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Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

wa2cky
 

Thanks again to everyone.  Someone has opted to get them all (thanks, EuGene).  Had several offers and I am so delighted not to have them go in the trash!  I will be soooooo glad when Covid get's under control and our library will once again be able to put magazines out for folks to pickup.

Here is my ham radio magazine story.  I have been in ham radio since I was in high school (over 60 years ago) and, over the years, I had accumulated well over 10 large boxes of old ham radio magazines - some I had gotten myself through subscriptions, some will acquired at estate sales and auctions, some were given to me, etc, etc. I had magazines that dated back before 1920! I had one wall of my basement - over 15 ft long and 5 ft all - with old magazines!  Ye, gads!  One day in the mid-1990s, I walked downstairs and said 'you have got to get rid of all those magazines'.  So I sat down and used every trick I could think of to get them out gone - sold some, gave some away, etc. And managed to clean out all of them - took over 2 years but I got 'er done.  Since then, I keep just the last two years or so and get rid of everything older.  It is much easier today to find old articles on the web and the ARRL has made it much easier - even to point where I guess they are making back issues of QEX available. Still I do like getting paper copies to read - for some reason the digital ones just don't do it for me.  

Anyways thanks to all - been fun reading all the comments.  And thanks to those who decided to help me be a responsible consumer!

73
Bob Groh 

On Thu, Nov 26, 2020 at 12:51 PM Bob Groh <bob.groh@...> wrote:
Happy Thanksgiving Day to all. 

Cleaning up a bit and I have some QSTs from 2015, 2016 and 2017 that will be going into the trash unless someone would like them. I can load as many as I can get into a Medium sized USPS Priority Mail box and zip them your way if you will pay $15.05 for postage (US only). Not guaranteeing complete years as some might be missing. Drop me a line if interested. 

73
Bob Groh, WA2CKY


Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017)

Andy - GM0NWI
 

As a Scottish Ham licensed in early 1990’ 

I used to wait for our club when i was a member back then to receive CQ & QST magazine

Loved ALL the content no matter how easy or difficult to read an article was at first

The of course there was QEX, Ham Radio
Today

The list goes on ...

I “ do & don’t “ understand why folks get rid of their treasured issues.  Nowadays you dont need to troll thru actual paper to find articles when you can cross-reference via the net

If space is a premium theres always a real good sealed box or 2 in the loft or garage

“ Why discard & waste a lifetime of learning “

We’re the older generation now and are forever crying out about a “ wasteful society “

Lastly Myself ...

Would LOVE free paper copies of 

The Novice ( Item Builds In General ) & The Good QRP/QRPp ( Item Builds In General )

Minimalist Radio Equipment In General )

From the pages of ANY past Journals
 
I am QRZ QTHR ... ( If Anyone Cares To Know )

73’s
Andy - GM0NWI


Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

Dean LaClair
 

Today's ham is NOTHING like the ham of yesteryear. No I'm not going to make any comments about the code I'm not going to make any comments about the lack of theory, just plain old don't care about building things learning things and doing things. 
There are a whole lot of articles available in QST about the $28 baofeng which is 90% of today's new hams, only radio.

When I was a young ham I couldn't wait for the new issue of QST, 73 magazine, ham radio magazine to show up...I read them cover to cover. The in rush of new information was awesome. 
I'll bet I'm not wrong and saying that 90% of the hams that have been licensed in the last 5 years have never built a dipole antenna.

Do you ever remember so many companies selling simple wire antennas? 
And by the way it's not just ham radio, look around.

Good luck in the contest,73
Dean K2WW


Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

John
 

I have all but a very few (9?) of ALL the small digest sized issues.

Since I'm a man of (minimal) moderation, I stopped collecting with the change to the large format magazine :-)

John K5MO


On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 3:47 PM Karl Schwab <schwab.karl@...> wrote:
I had complete QST's back to 1969 when I decided to give them away to make room in my shack for the installation of a new furnace.  I took several years of them to local ham swap meets and I could not give them away!  I like other ARRL members, find little need for them now with the ability to acquire reference information from ARRL on-line.  My wife and I took them to the curb on recycle day, and got rid of everyone of them.  Kind of sad I think, but that is the way it is.  I continue to get the printed copy of QST; I read them thoroughly, keep one years worth, and then add one the newest one and pitch the oldest. I find reading QST on-line not be to my liking.  73, Karl, KO8S


Re: Intriguing PCB holder on Amazon

Thomas Martin
 

If you go to Banggood.com search soldering aids they have similar ones for much less. I ordered on nice for the smaller boards
tom

