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Re: Soldering station advice

Rick Bennett
 

Save some money and get the WES51.  We have several of these at work for many years and have had no problems with them.  Here is one for $100:

http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/WELLER-WES51-/96-1760

Rick Bennett
573-526-4842
Cel 573-645-7850

On Mar 29, 2013, at 5:26 PM, Jeremy Utley <jerutley@...> wrote:

 

Hey everyone!

Looking for some advice. I want to get myself a *NICE* soldering
station - i'm sick of the little pencil irons that never seem to hold
their heat well, so I want to get something that's temperature
controlled. Looking at Amazon, I've narrowed it down to a couple of
possible options from Weller:

WTCPT 60W/120V Temp Controlled Soldering Station -
http://www.amazon.com/WTCPT-Temperature-Controlled-Soldering-Station/dp/B00004W463

WESD51 Digital Soldering Station -
http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WESD51-Digital-Soldering-Station/dp/B000ARU9PO/

I know a lot of you guys are experts at this, so if you were looking at
a new soldering station right now, which would you choose? And if you
have other suggestions, I'm all ears - but I'm looking for something
that is going to last me a long time, so I prefer to stick with the
bigger brands (like Weller).

Thanks for your input!

Jeremy, N9PH

See Everyone at Ozarkcon - just one week away!


Soldering station advice

Jeremy Utley
 

Hey everyone!

Looking for some advice. I want to get myself a *NICE* soldering station - i'm sick of the little pencil irons that never seem to hold their heat well, so I want to get something that's temperature controlled. Looking at Amazon, I've narrowed it down to a couple of possible options from Weller:

WTCPT 60W/120V Temp Controlled Soldering Station - http://www.amazon.com/WTCPT-Temperature-Controlled-Soldering-Station/dp/B00004W463

WESD51 Digital Soldering Station - http://www.amazon.com/Weller-WESD51-Digital-Soldering-Station/dp/B000ARU9PO/

I know a lot of you guys are experts at this, so if you were looking at a new soldering station right now, which would you choose? And if you have other suggestions, I'm all ears - but I'm looking for something that is going to last me a long time, so I prefer to stick with the bigger brands (like Weller).

Thanks for your input!

Jeremy, N9PH

See Everyone at Ozarkcon - just one week away!


Re: Tiny 2A Variable Regulated DC Power Supply -Performance ? Quality?

WA0ITP
 


These little dudes will fit in an Altoids!  Nubble or grind out a window in the lid and it will be perfect for portable ops with a  battery.  I've been using a similar one set at 12 volts for my /P rigs for some time now.  Its RF quiet and works well.  
 
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I love this radio stuff !
72   WAØITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
www.qrpspots.com
 
 

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, March 29, 2013 9:18 AM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Tiny 2A Variable Regulated DC Power Supply -Performance ? Quality?

Just bought 4 ea from that link at $7.99/ea.

They're a perfect fit for something I just built for my bench.


--
David Martin - K5DCM - Mountain Home Ar.



Quoting trf1923 :
 

OK, guys! I guess I've been living under a rock for too long.

This morning I just stumbled onto this listing from eBay for an inexpensive, tiny - and I mean SMALL power supply module from China with digital r/o, 2 amps (perfect for QRP), and fully adjustable. I feel kinda small myself right now, I didn't even know this sort of QRP friendly stuff was even out there. The winning bids for these modules seem to be under $20 w/ FREE shipping from Hong Kong. Without the digital r/o, some modules of this sort are selling in the TWO dollar range.

Have you used one of these modules? What are your experiences - any good? I just can't believe the price/ performance ratio - let alone the size of these things!

LM2596 Power Step-down Module DC 4.0~40 to 1.3-37V Adjustable + LED Voltmeter

<http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lm2596-power-step-down-module-dc-4-0-40v-to-1-3-37v-adjustable-led-voltmeter-2A-/300735862768?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item46054117f0>

72
Bruce - KKoS


Re: Tiny 2A Variable Regulated DC Power Supply - Performance ? Quality?

Nick-WA5BDU
 

That's pretty tempting.  And the meter is a nice touch.  Just adding a meter to my existing bench supply would cost more than that.

Sometimes a boost regulator can be handy -- if you have a rig that gets fussy when the voltage goes much below 12V or even 13V and you're using an AGM battery a boost to a constant 13.8V can be helpful.  I got this one that I like a lot:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-DC-Converter-QS-1212CCBA-80W-Power-Supply-Auto-Boost-Buck-80W-CC-CV-Charger-/251166639333?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a7ab2c4e5

More money, but rated 80W and it comes in a nicely made metal box.

