Date   

80 meter net

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Guys
Rough going on the 80 meter Net tonight.
We had t storms west of us, so my qrn was above s7!

Check in’s were :
Bill KV6Z
WA0ITP TERRY
WA5BDU NICK

We had another station trying but I couldn’t get a copy, sorry
72
Johnny AC0BQ 
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Re: 40m Net

Martin
 

Thanks for picking me up, Bill. I heard everyone except Paul who lives too close to me. It was nice to have the band noise way down on 40 for a change.

 

73,

Martin

K0BXB

 

From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> On Behalf Of dekle
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 20:51
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] 40m Net

 

A great one tonight.
QNIs were:

K3NLT         Russ     VA
WA9PWP    Paul      WI
WB5OJJ      Al          TX
N4DR          Marc     MD
K0BXB        Martin   WI
W2SH         Chas     NJ

TNX all and see you next week.
73
Bill
KV6Z


40m Net

dekle <dekle@...>
 

A great one tonight.
QNIs were:

K3NLT         Russ     VA
WA9PWP    Paul      WI
WB5OJJ      Al          TX
N4DR          Marc     MD
K0BXB        Martin   WI
W2SH         Chas     NJ

TNX all and see you next week.
73
Bill
KV6Z


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 04/10/2019 #cal-notice

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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 10 April 2019
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:
40 and 80 Meters

Organizer:
jomatlock@...

Description:
The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS will be Bill KV6Z.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central Time Wednesday). 
The 80 meter net will be called on 3.564 MHz +/- QRM.
Net control operators are Johnny AC0BQ or Paul N0NBD.

* NEW *  Wednesday evening DMR Voice Net will be at (Thursday) 0300 UTC (9:00PM Central Time Wednesday/)
Four States QRP has a Brandmeister DMR Talk Group (TG31654). Join us to discuss QRP, ask questions, or just ragchew. The Wednesday net is a directed net  but any other time you may use the Talk Group to chat with other QRPers.
Net Control operator is Bert NØYJ.


Congrats OZARCON'19

W6BOW
 

Dear All,

Was reading last week (while on vacation in China) the 4SQRP email on your successful OZARCON19 meet. Congratulations! 

Question: Is there an web accessible SDR rx  in your area capable of monitoring the regular 80 m and 40m nets? Something similar to our SF Bay Area 
http://69.27.184.62:8901/
?


(In China - Hainan Island - we found the ancestral home of my wife's father's family. Untouched but maintained by villagers since 40 years ago when he last visited and that after 50 years absence after fleeing to Thailand in 1930. His picture still hangs in a place of honor in the house. 
image1.jpeg

73 (from the land of Baofeng)

Don
W6BOW
San Francisco USA




Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 04/10/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder:
Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 10 April 2019
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:
40 and 80 Meters

Organizer:
jomatlock@...

Description:
The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS will be Bill KV6Z.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central Time Wednesday). 
The 80 meter net will be called on 3.564 MHz +/- QRM.
Net control operators are Johnny AC0BQ or Paul N0NBD.

* NEW *  Wednesday evening DMR Voice Net will be at (Thursday) 0300 UTC (9:00PM Central Time Wednesday/)
Four States QRP has a Brandmeister DMR Talk Group (TG31654). Join us to discuss QRP, ask questions, or just ragchew. The Wednesday net is a directed net  but any other time you may use the Talk Group to chat with other QRPers.
Net Control operator is Bert NØYJ.

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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 04/10/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder:
Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 10 April 2019
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:
40 and 80 Meters

Organizer:
jomatlock@...

Description:
The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS will be Bill KV6Z.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central Time Wednesday). 
The 80 meter net will be called on 3.564 MHz +/- QRM.
Net control operators are Johnny AC0BQ or Paul N0NBD.

* NEW *  Wednesday evening DMR Voice Net will be at (Thursday) 0300 UTC (9:00PM Central Time Wednesday/)
Four States QRP has a Brandmeister DMR Talk Group (TG31654). Join us to discuss QRP, ask questions, or just ragchew. The Wednesday net is a directed net  but any other time you may use the Talk Group to chat with other QRPers.
Net Control operator is Bert NØYJ.

View Event


Re: 77th Birthday Present

 

Pictures or it didn't happen, Jim!