On Fri, Nov 27, 2020 at 1:50 PM Bob - K2KI <k2ki@...> wrote:
Hi all,
I was doing some window shopping at Amazon and came across this:

https://www.amazon.com/Toolour-Pieces-Circuit-Board-Holder/dp/B07TDGT21L/ref=pd_di_sccai_1/141-0245591-8116743?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07TDGT21L&pd_rd_r=7b0da477-6da5-44bc-a310-0cadc5342c46&pd_rd_w=sxl4t&pd_rd_wg=BWTHC&pf_rd_p=c9443270-b914-4430-a90b-72e3e7e784e0&pf_rd_r=60J8V780JFKXTPYVWZYK&psc=1&refRID=60J8V780JFKXTPYVWZYK

Has anyone tried these?  They look cool and you can get flexible arms to
hold your PCB up higher and change the orientation of the board.
Any feedback god, bad or indifferent would be appreciate any info.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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k2ki.bb@... (Goes to my cell)
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Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

Jim Sheldon
 

I give all of mine to the local library at the end of the year when I’m done with them.  Head librarian is a ham but not an ARRL member so they all get bound up a year at a time and made available for check out.

That’s worked out well so far.

Jim, W0EB


On Nov 27, 2020, at 2:47 PM, Karl Schwab <schwab.karl@...> wrote:

I had complete QST's back to 1969 when I decided to give them away to make room in my shack for the installation of a new furnace.  I took several years of them to local ham swap meets and I could not give them away!  I like other ARRL members, find little need for them now with the ability to acquire reference information from ARRL on-line.  My wife and I took them to the curb on recycle day, and got rid of everyone of them.  Kind of sad I think, but that is the way it is.  I continue to get the printed copy of QST; I read them thoroughly, keep one years worth, and then add one the newest one and pitch the oldest. I find reading QST on-line not be to my liking.  73, Karl, KO8S


Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

Karl Schwab
 

I had complete QST's back to 1969 when I decided to give them away to make room in my shack for the installation of a new furnace.  I took several years of them to local ham swap meets and I could not give them away!  I like other ARRL members, find little need for them now with the ability to acquire reference information from ARRL on-line.  My wife and I took them to the curb on recycle day, and got rid of everyone of them.  Kind of sad I think, but that is the way it is.  I continue to get the printed copy of QST; I read them thoroughly, keep one years worth, and then add one the newest one and pitch the oldest. I find reading QST on-line not be to my liking.  73, Karl, KO8S


Intriguing PCB holder on Amazon

Bob - K2KI
 

Hi all,
I was doing some window shopping at Amazon and came across this:

https://www.amazon.com/Toolour-Pieces-Circuit-Board-Holder/dp/B07TDGT21L/ref=pd_di_sccai_1/141-0245591-8116743?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07TDGT21L&pd_rd_r=7b0da477-6da5-44bc-a310-0cadc5342c46&pd_rd_w=sxl4t&pd_rd_wg=BWTHC&pf_rd_p=c9443270-b914-4430-a90b-72e3e7e784e0&pf_rd_r=60J8V780JFKXTPYVWZYK&psc=1&refRID=60J8V780JFKXTPYVWZYK

Has anyone tried these?  They look cool and you can get flexible arms to hold your PCB up higher and change the orientation of the board.
Any feedback god, bad or indifferent would be appreciate any info.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

--
73/72 . .
Bob de k2ki
@K2KI
k2ki.bb@... (Goes to my cell)
NEQRP #911
4SQRP #2292
FP #4214
SKCC #12195
NAQCC #2337


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Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

David Wilcox
 

What ever happened to the kids and sometimes adults getting onto the hobby or even those who were not ARRL members who in the past clamored for the recent and even old copies of QST, 73, CQ, etc?  We used to haul them home and go through them like Radio Shack and Heathkit catalogs devouring every word and dreaming of someday owning those long forgotten rigs or building some of the kits and projects that were available but not on our budget.  Is no one curious or can they all afford the back issue CDs or going through the complicated process of the ARRL archives to find something fun or interesting?  Just wondering.

When in model RC airplane building a few years ago even at my mid age I enjoyed any older issues of the modeling mags I could scrounge up to see what had been done before and what was happening on the “new” scene.

Those older mags are great bathroom reading fodder or read just when I was just too tired or lazy to go to the shack and make a contact or repair one of my plane wrecks.  I still take my one or two year old copies of ham mags to the club and most of the time they sit there.  There aren’t that many mags being printed anymore so the piles I bring  are even much smaller than years ago.  They are FREE too! I just don’t get it.

