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Re: Last minute Murphy woes

Don Jackson
 

Hi Shawn (and others),

Nope, tracking still just says left Evansville, Indiana about 24 hours ago.

Spent most of morning assembling my kit, in calibration stage right now. Got the 5.00 vdc adjusted OK, but feeding a few watts rf into it as per instructions and trying to adjust for LCD meter reading of 1.0 is no good. I'm getting a minus reading of roughly -6 and it is not adjustable over very much of a range. Appears maybe got a part failure or bad solder joint. If anyone reading this have hints, especially those who have figured out the circuit, I'd welcome it ASAP. Will be spending this evening troubleshooting. Got probably one more day to get everything right.

I'll sure be glad when all is worked out before flight time and I can then sit back and try to catch up on sleep. All equipment will be packed in either checked or carry on. Had no trouble 3 years ago with ham equipment.

For the CW SS, I'll not be operating in it Nov 1-2, may retreat to 30 meters or try SSB or PSK31 or other digital modes that period. Will post info on this reflector.

Don AE5K

On 10/24/2014 04:35 PM, Shawn Reed sreedq1014@... [4sqrp] wrote:


Hi Don. Your'e going to feel much more relaxed sitting on the top of
some volcano- beneath the propagation, and the sky. Do you have any gps
equipment? I hope mail arrived for you today. And make sure you don't
carry any electronic components in your pockets when going thru check-in
at the airport. They won't know what to make of such funny items.
(Unless they are of the ham order). Keep in close contact with someone.
73, sreed kf7yff


Re: Last minute Murphy woes

Shawn Reed
 

Hi Don. Your'e going to feel much more relaxed sitting on the top of some volcano- beneath the propagation, and the sky. Do you have any gps equipment? I hope mail arrived for you today. And make sure you don't carry any electronic components in your pockets when going thru check-in at the airport. They won't know what to make of such funny items. (Unless they are of the ham order). Keep in close contact with someone. 73, sreed kf7yff


Re: QST Cover Plaque Poll

Jack Mcduffie
 

Ditto also! thanks for the heads-up! jack-w8gpf
--------------------------------------------

On Wed, 10/22/14, Jeff Davis ke9v@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [4sqrp] QST Cover Plaque Poll
To: "4sqrp@..." <4sqrp@...>, "wa0itp@..." <wa0itp@...>
Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 2:37 PM























Done and ditto the very FB part!
73, Jeff 

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On Oct 21, 2014, at 8:21 PM, WA0ITP wa0itp@...
[4sqrp] <4sqrp@...>
wrote:





















Fours Staters who are ARRL
Members:



Let's rally behind Dave Martin's vy FB article
in the November QST. 
Cast your vote for it being the article to win the Cover
Plaque
Qward for November.   Below is the link.



http://www.arrl.org/cover-plaque-poll 




TIA

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Last minute Murphy woes

Don Jackson
 

Hi,

I think most of you know who Murphy is. He's been hanging around this QTH for some time now. This also might be titled a comedy of errors.

I needed something like the 4SQRP's QRPometer for a trip coming up, leaving Monday. It was ordered 2 weeks ago. Holiday delayed things a day. Kit did not arrive until a week and 2 days later. No tracking.

In the meantime, since time was so short, I put out a request to borrow a finished QRPometer. KC0PMH kindly responded and mailed his to me this last Monday via 3-day Priority Mail.

Tracking the package (the finished one), it took a while to get to Kansas City, then disappeared from the radar for 2 days. Estimated delivery date was yesterday (Thursday). Finally, yesterday morning it showed up on tracking again; it had arrived and left Evansville, Indiana in the wee hours of that morning. A look at the tracking last night showed it had left late afternoon from Evansville (the USPS changed the tracking report!).

It's now Friday morning, I have little hope of getting the finished meter before I leave (nothing on tracking showing any more progress --
and I've been joking that it is trying for the WAS award). I started assembly of my kit received 4 days ago. I am very squeezed for time.

OK, spent quite a while inventorying the kit parts as suggested in the directions. I must be going color blind on those 5 band resistors, so I hauled out my trusty little Harbor Freight Tools cheapie DVM and checked and sorted them with the ohmmeter. All present and accounted for.

However, I find in the hardware, I'm missing one washer out of 4 (big deal, I've got 'em here), and also the 3/4" spacers (missing all 4). I think that I can use extra 6-32 nuts to substitute for the missing spacers according to the photos on the web page. I hope! And, by the way, I have something not shown on the parts list: the front panel pcb.

