", but might run into those who won't agree with our methodology. Sharing experiences is part of the hobby and we can learn from it, IMO. I always take the advice of the "experts"
as another approach to doing things. No better or worse than what I may do myself. 

72,
Rich K8MEG


Invest in some good No Clean solder! I seen some on one of the QRP suppliers while ordering parts and purchased a roll. I'll never look back.


Re: PCB Cleaner

KD4OBQ
 

Invest in some good No Clean solder! I seen some on one of the QRP suppliers while ordering parts and purchased a roll. I'll never look back.

I finally broke down after 6 lb's of Kester 44 through the years.

72
Pat KD4OBQ
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