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Re: Home from Brutus

Bruce Winkelman <bdwink@...>
 

Even tho I was only at the Brutus Bash for part of Saturday afternoon, had a great time. Always a pleasure to put a face with call/name that you've worked on the air or seen on the email list. Bert N0YJ and Johnny AC0BQ can sure grill a brat! It was alot of fun playing with Jim's (W0EB) KX3, even with a shorted-out vertical :-) ---wonder if Santa was watching?? And I got a lot of good ideas for some portable antennas in the future.

See y'all next year at Brutus.

72/73
Bruce AA5CO


Re: Home from Brutus

Ray Cadmus
 

Home safe as well.  This old body is tired and sore but the weekend with a great group of folk was worth all the aches and pains.

Hope to see you all next year.

ray    W0PFO

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On 09/15/2013 06:21 PM, Walter - K5EST wrote:
 

Back from Big Brutus. ....oh what a super weekend with WX, ham radio,  kite flying, camp prize winning food,  and visiting with some of the real great folks in our hobby. Ron AG1P takes the mileage prize with 2, 190 miles (I think) and last count 23 attended. WOW Brutus Bash is a destination!......now I'm ready for OzarkCon!

Gotta finish unloading.

72....Walter . K5EST

...get your QRP on--->4SQRP...



Re: Home from Brutus

Walter - K5EST
 

Back from Big Brutus. ....oh what a super weekend with WX, ham radio,  kite flying, camp prize winning food,  and visiting with some of the real great folks in our hobby. Ron AG1P takes the mileage prize with 2, 190 miles (I think) and last count 23 attended. WOW Brutus Bash is a destination!......now I'm ready for OzarkCon!

Gotta finish unloading.

72....Walter . K5EST

...get your QRP on--->4SQRP...


Home from Brutus Bash

Robert
 

Had a great time, back home safe

Great to see every one, still impressed with Terry's 3$ kite

cu all next year

Lord Willing

Bert
N0YJ


Home from the Brutus Bash

Jim Sheldon
 

Wife and I just finished unloading the car after arriving home tired but happy about 3 p.m.  Lots of fun - gave a bunch the chance to actually get on the air with my KX3 and after we finally figured out that I had mounted the "Grasshopper" vertical too low on it's base and shorted the bugger out, a number of contacts were made.  The optional internal autotuner is so good that it was giving me a 1.0:1 match on all bands.  I could hear lots of stations but they couldn't hear me - DUH!  
 
Just after getting set up, I was hearing Al, HC2SL in Bogota at 599+ a bit but he wasn't hearing me at all.  It was about an hour later when one of the guys (I don't remember who it was but all credit goes to him for seeing that the clamp on the element just above the insulator was contacting the top of the mounting pipe).  Moved it up a couple inches and the bands came alive!  Thanks, you know who you are -
 
Saturday lunch was brats and burgers and to the gentleman that brought the brats, those were the best brats I've ever eaten short of the street vendors in Augsburg, Germany back in the late 70's
 
Sunday biscuits & gravy by Joy Dufrain is something not to be missed if you ever get the chance.  
 
I didn't, but someone got pix of Walter and several others trying to extricate one of the kites from "Charley Brown's kite eating tree".  That tree had a super hold on the kite, but they finally got it out.  You have to ask Walter how much damage happened to the kite - LOL.
 
It was nice to see everyone I'd met before and make some new acquaintances as well.
 
See Y'all next year,
 
Jim - W0EB


Home from Brutus

Tom Sevart
 

Had a great time at Brutus, was fun getting to set up and operate away from home again. I managed to work a couple of special event stations on 20M SSB with my BitX20a, one in Ohio and the other in North Carolina. Not bad for a pseudo-special event station to work two other special event stns. Also made some CW contacts on 20 and 40. Excellent proof that my antenna rebuild worked well.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


BB

Paul Smith
 

Sounds like a good time was had by all. I had plans to come down and play. I have been sick all weekend and have not left the house...I think a trip to the Dr tomorrow is in order. I will ride along and read the comments.... I kept looking for 4sqrp guys at the watering holes but no luck... I did work a couple 4 state guys that were looking for you too........de Paul N0NBD


We are home!

