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Different strokes for different folks

Michael McEwen
 

Not to say it is the best solution, but my evolution in amateur/qrp radio is this:  I have a decent 100W base rig and a hex beam for 20 and 17...plus dipoles for 80/40/10.  That is a good set-up for me...I'm not a "contester" or super-serious DX person.

When it comes to portable ops, I have invested a lot more time and energy (and $) trying to get the best set-up for me.  The Yaesu 817 was great...but it was hard for me to operate due to the small display/buttons and it had a bunch of capabilities that I never used.  Fortunate for me, I sold it for about what I paid for it...5 years ago...much more pricey now.  I never considered Elecraft, not because there is anything wrong...they are great but $, whoa.

I have ended up with a simple LNR LD-5 CW/SSB 5 Band and a couple of kit 2-3 CW watt-ers.  Two antennas for hiking/biking/camping: Alex Loop and LNR-PAR "trail friendly" 40/20/10. 

To reiterate:  the 817 ( and other Yaesu 8XX) are great radios as is the Elecraft KX-3.  If money, simplicity, and weight are not the issue, consider them...and a Buddipole multi rigged antenna.

As an OM who is now a true OM (67 yr old), I'm going for simplicity, low weight, and fun.
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Doc K5OSA - QTH: EM04sr
ARRL  
4SQRP #801 - NAQCC #7625 - SKCC #10098
FISTS #17157 - OMISS #9886
LFSARC (Lawton/Fort Sill Amateur Radio Club)

Michael T McEwen
Lt Col, US Army, Ret

Cellular Phone:  580 919-9205
Residence:  580 529-3412


Re: Really dumb crystal question

moshecontra
 

I think you mean the PSK-20, which SWL sold as a kit, single-frequency SSB trx for 20m PSK31.  The SW40 was a CW-only 40m rig.  I have embarked on a long-term project to try and coax the SW40 to transmit PSK31, using a simple low-frequency interface circuit between the PC and the radio.  I got that interface working, but still have to see if the tx final can be modulated to output a clean enough signal, since it is designed to be class C.

Since most PSK31 activity on 20m is within a single 3 KHz range (roughly 14070 to 14073, many different QSOs can be worked simultaneously with the PSK20 with its fixed "carrier" frequency of 14070, a 3 KHz wide IF filter, and PSK31 software on a PC.  I don't see how a crystal-controlled voice-SSB rig would be very useful, though, as there could only be one QSO at a time within the 3 KHz channel.  Change the oscillator to a VXO, tweaking the crystal frequency over 10 or 20 KHz with a variable capacitor or varactor diode, and it might become useful.


Re: 80 m Tuesday night net!

Paul Smith
 

I am glad to be straightened out. I read the earlier post and asked Toodles what day it is. I was confused. Since I retired I don't consult the calendar or clock..... C u all tomorrow night.

de Paul N0NBD



On May 19, 2015, at 8:53 PM, Johnny Matlock jomatlock@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

well guys, 

Crow taste pretty bad!
Sorry about the mistake!
I just started a new 80 meter net as well as the wrong time!
Cy all tomorrow night....tomorrow is Wednesday, right.
Fun to get old, isn't it!
72
Johnny AC0BQ  


--
QRP....."more smiles per watt"
72
JOHNNY AC0BQ  ..


Re: SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

Charles W. Powell
 

See? I just read the e-mails!

Chas - NK8O


On May 19, 2015, at 19:57, Johnny Matlock jomatlock@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

Yes it does start in 24 hours, Bill.

Not tonight.
72
Johnny 

On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, dekle@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

There are 316 days to go until the next OzarkCon.

If you find that a tad depressing - cheer up - there IS something to look forward to that is a lot closer -

The Wednesday Night Nets start in 24 hours!!!
See you there.

73
Bill
KV6Z






--
QRP....."more smiles per watt"
72
JOHNNY AC0BQ  ..




Re: 80 m Tuesday night net!

dekle <dekle@...>
 


That still doesn't beat the time I frantically called "CQ4S" for the SSS  -  on a Saturday!
HI.
Crow isn't so bad - if you cook it right.
 
