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Re: Hidden Oscillators Were Found

Brian Crittendon
 

And here I was trying to get a piece of your clothing to give to my hound dog so I could zero in that last few yards of the transmitters.  Mark/WQ8S  Grin

On Sunday, April 7, 2019, 4:22:32 PM EDT, dekle <dekle@...> wrote:


Based on the time required to retrieve the oscillators, I must have done a better job of hiding them this year.
The successful hunters were:

John (K0JDL) from Augusta, Kansas
Joe  (K0NEB) from Lincoln, Nebraska

I was able to pry a few of their hunting secrets from these guys but, unfortunately, I am not at liberty to reveal them.

Great job guys!!! Enjoy your $50 gift certificates.

73
Bill
KV6Z


Ozarkcon notes - WA5BDU

Nick 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


Re: Why no syllabus of Ozarkcon

Tim N9PUZ
 

I am not a part of the 4SQRP/Ozarkcon Management Team but I'd add a comment about offering a video record.

It's a huge amount of work to get a respectable video recording of nearly any event. It can be tough to get a good video of a lecture where the production people have a copy of the PowerPoint (or I'll date myself, "slides") to insert in post-production. The audio and lighting change constantly, people ask questions from so far "off camera" you can neither see or hear them, etc. As nice as it might be to a video version of the event for off site use I would agree that it is not practical to have it professionally done from a financial perspective and it would probably take more volunteers than the group could muster (who also knew how to do a good job!) do do it in house.

Tim / N9PUZ


On Mon, Apr 8, 2019 at 7:07 AM Walter - K5EST <walter.k5est@...> wrote:
The ability to have a printed syllabus is a wonderful realm to have from a Conference, however, we have a very laid back format and it allows the speaker to alter their presentations on-the-fly and not deliver a canned program. A person in the audience gets the unusual ability to see the real speaker and getting to know the speaker much better than any canned presentation can allow. Take for instance, Dr. Bob Heil (Heil Sound), there are very few speakers like Dr. Bob and trying to pin him down to a written scripted presentation is close to impossible. He is too dynamic to fence into a structured presentation.

As far as an audio and/or video historical record, well, we do not have the funds available to have a professional presentation. Another consideration that also must be addressed is signed releases allowing Ozarkcon to produce this type of syllabus. Ozarkcon is funded by 4SQRP kit sales and many many hours of volunteer designers and kitters of our kits that fund Ozarkcon.

73,

Walter Dufrain - K5EST - QRPcw
+ 4 State QRP Group #40 
+ A member of the Kits 4 Kids Educational Curriculum 
sponsored by the 4 State QRP Group


Re: Ozarkcon

Mike Heitmann
 

All well deserved, gentlemen, thank you all for what you do for the group!

Johnny, someone should have given you an award for holding the group together! 

72/73 de Mike, N0SO


On Apr 7, 2019, at 6:17 PM, Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:

Your Very welcome John.
Thanks for your volunteer efforts with the SSS.
Hope to cu all next Sunday!!
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Sun, Apr 7, 2019 at 5:29 PM John Lonigro <jonigro@...> wrote:
I want to thank the board members for honoring me with a plaque for my
service conducting the Second Sunday Sprint.  Thanks to Diz (W8DIZ), the
process of tabulating the monthly scores is pretty much automatic. I
manually put those scores in a spreadsheet, to determine the overall
winner for the year.  That, plus composing a monthly email to the club
with the results, is pretty much all I do.  Oh, and I also try to
kickstart the standard time vs daylight saving time controversy about
twice a year (hi).

Thanks again and don't forget the contest a week from today.

72.

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator




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Re: Ozarkcon

Paul Smith
 

I am being a tail end Charlie but thanks to Joy and Walter for all their fine work. Thanks for the chance to be the "Chief Radio Operator" I had a blast and will send out cards this week. Thanks to the Board for the kitter of the year recognition.. All the workers did a fantastic job Thanks
Paul N0NBD


Why no syllabus of Ozarkcon

Walter - K5EST
 

The ability to have a printed syllabus is a wonderful realm to have from a Conference, however, we have a very laid back format and it allows the speaker to alter their presentations on-the-fly and not deliver a canned program. A person in the audience gets the unusual ability to see the real speaker and getting to know the speaker much better than any canned presentation can allow. Take for instance, Dr. Bob Heil (Heil Sound), there are very few speakers like Dr. Bob and trying to pin him down to a written scripted presentation is close to impossible. He is too dynamic to fence into a structured presentation.

As far as an audio and/or video historical record, well, we do not have the funds available to have a professional presentation. Another consideration that also must be addressed is signed releases allowing Ozarkcon to produce this type of syllabus. Ozarkcon is funded by 4SQRP kit sales and many many hours of volunteer designers and kitters of our kits that fund Ozarkcon.