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge group :
I am home and Bert, N0YJ is close.
It was great fun!
Till next year, 
72
Johnny AC0BQ


Re: BB Today

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Bart
Great to see you and your wife at Brutus.
I was hoping you would show up for a visit!
I thanks for the history of the get together, seems to grow more every year.
The bands were crappy to say the least, but we flew, hung, and stood up antennas of several varieties around the property.
We had hams running digital, qrp ssb and of course the old stand by CW,
What seemed to be the most fun was the Fellowship, Food, Tailgating, and just hanging out with great company for the weekend!
Hard to beat a deal like that!
Even when the main navigator of our crew 
(Me) was talking too much and let our driver miss the turn off, and we ended up at the Pittsburg corner.
72
Take Care 
Johnny AC0BQ


On Saturday, September 14, 2013, Bart Lawson wrote:
 

Hi All,


Patsy drove me out to Big Brutus yesterday so that we could see and visit with the early bird arrivals and watch the kites, one of which will hold an antenna today!  What a group of nice folks.  Anyone reading this that is still wondering if it would be worth the drive today, go for it.  The WX is absolutely beautiful the breezes are going to be perfect to fly some antennas and keep any pesky bugs away.  That isn't even mentioning the great group of folks you will be visiting and some very interesting portable qrp set ups being used!  Mixed in to this will be a chance to mingle with some of the great amateurs of the QRP segment of our great hobby!  Oh, did I mention the tailgating that will be going on?

It has been quite a few years since Joe W0MQY and Terry WA0ITP dreamed up this activity and Tom N2UHC and myself  W0IIT sort of tagged along for the fun of it.  It has become one of the 4Sqrp Group's favorite activities since that meager beginning.  If you have a portable setup that you have been itching to try out this is a perfect opportunity to put it on the air.

If you can't make it out watch "qrpspots" at <http://www.qrpspots.com/> to see what frequencies are being used and what time stations will be active!  The club call is going to be used so listen up for WQ5RP.

cu es 72, Bart W0IIT
Pittsburg, KS
4Sqrp = #72, FP= #11, ARS=#568, SKCC=1139, NAQCC=#588 FIST=#5819, Zombie=#500, Geritol=#1000(from back when I actually had a mic connected to my rig:-)












Wayne Green W2NSD SK

Don Jackson
 

Many of you already have read that Wayne Green, W2NSD, became a silent key last Friday. He was quite active in the very early days of RTTY, editor of CQ magazine when it became a very large and popular publication (not matched before or since), founder of 73 magazine, Byte, and eventually KiloByte, and many more.

You can go to the website:
< http://waynegreen.com/wayne/news.html > to find some interesting information, especially the YouTube radio interview from a couple years ago and the mp3 file on the Ode to Wayne.

I'm sure there will be a lot more material come forth about him and his life.

Besides being a fan of his with CQ, 73, Byte, Kilobyte and more, I was elated when he once sent me $2 in the mail to encourage me and to help pay the postage to keep him on the mailing list for a little experimenters newsletter I was publishing back around 1960. I was honored to meet and talk with him back in 1976 at the Dayton Hamvention, and to have him in the audience when I gave a presentation on the use of microprocessors in ham radio.

At 91 years old, he lived a long and rewarding life, although some would consider it controversial at times.

Don AE5K


Re: BB Today

W0IIT
 

Hi All,

Patsy drove me out to Big Brutus yesterday so that we could see and visit with the early bird arrivals and watch the kites, one of which will hold an antenna today!  What a group of nice folks.  Anyone reading this that is still wondering if it would be worth the drive today, go for it.  The WX is absolutely beautiful the breezes are going to be perfect to fly some antennas and keep any pesky bugs away.  That isn't even mentioning the great group of folks you will be visiting and some very interesting portable qrp set ups being used!  Mixed in to this will be a chance to mingle with some of the great amateurs of the QRP segment of our great hobby!  Oh, did I mention the tailgating that will be going on?

It has been quite a few years since Joe W0MQY and Terry WA0ITP dreamed up this activity and Tom N2UHC and myself  W0IIT sort of tagged along for the fun of it.  It has become one of the 4Sqrp Group's favorite activities since that meager beginning.  If you have a portable setup that you have been itching to try out this is a perfect opportunity to put it on the air.

If you can't make it out watch "qrpspots" at <http://www.qrpspots.com/> to see what frequencies are being used and what time stations will be active!  The club call is going to be used so listen up for WQ5RP.

cu es 72, Bart W0IIT
Pittsburg, KS
4Sqrp = #72, FP= #11, ARS=#568, SKCC=1139, NAQCC=#588 FIST=#5819, Zombie=#500, Geritol=#1000(from back when I actually had a mic connected to my rig:-)












Re: BB Friday

Dale Putnam
 

It is so foggy here this morning, the visi is less than 300 ft. and we have had 5 inches of rain, in the last week... that is half of our average annual precip. 
and it almost all soaked in. 
But the tent pegs won't stay in the ground now... what is one to do? 

Seriously, wish I could make it.... 
Have a grand time there... and I'll be watching for you guys on QRPspots... 


