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Re: Fire In The Wire

John
 

Jim

Where do we find back issues of the builders group newsletter?

My favourite antenna is the Pactenna Linked dipole

John ve3ips

On Sat, Mar 14, 2020 at 4:10 PM n5ib_2 <n5ib@...> wrote:
I'll share a little article I wrote for our club newsletter a few years ago
PDF attached .... if I did it right  :^))

Jim, N5IB



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Re: Fire In The Wire

Gwen Patton
 

I made a simple linked dipole for 40/30/20 that deploys easily and mostly doesn't need any additional tuning. I have it set to the CW portion of the bands, so if I'm up on the top end of the phone portion of 40 or 20 it might stand to be tuned a bit, but it'll get along without it. You just tune it when you build it for the parts of the bands you want to operate on, and then it's just set it up and operate.

I made it out of 24 gauge silicone-insulated stranded hookup wire. A bit of scrap plastic became the feedpoint, and I used 2" wood dowels with holes drilled through them at the ends between the segments on the legs. Some simple spade-type connectors make it easy to link up the segments, and they're easy enough to disconnect when you want to change bands, but when connected they have good, solid connections that don't affect tuning.

There's tons of sources for link dipole calculations, and plenty of sites that detail a link dipole's construction. Mine is wound up on a pair of simple plastic winders to keep it from getting snarled. The coax is the RG-174 thin stuff, with a pre-soldered BNC connector. I got a few of 'em from SOTABeams the last time I ordered from them, but you can get premade coax cables of just about any type. Or you can make your own cable if you've got the bits and pieces. I've got the crimp-on connectors and tools for RG-8X, but not the thin stuff, so I bought the cable pre-made. I didn't use a connector at the feedpoint, because I first built it with a 1:1 balun at the feed, but I couldn't get it to tune so I took out the balun and just soldered the wire and the braid to the legs and left it at that. Tuned perfectly after that. Here's the site I used to design mine. The only caveat I have is that I didn't use the 3d printed bits because when I built it I didn't have a 3d printer. If I were building it today, I'd go that route, since I have one now.  http://www.oe8hsr.at/blog/?page_id=345

I use a cheap 7.2m telescoping fiberglass mast to erect the antenna. I either set it up freestanding with guy lines, or I use a drive-on mast mount and park my van on it. The endpoints either stake into the ground, or I anchor them with photographers' sandbags I carry for such purposes.

If I don't use the link dipole, I may use an end-fed with a simple tuner built in for the same bands from SOTABeams, or my Wolf River Coils vertical. The vertical works REALLY well, but it's best to have an antenna analyzer with you to tune it more easily. You can work around it if you don't have an analyzer, but it's a pain. 

73,
Gwen, NG3P


On Sat, Mar 14, 2020 at 4:16 PM Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:
Ge Jim
Very nice article.
Thanks for sharing.
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Sat, Mar 14, 2020 at 3:10 PM n5ib_2 <n5ib@...> wrote:
I'll share a little article I wrote for our club newsletter a few years ago
PDF attached .... if I did it right  :^))

Jim, N5IB



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Re: Fire In The Wire

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ge Jim
Very nice article.
Thanks for sharing.
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Sat, Mar 14, 2020 at 3:10 PM n5ib_2 <n5ib@...> wrote:
I'll share a little article I wrote for our club newsletter a few years ago
PDF attached .... if I did it right  :^))

Jim, N5IB



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Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com


Re: Fire In The Wire

Jim, N5IB
 

I'll share a little article I wrote for our club newsletter a few years ago
PDF attached .... if I did it right :^))

Jim, N5IB


Re: Group discussion

Jim Manley
 

At least you can't transmit a human virus via RF ... yet?  All sorts of scary bio stuff can now be done using bathroom facilities and simple lab equipment, with the blueprints transferable digitally.  That's how the CDC, etc., were able to so quickly identify and image the coronavirus, and map/share the genome.  I doubt over D4D though ... 

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Jim  KJ7JHE
Lame Deer High School Amateur Radio Club  KJ7JKU


On Sat, Mar 14, 2020 at 11:42 AM J.K. Wright <wrightjk@...> wrote:
Let's hope coronavirus does not become ubiquitous to ham radio.

On Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 1:19 PM davemrtn <davemrtn@...> wrote:

Around 5 years ago, we where having discussions about Raspberry Pi and Arduino, and the moderator shut down the conversation because he didn't think is was appropriate for the group, and directed everyone to take those discussions to groups for those devices.

Now those devices are ubiquitous in the Amateur Radio Hobby.