72,

Nick, WA5BDU


On 3/29/2013 8:57 AM, trf1923 wrote:
 

OK, guys! I guess I've been living under a rock for too long.

This morning I just stumbled onto this listing from eBay for an inexpensive, tiny - and I mean SMALL power supply module from China with digital r/o, 2 amps (perfect for QRP), and fully adjustable. I feel kinda small myself right now, I didn't even know this sort of QRP friendly stuff was even out there. The winning bids for these modules seem to be under $20 w/ FREE shipping from Hong Kong. Without the digital r/o, some modules of this sort are selling in the TWO dollar range.

Have you used one of these modules? What are your experiences - any good? I just can't believe the price/ performance ratio - let alone the size of these things!

LM2596 Power Step-down Module DC 4.0~40 to 1.3-37V Adjustable + LED Voltmeter

<http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lm2596-power-step-down-module-dc-4-0-40v-to-1-3-37v-adjustable-led-voltmeter-2A-/300735862768?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item46054117f0>

72
Bruce - KKoS



Re: Dash!

George H. Gates
 

I built some in these. Little tighter fit. XYL says they are cute! She beat me out of some of them for her personal use storing craft items. 72 George/W2BPI
 
 

In a message dated 3/29/2013 9:12:56 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, wrcromwell@... writes:
 

On Thu, 2013-03-28 at 22:22 -0600, Tom Sevart wrote:
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> What would QRP be without Altoids tins?
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> Tom Sevart N2UHC
> St. Paul, KS

You could always build a small rig into a 55 gallon barrel (evil grin).
Or maybe a small tin can.

73,

Bill kU8H


Re: RMR net rpt

Dale Putnam
 

Yep, I think you're right.. but he can hear a bit of me... and Bozeman is a short hop on any band from here...but it is a "stretch" for 20 (short distance is tuff for me on 20).
But if we try a bit earlier, maybe the band will still be short from the "high noon" effect.
We'll see. I'll call at 2045 with 20w.. we'll make it.

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

 

To: daleputnam@...; 4sqrp@...
From: af9w@...
Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:39:36 +0000
Subject: [4sqrp] Re: RMR net rpt

 
Dale, you were 57 to 59 here in AZ for the whole net. There was some QSB but a really good signal. Could be that 20M was long as I am 750miles from your location and Bozeman, MT is only 300 miles.

Bob AF9W

--- In 4sqrp@..., Dale Putnam wrote:
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Re: RMR net rpt

 

Dale, you were 57 to 59 here in AZ for the whole net. There was some QSB but a really good signal. Could be that 20M was long as I am 750miles from your location and Bozeman, MT is only 300 miles.

Bob AF9W

--- In 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com, Dale Putnam <daleputnam@...> wrote:

Shoot.. I thought the band was in good enough shape.. I was only running 5 watts.. for half the net.. then up to 20....after 2115z.I need a better antenna.. I think....

Have a great day,


--... ...--
Dale - WC7S in Wy



To: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com; daleputnam@...
From: wmorrill@...
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:40:17 -0600
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] RMR net rpt


























Dale- I could hear you on the net this afternoon, but not well enough to

copy. Oh well, some day....



Wendell

N7WM



A nice net with good condx.. not a lot of folks.. figure everyone is
getting ready to parade in their Easter bonnet... well... maybe not.
NE5DL brought his K3 to report 68f AF9W had 78Fand K0DTJ Brian in Ca
wished us good luck for the FOXHUNT tonight. See you Next Tues Happy
Easter everyone!!
Have a great day,
--... ...--
Dale - WC7S in Wy


Re: Tiny 2A Variable Regulated DC Power Supply - Performance ? Quality?

davemrtn
 


Tiny 2A Variable Regulated DC Power Supply - Performance ? Quality?

KK0S
 

OK, guys! I guess I've been living under a rock for too long.

This morning I just stumbled onto this listing from eBay for an inexpensive, tiny - and I mean SMALL power supply module from China with digital r/o, 2 amps (perfect for QRP), and fully adjustable. I feel kinda small myself right now, I didn't even know this sort of QRP friendly stuff was even out there. The winning bids for these modules seem to be under $20 w/ FREE shipping from Hong Kong. Without the digital r/o, some modules of this sort are selling in the TWO dollar range.