;-)

72, Nate

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possible worlds. The pessimist fears this is true."

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Re: 77th Birthday Present

Thomas Martin
 

Jim
I understand the software issue I belong to a Maker Group and the printers they use have a different software to control.
All I can say is this is one of the best things I have gotten in a long time it will keep me occupied for a long time and I am sure it will you.
You are a lucky man to have your wife pick out a present like that for you mine is not creative so to speak.
The paddles are a blast to make the ones that I made for friends say they work great.
Enjoy and Happy belated birthday.

Tom
K0amd

On Apr 9, 2019, at 6:59 AM, Jim Sheldon <@W0EB> wrote:

Hi Tom,
I have but Cura doesn't support this printer as far as I can tell.
That's due mainly to the fact that it also has the laser engraver and CNC carving heads on the the same XYZ platform. I probably could use Cura and set up the custom printer info to work with this one and may try it but the CAD and Slicer software that SnapMaker provides for this one was so easy to use and can communicate directly with the printer via USB or off line through a USB memory stick, I will probably stick with it. It'll slice and print down to the 20 micron level and that's about as precision as you can get for under 2-5K in one of these things.

I had looked at Creality's Ender series printers and the price was really nice but my wife saw the SnapMaker on B & H Photo's website for under $700 with all 3 heads and even though the build area is not very big, unlike the Ender's, I can do about 5 x 5 x 5 and that's enough for the time being. First two projects I printed as tests worked just fine and both are useful stuff I grabbed from Thingiverse. I had found that site months ago and was drooling over all the stuff you could make with a 3D printer. A half kg roll of white PLA was included with the printer.

I'm waiting for some black and blue 1 kg spools of PLA to get here tomorrow along with some smaller 200 gram spools of ABS in red, blue, green and orange.

ABS is tougher but harder to work with so I'll probably stick to PLA but I did order some just to have on hand if I need tougher material. The 2nd project I printer yesterday in about an hour and a half was a nifty little portable Iambic paddle set and it printed nicely in white PLA. I still have to make up the paddle contacts and wire it but mechanically it's really sound and smooth.

Thanks for the tips,

Jim - W0EB


------ Original Message ------
From: "Thomas Martin" <tem494@...>
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io
Sent: 4/8/2019 9:58:45 PM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 77th Birthday Present

Have you looked at Cura it is a slicer software version 4 is out. I have an Ender3 from Banggood has. 250x250x250 mm bed it only does 3D printing but is a good machine for the money about 180.00 delivered.
Thinginverse has quite a few ham radio related prints available. They have a nive Anderson power pole distribution panel using Ham Radio workbench pcb great for QRP. I made two paddles for friends but used magnets from Harbor freight instead of springs much simpler then the springs for me.
You’ll have a blast with printer I’m 75 and feel like a kid with a new erector set at Christmas using the thing.

Tom
K0amd
On Apr 8, 2019, at 9:48 PM, Jim Sheldon <@W0EB> wrote:

print



Re: 77th Birthday Present

Jim Sheldon
 

Hi Tom,
I have but Cura doesn't support this printer as far as I can tell.
That's due mainly to the fact that it also has the laser engraver and CNC carving heads on the the same XYZ platform. I probably could use Cura and set up the custom printer info to work with this one and may try it but the CAD and Slicer software that SnapMaker provides for this one was so easy to use and can communicate directly with the printer via USB or off line through a USB memory stick, I will probably stick with it. It'll slice and print down to the 20 micron level and that's about as precision as you can get for under 2-5K in one of these things.

I had looked at Creality's Ender series printers and the price was really nice but my wife saw the SnapMaker on B & H Photo's website for under $700 with all 3 heads and even though the build area is not very big, unlike the Ender's, I can do about 5 x 5 x 5 and that's enough for the time being. First two projects I printed as tests worked just fine and both are useful stuff I grabbed from Thingiverse. I had found that site months ago and was drooling over all the stuff you could make with a 3D printer. A half kg roll of white PLA was included with the printer.

I'm waiting for some black and blue 1 kg spools of PLA to get here tomorrow along with some smaller 200 gram spools of ABS in red, blue, green and orange.

