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OT: For Sale, Midnight Design Solutions Scalar Network Analyzer

Jim Sheldon
 

Surplus to my needs (I now have a new Spectrum Analyzer and a SARK-110) is a really nice fully built and working Scalar Network Analyzer from Midnight Design Solutions ( http://midnightdesignsolutions.com/sna/ ) with the optional digital signal generator. Total cost originally for the SNA and the optional Sig Gen was $120 plus shipping. This unit was personally constructed by me and is in excellent operating condition with the latest (Version 5.0) software installed.

I'd like to get $100 shipped for this - anywhere in the USA & posessions only. PayPal preferred.

Interested? Please contact me off the reflector for further information or to say "I'll take it". First "I'll take it" gets right of first refusal (by date/time on the incoming email).

Jim Sheldon, W0EB
Park City, KS 


Kits 4 Kids, a new adventure

Walter - K5EST
 

Attendees that pre-register for Ozarkcon 2019 are getting in on 
the ground floor of a new adventure of recruiting new people to
the thrill of building a project and having something "they built" 
that works.

The kit is no soldering......no high voltages (9 volt battery).....and 
circuitry that is built on a real prototype board with plug-in wire 
jumpers. The  Astable Multivibrator circuit is actually a 2 LED 
Flasher circuit with flashing red and yellow LEDs. Simple, yes, 
for us serious builders but folks have to start somewhere..Right?

The project is part of the 4SQRP Education program that is
dedicated to helping keep our great radio hobby growing
and Elmering in new members.

The first kit is the design genius of Bill - KV6Z and he is
already working on the next kit. We will have more
information on the 2nd kit later in the year.

We would like to know your opinions of the kit at Ocon
so we can tailor this kit for release at super reasonable
prices.

4SQRP is again leading the charge of finding new 
members of our great Ham Radio Nation.

See you all at Branson.........it is gonna be fun!

Walter Dufrain - K5EST - Coordinator OzarkCon 2019
 An ARRL approved Specialty Operating Convention




Second Sunday Sprint Results

John Lonigro
 

I am relieved to announce that a large number of hams figured out the time change on Sunday (hi).  Now if my body could figure it out!  There were 15 entries on the qrpcontest.com website and it looks like the propagation gods were favorable to most of them.  I don't know if that has more to do with atmospheric conditions or the time change, but we'll take it.  Let's hope that trend continues for a while.

The winner for March was John, K4BAI, with 22 QSO points, followed closely by Chas, W2SH, with 20.  For the year, we have Chas, W2SH, leading the pack, followed closely by Nick, WB5BKL.  But the contest season is still young.

To Carl, WB0CFF, here's hoping your recovery is swift and complete. We miss your usual contest-leading scores.

We had a new participant this month, Jason,KB3SAR.  Welcome Jason. I could not find you in the 4SQRP member list.  I only keep track of the scores of members.  If you are a member, send me your membership number and let the folks at 4SQRP know you aren't listed on the member page.  If you are NOT a member, there are several ways to become one.  One fun and painless way (other than registration, transportation, and lodging expense-hi), is to attend Ozarkcon, which is merely weeks away (April 5-6). But there is a totally free way to join as well.  Check 4sqrp.com for details.

We had another participant whom I thought was a new member, John, K6WS, but I found out John simply changed his callsign from WB6HVH. I guess K6WS is quite a bit faster to send in CW.

As the March winner, John, K4BAI, should expect his certificate in the (e)mail shortly.

72,

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


Re: SK George Dobbs

Dan Reynolds
 

I met him once at Dayton, he was at the GQRP booth. I emailed him a time or two. Yes, he always would respond.
--
Dan Reynolds -- KB9JLO
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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 03/13/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

main@4SQRP.groups.io Calendar <main@...>
 

Reminder:
Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 13 March 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: MO-KS Elmers needed

Bob Parr
 

"Ararat Shrine"  Is this a group of Masonic Hams?  Where is this going to be held?
 