73
Bill
KV6Z
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 8:53 PM
Subject: [4sqrp] 80 m Tuesday night net!

 

well guys, 

Crow taste pretty bad!
Sorry about the mistake!
I just started a new 80 meter net as well as the wrong time!
Cy all tomorrow night....tomorrow is Wednesday, right.
Fun to get old, isn't it!
72
Johnny AC0BQ  


--
QRP....."more smiles per watt"
72
JOHNNY AC0BQ  ..


Re: SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Yes it does start in 24 hours, Bill.
Not tonight.
72
Johnny 


On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, dekle@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

There are 316 days to go until the next OzarkCon.

If you find that a tad depressing - cheer up - there IS something to look forward to that is a lot closer -

The Wednesday Night Nets start in 24 hours!!!
See you there.

73
Bill
KV6Z





--
QRP....."more smiles per watt"
72
JOHNNY AC0BQ  ..


80 m Tuesday night net!

Johnny AC0BQ
 

well guys, 
Crow taste pretty bad!
Sorry about the mistake!
I just started a new 80 meter net as well as the wrong time!
Cy all tomorrow night....tomorrow is Wednesday, right.
Fun to get old, isn't it!
72
Johnny AC0BQ  


--
QRP....."more smiles per watt"
72
JOHNNY AC0BQ  ..


Re: 80 m net report

Charles W. Powell
 

A whopping 69 miles due west of me.  We really warmed the clouds tonight!

Chas NK8O


On May 19, 2015, at 19:23, Johnny Matlock jomatlock@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

ge Guys

Tough Condx on 80 m tonite.
I have a s5-8 Qrn level!
One brave soul snuck in between them.
CHAS NK8O
Took us several tries but we got Er done.
Better luck next week
Johnny AC0BQ 


--
QRP....."more smiles per watt"
72
JOHNNY AC0BQ  ..




80 m net report

Johnny AC0BQ
 

ge Guys
Tough Condx on 80 m tonite.
I have a s5-8 Qrn level!
One brave soul snuck in between them.
CHAS NK8O
Took us several tries but we got Er done.
Better luck next week
Johnny AC0BQ 


--
QRP....."more smiles per watt"
72
JOHNNY AC0BQ  ..


Re: 80m net at 8:00

Michael McEwen
 

Noise for me: S9+...heard fragments...of course, we're surrounded by T-storms here in God's country...

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Doc K5OSA - QTH: EM04sr
ARRL  
4SQRP #801 - NAQCC #7625 - SKCC #10098
FISTS #17157 - OMISS #9886
LFSARC (Lawton/Fort Sill Amateur Radio Club)

Michael T McEwen
Lt Col, US Army, Ret

Cellular Phone:  580 919-9205
Residence:  580 529-3412


On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 7:56 PM, Johnny Matlock jomatlock@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

Good evening guys

Terry is outa town and I'm calling the 80 m net unless the static crashes get too big!
Please join me at 8:00.
I will use WQ5RP/AC0BQ
Hope to get YA checked in
72
Johnny AC0BQ 



--
QRP....."more smiles per watt"
72
JOHNNY AC0BQ  ..



80m net at 8:00

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Good evening guys
Terry is outa town and I'm calling the 80 m net unless the static crashes get too big!
Please join me at 8:00.
I will use WQ5RP/AC0BQ
Hope to get YA checked in
72
Johnny AC0BQ 



--
QRP....."more smiles per watt"
72
JOHNNY AC0BQ  ..


SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

dekle@...
 

There are 316 days to go until the next OzarkCon.

If you find that a tad depressing - cheer up - there IS something to look forward to that is a lot closer -

The Wednesday Night Nets start in 24 hours!!!
See you there.

73
Bill
KV6Z




Re: Really dumb crystal question

Bill Cromwell
 

Hi Michael,

I have a Small Wonders Lab SW-40 PSK for 20 meters. It IS a SSB transceiver with an xtal oscillator where a VFO might be in other transceivers. I don't think those are available any more but you might find for the band you want and change the xtal for one that operates the radio on the frequency of your choice. Some single frequency radios have the IF filter on the operating frequency as well but this one has 9 mc xtals in the filters. You use a VXO circuit or a plain xtal oscillator with trimmer inside the radio.