ABS is tougher but harder to work with so I'll probably stick to PLA but I did order some just to have on hand if I need tougher material. The 2nd project I printer yesterday in about an hour and a half was a nifty little portable Iambic paddle set and it printed nicely in white PLA. I still have to make up the paddle contacts and wire it but mechanically it's really sound and smooth.

Thanks for the tips,

Jim - W0EB

------ Original Message ------
From: "Thomas Martin" <tem494@...>
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io
Sent: 4/8/2019 9:58:45 PM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 77th Birthday Present

Have you looked at Cura it is a slicer software version 4 is out. I have an Ender3 from Banggood has. 250x250x250 mm bed it only does 3D printing but is a good machine for the money about 180.00 delivered.
Thinginverse has quite a few ham radio related prints available. They have a nive Anderson power pole distribution panel using Ham Radio workbench pcb great for QRP. I made two paddles for friends but used magnets from Harbor freight instead of springs much simpler then the springs for me.
You’ll have a blast with printer I’m 75 and feel like a kid with a new erector set at Christmas using the thing.

Tom
K0amd
On Apr 8, 2019, at 9:48 PM, Jim Sheldon <@W0EB> wrote:

print


Re: 77th Birthday Present

Thomas Martin
 

Have you looked at Cura it is a slicer software version 4 is out. I have an Ender3 from Banggood has. 250x250x250 mm bed it only does 3D printing but is a good machine for the money about 180.00 delivered.
Thinginverse has quite a few ham radio related prints available. They have a nive Anderson power pole distribution panel using Ham Radio workbench pcb great for QRP. I made two paddles for friends but used magnets from Harbor freight instead of springs much simpler then the springs for me.
You’ll have a blast with printer I’m 75 and feel like a kid with a new erector set at Christmas using the thing.

Tom
K0amd

On Apr 8, 2019, at 9:48 PM, Jim Sheldon <@W0EB> wrote:

print


Re: 77th Birthday Present

Jim Sheldon
 

Thanks Ray,
I HAD done a bit of research into slicers, 3D CAD programs and the like.  At one time, I could work in Auto-Cad, but that was many years back and I've forgotten most of what little I did know about that.

However, this printer is a SnapMaker (Chinese) brand we got off B & H Photo with all sorts of warranties on it.  Took 45 minutes to unpack, assemble, fire it up and calibrate (level the plate).  First print project was a simple flat dipole center insulator designed to have an SO-239 in the middle and was 100 percent infill for strength.  That one took about an hour and a half to print and printed without any issues at all.  They included a 1 kg spool of white PLA as the starter filament but it will work with ABS as well as several others I can't remember right now.  I've ordered some quarter kg spools of various PLA colors and a 1.5 kg spool of black ABS jut to have on hand.  Thingiverse has a whole bunch of ham radio projects including a spinner knob for my KX2 and THAT is going to be the priority project as soon as the black ABS gets here.  I might even print it in the white PLA as a test run to see just how long that one will take.

The only drawback on this printer is it's 4.9 x 4.9 x 4.9 inch print area, but for now I can live with that (famous last words, I know!)

2nd project was a nice little dual lever paddle (also from Thingiverse) that only took a bit over an hour and a half to make all 4 parts.  I still have to work out the paddle contacts and wire it up, but I do have the fixed ground contact (5mm x 2cm brass hex standoff) and solder lug in place - old ball point pen spring and all I need now is to make a through hole nut for each paddle (I have a Harbor Freight milling machine) and set up some adjustable contacts on each arm plus wire it all up.  Like you said, it's just starting - LOL.

Jim


------ Original Message ------
From: "Ray Cadmus" <rcadmus@...>
Sent: 4/8/2019 9:27:26 PM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 77th Birthday Present

I'd like to wish you a belated Happy Birthday!

Similar story - my wife bought me a 3D printer for my 80th birthday.  I will warn you - it becomes addictive.  My first  print was a power-pole adapter for my FT-817,  next a case for the raspberry PI doing fldigi duty.

Mine is only a printer so I have just had to learn solid design/ 3d cad stuff and the slicers to make the printer go.  You will probably be looking at several varieties of software for design and control of the engraver and CNC as well.

Then, if you are like me, you start lusting after bigger, faster, multi extruder, multi-color etc.  You have just started an interesting journey - enjoy!