Bob
KG5GTE

> Pardon the public service announcement but it seems important and I
> was given permission to post the email to the 4SQRP Group.
>
> .......snipped from Larry's List.......
> Calling All Elmers!
>
> As you may have heard, the Mo-Kan Regional Council of Amateur Radio
> Organizations will be running an Elmers' Table at the Ararat Shrine
> Hambash (http://hambash.com) on April 20th.  The Elmers' Table is a
> place where any Ham, but particularly New Hams can come to ask
> questions, find a club to join, or be introduced to a Elmer who can
> assist them with their goals on the Amateur  Radio Experience.
>
> Support During the Hamfest:
>
> We still need people to assist in working this table.  While many
> slots have been filled, we particularly need help during the 10:30
> to 11:00 AM Time, and the 11:30 AM to Noon Time, as no one has
> claimed these two slots at all.  Additional help is needed to have
> full coverage during 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM, 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM, 10:00
> AM to 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM.  Please go to the Sign Up
> mokan to claim your spot!
>
> List of Elmers:
>
> One of the aims of the Elmers' Table is to match up Hams with an
> Elmer who has experience in the specialty needed.  The response for
> such Elmers has been outstanding!  Thank You!  We can't have too
> many Elmers, so by all means, if you have not signed up yet, please
> do so by sending me an email with your:
>       • Name 
>       • Call Sign
>       • Email Address 
>       • Telephone Number 
>       • Area of Expertise or Subject Matter
> Feel free to provide any comments, such as the area where you
> reside, or preferred contact method, etc.
>
> We will provide the requesting ham with a card with contact
> information for the Elmer he or she should contact, then the dialog
> can be started between the "Master and the Student."
>
> Thank You for all your support for this project!
>
> 73
>
> Randy Schulze - KDØHKD
> Chairman, 
> Mo-Kan Regional Council of Amateur Radio Organizations
> <rschulze@...>
>
>
> ......end snipped copy.........
>
>
> Thank you everyone for the announcement space!
>
> Walter Dufrain - K5EST - Coordinator OzarkCon 2019  An ARRL 
> approved Specialty Operating Convention
>
>


MO-KS Elmers needed

Walter - K5EST
 

Pardon the public service announcement but it seems important and I was given permission to post the email to the 4SQRP Group.

.......snipped from Larry's List.......
Calling All Elmers!

As you may have heard, the Mo-Kan Regional Council of Amateur Radio Organizations will be running an Elmers’ Table at the Ararat Shrine Hambash (http://hambash.com) on April 20th.  The Elmers’ Table is a place where any Ham, but particularly New Hams can come to ask questions, find a club to join, or be introduced to a Elmer who can assist them with their goals on the Amateur  Radio Experience.

Support During the Hamfest:

We still need people to assist in working this table.  While many slots have been filled, we particularly need help during the 10:30 to 11:00 AM Time, and the 11:30 AM to Noon Time, as no one has claimed these two slots at all.  Additional help is needed to have full coverage during 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM, 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM, 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM.  Please go to the Sign Up Genius page at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B45AAAC2CA5FF2-mokan to claim your spot!

List of Elmers:

One of the aims of the Elmers’ Table is to match up Hams with an Elmer who has experience in the specialty needed.  The response for such Elmers has been outstanding!  Thank You!  We can’t have too many Elmers, so by all means, if you have not signed up yet, please do so by sending me an email with your:
        • Name 
        • Call Sign
        • Email Address 
        • Telephone Number 
        • Area of Expertise or Subject Matter
Feel free to provide any comments, such as the area where you reside, or preferred contact method, etc.

We will provide the requesting ham with a card with contact information for the Elmer he or she should contact, then the dialog can be started between the “Master and the Student.”

Thank You for all your support for this project!

73

Randy Schulze – KDØHKD
Chairman, 
Mo-Kan Regional Council of Amateur Radio Organizations
<rschulze@...>

......end snipped copy.........

Thank you everyone for the announcement space!

Walter Dufrain - K5EST - Coordinator OzarkCon 2019
 An ARRL approved Specialty Operating Convention




Re: Build-a-Thon extension cords

wa2cky
 

I'll bring a couple of extension cords and a couple of 6 outlet strips.

Bob Groh, WA2CKY

On Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 10:51 AM dekle <dekle@...> wrote:
If you're participating in the Build-a-Thon, please bring an extension cord and/or power tap for your soldering iron or other electrical needs. I don't have nearly enough for 50 people.

