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Re: Cricket 40?

John Lonigro
 

Surely there's somebody who has made an enclosure for those crickets out of a bait bucket.  Seems a natural (hi).

72 and happy holidays to all,

John, AA0VE

On 12/26/18 4:55 PM, Don Pitchford wrote:
Gary,
I have several unbuilt 80's,  no 80A's. If you are interested please contact me at w9ebk@... 
Don, W9EBK 

On Wed, Dec 26, 2018, 3:57 PM Gary Kohtala via Groups.Io <gary.k7ek=yahoo.com@groups.io wrote:
I wish the Cricket 80(A) was still available. I would like to acquire the whole series, 80, 40, 30, etc.

I would like ideas for enclosures for the Crickets. Anyone? Thanks, and happy new year.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

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On Dec 26, 2018, at 12:47, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:
I have a Cricket 80,  a Cricket80A, and a Cricket30. I would also be interested but only if the key jack was placed on the pc board (takes one pc lan and isolate one hole) and that they meet spectral purity.

Might I also suggest that there be corner holes pre drilled for mounting.  I know the idea is for minimalist use but I prefer to put mine in an enclosure as hot.live pc boards on the bench are an invitation for disaster and for letting the magic smoke escape.  I also had problems with hooking it up to a front panel power switch since the included onboard power switch has a little different spacing than most other switches so finding a center off pc mount power switch with the same footprint to replace the included one was a trick.  Yes,  I know I could have just used the board mounted switch on my front panel enclosure but I was trying to keep it stock if I removed it from the enclosure.

Thank you.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 12/24/2018 2:39 PM, nm0s_qrp via Groups.Io wrote:
if 4SQRP were to introduce a 40M Cricket, who would be interested in one?  I'm trying to gauge interest before making the investment.

73 Dave NM0S



Re: Hello :) My latest project A NA5N PIPSQUEAK regenerative receiver

Tom Sevart
 

Very nice. I built one a while back as well, which can be seen here: https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/pipsqueak-regenerative-receiver.587926/page-4#post-4496600

It's a lot of fun to pull it off the shelf and listen to it.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS


Re: MicroVert Antenna

N1KWW <bgrass2@...>
 


MicroVert Antenna

N1KWW <bgrass2@...>
 

Curious if anyone has built this antenna, seems to work ok. Any thoughts? N1KWW


Re: Cricket 40?

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Gary
Search for Nm0s electronics.
Dave is selling the 80a now.
73
Johnny 

On Wed, Dec 26, 2018 at 4:57 PM Don Pitchford <donw9ebk@...> wrote:
Gary,
I have several unbuilt 80's,  no 80A's. If you are interested please contact me at w9ebk@... 
Don, W9EBK 

On Wed, Dec 26, 2018, 3:57 PM Gary Kohtala via Groups.Io <gary.k7ek=yahoo.com@groups.io wrote:
I wish the Cricket 80(A) was still available. I would like to acquire the whole series, 80, 40, 30, etc.

I would like ideas for enclosures for the Crickets. Anyone? Thanks, and happy new year.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

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On Dec 26, 2018, at 12:47, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:
I have a Cricket 80,  a Cricket80A, and a Cricket30. I would also be interested but only if the key jack was placed on the pc board (takes one pc lan and isolate one hole) and that they meet spectral purity.

Might I also suggest that there be corner holes pre drilled for mounting.  I know the idea is for minimalist use but I prefer to put mine in an enclosure as hot.live pc boards on the bench are an invitation for disaster and for letting the magic smoke escape.  I also had problems with hooking it up to a front panel power switch since the included onboard power switch has a little different spacing than most other switches so finding a center off pc mount power switch with the same footprint to replace the included one was a trick.  Yes,  I know I could have just used the board mounted switch on my front panel enclosure but I was trying to keep it stock if I removed it from the enclosure.

Thank you.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 12/24/2018 2:39 PM, nm0s_qrp via Groups.Io wrote:
if 4SQRP were to introduce a 40M Cricket, who would be interested in one?  I'm trying to gauge interest before making the investment.

73 Dave NM0S

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Re: [CricketKit] [4SQRP] Cricket 40?

Frank Perkins
 

Hobby Lobby has a good selection of inexpensive wooden boxes with lids (some hinged), that are great!
Not all cities have a store, but you can look online.
Frank N6CES

On Wed, Dec 26, 2018, 2:39 PM Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@... wrote:
Gary,

I put my Cricket80 in a metal container that I got at the Dollar store or Dollar Tree.  You can still find them now as it is the size a lot of cookies came in over Christmas.  It has a hinged (I think) lid.  I had hoped I could use a SO239 connector instead of the BNC but there was not enough room for the BNC plug/adapter so I had to wire my SO239 in place of the BNC on the pc board but it works.  I also added the key jack mod to the pc board and then drilled my enclosure for that extra hole.

Good luck.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 12/26/2018 1:55 PM, Gary Kohtala via Groups.Io wrote:
I wish the Cricket 80(A) was still available. I would like to acquire the whole series, 80, 40, 30, etc.

I would like ideas for enclosures for the Crickets. Anyone? Thanks, and happy new year.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

Sent from BlueMail
On Dec 26, 2018, at 12:47, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:
I have a Cricket 80,  a Cricket80A, and a Cricket30. I would also be interested but only if the key jack was placed on the pc board (takes one pc lan and isolate one hole) and that they meet spectral purity.