Dave K8WPE since 1960, probably living in the past too much but the undertaker won’t be able to wipe the smile off my face when my time comes.  Thank you ham radio and the Elmers that put up with me back in the day.  Ham Radio, still Cheaper than a psychiatrist and less trouble than a mistress, and still bringing everlasting joy.

David J. Wilcox’s iPad

On Nov 26, 2020, at 10:39 PM, Louis Axeman via groups.io <n8la@...> wrote:


Maybe take them to a thrift store if there are no takers.  They may spur interest in amateur radio in someone who sees them there.

Lou,  N8LA


On Thursday, November 26, 2020, 09:23:46 PM CST, David Lininger <kb0zke@...> wrote:


John, I had the same problem several years ago. As was mentioned, ARRL
members can get the information for free online simply by searching for
what they want. Without an index, a pile of magazines is just a pile of
magazines. Also, I suspect that most hams have their own pile of magazines.



On 26/11/20 13:35, John - KK4ITX via groups.io wrote:
> Bob,
>
> Let us know if you’re successful, I had 6-7 years of QST and tried to
> give them away at meetings, Hamfests and on email reflectors with no
> takers. I don’t understand why 75% of hams don’t want free magazines
> especially printed for their hobby.
>
> I finally gave up and recycled them :(
>
> Good luck !
>
> John
> KK4ITX 
>
> /*Visit:  *www.zaarc.org <http://www.zaarc.org>.   👁/
>
> On Nov 26, 2020, at 13:51, wa2cky <bob.groh@...
> <mailto:bob.groh@...>> wrote:
>
>> Happy Thanksgiving Day to all. 
>>
>> Cleaning up a bit and I have some QSTs from 2015, 2016 and 2017 that
>> will be going into the trash unless someone would like them. I can
>> load as many as I can get into a Medium sized USPS Priority Mail box
>> and zip them your way if you will pay $15.05 for postage (US only).
>> Not guaranteeing complete years as some might be missing. Drop me a
>> line if interested. 
>>
>> 73
>> Bob Groh, WA2CKY
>

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Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

bigusmith
 

Wow!  As I read through all of my accumulated messages, I read the messages between between you and some other hams about how nobody wants the QST magazines and I, too, was amazed that they are still around.

I'll take them...will get your address off of Zed and send you the $15.50 in tomorrow's mail, or if you do PayPal, invoice me at bigusmith@...

EuGene Smith, KA5NLY
P.O. Box 1110
Clinton, AR 72031


On Thursday, November 26, 2020, 11:24:45 PM CST, bigusmith via groups.io <bigusmith@...> wrote:


Bob,

I've been out a better part of today so I am catching up on about 40 accumulated e-mails.  Although this is a late response to an early afternoon offer, if you still have any of those QST back issues left, I would be interested.  By all means, don't trash any leftovers.

Let me know if you still have any left and I will send you a check for the postage.

EuGene Smith, KA5NLY


On Thursday, November 26, 2020, 12:51:45 PM CST, wa2cky <bob.groh@...> wrote:


Happy Thanksgiving Day to all. 

Cleaning up a bit and I have some QSTs from 2015, 2016 and 2017 that will be going into the trash unless someone would like them. I can load as many as I can get into a Medium sized USPS Priority Mail box and zip them your way if you will pay $15.05 for postage (US only). Not guaranteeing complete years as some might be missing. Drop me a line if interested. 

73
Bob Groh, WA2CKY


Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

bigusmith
 

Bob,

I've been out a better part of today so I am catching up on about 40 accumulated e-mails.  Although this is a late response to an early afternoon offer, if you still have any of those QST back issues left, I would be interested.  By all means, don't trash any leftovers.

Let me know if you still have any left and I will send you a check for the postage.

EuGene Smith, KA5NLY


On Thursday, November 26, 2020, 12:51:45 PM CST, wa2cky <bob.groh@...> wrote:


Happy Thanksgiving Day to all. 

Cleaning up a bit and I have some QSTs from 2015, 2016 and 2017 that will be going into the trash unless someone would like them. I can load as many as I can get into a Medium sized USPS Priority Mail box and zip them your way if you will pay $15.05 for postage (US only). Not guaranteeing complete years as some might be missing. Drop me a line if interested. 

73
Bob Groh, WA2CKY


Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

wa2cky
 

Thanks for all the comments. Normally (i.e. pre-Covid) when our local library was open - I would take ALL my old magazines there and recycle them.  But alas for now and probably for the next 6 months or so, that is NOT an option.  As you all have commented no one seems to want them.  Oh, well, I tried. I will probably slide them under the bed and wait 6 months or so for the world to start to get back to normal. Meanwhile I'll just try some other avenues.  Absolutely hate to just trash them.  FYI paper is NOT recyclable around here.  Sad but a reality.