Thanks,
Bill
KV6Z


Re: problem with Si5351

KM6KJE
 

no, I do not  also pin o on the Si5351 should have around 1.86 volts has no voltage the rest of the pins fine

On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 12:36:16 PM PDT, Dave Benson <davek1swl@...> wrote:


Terry-

Jim Pruitt forwarded me your message mentioning no voltage on the ATmega328 pins 5 and 16. I gave him several suggestions, and I'm sure he'll send them to you.

When you briefly press the Function button,  do you get morse code in the headphones?

73- Dave, K1SWL

On Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 12:57 PM KM6KJE <terry.schulz@...> wrote:
the Si5351 0 pin as no voltage it should be about 1.68 volts and I am not getting any audio any suggestions on fixing this. all the rest of the pins on the Si5351 are right.  thank you


Re: problem with Si5351

Dave Benson
 

Terry-

Jim Pruitt forwarded me your message mentioning no voltage on the ATmega328 pins 5 and 16. I gave him several suggestions, and I'm sure he'll send them to you.

When you briefly press the Function button,  do you get morse code in the headphones?

73- Dave, K1SWL


On Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 12:57 PM KM6KJE <terry.schulz@...> wrote:
the Si5351 0 pin as no voltage it should be about 1.68 volts and I am not getting any audio any suggestions on fixing this. all the rest of the pins on the Si5351 are right.  thank you


problem with Si5351

KM6KJE
 

the Si5351 0 pin as no voltage it should be about 1.68 volts and I am not getting any audio any suggestions on fixing this. all the rest of the pins on the Si5351 are right.  thank you


Re: A power pack for AAs and NiMh AA batteries

dekle <dekle@...>
 

These are heavy, expensive, and need to be guyed, but I can replace my dipole ropes without leaving the ground or shooting a projectile at the neighbor's house. It was worth the peace of mind for me.


https://mgs4u.com/product/mk-6-series-43-3ft-masts/


Bill

KV6Z

 


On 12/03/2019 8:17 am, Walter - K5EST wrote:

Don't know about the 40 ft pushup pole, but SOTA has a 32 ft lightweight pushup pole,
 
 
also I found a shorter pole (mini) available in the U.S. at DX Engineering. URL is way too long, so Tiny URL is used here:
 
 
and here are a bunch of fiberglass poles and etc  ......  you can custom build your own design:  
 
 
I do not endorse or am not pecuniary attached to the above companies  /  URLs. 

Walter Dufrain - K5EST - Coordinator OzarkCon 2019
 An ARRL approved Specialty Operating Convention
 
 

On Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 6:13 AM Michael McEwen <michael.t.mcewen@...> wrote:
What is your 40ft pushup pole...I am looking for something like that.
 
Doc K5OSA 




Build-a-Thon extension cords

dekle <dekle@...>
 

If you're participating in the Build-a-Thon, please bring an extension cord and/or power tap for your soldering iron or other electrical needs. I don't have nearly enough for 50 people.

Thanks,
Bill
KV6Z


Re: A power pack for AAs and NiMh AA batteries

Walter - K5EST
 

Don't know about the 40 ft pushup pole, but SOTA has a 32 ft lightweight pushup pole,


also I found a shorter pole (mini) available in the U.S. at DX Engineering. URL is way too long, so Tiny URL is used here:


and here are a bunch of fiberglass poles and etc  ......  you can custom build your own design:  


I do not endorse or am not pecuniary attached to the above companies  /  URLs. 

Walter Dufrain - K5EST - Coordinator OzarkCon 2019
 An ARRL approved Specialty Operating Convention





On Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 6:13 AM Michael McEwen <michael.t.mcewen@...> wrote:
What is your 40ft pushup pole...I am looking for something like that.

Doc K5OSA 


Re: A power pack for AAs and NiMh AA batteries

Michael McEwen
 

What is your 40ft pushup pole...I am looking for something like that.