Wish me luck! Go away Murphy!!!

72/73,

Don AE5K

P.S. - kitting is a hard job. This email was not meant to take away the thanks due to our guys who do this rather thankless task.


Re: Great weight loss video and advice!

W0IIT
 

Yes, someone has a worm:-) It also seems to be a busy worm—as far as I’m concerned the early worm gets the bird:-)

cu es 72, Bart W0IIT
Pittsburg, KS
4Sqrp=#72, FP=#11, ARS=#568,
SKCC=1139, NAQCC=#588 FIST=#5819,
Zombie=#500, Geratol=#1000


Re: Great weight loss video and advice!

Tom Sevart
 

Someone trying to tell me something? :)

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St. Paul, KS


Re: Are you going to try the CW sweepstakes Nov 1/2.

Jeremy Utley
 

Phil, If you’re really interested in finding out when you were first licensed, a good person to contact is W3HF.  He’s got an extensive library of old callbooks, and it almost always willing to look things up in them for people.  I contacted him right after the XYL passed her Technician test – she could remember her grandfather was licensed, but could not remember his call.  She wanted to take it over, if possible.  So, I sent an email to W3HF with as much information as we could come up with about her grandfather (Robert Conn, ex-WA6CML), and he was able to easily find the callsign for us, so that when her license came in, we could immediately request that call via the vanity program.  Thank god, cause I could not imagine myself having to call the tounge-twister call of KD0JUQ on 2m FM all the time!

 

Jeremy, NQ0M

 

From: 4sqrp@... [mailto:4sqrp@...]
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 5:54 PM
To: 4sqrp@...
Subject: [4sqrp] Are you going to try the CW sweepstakes Nov 1/2.

 

 

OK Guys, you convinced me. I'll practice ahead of time on the exchange.

To bad my new and shinny K3 will not be hear in time. Gotta use the old
FT-450D!

Just loaded the Sweepstakes logger off my N3JFP disk,
wherein I bought the full disk. Glad I did. This is my third usage.

Does anyone know of a site at the FCC wherein I can find
the date I was first licensed. Or.....must I use the date
I first got my current call. Probably doesn't matter.

Unc Phil, W0XI

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Re: Are you going to try the CW sweepstakes Nov 1/2.

 

* On 2014 23 Oct 17:23 -0500, Bart Lawson blawson2@... [4sqrp] wrote:
Fun event and yes a very long exchange —— that was the purpose of the
contest — to encourage more info being exchanged during contest
contacts.
Actually, the roots of SS are in traffic handling, hence the names of
the exchange mirror that of an NTS message header.

I've not operated SS with the same vigor as I did in the '90s when I
lived farther away and had whole weekends to play radio. My personal
achievement was getting a sweep on low power (TS-850 with 100 Watts)
with just a wire doublet in 1997 SS phone. SS CW and the Enid hamfest
always coincided so I'd be quite tired and never came close to a sweep.
In recent years after moving far enough away from Enid that I don't go
to that 'fest anymore I've been too busy it seems. Perhaps now that I'm
out at the farm this can change (HA!). My last best effort was in 2010
for SS phone right after I got my K3.

Kansas is a rather competitive section and it is tough to win any
category here.

72, Nate

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Re: Are you going to try the CW sweepstakes Nov 1/2.

 

* On 2014 23 Oct 17:57 -0500, Phil Anderson aldenmcduffie@... [4sqrp] wrote:
OK Guys, you convinced me. I'll practice ahead of time on the exchange.

To bad my new and shinny K3 will not be hear in time. Gotta use the old
FT-450D!
As SS is well over a week away, maybe it'll get there in time.

Does anyone know of a site at the FCC wherein I can find
the date I was first licensed. Or.....must I use the date
I first got my current call. Probably doesn't matter.
For the most part it doesn't matter or there really were a lot of ops
licensed in '59. The key is to pick a pair of digits and keep them the
same throughout the event. The ARRL will not be investigating whether
you used the "correct" digits. ;-)

Have fun. I'm not sure at this time if I will do much in SS.

73, Nate

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possible worlds. The pessimist fears this is true."

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Re: Are you going to try the CW sweepstakes Nov 1/2.