--
David Martin - NA1MH - Mountain Home, Ar. -----------------------------------------
Wherever I go, there He is.
Psalms 111:10
Recycle, Reuse, Re-purpose, Repair
Neither Time nor Energy can be Recycled or Reused, don't waste either.

- - - Goodbye Mitt Romney - - -


Fire In The Wire

Joshua Wood
 

Spring is right around the corner, so i'm looking at my current portable antenna options.  Does anyone have any advice on easily deployable portable antennas?  I've had minimal luck with my homebrew EFHWs using a 49:1, and my 9:1 not-so-random wires usually seem deaf.  The NorCal Doublet I made works okay, but is finicky to deploy, and fragile (ribbon cable isn't meant for 40ft runs, apparently).  I made two KE4PT End-Fed OCFD, and loved their form factor - but not their results.  My PAC-12 has had some decent results, but is finicky to tune.  My homemade Mag Loop (using the chameleon kit) has nice sharp tuning and good receive, but i've struggled making contacts with it.  I've had mixed results with a number of QRPGuys kits, as well.

I know it seems like a silly question, but- does anyone have any advice for a portable (i.e. small packed size) multi-band HF antenna (40-30-20-15)?  A club member has loaned me one of their W3EDP, but weather and family obligations haven't been conducive to testing it yet.  I figured now is the time to build new antennas to test this spring / summer!

~Josh
W0ODJ


Re: [ADV] Re: [4SQRP] Hotel reservations

W9QS
 

Same thing just happened here.  What a great place.

On Saturday, March 14, 2020, 2:15 PM, Mike Heitmann <n0so@...> wrote:

I just got a cancellation call from them as well.

Mike, N0SO

On Mar 14, 2020, at 1:16 PM, Tom Brown <tbrown63301@...> wrote:


I was pleasantly surprised this morning when Stone Castle called me to check if I wanted to cancel my reservation. 
Tom W0MFQ 

On Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 12:12 PM W9QS via Groups.Io <mbroga=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Must of just hit a couple of bad times.  Thanks for all the responses.  I will get it done on Monday.

72

Mike, W9QS


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

On Saturday, March 14, 2020, 11:10 AM, jrdock@... <jrdock@...> wrote:

No, I called them 2 days ago on 417-335-4700 an was done with cancellation number in less than 2 min.  Seemed very easy.
 Jack. WD0CFH


Pro

Jack R. Dock ... How about we give GOD a reason to continue blessing America?  In defense of America I pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.
War does not determine who is right, only who is left.
"A veteran is someone who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for any amount, up to and including their life."
                                                 

On Mar 14, 2020, at 10:42 AM, Jim Sheldon <w0eb@...> wrote:


Call them using their NON 800 number during business hours Monday thru Friday.  They are not open for the season yet so the phones are manned M-F during business hours only and I don't believe the 800# is active.

Jim - W0EB

PS I called them Thursday and had no problem contacting them or cancelling my reservations.



------ Original Message ------
From: "W9QS via Groups.Io" <mbroga@...>
To: "4 State QRP" <main@4sqrp.groups.io>
Sent: 3/14/2020 10:30:07 AM
Subject: [4SQRP] Hotel reservations

Is anyone else having problems contacting the Stone Castle to cancel reservations?   


Re: [ADV] Re: [4SQRP] Hotel reservations

Mike, N0SO
 

I just got a cancellation call from them as well.

Mike, N0SO

On Mar 14, 2020, at 1:16 PM, Tom Brown <tbrown63301@...> wrote:


I was pleasantly surprised this morning when Stone Castle called me to check if I wanted to cancel my reservation. 
Tom W0MFQ 

On Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 12:12 PM W9QS via Groups.Io <mbroga=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Must of just hit a couple of bad times.  Thanks for all the responses.  I will get it done on Monday.

72

Mike, W9QS


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

On Saturday, March 14, 2020, 11:10 AM, jrdock@... <jrdock@...> wrote:

No, I called them 2 days ago on 417-335-4700 an was done with cancellation number in less than 2 min.  Seemed very easy.
 Jack. WD0CFH


Pro

Jack R. Dock ... How about we give GOD a reason to continue blessing America?  In defense of America I pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.
War does not determine who is right, only who is left.
"A veteran is someone who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for any amount, up to and including their life."
                                                 

On Mar 14, 2020, at 10:42 AM, Jim Sheldon <w0eb@...> wrote:


Call them using their NON 800 number during business hours Monday thru Friday.  They are not open for the season yet so the phones are manned M-F during business hours only and I don't believe the 800# is active.

Jim - W0EB

PS I called them Thursday and had no problem contacting them or cancelling my reservations.