73,

Walter Dufrain - K5EST - QRPcw
+ 4 State QRP Group #40 
+ A member of the Kits 4 Kids Educational Curriculum 
sponsored by the 4 State QRP Group


Re: Ozarkcon

David Wilcox
 

Will any of the lectures be available in audio, video, or print form for those of us who can’t drive two days to get there? I may make it some year but will have to combine it with a family trip to see relatives in OK. I have always valued the syllabus for FDIM in years I couldn’t attend.

David J. Wilcox K8WPE’s iPad

On Apr 7, 2019, at 6:31 PM, John Lonigro <jonigro@...> wrote:

I forgot to mention that Ozarkcon was again a great experience for me. While Walter K5EST spearheaded the event, I know there were countless others who helped make the event a success. Thanks to all.

72,
John, AA0VE



First Ozarkcon - 2019

Jeff Collins
 

Dear All,

    This was my first OzarkCon and it was nice meeting all of you. Even nicer putting a few faces with names and call signs. As veteran of many many (too many) non Ham conferences as a speaker, sponsor and or vendor I can tell you everyone involved from he planning to execution of the conference did a great job! I have been to many conferences where paid staff and or paid event planners were in charge and they have nothing on the volunteers that pulled off this conference.

    Hope to be at OzarkCon 2020.

Thank you,

Jeffrey R. Collins - W7GRV
FCC(SW) USN, Ret.
BS, EMT-P, FF I/II - Fire Instructor
Training Oficer -
Birch Tree Volunteer Fire and Rescue
Member of Missouri Region G HazMat Team


Re: a little portable op today....

KD5ALD
 

crappie pole ?? :)
That fish like a  sac-a-lait maybe
73


On Sun, Apr 7, 2019 at 4:46 PM neil tanner via Groups.Io <wa4chq=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Every Sunday, I go to visit my elderly parents over on Gwynns Island here in Mathews, Va.  Weather permitting I'll go out on their porch and do a little portable QRP operating.  Antennas will be either a wire up in the old oak tree and tuner, crappie pole supporting a wire and tuner or one of my DIY magnetic-loops....today I opted for the the crappie pole and wire.  Had one QSO 40m with W1PQO Tom in ME also QRP.   The rig was my HB1B running 4 watts and the key is my mini-cootie. 


Re: Ozarkcon 2019

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Walter and the Group 

I also want to extend my thanks to you and all of the volunteers for a wonderful OZARKCON 2019!!

You all pulled off a great QRP Conference.

The group functions like a well oiled machine.

I couldn’t be more proud to be a part 
of such a fine Organization!!

Very 72, 73
Johnny AC0BQ 





On Sun, Apr 7, 2019 at 7:42 PM Walter - K5EST <walter.k5est@...> wrote:
Thank you everyone for making this year's Ozarkcon the absolute very best. The speakers were so impressed at the attention of the audience and participation of questions.

There are some very wonderful seasoned QRPers that could not attend this year and hopefully next year we will see them as they recover from illness and surgeries. 

I am mailing out some 4SQRP kits tomorrow then turning into a couch potato for a day or two   LOL.

The volunteers that make the Ozarkcon event a shining Star are super workers and I am honored to have been a part of the group!

73,
Walter Dufrain - K5EST - QRPcw
+ 4 State QRP Group #40 
+ A member of the Kits 4 Kids Educational Curriculum 
sponsored by the 4 State QRP Group

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Re: Ozarkcon 2019

Paul Smith
 

Walter, You and Joy did a GREAT job! 
tnx
Paul

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From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of Walter - K5EST <walter.k5est@...>
Sent: Monday, April 8, 2019 12:41 AM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] Ozarkcon 2019
 
Thank you everyone for making this year's Ozarkcon the absolute very best. The speakers were so impressed at the attention of the audience and participation of questions.

There are some very wonderful seasoned QRPers that could not attend this year and hopefully next year we will see them as they recover from illness and surgeries. 

I am mailing out some 4SQRP kits tomorrow then turning into a couch potato for a day or two   LOL.

The volunteers that make the Ozarkcon event a shining Star are super workers and I am honored to have been a part of the group!

73,
Walter Dufrain - K5EST - QRPcw
+ 4 State QRP Group #40 
+ A member of the Kits 4 Kids Educational Curriculum 
sponsored by the 4 State QRP Group


Ozarkcon 2019

Walter - K5EST
 

Thank you everyone for making this year's Ozarkcon the absolute very best. The speakers were so impressed at the attention of the audience and participation of questions.

There are some very wonderful seasoned QRPers that could not attend this year and hopefully next year we will see them as they recover from illness and surgeries. 

I am mailing out some 4SQRP kits tomorrow then turning into a couch potato for a day or two   LOL.

The volunteers that make the Ozarkcon event a shining Star are super workers and I am honored to have been a part of the group!

73,
Walter Dufrain - K5EST - QRPcw
+ 4 State QRP Group #40 
+ A member of the Kits 4 Kids Educational Curriculum 
sponsored by the 4 State QRP Group


Re: Ozarkcon

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Your Very welcome John.
Thanks for your volunteer efforts with the SSS.
Hope to cu all next Sunday!!
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Sun, Apr 7, 2019 at 5:29 PM John Lonigro <jonigro@...> wrote:
I want to thank the board members for honoring me with a plaque for my
service conducting the Second Sunday Sprint.  Thanks to Diz (W8DIZ), the
process of tabulating the monthly scores is pretty much automatic. I
manually put those scores in a spreadsheet, to determine the overall
winner for the year.  That, plus composing a monthly email to the club
with the results, is pretty much all I do.  Oh, and I also try to
kickstart the standard time vs daylight saving time controversy about
twice a year (hi).

Thanks again and don't forget the contest a week from today.

72.

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator




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Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com


Re: Ozarkcon

Jim Sheldon
 

Thanks to all who made this a very pleasant OzarkCon. Arrived home safely and now I'm going to relax for the rest of the evening - unpack everything in the morning - LOL.

Jim Sheldon, W0EB


Ozarkcon

John Lonigro
 

I forgot to mention that Ozarkcon was again a great experience for me.  While Walter K5EST spearheaded the event, I know there were countless others who helped make the event a success.  Thanks to all.

72,
John, AA0VE


Ozarkcon

John Lonigro
 

I want to thank the board members for honoring me with a plaque for my service conducting the Second Sunday Sprint.  Thanks to Diz (W8DIZ), the process of tabulating the monthly scores is pretty much automatic. I manually put those scores in a spreadsheet, to determine the overall winner for the year.  That, plus composing a monthly email to the club with the results, is pretty much all I do.  Oh, and I also try to kickstart the standard time vs daylight saving time controversy about twice a year (hi).

Thanks again and don't forget the contest a week from today.

72.

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


Re: Hello from Virginia

John Lonigro
 

Also, don't forget the Second Sunday Sprint.  The April edition is a week from today (14th).  Check the 4SQRP website for rules (see "on air activities").

72,

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator

On 4/7/19 4:24 PM, Charles W. Powell via Groups.Io wrote:
Welcome.  Be sure to check out our Wednesday evening nets.  Summer schedule 0100 UTC (Thursday) on 7122 mHz, and 0130 UTC (Thursday) on 3564, ± QRM.  DMR net on Brandmeister TG 31654 at 0200 UTC (Thursday).  Please join us if you can.

72,

Chas - NK8O

On Apr 7, 2019, at 6:38 AM, neil tanner via Groups.Io <wa4chq@...> wrote:

Hello all and thanks for letting me join.  I'm Neil and my call is WA4CHQ.  I've been a ham since 1972 and QRP since the mid-90's and I'm 98% CW. 



Re: Hidden Oscillators Were Found

dekle <dekle@...>
 

Hi Jim.

The smaller one was in a book on the bookshelf in the Building 1 second floor common area (across from the elevators). Remember in Junior High School when you cut out the insides of a book to hide that transistor radio? - same method.

The larger one was placed in a fake rock and placed on the far side of the back parking lot. I covered the wire with pine needles and I'm told that it was stepped on twice. (The act of stepping on it changed the signal strength and that's what gave it away.) Dang it - I wasn't going to give away any hunting secrets!


Bill

KV6Z

 


On 07/04/2019 4:01 pm, Jim Parks wrote:

Where were they hidden???

 

NY0J

 

From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> On Behalf Of dekle
Sent: Sunday, April 7, 2019 3:22 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] Hidden Oscillators Were Found

 

Based on the time required to retrieve the oscillators, I must have done a better job of hiding them this year.
The successful hunters were:

John (K0JDL) from Augusta, Kansas
Joe  (K0NEB) from Lincoln, Nebraska

I was able to pry a few of their hunting secrets from these guys but, unfortunately, I am not at liberty to reveal them.

Great job guys!!! Enjoy your $50 gift certificates.

73
Bill
KV6Z

 


Re: Hello from Virginia

Tim N9PUZ
 

Welcome to the group Neil! Feel free to share your projects or ask questions if you have them. Lots of friendly and knowledgeable people here.

Tim N9PUZ


Re: Hello from Virginia

neil tanner <wa4chq@...>
 

Thanks Chas.....I'll keep that in mind.  72



On Sunday, April 7, 2019, 5:24:26 PM EDT, Charles W. Powell via Groups.Io <doctorcwp@...> wrote:


Welcome.  Be sure to check out our Wednesday evening nets.  Summer schedule 0100 UTC (Thursday) on 7122 mHz, and 0130 UTC (Thursday) on 3564, ± QRM.  DMR net on Brandmeister TG 31654 at 0200 UTC (Thursday).  Please join us if you can.

72,

Chas - NK8O

On Apr 7, 2019, at 6:38 AM, neil tanner via Groups.Io <wa4chq@...> wrote:

Hello all and thanks for letting me join.  I'm Neil and my call is WA4CHQ.  I've been a ham since 1972 and QRP since the mid-90's and I'm 98% CW.