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



To: 4sqrp@...; ag1p@...
From: jomatlock@...
Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:28:22 -0500
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] BB Friday

 

Cu There Ron
Johnny AC0BQ


Sent from my iPad

On Sep 13, 2013, at 7:55 AM, <ag1p@...> wrote:

 
The birds managed to leave a few breadcrumbs so found my way back.  Figure I will arrive around 10 am this morning.  Long drive but great scenery.  Worked KH6 station on 5W SSB from top of 11K ft pass in the Rockies.  Looking forward to eyball qsos and fun!
72 - Ron - AG1P


Re: BB Friday

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Cu There Ron
Johnny AC0BQ


Sent from my iPad

On Sep 13, 2013, at 7:55 AM, <ag1p@...> wrote:

 

The birds managed to leave a few breadcrumbs so found my way back.  Figure I will arrive around 10 am this morning.  Long drive but great scenery.  Worked KH6 station on 5W SSB from top of 11K ft pass in the Rockies.  Looking forward to eyball qsos and fun!
72 - Ron - AG1P


The Simple Scalar Network Analyzer (LONG)

Jerry Haigwood <jerry@...>
 

Hi All,

 

Introducing the Simple SNA aka The Poor Ham's SNA.  Recently Jim Giammanco N5IB and I have been working on a microcomputer controlled SNA that will do automatic frequency scans and data collection.  This project grew out of need for this type of instrument at N5IB and W5JH.  We have decided to release it into the ham community.  On this list, in the files section, under N5IB W5JH Simple SNA, you will find a PDF file that will help you to under the function of this instrument.  The unit consists of an Italian microcomputer - the Arduino UNO, a Chinese built AD9850 DDS module, and an interface board designed and built by Jim and I.  Interface boards that plug into the Arduino microcomputers are sometimes known as "shields" (I am not sure why).  The shield interfaces the Arduino UNO to the AD9850.  It also contains a low pass filter and a buffer amp.  The gain of the buffer amp is eaten up by attenuators.  The attenuators help isolate the AD9850 from the outside world and give the instrument a 50 ohm impedance.  Of course before any sweeping or data collection can be done, the microcomputer needs some software.  We have provided two functions in the software, a SNA function, and a generator function.  The RF output of either function is -10dbm.  This is a value low enough to be able to sweep most filters without any worry about damage to components, etc.  This software is being released along with the hardware design in hopes that other people will come up with new functions to share with the radio community.  The SNA function of this instrument requires a power meter such as the W7PUA/W7ZOI.  In fact, this instrument was designed to be used with Bob and Wes' power meter.

 

So how does it work?  If you refer to block diagram of the PDF file mentioned, you will see the typical setup.  You will need a PC, a USB cable, a terminal program such as TERM232 for the PC, a +12VDC power supply, a device to test, and the power meter.  Connect everything as shown.  You turn on the Simple SNA, and then start the terminal program.  Press the start button on the SNA and answer the questions. Choose 1 for SNA function, select a starting frequency, select an ending frequency, and select a step size.  The program will pause and let you start a capture file on the PC.  Hit the enter key and set back and watch it do its job!  When you stop seeing anymore data on the screen, you can exit from TERM232 and the data will be saved.  To analyze your data, open a spreadsheet such as Excel.  Plot the data anyway you like. Make it large, make it small, put in pretty colors, show it to your spouse, kids, dog, etc. ;-)  Maybe you decide you don't like the parameters you selected.  Just start TERM232 again, press the start button and try it again with different start, stop, or step parameters.  The frequency range is 1-30 MHz.  Step size is 1 Hz to BIG.   You can sweep almost any two port 50 ohm in/out device.  Hook it up to your return loss bridge and sweep your antennas, sweep your crystal filters, LC filters, amplifiers, etc.

 

The generator function allows you to select a starting frequency and step size.  You can then step the frequency up/down or change the step size by a factor of 2.  It is very simple to use.

 

A yahoo group has been setup to get the latest software, user manual, news, etc.  Here is a link to the group.

< http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/PHSNA>

You are welcome to join and comment.  Please enter the poll question about PCBs being made.  We need to have a rough count to order boards.  Cost of the board will depend on the order quantity.

 

We hope you guys and gals like it, use it, and modify it.  Comments, criticism, pats on the back, kicks in the Bxxx, etc. are welcome.

 

Jim N5IB and Jerry W5JH

"building something without experimenting is just solder practice"


Re: Pittsburg Rptr - Camping check in times?

Jeremy Utley
 

On 9/12/2013 5:52 PM, ka0ncr wrote:
 



Sounds good Jeremy,

I will program in these freq's to one of my el'cheepo china HT's and will see what we can hear with it. These dual band Ht's with battery, base charger, and external headset for under $35 shipped, I couldn't resist!

I am not sure when I will get there, I am planning on leaving here "Damn Early".. which for me is any time before 11 AM, but I am hoping to be on the road by 8AM. I usually get to sleep about 5 AM when I get home from work....
Google maps says its 6 hours and 15 minutes on the route I am planning. But I will have to eat lunch and
get gas and probably make at least one pit stop.. so I hope
to be there about 4 PM or so. I hope that they are open at least
to 5 - 530 so I can check in for camping..