------ Original Message ------
From: "W9QS via Groups.Io" <mbroga@...>
To: "4 State QRP" <main@4sqrp.groups.io>
Sent: 3/14/2020 10:30:07 AM
Subject: [4SQRP] Hotel reservations

Is anyone else having problems contacting the Stone Castle to cancel reservations?   


Re: [ADV] Re: [4SQRP] Hotel reservations

davemrtn
 

That really speaks to the integrity of the management there.


David Martin - NA1MH - Mountain Home, Ar. -----------------------------------------
Wherever I go, there He is.
Psalms 111:10
Recycle, Reuse, Re-purpose, Repair
Neither Time nor Energy can be Recycled or Reused, don't waste either.

- - - Goodbye Mitt Romney - - -

On 3/14/2020 1:16 PM, Tom Brown wrote:
I was pleasantly surprised this morning when Stone Castle called me to check if I wanted to cancel my reservation. 
Tom W0MFQ 

On Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 12:12 PM W9QS via Groups.Io <mbroga=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Must of just hit a couple of bad times.  Thanks for all the responses.  I will get it done on Monday.

72

Mike, W9QS


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

On Saturday, March 14, 2020, 11:10 AM, jrdock@... <jrdock@...> wrote:

No, I called them 2 days ago on 417-335-4700 an was done with cancellation number in less than 2 min.  Seemed very easy.
 Jack. WD0CFH


Pro

Jack R. Dock ... How about we give GOD a reason to continue blessing America?  In defense of America I pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.
War does not determine who is right, only who is left.
"A veteran is someone who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for any amount, up to and including their life."
                                                 

On Mar 14, 2020, at 10:42 AM, Jim Sheldon <w0eb@...> wrote:


Call them using their NON 800 number during business hours Monday thru Friday.  They are not open for the season yet so the phones are manned M-F during business hours only and I don't believe the 800# is active.

Jim - W0EB

PS I called them Thursday and had no problem contacting them or cancelling my reservations.



------ Original Message ------
From: "W9QS via Groups.Io" <mbroga@...>
To: "4 State QRP" <main@4sqrp.groups.io>
Sent: 3/14/2020 10:30:07 AM
Subject: [4SQRP] Hotel reservations

Is anyone else having problems contacting the Stone Castle to cancel reservations?   


Re: Learning CW. (Was: The Friendly Group)

Tim N9PUZ
 

Jeff --

You might download the student guide and using their tools and practice material. Probably not as effective as the having the live class but it could be the thing that makes it all "click" for you. I also supplemented my class study with the K7QO code course which is a collection of audio files for your computer, phone, etc.

Tim N9PUZ

On 3/14/2020 1:07 PM, Jeff Collins wrote:
Dear Tim,

    My Internet connection will not support that class right now. I can barely watch a YT Video.

    But we might be moving soon with better Internet. Our house has been sold and we have made an offer on a new place.

Thank you,

Jeffrey R. Collins - W7GRV
FCC(SW) USN, Ret.
BS, EMT-P, FF I/II


Re: [ADV] Re: [4SQRP] Hotel reservations

Tom Brown
 

I was pleasantly surprised this morning when Stone Castle called me to check if I wanted to cancel my reservation. 
Tom W0MFQ 

On Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 12:12 PM W9QS via Groups.Io <mbroga=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Must of just hit a couple of bad times.  Thanks for all the responses.  I will get it done on Monday.

72

Mike, W9QS


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

On Saturday, March 14, 2020, 11:10 AM, jrdock@... <jrdock@...> wrote:

No, I called them 2 days ago on 417-335-4700 an was done with cancellation number in less than 2 min.  Seemed very easy.
 Jack. WD0CFH


Pro

Jack R. Dock ... How about we give GOD a reason to continue blessing America?  In defense of America I pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.
War does not determine who is right, only who is left.
"A veteran is someone who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for any amount, up to and including their life."
                                                 

On Mar 14, 2020, at 10:42 AM, Jim Sheldon <w0eb@...> wrote:


Call them using their NON 800 number during business hours Monday thru Friday.  They are not open for the season yet so the phones are manned M-F during business hours only and I don't believe the 800# is active.

Jim - W0EB

PS I called them Thursday and had no problem contacting them or cancelling my reservations.



------ Original Message ------
From: "W9QS via Groups.Io" <mbroga@...>
To: "4 State QRP" <main@4sqrp.groups.io>
Sent: 3/14/2020 10:30:07 AM
Subject: [4SQRP] Hotel reservations

Is anyone else having problems contacting the Stone Castle to cancel reservations?   


Re: The Friendly Group

Jeff Collins
 

Dear Tim,

    My Internet connection will not support that class right now. I can barely watch a YT Video.