I hope this helps.

73,

Bill  KU8H



On 05/18/2015 06:27 PM, Michael McEwen mcewenk5osa@... [4sqrp] wrote:
 
Please excuse my dumb questio, but I can spend beaucoup hours on google trying to find what you guys can provide in minutes.

Can there be a crystal controlled micro TX like the many QRP CW rigs we have?  My CW (basic ones, NS-40 and Peanut Whistle 2) are very cool for QRPp CW.  But as my CIDP develops, I'm going to need to plan SSB.  I have a fine home station (only 100W but pretty darn good non-yagi/tower/rotator antennas).

I am ripped when I can be out on the local Wichita Mountains range and do QRP SSB.

Maybe this is dumb do my ignorance...crystal QRP SSB?  How dumb can you be...

BTW, do have an LNR LD-5 with both CW and SSB.  Just looking for a kit I can share with my grandchildren...we have an Ozark Patrol for our listening (and their CW practicing).  My younger son, Colin, is not yetlicensed but his is a cabinetmaker and I'm planning (evil grin) to get him to become my solder and "oh shucks...missed that one" guy.
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Doc K5OSA - QTH: EM04sr
ARRL  
4SQRP #801 - NAQCC #7625 - SKCC #10098
FISTS #17157 - OMISS #9886
LFSARC (Lawton/Fort Sill Amateur Radio Club)

Michael T McEwen
Lt Col, US Army, Ret

Cellular Phone:  580 919-9205
Residence:  580 529-3412



RMRc May 20 cw practice net‏

Dale Putnam
 

Due to a change in plans, I will not be available for either net Tues late afternoon.
Please get on, and call, someone will be there to chat with... practice is the plan.
I will return on Thursday, rusty key and all ready to practice. See you Thursday.


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


RMRc May 20 cw practice net

Dale Putnam
 



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


Re: Really dumb crystal question

Dale Putnam
 

The BITX17/20 can be had at QRPkits....

http://www.qrpkits.com/bitx20a.html



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




Re: Really dumb crystal question

Jon Wanzer <jon@...>
 

Greetings Doc,

As for homebrew/kit I know of the Beach 40 which is DSB. I have seen it in 17, 20, 40, and 80 meter. I am actually building one myself right now and documenting the build on my website. I am also looking into the BitX 20 which is SSB and I have seen it in the same bands. I know the BitX can be bought as a kit, though I'm not sure where or how much. The Beach, I don't know if it has been kitted.

I wouldn't call them "micro" but the Beach 40 I am building could most likely fit in a case about 1/5th the size of the case I am building or less which is 8" wide, 3" tall, and 6" deep. I could probably get it down to 2 x 3 x 6 if I used a vericap. The air-variable takes up almost as much room as the rest of the radio!

73,

~Jon Wanzer KK6GXG

(408) 515-3583
jon@... | www.KK6GXG.com
ARRL/VEC VE

On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 3:27 PM, Michael McEwen mcewenk5osa@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

Please excuse my dumb questio, but I can spend beaucoup hours on google trying to find what you guys can provide in minutes.

Can there be a crystal controlled micro TX like the many QRP CW rigs we have?  My CW (basic ones, NS-40 and Peanut Whistle 2) are very cool for QRPp CW.  But as my CIDP develops, I'm going to need to plan SSB.  I have a fine home station (only 100W but pretty darn good non-yagi/tower/rotator antennas).

I am ripped when I can be out on the local Wichita Mountains range and do QRP SSB.

Maybe this is dumb do my ignorance...crystal QRP SSB?  How dumb can you be...

BTW, do have an LNR LD-5 with both CW and SSB.  Just looking for a kit I can share with my grandchildren...we have an Ozark Patrol for our listening (and their CW practicing).  My younger son, Colin, is not yetlicensed but his is a cabinetmaker and I'm planning (evil grin) to get him to become my solder and "oh shucks...missed that one" guy.
_ _ ...   .. _ _ _

Doc K5OSA - QTH: EM04sr
ARRL  
4SQRP #801 - NAQCC #7625 - SKCC #10098
FISTS #17157 - OMISS #9886
LFSARC (Lawton/Fort Sill Amateur Radio Club)

Michael T McEwen
Lt Col, US Army, Ret

Cellular Phone:  580 919-9205
Residence:  580 529-3412



Re: [QRP-L] Loopy

Jeremy Chase
 

I have been informed that my image didn't come through! I'll put it in two ways this time...