Have you used one of these modules? What are your experiences - any good? I just can't believe the price/ performance ratio - let alone the size of these things!

LM2596 Power Step-down Module DC 4.0~40 to 1.3-37V Adjustable + LED Voltmeter

<http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lm2596-power-step-down-module-dc-4-0-40v-to-1-3-37v-adjustable-led-voltmeter-2A-/300735862768?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&;hash=item46054117f0>

72
Bruce - KKoS


Re: Dash!

Walter - K5EST
 

Oh, Jim you could get me into big troubles!

Well, I can say the XYL NQ5R has a special pair of gloves to rotate the beam:-) But gettin her to crank a generator may be chore.

I was gonna bring a weedeater wacky key this year, but it keeps passing gas!

73....Walter . K5EST


Re: Dash!

Wayne Dillon
 

Did once see a "Cubic Incher" mounted to a 19" rack panel with the "full size" dial and drive... very cool.
72/ es God Bless de Wayne - KC0PMH


On Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 8:35 AM, Jim Sheldon <w0eb@...> wrote:
 

If one had a pickup truck, the 55 gallon barrel idea wouldn't be that far fetched.  You could disguise it by putting a modified hand crank pump on the barrel.  Modify the pump to be a small hand cranked generator (you could get your wife to crank the gen while you operated).  With all the "prepping" going on these days that wouldn't be as far fetched as it sounds (except for getting the wife to crank the generator - ""reality check"").
 
Now, I almost expect Walter, K5EST to show up at OzarkCon with one of these, considering his "tailgate" entry into the "Wacky Key" contest a couple years ago!  Maybe we ought to have a "Wacky Rig" contest one of these years - LOL!
 
Jim - W0EB
 
 
> You could always build a small rig into a 55 gallon barrel (evil
> grin). Or maybe a small tin can.
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Jesus came to pay a debt He didn't owe because we owe a debt we cannot pay...

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up his contenance upon you and give you peace.

God Bless from Wayne Dillon - KC0PMH

Joshua 24:14-15
2 Cor 5:17
1 Jn 2:17
 

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Re: Dash!

Jim Sheldon
 

If one had a pickup truck, the 55 gallon barrel idea wouldn't be that far fetched.  You could disguise it by putting a modified hand crank pump on the barrel.  Modify the pump to be a small hand cranked generator (you could get your wife to crank the gen while you operated).  With all the "prepping" going on these days that wouldn't be as far fetched as it sounds (except for getting the wife to crank the generator - ""reality check"").
 
Now, I almost expect Walter, K5EST to show up at OzarkCon with one of these, considering his "tailgate" entry into the "Wacky Key" contest a couple years ago!  Maybe we ought to have a "Wacky Rig" contest one of these years - LOL!
 
Jim - W0EB
 
 
> You could always build a small rig into a 55 gallon barrel (evil
> grin). Or maybe a small tin can.
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> Bill  kU8H
 


Re: Dash!

Bill Cromwell
 

On Thu, 2013-03-28 at 22:22 -0600, Tom Sevart wrote:

What would QRP be without Altoids tins?

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Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS
You could always build a small rig into a 55 gallon barrel (evil grin).
Or maybe a small tin can.

73,

Bill kU8H


Re: Dash!

Tom Sevart <n2uhc@...>
 

What would QRP be without Altoids tins?

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: RMR net rpt

Dale Putnam
 

Shoot.. I thought the band was in good enough shape.. I was only running 5 watts.. for half the net.. then up to 20....after 2115z.
I need a better antenna.. I think....

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

 

To: 4sqrp@...; daleputnam@...
From: wmorrill@...
Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:40:17 -0600
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] RMR net rpt

 
Dale- I could hear you on the net this afternoon, but not well enough to
copy. Oh well, some day....

Wendell
N7WM

> A nice net with good condx.. not a lot of folks.. figure everyone is
> getting ready to parade in their Easter bonnet... well... maybe not.
> NE5DL brought his K3 to report 68f AF9W had 78Fand K0DTJ Brian in Ca
> wished us good luck for the FOXHUNT tonight. See you Next Tues Happy
> Easter everyone!!
> Have a great day,
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> Dale - WC7S in Wy
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Re: RMR net rpt

Wendell Morrill
 

Dale- I could hear you on the net this afternoon, but not well enough to
copy. Oh well, some day....