Regards,

Ray    W9EUM  (former W0PFO)

--

On 4/8/19 3:28 PM, Jim Sheldon wrote:
Some of you that attended OzarkCon this year and spoke with me may have heard the story of my wonderful wife getting me a 3D printer for my birthday which was a day before OzarkCon started (April 4th).  It was supposed to be delivered today, but thanks to FedEx disregarding the specific delivery date, it was delivered Saturday while we were away.  Thanks to my neighbor who intercepted the FedEx driver and picked up the package for me, it was all safe and sound when we got home yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.

I got it all unpacked, assembled and running about 2:15 this afternoon and it's been running on a project (antenna center insulator) since I got it calibrated.  It's 3:20 Central right now and the insulator is about 75% printed.  The attached picture was taken just after it got the base firmly laid down at about 25% .  

Once I got everything unpacked I discovered that it actually came with 3 separate print heads.  The 3D filament printer, a 200 mW Laser engraving head and a 19000 RPM CNC carving head that can do wood, plastic, PC board material and light, non-ferrous metals with the right bit (included).

Folks, a 77th birthday present (besides still being alive and kicking) don't get too much better than this!  (Her birthday isn't until August 4th so I have lots of time yet to come up with something to top this.  Will be hard though!)

Jim Sheldon, W0EB




Re: 77th Birthday Present

Ray Cadmus
 

I'd like to wish you a belated Happy Birthday!

Similar story - my wife bought me a 3D printer for my 80th birthday.  I will warn you - it becomes addictive.  My first  print was a power-pole adapter for my FT-817,  next a case for the raspberry PI doing fldigi duty.

Mine is only a printer so I have just had to learn solid design/ 3d cad stuff and the slicers to make the printer go.  You will probably be looking at several varieties of software for design and control of the engraver and CNC as well.

Then, if you are like me, you start lusting after bigger, faster, multi extruder, multi-color etc.  You have just started an interesting journey - enjoy!

Regards,

Ray    W9EUM  (former W0PFO)

--

On 4/8/19 3:28 PM, Jim Sheldon wrote:
Some of you that attended OzarkCon this year and spoke with me may have heard the story of my wonderful wife getting me a 3D printer for my birthday which was a day before OzarkCon started (April 4th).  It was supposed to be delivered today, but thanks to FedEx disregarding the specific delivery date, it was delivered Saturday while we were away.  Thanks to my neighbor who intercepted the FedEx driver and picked up the package for me, it was all safe and sound when we got home yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.

I got it all unpacked, assembled and running about 2:15 this afternoon and it's been running on a project (antenna center insulator) since I got it calibrated.  It's 3:20 Central right now and the insulator is about 75% printed.  The attached picture was taken just after it got the base firmly laid down at about 25% .  

Once I got everything unpacked I discovered that it actually came with 3 separate print heads.  The 3D filament printer, a 200 mW Laser engraving head and a 19000 RPM CNC carving head that can do wood, plastic, PC board material and light, non-ferrous metals with the right bit (included).

Folks, a 77th birthday present (besides still being alive and kicking) don't get too much better than this!  (Her birthday isn't until August 4th so I have lots of time yet to come up with something to top this.  Will be hard though!)

Jim Sheldon, W0EB




Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 04/10/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder:
Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 10 April 2019
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:
40 and 80 Meters

Organizer:
jomatlock@...

Description:
The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS will be Bill KV6Z.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central Time Wednesday). 
The 80 meter net will be called on 3.564 MHz +/- QRM.
Net control operators are Johnny AC0BQ or Paul N0NBD.

* NEW *  Wednesday evening DMR Voice Net will be at (Thursday) 0300 UTC (9:00PM Central Time Wednesday/)
Four States QRP has a Brandmeister DMR Talk Group (TG31654). Join us to discuss QRP, ask questions, or just ragchew. The Wednesday net is a directed net  but any other time you may use the Talk Group to chat with other QRPers.
Net Control operator is Bert NØYJ.

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Re: 77th Birthday Present

Tim N9PUZ
 

Very nice Jim. What brand of machine did you get? I have a small one but it only does the filament printing.

Tim N9PUZ


Re: 77th Birthday Present

Jim Sheldon
 

Hi Dave,
We got it from B & H Photo and it's a SnapMaker 3 in 1 3D Printer, Laser Engraver and CNC carver.  $679.99 shipped and they shipped it FedEx Home Delivery.  It was here in 2 days from New York.