Wayne Dillon
 

In a word, no. Apart from the fact that I have precious little time to play radio at the moment I wouldn't wast my time again on this one. I prefer the 90 minute/2 hour "sprints" and have not managed any of those for the last few months. Weekends are not good for me anyway (or I would take part in the SSS) and if I do find myself with some "wireless time" this weekend I'll likely hang out on 30m looking for a rag chew. likely not going to happen though.
If you do enter I wish you the best of luck and sincerely hope you enjoy yourself, that's what it's all about, just not for me though.
72/3 es God Bless de Wayne - KC0PMH

On Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 4:55 PM, Phil Anderson aldenmcduffie@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

102314
E gads. The contest exchange seems very complicated. But I might give it a try.
Probably best to practice a bit on this one and make sure that your
contest logging program is up to date. I'll try to use my N3FJP version,
i.e. take a look at it first - see how much is automated for us. The display
is always helpful. You'll have to know the last two numbers of when you were first
licensed too. HM?

You many have received the ARRL letter today via email. I copied the
exchange rules (in brief) from that email, see them just below in italics:

The exchange goes like this: Call sign of the station worked, consecutive serial number (NR) starting with 001, precedence (PREC) -- a letter that indicates your operating category; see the rules), your call sign, check (CK) -- the last two numerals of the year you were first licensed, and the two or three-letter abbreviation of your ARRL or RAC section (SEC). In your log, for example, if WW1ME works W1MSW, the log entry might look like this: Station NR CK My Call CK SECY

Go to the ARRL site to get a pdf of the full rules.
Good luck!
Unc Phil W0XI
 


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Re: Are you going to try the CW sweepstakes Nov 1/2.

Charles W. Powell
 

I read on one of the telegrapher's forums that W5YI is doing the digging to verify old licenses.  I have a current T3 so I can use that - need to take element 6 to upgrade to permanent T.

Chas NK8O

On Oct 23, 2014, at 4:53 PM, Phil Anderson aldenmcduffie@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

OK Guys, you convinced me. I'll practice ahead of time on the exchange.

To bad my new and shinny K3 will not be hear in time. Gotta use the old
FT-450D!

Just loaded the Sweepstakes logger off my N3JFP disk,
wherein I bought the full disk. Glad I did. This is my third usage.

Does anyone know of a site at the FCC wherein I can find
the date I was first licensed. Or.....must I use the date
I first got my current call. Probably doesn't matter.

Unc Phil, W0XI

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Re: Are you going to try the CW sweepstakes Nov 1/2.

Dale Putnam
 

Use your best guess.. or the call you have now.. I have, over the years, tried to use the best guess of my novice license.. I think I ham close...
If I find any new info for you.. I'll email it.

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



To: 4sqrp@...
From: 4sqrp@...
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:53:32 -0500
Subject: [4sqrp] Are you going to try the CW sweepstakes Nov 1/2.

 
OK Guys, you convinced me. I'll practice ahead of time on the exchange.

To bad my new and shinny K3 will not be hear in time. Gotta use the old
FT-450D!

Just loaded the Sweepstakes logger off my N3JFP disk,
wherein I bought the full disk. Glad I did. This is my third usage.

Does anyone know of a site at the FCC wherein I can find
the date I was first licensed. Or.....must I use the date
I first got my current call. Probably doesn't matter.

Unc Phil, W0XI

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Are you going to try the CW sweepstakes Nov 1/2.

Phil Anderson
 

OK Guys, you convinced me. I'll practice ahead of time on the exchange.

To bad my new and shinny K3 will not be hear in time. Gotta use the old FT-450D!

Just loaded the Sweepstakes logger off my N3JFP disk,
wherein I bought the full disk. Glad I did. This is my third usage.

Does anyone know of a site at the FCC wherein I can find
the date I was first licensed. Or.....must I use the date
I first got my current call. Probably doesn't matter.

Unc Phil, W0XI

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Re: Are you going to try the CW sweepstakes Nov 1/2.

Dale Putnam
 

In  word.... YES!
It is a prime fun contest! 
C U there!!

Have a great day,
 
 
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Re: Are you going to try the CW sweepstakes Nov 1/2.

W0IIT
 

Fun event and yes a very long exchange —— that was the purpose of the contest — to encourage more info being exchanged during contest contacts. Back earlier in my ham activities I entered a couple of years—making enough contacts to earn the pin. That, was before my QRP conversion. I will guarantee that you will come out of the test with your head spinning and trying to copy the code in every bit of noise you hear:-) Your copy speed will have improved also.

This should be an excellent contest for QRP ops. The big guns have big ears and they WANT your contact!!!! They are all looking for that “Clean Sweep”!!!

cu es 72, Bart W0IIT
Pittsburg, KS
4Sqrp=#72, FP=#11, ARS=#568,
SKCC=1139, NAQCC=#588 FIST=#5819,
Zombie=#500, Geratol=#1000


Re: Are you going to try the CW sweepstakes Nov 1/2.