    But we might be moving soon with better Internet. Our house has been sold and we have made an offer on a new place.

Thank you,

Jeffrey R. Collins - W7GRV
FCC(SW) USN, Ret.
BS, EMT-P, FF I/II

On 3/14/2020 12:48 PM, Tim N9PUZ wrote:
On 3/14/2020 11:18 AM, Jeff Collins wrote:
Thhheeennnn....going to attempt to learn Code again (like for the 4th time). Not sure if I will ever learn code. But I will give it another 6 months before throwing in the towel again for awhile.

    Once I get past 4 or 5 letters they just blend together no matter what speed I try to learn at
Jeff --

The Spring sessions of the (free) CWOps instructor led courses begin in April. I've taken both their introductory and beginner courses and found them to very useful. You still have to be willing to put in the effort but they have a format that works. The instructor from my first class posted a message on Facebook this morning that there are still openings.

CW Academy https://cwops.org/

Tim N9PUZ



Re: The Friendly Group

Bob Parr
 

I took the Beginner class this last time and it was a really good method, but you have to put in about an hour a day.  more it better.
 
Bob

> On 3/14/2020 11:18 AM, Jeff Collins wrote:
>> Thhheeennnn....going to attempt to learn Code again (like for the
>> 4th
>> time). Not sure if I will ever learn code. But I will give it
>> another
>> 6 months before throwing in the towel again for awhile.
>>
>>   Once I get past 4 or 5 letters they just blend together no
>> matter
>> what speed I try to learn at
>>
>
> Jeff --
>
> The Spring sessions of the (free) CWOps instructor led courses
> begin in
> April. I've taken both their introductory and beginner courses and
> found
> them to very useful. You still have to be willing to put in the
> effort
> but they have a format that works. The instructor from my first
> class
> posted a message on Facebook this morning that there are still
> openings.
>
> CW Academy https://cwops.org/
>
> Tim N9PUZ
>
>
>


Re: The Friendly Group

Tim N9PUZ
 

On 3/14/2020 11:18 AM, Jeff Collins wrote:
Thhheeennnn....going to attempt to learn Code again (like for the 4th time). Not sure if I will ever learn code. But I will give it another 6 months before throwing in the towel again for awhile.

    Once I get past 4 or 5 letters they just blend together no matter what speed I try to learn at
Jeff --

The Spring sessions of the (free) CWOps instructor led courses begin in April. I've taken both their introductory and beginner courses and found them to very useful. You still have to be willing to put in the effort but they have a format that works. The instructor from my first class posted a message on Facebook this morning that there are still openings.

CW Academy https://cwops.org/

Tim N9PUZ


Re: Group discussion

J.K. Wright
 

Let's hope coronavirus does not become ubiquitous to ham radio.


On Sat, Mar 14, 2020, 1:19 PM davemrtn <davemrtn@...> wrote:

Around 5 years ago, we where having discussions about Raspberry Pi and Arduino, and the moderator shut down the conversation because he didn't think is was appropriate for the group, and directed everyone to take those discussions to groups for those devices.

Now those devices are ubiquitous in the Amateur Radio Hobby.


--
David Martin - NA1MH - Mountain Home, Ar. -----------------------------------------
Wherever I go, there He is.
Psalms 111:10
Recycle, Reuse, Re-purpose, Repair
Neither Time nor Energy can be Recycled or Reused, don't waste either.

- - - Goodbye Mitt Romney - - -


Re: [ADV] Re: [4SQRP] Hotel reservations

Jeff Collins
 

Dear All,

    Just got a call from the Stone Castle canceling my reservation.

    I did not call them (I was going to call on Monday), they called me.

Thank you,

Jeffrey R. Collins - W7GRV
FCC(SW) USN, Ret.
BS, EMT-P, FF I/II

On 3/14/2020 12:12 PM, W9QS via Groups.Io wrote:

Must of just hit a couple of bad times.  Thanks for all the responses.  I will get it done on Monday.

72

Mike, W9QS


Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

On Saturday, March 14, 2020, 11:10 AM, jrdock@... <jrdock@...> wrote:

No, I called them 2 days ago on 417-335-4700 an was done with cancellation number in less than 2 min.  Seemed very easy.
 Jack. WD0CFH


Pro

Jack R. Dock ... How about we give GOD a reason to continue blessing America?  In defense of America I pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.
War does not determine who is right, only who is left.
"A veteran is someone who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for any amount, up to and including their life."
                                                 

On Mar 14, 2020, at 10:42 AM, Jim Sheldon <w0eb@...> wrote:


Call them using their NON 800 number during business hours Monday thru Friday.  They are not open for the season yet so the phones are manned M-F during business hours only and I don't believe the 800# is active.