Jim

------ Original Message ------
From: "davemrtn" <davemrtn@...>
Sent: 4/8/2019 3:33:56 PM
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 77th Birthday Present

What is the brand and model number of that machine ?


David Martin - NA1MH - Mountain Home, Ar. -----------------------------------------
Wherever I go, there He is.
Recycle, Reuse, Re-purpose, Repair
>Professional Sports - An activity for small minds<
!! There is a reason it is called "Sports Trivia" !!
On 4/8/2019 15:28, Jim Sheldon wrote:
Some of you that attended OzarkCon this year and spoke with me may have heard the story of my wonderful wife getting me a 3D printer for my birthday which was a day before OzarkCon started (April 4th).  It was supposed to be delivered today, but thanks to FedEx disregarding the specific delivery date, it was delivered Saturday while we were away.  Thanks to my neighbor who intercepted the FedEx driver and picked up the package for me, it was all safe and sound when we got home yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.

I got it all unpacked, assembled and running about 2:15 this afternoon and it's been running on a project (antenna center insulator) since I got it calibrated.  It's 3:20 Central right now and the insulator is about 75% printed.  The attached picture was taken just after it got the base firmly laid down at about 25% .  

Once I got everything unpacked I discovered that it actually came with 3 separate print heads.  The 3D filament printer, a 200 mW Laser engraving head and a 19000 RPM CNC carving head that can do wood, plastic, PC board material and light, non-ferrous metals with the right bit (included).

Folks, a 77th birthday present (besides still being alive and kicking) don't get too much better than this!  (Her birthday isn't until August 4th so I have lots of time yet to come up with something to top this.  Will be hard though!)

Jim Sheldon, W0EB




Re: 77th Birthday Present

John T. Fitzer
 

Happy belated 77th Birthday Jim and I hope many more. I think it’s great that at 77 your still on the forefront of technology. I hope I can do the same when / if I get to 77. 72s 73s and of course the PC 88s. W3BNO

 

From: main@4SQRP.groups.io [mailto:main@4SQRP.groups.io] On Behalf Of Jim Sheldon
Sent: Monday, April 08, 2019 3:29 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] 77th Birthday Present

 

Some of you that attended OzarkCon this year and spoke with me may have heard the story of my wonderful wife getting me a 3D printer for my birthday which was a day before OzarkCon started (April 4th).  It was supposed to be delivered today, but thanks to FedEx disregarding the specific delivery date, it was delivered Saturday while we were away.  Thanks to my neighbor who intercepted the FedEx driver and picked up the package for me, it was all safe and sound when we got home yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.

I got it all unpacked, assembled and running about 2:15 this afternoon and it's been running on a project (antenna center insulator) since I got it calibrated.  It's 3:20 Central right now and the insulator is about 75% printed.  The attached picture was taken just after it got the base firmly laid down at about 25% .  

Once I got everything unpacked I discovered that it actually came with 3 separate print heads.  The 3D filament printer, a 200 mW Laser engraving head and a 19000 RPM CNC carving head that can do wood, plastic, PC board material and light, non-ferrous metals with the right bit (included).

Folks, a 77th birthday present (besides still being alive and kicking) don't get too much better than this!  (Her birthday isn't until August 4th so I have lots of time yet to come up with something to top this.  Will be hard though!)

Jim Sheldon, W0EB




Re: 77th Birthday Present

davemrtn <davemrtn@...>
 

What is the brand and model number of that machine ?


David Martin - NA1MH - Mountain Home, Ar. -----------------------------------------
Wherever I go, there He is.
Recycle, Reuse, Re-purpose, Repair
>Professional Sports - An activity for small minds<
!! There is a reason it is called "Sports Trivia" !!

On 4/8/2019 15:28, Jim Sheldon wrote:
Some of you that attended OzarkCon this year and spoke with me may have heard the story of my wonderful wife getting me a 3D printer for my birthday which was a day before OzarkCon started (April 4th).  It was supposed to be delivered today, but thanks to FedEx disregarding the specific delivery date, it was delivered Saturday while we were away.  Thanks to my neighbor who intercepted the FedEx driver and picked up the package for me, it was all safe and sound when we got home yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.