73
Bob, WA2CKY

On Thu, Nov 26, 2020 at 10:14 PM Kent Trimble, K9ZTV <k9ztv@...> wrote:
Don’t overlook the possibility of donating them to school libraries, especially middle (junior high) schools.

73,

Kent  K9ZTV






Re: 4SQRP] 30 Meter Hilltopper Kit & More

John - KK4ITX
 

I have seen a few “practice kits” with a PCB and 50-60 parts to solder on..... perhaps 4S would develop a SMT learning kit along with some Hints & Kinks...... it’s here and we need to deal with it.

John
KK4ITX 

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On Nov 26, 2020, at 20:09, Curt via groups.io <wb8yyy@...> wrote:

Andy

interesting thoughts. with some key parts like Si5351a PLL's only available in SMD form we are seeing more hybrid kits, with these critters pre-installed.  note QRP Labs is planning a smaller version of QCX with the builder only having to install through hole parts. 

I did look over a few of my SMD successes -- let's see a frequency counter to the NC2030 that was nearly all surface mount.  Maybe my biggest SMD wonder was homebrewing a WBR regen receiver (which BTW is a wonderful 40m CW/SSB receiver) that needed a small value varactor.  i had gotten a very tiny sample, mounted it to a little board made for some IC form factor that fit - and it let me attach leads to it.  could I do it again?  maybe.  am I am looking forward to maybe replacing a bad Si5351a on my original QCX (when and if I order one)?  i guess I should be up to the challenge but it might take some patient effort. 

some of us have deep enough stashes of thru hole parts, but the opportunity to mount a few SMD parts for a project (on media that can accept them) is worthwhile.  or build something with tubes and real big components. 

73 CUL curt wb8yyy


Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

Kent Trimble, K9ZTV
 

Don’t overlook the possibility of donating them to school libraries, especially middle (junior high) schools.

73,

Kent K9ZTV


Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

John - KK4ITX
 

Well David, while it’s true ARRL members can get all back issues of QST and more online I was surprised that non members didn’t show any interest at all.  I belong to 5 clubs (250+ Hams) in my area and with less than 25% of Hams actually getting the QST publication I was naive enough to think that they would be interested !  There’s something wrong with that picture.

Clubs with newsletters like the 4S Banner and others, some even with printed and mailed copies, are a tremendous source of information AND education, yet the FREE aspect doesn’t seem to entice them to read the offerings..... I really don’t understand.

John
KK4ITX 

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On Nov 26, 2020, at 22:23, David Lininger <kb0zke@...> wrote:

John, I had the same problem several years ago. As was mentioned, ARRL
members can get the information for free online simply by searching for
what they want. Without an index, a pile of magazines is just a pile of
magazines. Also, I suspect that most hams have their own pile of magazines.



On 26/11/20 13:35, John - KK4ITX via groups.io wrote:
Bob,

Let us know if you’re successful, I had 6-7 years of QST and tried to
give them away at meetings, Hamfests and on email reflectors with no
takers. I don’t understand why 75% of hams don’t want free magazines
especially printed for their hobby.

I finally gave up and recycled them :(

Good luck !

John
KK4ITX 

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On Nov 26, 2020, at 13:51, wa2cky <bob.groh@...
<mailto:bob.groh@...>> wrote:

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all. 

Cleaning up a bit and I have some QSTs from 2015, 2016 and 2017 that
will be going into the trash unless someone would like them. I can
load as many as I can get into a Medium sized USPS Priority Mail box
and zip them your way if you will pay $15.05 for postage (US only).
Not guaranteeing complete years as some might be missing. Drop me a
line if interested. 

73
Bob Groh, WA2CKY


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Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

Louis Axeman
 

Maybe take them to a thrift store if there are no takers.  They may spur interest in amateur radio in someone who sees them there.

Lou,  N8LA


On Thursday, November 26, 2020, 09:23:46 PM CST, David Lininger <kb0zke@...> wrote:


John, I had the same problem several years ago. As was mentioned, ARRL
members can get the information for free online simply by searching for
what they want. Without an index, a pile of magazines is just a pile of
magazines. Also, I suspect that most hams have their own pile of magazines.