Doc K5OSA 


Re: SK George Dobbs

David Wilcox
 

Rev George was the kind of person that if the church he pastored was close to me I would have considered changing and I have attended the same Wesleyan Church for 45 years.  He was so approachable and kind spirited.  He responded to my emails quickly and with good advice.  I have collected most of his writings in the radio realm and consider them precious and understandable.  We have lost a great one.

Dave K8WPE

David J. Wilcox K8WPE’s iPad

On Mar 11, 2019, at 12:08 PM, Jim Sheldon <w0eb@...> wrote:

I met him at FDIM (Four Days In May) the one year I was able to make Dayton some years back.  Since I'm the membership chairman of the Flying Pigs QRP Club, and Ed Hare (W1RFI from ARRL) is the chief "instigator" of FP shenanigans at the FDIM banquet, we cooked up a fake FP membership for George.  He was always trying to quiet the FP guys down (we were a pretty noisy bunch even then, maybe more so than now as the main bunch from back then has gotten a bit older these days) so we got even with him.  George was always saying he'd never join the "Piggies" (turns out he was already a member from before I took over the Membership Chairman job so I didn't know it) - We had lots of fun with that anyway and George didn't appear too displeased with it either -LOL.  I did send him a proper certificate with his real number on it.

He impressed me as a fine gentleman and he will be missed in the QRP community for sure.  RIP George.

Jim, W0EB

------ Original Message ------
From: "Everett Catlin via Groups.Io" <everettcatlin@...>
To: "QRP-L Mailing List" <qrp-l@...>; "4 State QRP" <main@4sqrp.groups.io>; "Bill K4BX" <k4bx@...>
Sent: 3/11/2019 10:57:18 AM
Subject: [4SQRP] SK George Dobbs

I never met George Dobbs, G3RJV  but I would have really liked too. I have read many of his writings and appreciate his designs and leadership for G-QRP. I have built a few of his projects and had success with them. He will be missed in the QRP community. RIP George and thanks. I will be praying for you and your family.

So sad we have lost two of our best so quickly in George and Hank.

Everett Catlin N5MZX


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 03/13/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

main@4SQRP.groups.io Calendar <main@...>
 

Reminder:
Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 13 March 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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Convenient little DC input switching adapter

Jim Sheldon
 

Latest little project from the "Triumvirate Skonk Worx" (W0EB, W2CTX, N5IB)

Just got the boards in and all the kit parts for this little adapter.  It allows the DC input to be connected through an optional Reverse Polarity (series Schottky diode), the switch on the volume control (or separate switch) and the switched DC output to whatever item is being powered, to be connected through a small PC board using MOLEX or MOLEX Style male/female connectors.  This allows for everything to be plugged in and also unplugged for ease of troubleshooting without having to solder or unsolder wires from the rig's terminals.

TSW is making just the bare board or a full kit of parts available.  Full details are on the TSW website (www.w0eb.com) but here is the "Construction Manual" in PDF form so you can see what it's all about.

Jim, W0EB
TSW


Send in your score

John Lonigro
 

Don't forget to send in your SSS  score, preferably by early tomorrow.  I plan to post the results either tomorrow night or Wednesday morning.

I truly hope nobody missed the sprint due to the time change...

72,

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


Re: Iambic Mouse for microBitx

John - KK4ITX
 

I made one of those just for chuckles too.  Some day I may have to use it due to aging hands syndrome, now I'm using a J-38 SK and enjoy that.  Also built a side swiper from QRPGuys in anticipation of the need.

I am avoiding the use of keyers and fancy keys so that I can get a better feel for the mechanics and timing of CW. 

However you do it, just relax and enjoy..... these guys and gals are great to work with.... patience beyond belief !

John
KK4ITX



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Many of life's failures are people who
did not realize how close they were to
success when they gave up.
       Thomas A. Edison     


On Monday, March 11, 2019 11:51 AM, d balfour <davesters@...> wrote:


I was looking for a keyer on the internet and was holding my mouse. It struck me that the mouse would make a fairly decent key for my ubitx radio. The ubitx has the firmware in place to support and it only needs two wires. The switches in the mouse are in parallel with one having a 2.2k and the other a 10k resistor on them.

This mouse has an additional switch on the side and may add in a mic/ptt circuit to it to have a universal communicator.