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qlsk1ohvhxgcgox/2015-05-17%2017.40.16.jpg?dl=0

On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 8:40 PM, Jeremy Chase <jeremychase@...> wrote:
Good luck! I keep hearing of all the success people have had with loop antennas, and I'm going to try it as well. I started construction of my bike-wheel loop antenna this weekend, see attached image.

K2CHA





On Mon, May 18, 2015 at 6:38 PM, Michael McEwen <mcewenk5osa@...> wrote:
Whoa...got my AlexLoop this morning before I headed out...got home and set
it up to listen. (dipoles and about 1 /8 tp 1/4 wave AGL 40/17: optimal
heights.

The Loop was a 2 maybe 3 S units more quiet on 40/20/17.  Look forward to
trying TX tonight...
*_ _ ...   .. _ _ _*

Doc K5OSA - QTH: EM04sr
ARRL
4SQRP #801 - NAQCC #7625 - SKCC #10098
FISTS #17157 - OMISS #9886
LFSARC (Lawton/Fort Sill Amateur Radio Club)

Michael T McEwen
Lt Col, US Army, Ret

Cellular Phone:  580 919-9205
Residence:  580 529-3412
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Re: Loopy

Walter - K5EST
 

My Alex loop has been a real pleasure for in the shack and portable operations.

One thing I suggest is a non-metallic little stand for setting up portable. PVC small pipe and a 3/4" short dowel rod is what I use. Be creative and light weight!

72,

:........Walter Dufrain - K5EST........:

On May 18, 2015 5:38 PM, "Michael McEwen mcewenk5osa@... [4sqrp]" <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

Whoa...got my AlexLoop this morning before I headed out...got home and set it up to listen. (dipoles and about 1 /8 tp 1/4 wave AGL 40/17: optimal heights.

The Loop was a 2 maybe 3 S units more quiet on 40/20/17.  Look forward to trying TX tonight...
_ _ ...   .. _ _ _

Doc K5OSA - QTH: EM04sr
ARRL  
4SQRP #801 - NAQCC #7625 - SKCC #10098
FISTS #17157 - OMISS #9886
LFSARC (Lawton/Fort Sill Amateur Radio Club)

Michael T McEwen
Lt Col, US Army, Ret

Cellular Phone:  580 919-9205
Residence:  580 529-3412


Re: Really dumb crystal question

Don Wilhelm <w3fpr@...>
 

Any K2 with a serial number above 4660 has all the Elecraft mods installed.
One with a serial number above 3000 has all mods except for the PLL temperarture stability (thermistor) mod and the K2 Keying waveshape mod.
The keying waveshape mod kit is no longer available due to the unavailability of the PIN diode, but is not necessary in a QRP K2.
If it has a serial number below 3000, ask if it has had *all* the A to B mods installed - many have.
Any K2 can be upgraded, and the cost of all the upgrade kits is about $110 - add $54 if the firmware is not up to date.
The latest firmware is MCU 2.04.  To see the firmware level, hold any button in while powering on, it will be briefly displayed.

73,
Don W3FPR

On 5/19/2015 7:59 AM, kk5ib01@... [4sqrp] wrote:
 

I will second the idea of an Elecraft K2. I have used several QRP radios, the MFJ-90X0 series, SW-40+, a TenTec Scout, and more but I wanted a QRP radio to set on my small desk. I wanted all band, SSB, digital frequency readout, built in keyer, two vfos, RIT, good filters, and s meter The radio that best fit that for me was the K2. I've had mine about a year and it's a keeper. Only advice in buying one is look for a high serial number if you buy a used one, as there our several upgrades that need to be done. Also my thinking is to leave the 100 watt amp out and leave the K2 as a QRP radio as that is what works best for me.
Darryl, KK5IB



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