On 26/11/20 13:35, John - KK4ITX via groups.io wrote:
> Bob,
>
> Let us know if you’re successful, I had 6-7 years of QST and tried to
> give them away at meetings, Hamfests and on email reflectors with no
> takers. I don’t understand why 75% of hams don’t want free magazines
> especially printed for their hobby.
>
> I finally gave up and recycled them :(
>
> Good luck !
>
> John
> KK4ITX 
>
> /*Visit:  *www.zaarc.org <http://www.zaarc.org>.   👁/
>
> On Nov 26, 2020, at 13:51, wa2cky <bob.groh@...
> <mailto:bob.groh@...>> wrote:
>
>> Happy Thanksgiving Day to all. 
>>
>> Cleaning up a bit and I have some QSTs from 2015, 2016 and 2017 that
>> will be going into the trash unless someone would like them. I can
>> load as many as I can get into a Medium sized USPS Priority Mail box
>> and zip them your way if you will pay $15.05 for postage (US only).
>> Not guaranteeing complete years as some might be missing. Drop me a
>> line if interested. 
>>
>> 73
>> Bob Groh, WA2CKY
>

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Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

David Lininger
 

John, I had the same problem several years ago. As was mentioned, ARRL
members can get the information for free online simply by searching for
what they want. Without an index, a pile of magazines is just a pile of
magazines. Also, I suspect that most hams have their own pile of magazines.

On 26/11/20 13:35, John - KK4ITX via groups.io wrote:
Bob,

Let us know if you’re successful, I had 6-7 years of QST and tried to
give them away at meetings, Hamfests and on email reflectors with no
takers. I don’t understand why 75% of hams don’t want free magazines
especially printed for their hobby.

I finally gave up and recycled them :(

Good luck !

John
KK4ITX 

/*Visit:  *www.zaarc.org <http://www.zaarc.org>.   👁/

On Nov 26, 2020, at 13:51, wa2cky <bob.groh@...
<mailto:bob.groh@...>> wrote:

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all. 

Cleaning up a bit and I have some QSTs from 2015, 2016 and 2017 that
will be going into the trash unless someone would like them. I can
load as many as I can get into a Medium sized USPS Priority Mail box
and zip them your way if you will pay $15.05 for postage (US only).
Not guaranteeing complete years as some might be missing. Drop me a
line if interested. 

73
Bob Groh, WA2CKY
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Re: 4 SQRP 40 & 80 METER NET REPORT

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Hutch
I will keep a open ear out for you on the 80 meter net.
I used to run CW /m and would love to get you checked in.

Besides that, I grew up near Moore, OK!

72
Johnny ACØBQ 

On Thu, Nov 26, 2020 at 7:00 PM WB5CTS/M "Hutch" via groups.io <Wb5cts=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Tnx Terry for the encouragement !  Plan to home brew an 80m ant along with better ground strapping on the Tahoe.

Paul you had a strong signal at times however, Hvy QSB was dropping sigs into the noise.  Thankyou for trying.

I’ll have a better plan for next week. The Hustler is just not getting the job done.

Thanks again fellas and Happy Holidays!

72. Hutch
WB5CTS/M





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Re: QSTs (2015, 2016, 2017) - free for cost of shipping

Tom Sevart
 

On 11/26/2020 14:35, John - KK4ITX via groups.io wrote:
Bob,
Let us know if you’re successful, I had 6-7 years of QST and tried to give them away at meetings, Hamfests and on email reflectors with no takers. I don’t understand why 75% of hams don’t want free magazines especially printed for their hobby.
I finally gave up and recycled them :(
I would consider taking them but I have little time to read these days, and in fact haven't had a whole lot of time for radio in general.

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St. Paul, KS

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Re: 4SQRP] 30 Meter Hilltopper Kit & More

Curt
 

Andy

interesting thoughts. with some key parts like Si5351a PLL's only available in SMD form we are seeing more hybrid kits, with these critters pre-installed.  note QRP Labs is planning a smaller version of QCX with the builder only having to install through hole parts. 

I did look over a few of my SMD successes -- let's see a frequency counter to the NC2030 that was nearly all surface mount.  Maybe my biggest SMD wonder was homebrewing a WBR regen receiver (which BTW is a wonderful 40m CW/SSB receiver) that needed a small value varactor.  i had gotten a very tiny sample, mounted it to a little board made for some IC form factor that fit - and it let me attach leads to it.  could I do it again?  maybe.  am I am looking forward to maybe replacing a bad Si5351a on my original QCX (when and if I order one)?  i guess I should be up to the challenge but it might take some patient effort. 

some of us have deep enough stashes of thru hole parts, but the opportunity to mount a few SMD parts for a project (on media that can accept them) is worthwhile.  or build something with tubes and real big components. 

73 CUL curt wb8yyy