Jeremy Utley
 

Sweepstakes is a blast!  I usually operate it every year – Sweeps & Field Day are 2 contests I usually don’t let myself miss.  I’m thinking this year I might pull out the 817 and try it QRP – I’ve always ran 100W in the past, but my 920 has some problems with low power output on 10m and I haven’t gotten it into the shop yet for them to look at it, so QRP it is!

 

N3FJP has a special log program dedicated for Sweeps – if you don’t have that, I recommend getting it, as it’s much easier.  If you don’t want to spend the money on FJP’s log, the N1MM contest logger Is also a good option for this contest.  I myself have the full package from FJP, so I usually use that if it’s supported!

 

Good luck to anyone who decides to dabble in it!  Maybe I’ll work you!

 

Jeremy, NQ0M

In Beautiful Downtown Iola, KS

 

From: 4sqrp@... [mailto:4sqrp@...]
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:55 PM
To: 4sqrp@...; W0UK@...
Subject: [4sqrp] Are you going to try the CW sweepstakes Nov 1/2.

 

 

102314
E gads. The contest exchange seems very complicated. But I might give it a try.
Probably best to practice a bit on this one and make sure that your
contest logging program is up to date. I'll try to use my N3FJP version,
i.e. take a look at it first - see how much is automated for us. The display
is always helpful. You'll have to know the last two numbers of when you were first
licensed too. HM?

You many have received the ARRL letter today via email. I copied the
exchange rules (in brief) from that email, see them just below in italics:

The exchange goes like this: Call sign of the station worked, consecutive serial number (NR) starting with 001, precedence (PREC) -- a letter that indicates your operating category; see the rules), your call sign, check (CK) -- the last two numerals of the year you were first licensed, and the two or three-letter abbreviation of your ARRL or RAC section (SEC). In your log, for example, if WW1ME works W1MSW, the log entry might look like this: Station NR CK My Call CK SECY

Go to the ARRL site to get a pdf of the full rules.
Good luck!
Unc Phil W0XI
 


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Are you going to try the CW sweepstakes Nov 1/2.

Phil Anderson
 

102314
E gads. The contest exchange seems very complicated. But I might give it a try.
Probably best to practice a bit on this one and make sure that your
contest logging program is up to date. I'll try to use my N3FJP version,
i.e. take a look at it first - see how much is automated for us. The display
is always helpful. You'll have to know the last two numbers of when you were first
licensed too. HM?

You many have received the ARRL letter today via email. I copied the
exchange rules (in brief) from that email, see them just below in italics:

The exchange goes like this: Call sign of the station worked, consecutive serial number (NR) starting with 001, precedence (PREC) -- a letter that indicates your operating category; see the rules), your call sign, check (CK) -- the last two numerals of the year you were first licensed, and the two or three-letter abbreviation of your ARRL or RAC section (SEC). In your log, for example, if WW1ME works W1MSW, the log entry might look like this: Station NR CK My Call CK SECY

Go to the ARRL site to get a pdf of the full rules.
Good luck!
Unc Phil W0XI
 


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Re: Thurs Morning Net

Phil Anderson
 

Bobby,

What kind of tower and antenna did you install? I'm working toward a US Steel crank up and a 3-element Yagi on top. Haven't decided on which Yagi yet......maybe the two element SteppIR?

Unc Phil, W0XI

Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:05 AM
 
Darn. I have a new tower and antenna up and I forgot about the net. Well I will try for the next one!
72/3
Bobby
kb4qnr


On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 9:53 AM, WA0ITP wa0itp@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 8:53 AM
 

This Four State net meets each Thursday morning at
8:00 AM Central on 7122 kc,the Four State 40M hangout frequency.
NCS is WAØITP and this is a Four Statemembers 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: Thurs Morning Net

bobby rolph
 

Darn. I have a new tower and antenna up and I forgot about the net. Well I will try for the next one!
72/3
Bobby
kb4qnr


On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 9:53 AM, WA0ITP wa0itp@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

This Four State net meets each Thursday morning at
8:00 AM Central on 7122 kc,the Four State 40M hangout frequency.
NCS is WAØITP and this is a Four Statemembers 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: Thurs Morning Net [1 Attachment]

Paul Smith
 

I will post a note on my desk and adjust my walking time for Thursdays to make the net.
CUL Paul N0NBD




On Oct 23, 2014, at 8:22 AM, WA0ITP wa0itp@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote: