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Re: First soldering project

Gwen Patton
 

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 02:54 AM, John Clements wrote:
Thanks for the Ebay mention Gwen!

There are more Pixie & QRP goodies on the main web site including a Pixie, Switch, & Crystals bundled together.  Most of the kits are geared toward easy building.
 
 
73 John kc9on  
 
 
Glad to give you a mention, John, you had just what I needed, and you got them to me quickly and for a really good price. I'll check out your website and see if there are some other goodies I can use!

73,
Gwen, NG3P

Re: First soldering project

Gwen Patton
 

I accidentally did that when I was 15. I thought I'd unplugged the iron, and picked it up by the wrong end, grabbing the heating element rather than the tip. I didn't even feel pain from it at first...it was so much input and so fast, the nerves in my fingers short-circuited.

It doesn't smell like chicken. It smells like pork.

I threw the iron down on my (metal) workbench, ran into the kitchen, and grabbed a roast in the freezer. It let me keep my fingertips. THEN the pain caught up with me and whipsawed me. My mom came running, not because I ran into the kitchen and shoved my hand in the freezer, but because I finally let rip with a scream of pain. She packed my fingers in crushed ice in a Baggie, and took me to the emergency room.

I still have the scars from the burns across the pad of my left thumb, part of the pad on my left index fingertip, and the left middle finger tip. I had only picked it up to move it, you see, not to use it, so I used my off hand. It helped, as it didn't leave me unable to write for a month, since I'm right-handed.

73,
Gwen, NG3P

Re: First soldering project

Tom Sevart
 

On 02/04/19 10:44, John Lonigro wrote:
And, as N0SO reminded me, if it smells like chicken, you're holding the wrong end of the soldering iron!
Or you're holding it like this: https://petapixel.com/assets/uploads/2016/03/stockphotowoman-500.jpg

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS

Re: First soldering project

Carl Gansen
 

Hello Dave,

The "spurs" that you see are DSP artifacts from the way I tapped into the IF of the Orion.  I have since moved from an IF tap on to a SDRplay RX with an MFJ-1708SDR switching box and using the SDRplay version of HDSDR for my panadapter display.  It is a much cleaner option than what I was using when those videos were recorded.  Those DSP artifacts are well ouside of the IF filtering skirts and I was tapped in pre-filtering to get as wide a display as possible.  First attempts often have some ugly warts.

72
Carl WB0CFF

Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 02/06/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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AG1P Ron
 

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Re: First soldering project

Mike Heitmann
 

I wear that shirt during the kit building portion of our local BSA Electronics Merit Badge sessions at STEM Summer Camp.

72 de Mike, N0SO

On ‎Monday‎, ‎February‎ ‎04‎, ‎2019‎ ‎11‎:‎08‎:‎03‎ ‎AM‎ ‎CST, davemrtn <davemrtn@...> wrote:


I have the T-Shirt and wore it to OzarkCon last year !!


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 2/4/2019 10:44, John Lonigro wrote:
And, as N0SO reminded me, if it smells like chicken, you're holding the wrong end of the soldering iron!

Don't forget the February Second Sunday Sprint coming up on Sunday (10th).

72,
John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator

On 2/3/19 9:18 AM, Bill Lamm wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

Take your time..  deep breaths but not of the smoke..  treat the iron like a hot pan from the oven.. don't pick it up until you know where you are going with it and that you have someplace to put it when you get there.  Solder flows when it's ready.. be patient..

Re: First soldering project

davemrtn <davemrtn@...>
 

I have the T-Shirt and wore it to OzarkCon last year !!


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 2/4/2019 10:44, John Lonigro wrote:
And, as N0SO reminded me, if it smells like chicken, you're holding the wrong end of the soldering iron!

Don't forget the February Second Sunday Sprint coming up on Sunday (10th).

72,
John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator

On 2/3/19 9:18 AM, Bill Lamm wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

Take your time..  deep breaths but not of the smoke..  treat the iron like a hot pan from the oven.. don't pick it up until you know where you are going with it and that you have someplace to put it when you get there.  Solder flows when it's ready.. be patient..

Re: First soldering project

John Lonigro
 

And, as N0SO reminded me, if it smells like chicken, you're holding the wrong end of the soldering iron!

Don't forget the February Second Sunday Sprint coming up on Sunday (10th).

72,
John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator

On 2/3/19 9:18 AM, Bill Lamm wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

Take your time..  deep breaths but not of the smoke..  treat the iron like a hot pan from the oven.. don't pick it up until you know where you are going with it and that you have someplace to put it when you get there.  Solder flows when it's ready.. be patient..

Re: First soldering project

d balfour <davesters@...>
 

Hi Dave
Thanks for your comments, she has the pixie to build I don't think she will be wanting to build the 50 dollar kit.

Her regular hf radio is a ubitx. Paid 70 for the used boards and slipped it into an old vcr case. She uses it for ssb and digital modes. Gets good signal reports on the 80 meter loop.

Carl
Really enjoyed looking at all the spurs on the band display of the previously mentioned videos. Pretty unimpressive. Not a good candidate for an amp without cleanup.
Dave

Re: First soldering project

David Wilcox
 

Don't forget Breadboard Radio.  They have great first time kits.


Dave K8WPE 

On Feb 3, 2019, at 6:51 PM, Carl Gansen <wb0cff@...> wrote:

Re: First Cricket contact!

Dave Benson
 

Gary-

Congratulations on that first Cricket QSO! Hope you enjoy many more-   73, Dave

On Sun, Feb 3, 2019 at 7:58 PM Gary Kohtala via Groups.Io <gary.k7ek=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I made my first Cricket 80a contact on February 3, 2019 @ 0221z with Grady, AJ4YA in North Carolina. I am in Kentucky.
The distance between us is approximately 437 miles. Grady was running 5w with a K3S to a dipole antenna. Interestingly,
this was a random contact. No spotting or prearranged schedule. Grady answered my CQ. We were in the midst of the weekend contest insanity, this time RTTY. I am very pleased to have finally made a contact. I am also hoping to eventually do so with my Cricket 30, if I can rid the receiver of shortwave broadcasts. That transmitter is getting out. I just cannot hear anything except religious broadcasters, which are apparently one megahertz or so lower.  I did find that a tuner helped that somewhat but not enough to hear any ham signals. Wish me luck.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

Radcliff, KY (EM77at)


First Cricket contact!

Gary E. Kohtala
 


I made my first Cricket 80a contact on February 3, 2019 @ 0221z with Grady, AJ4YA in North Carolina. I am in Kentucky.
The distance between us is approximately 437 miles. Grady was running 5w with a K3S to a dipole antenna. Interestingly,
this was a random contact. No spotting or prearranged schedule. Grady answered my CQ. We were in the midst of the weekend contest insanity, this time RTTY. I am very pleased to have finally made a contact. I am also hoping to eventually do so with my Cricket 30, if I can rid the receiver of shortwave broadcasts. That transmitter is getting out. I just cannot hear anything except religious broadcasters, which are apparently one megahertz or so lower.  I did find that a tuner helped that somewhat but not enough to hear any ham signals. Wish me luck.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

Radcliff, KY (EM77at)


Re: First soldering project

Carl Gansen
 

Here is a couple examples of what to expect with Pixie.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZDeMXy4WGc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz7wefTTz6w

Re: First soldering project

d balfour <davesters@...>
 

Yeah but she has the Pixie on order as I stated in the first post. No jumping the gun hams.

Re: First soldering project

WA0ITP
 

Don't forget the Cricket family.
http://www.4sqrp.com/cricket30.php
https://www.tindie.com/products/NM0S_qrp/cricket-80a-minimalist-80m-cw-transceiver/

They are very easy to build and are competent little transceivers. Far more so than the Pixie's, IMHO.  I have built several Pixies over the years but have been unable make reliable contacts with them.  OTOH I have 26 Qs on my Cricket 80 and hold Cricketeer certificate #2 http://www.4sqrp.com/kits/Night_Insect/cricketsociety.html

Check out the Crickets and have fun.

72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 2/3/2019 10:18 AM, Neil Goldstein wrote:

Dave, 

If you like the idea of the Pixie, but want a more usable version, try the one from Nightfire Electronics:
http://vakits.com/catalog/ham-radio-kits
They sell an improved version of the Pixie that comes with your choice of crystals on better frequencies for US Hams. 

Also, Rex from QRPme sells an easy-build version of his Tuna Tun Transmitter for beginners.  A little more $$ than the Pixie, but well designed and supported:
http://qrpme.com/?p=product&id=EZB

--Neil, W2NDG
http://www.radiokitgiude.com


Re: First soldering project

Neil Goldstein
 

That's Tuna TIN !  Damn these cold fingers  :-)

Re: First soldering project

Neil Goldstein
 

Dave, 

If you like the idea of the Pixie, but want a more usable version, try the one from Nightfire Electronics:
http://vakits.com/catalog/ham-radio-kits
They sell an improved version of the Pixie that comes with your choice of crystals on better frequencies for US Hams. 

Also, Rex from QRPme sells an easy-build version of his Tuna Tun Transmitter for beginners.  A little more $$ than the Pixie, but well designed and supported:
http://qrpme.com/?p=product&id=EZB

--Neil, W2NDG
http://www.radiokitgiude.com

Re: First soldering project

d balfour <davesters@...>
 

for practice I desoldered an old board and asked her to resolder them yesterday. Almost all were good the first time and all were fine after a rework.

Re: First soldering project

Bill Lamm
 
Edited

Take your time..  deep breaths but not of the smoke..  treat the iron like a hot pan from the oven.. don't pick it up until you know where you are going with it and that you have someplace to put it when you get there.  Solder flows when it's ready.. be patient..