Wendell
N7WM

A nice net with good condx.. not a lot of folks.. figure everyone is
getting ready to parade in their Easter bonnet... well... maybe not.
NE5DL brought his K3 to report 68f AF9W had 78Fand K0DTJ Brian in Ca
wished us good luck for the FOXHUNT tonight. See you Next Tues Happy
Easter everyone!!
Have a great day,


--... ...--
Dale - WC7S in Wy



Solid State Design for the Radio Amateur

Tim N9PUZ
 

Ozarkcon Attendees... Have I got an opportunity for you!

A while back at a hamfest I scored a Copyright 1977 copy of "the builders bible" -- Solid State Design for the Radio Amateur by Wes Hayward W7ZOI and Doug DeMaw W1FB. I already owned a copy of this fine book but they are hard to come by so I couldn't pass it up.

At the Ozarkon convention this year there will be a silent auction with the winner going home with the book. Be generous in your bids because ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS ITEM WILL GO TO THE 4SQRP GROUP IN SUPPORT OF FUTURE OZARKCON EVENTS!

There will be an auction sheet at the 4SQRP table. Put down your name and bid. The successful bidder will be announced around 4pm on Saturday.

Hope to see you all there!

73,

Tim N9PUZ


RMR net rpt

Dale Putnam
 

 A nice net with good condx.. not a lot of folks.. figure everyone is getting ready to parade in their
Easter bonnet... well... maybe not.
 
NE5DL brought his K3 to report 68f
AF9W had 78F
and K0DTJ Brian in Ca wished us good luck for the FOXHUNT tonight.
 
See you Next Tues
 
Happy Easter everyone!!
Have a great day,
 
 
--... ...-- Dale - WC7S in Wy
 
 


Re: Calibrating the Pig Rig without a Freq counter?

Wayne Dillon
 

Terry,
Can you check and see if my direct e-mails have gone someplace else?
God Bless
Wayne - KC0PMH


On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 8:20 AM, WA0ITP <wa0itp@...> wrote:
 

GM Steve,

Yes, set your big rig to 7030.7 and remove it's antenna.

Connect the pigrig to a dummy load. Key it , and adjust C26 to zero beat on your
big rig.

Connect the pigrig to the antenna and call cq several times while checking the
reverse beacon network http://ham.jit.su/fsqrp several of the skimmers should
hear you and report your frequency.

PigRigs are designed to run off a 12 volt supply, no need to drop it to 10
volts.

Good luck and have fun..

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I love this radio stuff !
72 WAØITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
www.qrpspots.com

----- Original Message -----
From: "w1sfr" <steverob@...>
To: <4sqrp@...>
Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2013 8:00 AM
Subject: [4sqrp] Calibrating the Pig Rig without a Freq counter?

| Ok. I got the Pig Rig built and now I have to calibrate and align it. I don't
have a freq counter or a 10V source. I can figure out how to step the voltage
down from my power source, but was wondering if there was any alternative to
having a freq counter?
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| 73
| Steve
| W1SFR
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| 4SQRP Website: http://4sqrp.com
| OzarkCon is coming April 5-6 in Branson, MO
| View Details at http://www.ozarkcon.com/index.phpYahoo! Groups Links
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QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
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Jesus came to pay a debt He didn't owe because we owe a debt we cannot pay...

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up his contenance upon you and give you peace.

God Bless from Wayne Dillon - KC0PMH

Joshua 24:14-15
2 Cor 5:17
1 Jn 2:17
 

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4SQRP #95
FPQRP #342 (Flying Pigs QRP Club)
G-QRP-C #11504
NAQCC # 0759
QRP-ARCI #11505
SKCC #1155
SOC #848
30MDG#1176
NEQRP #693
GORC #192


Re: Amateur radio experiences DIY renaissance

Johnny AC0BQ
 

You know what guys?
This really makes me even more proud to be a part of the QRP community, and especially our 4SQRP group !
72
Johnny AC0BQ


On Thursday, March 28, 2013, Bart Lawson wrote:
 

You are right Terry, we "knew that"!!! However, it is neat that the qrp movement is getting some well earned recognition. Riley Hollingsworth's article in "CQ" where he simply said that it is only the qrp groups that are doing those things, building, operating portable, having enthusiastic forums like---aah let me see, oh yes, like OzarkCon:-) Don't want to put any words in Riley's mouth but that is what he said, in essence.

OK, my arm is about broke patting the qrp movement and its operators on the back!

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