I got it all unpacked, assembled and running about 2:15 this afternoon and it's been running on a project (antenna center insulator) since I got it calibrated.  It's 3:20 Central right now and the insulator is about 75% printed.  The attached picture was taken just after it got the base firmly laid down at about 25% .  

Once I got everything unpacked I discovered that it actually came with 3 separate print heads.  The 3D filament printer, a 200 mW Laser engraving head and a 19000 RPM CNC carving head that can do wood, plastic, PC board material and light, non-ferrous metals with the right bit (included).

Folks, a 77th birthday present (besides still being alive and kicking) don't get too much better than this!  (Her birthday isn't until August 4th so I have lots of time yet to come up with something to top this.  Will be hard though!)

Jim Sheldon, W0EB




77th Birthday Present

Jim Sheldon
 

Some of you that attended OzarkCon this year and spoke with me may have heard the story of my wonderful wife getting me a 3D printer for my birthday which was a day before OzarkCon started (April 4th).  It was supposed to be delivered today, but thanks to FedEx disregarding the specific delivery date, it was delivered Saturday while we were away.  Thanks to my neighbor who intercepted the FedEx driver and picked up the package for me, it was all safe and sound when we got home yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.

I got it all unpacked, assembled and running about 2:15 this afternoon and it's been running on a project (antenna center insulator) since I got it calibrated.  It's 3:20 Central right now and the insulator is about 75% printed.  The attached picture was taken just after it got the base firmly laid down at about 25% .  

Once I got everything unpacked I discovered that it actually came with 3 separate print heads.  The 3D filament printer, a 200 mW Laser engraving head and a 19000 RPM CNC carving head that can do wood, plastic, PC board material and light, non-ferrous metals with the right bit (included).

Folks, a 77th birthday present (besides still being alive and kicking) don't get too much better than this!  (Her birthday isn't until August 4th so I have lots of time yet to come up with something to top this.  Will be hard though!)

Jim Sheldon, W0EB




Re: Ozarkcon notes - WA5BDU

Paul Smith
 

That is a great qso Nick on your dummy load WAHR. Thanks to all that worked WQ5RP and N0NBD. I had a blast. When I was tired i went to the room and made more contacts on my KX1 and Alpha loop in the window. I too was surprised when I worked a station NOT at Ozarkcon. I am looking forward to next year it will be fun de Paul N0NBD

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From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of Nick Kennedy <kennnick@...>
Sent: Monday, April 8, 2019 2:25 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] Ozarkcon notes - WA5BDU
 
Good Ozarkcon!  Thanks to all the volunteers. The Friday evening in-hotel QSO party was better than I’d heard it in a while. Paul N0NBD operated WQ5RP. There was a big crowd of stations on 40 meters. I started with my Bayou Jumper but the signals overwhelmed my receiver. So I switched to the NC40A. I worked these stations: W0UFO (Mert), AB0O (John), WQ5RP/N0NBD (Paul), WR9H (Herb), W4RK (Bill), AA0W (Ron), K9ZTV (Kent), N8ZP (Dan).

David Cripe gave a presentation on SWR and matching on Friday afternoon, including revisiting the infamous “conjugate match” controversy.
I hunted the hidden transmitters (two of them) in vain with my Grundig receiver. I guess I need a directional antenna.

I picked up a few things from the presentations. Maybe I'll remember to do some SOTA chasing. I now know a little more than I did before (which was zero) about DMR. I'm almost certainly going to pursue Kicad a bit more and try to get to the point of having boards fab'd from my layouts.

Dave Cripe NM0S introduced his new Nouveau 75 AM transmitter where he once again goes well beyond the techniques most of us are familiar with. Also, incorporating some SMT (pre-mounted in this case) is a bold step and I think the right one.

Saturday after the official closing I decided to take another listen on 40 meters. To my great surprise I was able to work a Mississippi station doing the MS QRP party. My antenna was of the "dummy load" type, with a loop of about 18 feet of #22 AWG wire thumb tacked to the wall and a 50 ohm resistor in series. It's like the one Terry WA0ITP shows on the 4SQRP page, except I included a series capacitor to cancel out the inductance. I NEVER believed I could actually have an out of the hotel QSO with that arrangement. Just goes to show you, I guess.

Nice to see everybody and hope to do it again next year.

73-

Nick, WA5BDU