Loaded up the van this PM.. should be ready to leave when the alarm sounds in the morning! (There is a reason they call that time of day morning!) haa!

You guys that get there early, save me a spot that I can 'borrow' some power for the laptop.. I hope to work in a little bit of digital modes when things are clear. I think the laptop battery will last a good while, but it will have to power the sound card interface I have, which I have not done before!

73 - Have a safe trip!

P.S. I hope to remember to turn on APRS via my 'droid app.. so if anyone cares, you can follow my track as I head down there via the
APRS.FI web pages under my call-4 .

Arnie, you're more than welcome to set up with me!  I believe the office is open until 5pm.  I've got power to spare - I'll have my laptop and Signalink, a 20a Astron supply, and the 4 17ah batteries I picked up at Ozarkcon this year fully charged.  Just checked you on APRS.FI - looks like you're on your way down US-75 right now.  I should get that APRS droid app for myself!

Jeremy, N9PH
Iola, KS


Re: BB Saturday

Jeremy Utley
 

On 9/13/2013 10:02 AM, Bart Lawson wrote:
 

Tom, et al,

Not to encourage any base jumping and certainly not from our favorite SE KS attraction, there is a device that BASE jumpers use in conjunction with their chute that gives enough additional lift that it is possible to make those low jumps. It seems this jumper from Arkansas had the device but it failed to deploy either due to a defect or not being set up right either way the result was the same:-(

These folks have been so accepting of us and so accommodating I think even asking would be in poor taste. I know Wayne's comment was in jest, however, just seeing that boom and thoughts of antennas bombarding your brain is proof that you are indeed a ham!!!!!

Looking forward to seeing you all at Brutus.

cu es 72, Bart W0IIT
Pittsburg, KS
4Sqrp = #72, FP= #11, ARS=#568, SKCC=1139, NAQCC=#588 FIST=#5819, Zombie=#500, Geritol=#1000(from back when I actually had a mic connected to my rig:-)

_
Just imagine a 160m inverted-V with the apex at that boom!  My mouth waters at just the thought of something like that!  You could work a heck of a lot of 160m DX that way!  Oh well, I'll settle for my yoyo dipole at the top of my 20ft telescopic pool-cleaning pole - that seems to do pretty good too.

See you guys there later this afternoon!

Jeremy, N9PH


Re: BB Saturday

W0IIT
 

Tom, et al,

Not to encourage any base jumping and certainly not from our favorite SE KS attraction, there is a device that BASE jumpers use in conjunction with their chute that gives enough additional lift that it is possible to make those low jumps. It seems this jumper from Arkansas had the device but it failed to deploy either due to a defect or not being set up right either way the result was the same:-(

These folks have been so accepting of us and so accommodating I think even asking would be in poor taste. I know Wayne's comment was in jest, however, just seeing that boom and thoughts of antennas bombarding your brain is proof that you are indeed a ham!!!!!

Looking forward to seeing you all at Brutus.

cu es 72, Bart W0IIT
Pittsburg, KS
4Sqrp = #72, FP= #11, ARS=#568, SKCC=1139, NAQCC=#588 FIST=#5819, Zombie=#500, Geritol=#1000(from back when I actually had a mic connected to my rig:-)


Re: SS40 Survey

Paul
 

Once a Texan, always a Texan
 
de Paul, W8AEF
 

Sent: Thursday, September 12, 2013 1:43 PM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] SS40 Survey
 
 

>> SNIP

P.S. Vote early and vote often.


BB Friday

AG1P Ron
 

The birds managed to leave a few breadcrumbs so found my way back.  Figure I will arrive around 10 am this morning.  Long drive but great scenery.  Worked KH6 station on 5W SSB from top of 11K ft pass in the Rockies.  Looking forward to eyball qsos and fun!
72 - Ron - AG1P


Re: BB Saturday

ka0ncr
 

Hi Jim,

Well, not so much that it is a park now..(its actually a private organization running it now).. but I was told that a few years ago
there was some crazy fool that decided that it would make a great spot to go BASE jumping.. His chute didn't open before the
ground got him... so the public is not allowed up there any more.

Heck even if they allowed it, I don't know that I would want to climb all that way.. would be tired out for the whole day after that! haa!

73 - Arnie KA0NCR

--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, Jim Sheldon <w0eb@...> wrote:

Years ago, you could climb the boom, but I sorta doubt they let you anywhere near that stairway that goes up the top of the arm anymore. I vaguely remember hearing about one field day, years ago, where someone actually mounted a Tri-Band beam up there but they'd probably throw 'em in jail now that it's become a full blown park with rangers and everything.


Jim - W0EB

Just wonderin' could a 160m delta loop be hung from the top of the
arm??? oriented just so it could put one heckofa topband signal
into europe hehehehe...

Wayne - KC0PMH