Jim - W0EB

PS I called them Thursday and had no problem contacting them or cancelling my reservations.



------ Original Message ------
From: "W9QS via Groups.Io" <mbroga@...>
To: "4 State QRP" <main@4sqrp.groups.io>
Sent: 3/14/2020 10:30:07 AM
Subject: [4SQRP] Hotel reservations

Is anyone else having problems contacting the Stone Castle to cancel reservations?   


Group discussion

davemrtn
 

Around 5 years ago, we where having discussions about Raspberry Pi and Arduino, and the moderator shut down the conversation because he didn't think is was appropriate for the group, and directed everyone to take those discussions to groups for those devices.

Now those devices are ubiquitous in the Amateur Radio Hobby.


--
David Martin - NA1MH - Mountain Home, Ar. -----------------------------------------
Wherever I go, there He is.
Psalms 111:10
Recycle, Reuse, Re-purpose, Repair
Neither Time nor Energy can be Recycled or Reused, don't waste either.

- - - Goodbye Mitt Romney - - -


Re: [ADV] Re: [4SQRP] Hotel reservations

W9QS
 

Must of just hit a couple of bad times.  Thanks for all the responses.  I will get it done on Monday.

72

On Saturday, March 14, 2020, 11:10 AM, jrdock@... <jrdock@...> wrote:

No, I called them 2 days ago on 417-335-4700 an was done with cancellation number in less than 2 min.  Seemed very easy.
 Jack. WD0CFH


Pro

Jack R. Dock ... How about we give GOD a reason to continue blessing America?  In defense of America I pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.
War does not determine who is right, only who is left.
"A veteran is someone who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for any amount, up to and including their life."
                                                 

On Mar 14, 2020, at 10:42 AM, Jim Sheldon <w0eb@...> wrote:


Call them using their NON 800 number during business hours Monday thru Friday.  They are not open for the season yet so the phones are manned M-F during business hours only and I don't believe the 800# is active.

Jim - W0EB

PS I called them Thursday and had no problem contacting them or cancelling my reservations.



------ Original Message ------
From: "W9QS via Groups.Io" <mbroga@...>
To: "4 State QRP" <main@4sqrp.groups.io>
Sent: 3/14/2020 10:30:07 AM
Subject: [4SQRP] Hotel reservations

Is anyone else having problems contacting the Stone Castle to cancel reservations?   


Re: The Friendly Group

keith ford
 

If we were closer I could teach you code in about 30 days time. 

On Saturday, March 14, 2020, 11:18, Jeff Collins <w7grv@...> wrote:

Dear David,

    That is why there is a Moderator to keep things on topic.

    Getting ready to turn on the IC-7300 and try some digital for the first time ever.

    Thhheeennnn....going to attempt to learn Code again (like for the 4th time). Not sure if I will ever learn code. But I will give it another 6 months before throwing in the towel again for awhile.

    Once I get past 4 or 5 letters they just blend together no matter what speed I try to learn at.

Thank you,

Jeffrey R. Collins - W7GRV
FCC(SW) USN, Ret.
BS, EMT-P, FF I/II

On 3/14/2020 10:47 AM, davemrtn wrote:

The "Friendly Group", as long as you only talk about what the moderator allows !!!


--
David Martin - NA1MH - Mountain Home, Ar. -----------------------------------------
Wherever I go, there He is.
Psalms 111:10
Recycle, Reuse, Re-purpose, Repair
Neither Time nor Energy can be Recycled or Reused, don't waste either.

- - - Goodbye Mitt Romney - - -


Re: The Friendly Group

Jeff Collins
 

Dear David,

    That is why there is a Moderator to keep things on topic.

    Getting ready to turn on the IC-7300 and try some digital for the first time ever.

    Thhheeennnn....going to attempt to learn Code again (like for the 4th time). Not sure if I will ever learn code. But I will give it another 6 months before throwing in the towel again for awhile.

    Once I get past 4 or 5 letters they just blend together no matter what speed I try to learn at.

Thank you,

Jeffrey R. Collins - W7GRV
FCC(SW) USN, Ret.
BS, EMT-P, FF I/II

On 3/14/2020 10:47 AM, davemrtn wrote:

The "Friendly Group", as long as you only talk about what the moderator allows !!!


--
David Martin - NA1MH - Mountain Home, Ar. -----------------------------------------
Wherever I go, there He is.
Psalms 111:10
Recycle, Reuse, Re-purpose, Repair
Neither Time nor Energy can be Recycled or Reused, don't waste either.

- - - Goodbye Mitt Romney - - -

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