Might I also suggest that there be corner holes pre drilled for mounting.  I know the idea is for minimalist use but I prefer to put mine in an enclosure as hot.live pc boards on the bench are an invitation for disaster and for letting the magic smoke escape.  I also had problems with hooking it up to a front panel power switch since the included onboard power switch has a little different spacing than most other switches so finding a center off pc mount power switch with the same footprint to replace the included one was a trick.  Yes,  I know I could have just used the board mounted switch on my front panel enclosure but I was trying to keep it stock if I removed it from the enclosure.

Thank you.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 12/24/2018 2:39 PM, nm0s_qrp via Groups.Io wrote:
if 4SQRP were to introduce a 40M Cricket, who would be interested in one?  I'm trying to gauge interest before making the investment.

73 Dave NM0S



Re: Cricket 40?

Don, W9EBK
 

Gary,
I have several unbuilt 80's,  no 80A's. If you are interested please contact me at w9ebk@... 
Don, W9EBK 

On Wed, Dec 26, 2018, 3:57 PM Gary Kohtala via Groups.Io <gary.k7ek=yahoo.com@groups.io wrote:
I wish the Cricket 80(A) was still available. I would like to acquire the whole series, 80, 40, 30, etc.

I would like ideas for enclosures for the Crickets. Anyone? Thanks, and happy new year.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

Sent from BlueMail
On Dec 26, 2018, at 12:47, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:
I have a Cricket 80,  a Cricket80A, and a Cricket30. I would also be interested but only if the key jack was placed on the pc board (takes one pc lan and isolate one hole) and that they meet spectral purity.

Might I also suggest that there be corner holes pre drilled for mounting.  I know the idea is for minimalist use but I prefer to put mine in an enclosure as hot.live pc boards on the bench are an invitation for disaster and for letting the magic smoke escape.  I also had problems with hooking it up to a front panel power switch since the included onboard power switch has a little different spacing than most other switches so finding a center off pc mount power switch with the same footprint to replace the included one was a trick.  Yes,  I know I could have just used the board mounted switch on my front panel enclosure but I was trying to keep it stock if I removed it from the enclosure.

Thank you.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 12/24/2018 2:39 PM, nm0s_qrp via Groups.Io wrote:
if 4SQRP were to introduce a 40M Cricket, who would be interested in one?  I'm trying to gauge interest before making the investment.

73 Dave NM0S


Re: Cricket 40?

Jim Pruitt
 

Gary,

I put my Cricket80 in a metal container that I got at the Dollar store or Dollar Tree.  You can still find them now as it is the size a lot of cookies came in over Christmas.  It has a hinged (I think) lid.  I had hoped I could use a SO239 connector instead of the BNC but there was not enough room for the BNC plug/adapter so I had to wire my SO239 in place of the BNC on the pc board but it works.  I also added the key jack mod to the pc board and then drilled my enclosure for that extra hole.

Good luck.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 12/26/2018 1:55 PM, Gary Kohtala via Groups.Io wrote:
I wish the Cricket 80(A) was still available. I would like to acquire the whole series, 80, 40, 30, etc.

I would like ideas for enclosures for the Crickets. Anyone? Thanks, and happy new year.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

Sent from BlueMail
On Dec 26, 2018, at 12:47, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:
I have a Cricket 80,  a Cricket80A, and a Cricket30. I would also be interested but only if the key jack was placed on the pc board (takes one pc lan and isolate one hole) and that they meet spectral purity.

Might I also suggest that there be corner holes pre drilled for mounting.  I know the idea is for minimalist use but I prefer to put mine in an enclosure as hot.live pc boards on the bench are an invitation for disaster and for letting the magic smoke escape.  I also had problems with hooking it up to a front panel power switch since the included onboard power switch has a little different spacing than most other switches so finding a center off pc mount power switch with the same footprint to replace the included one was a trick.  Yes,  I know I could have just used the board mounted switch on my front panel enclosure but I was trying to keep it stock if I removed it from the enclosure.

Thank you.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 12/24/2018 2:39 PM, nm0s_qrp via Groups.Io wrote:
if 4SQRP were to introduce a 40M Cricket, who would be interested in one?  I'm trying to gauge interest before making the investment.

73 Dave NM0S



Re: Cricket 40?

Gary E. Kohtala
 

I wish the Cricket 80(A) was still available. I would like to acquire the whole series, 80, 40, 30, etc.

I would like ideas for enclosures for the Crickets. Anyone? Thanks, and happy new year.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

Sent from BlueMail

On Dec 26, 2018, at 12:47, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:
I have a Cricket 80,  a Cricket80A, and a Cricket30. I would also be interested but only if the key jack was placed on the pc board (takes one pc lan and isolate one hole) and that they meet spectral purity.

Might I also suggest that there be corner holes pre drilled for mounting.  I know the idea is for minimalist use but I prefer to put mine in an enclosure as hot.live pc boards on the bench are an invitation for disaster and for letting the magic smoke escape.  I also had problems with hooking it up to a front panel power switch since the included onboard power switch has a little different spacing than most other switches so finding a center off pc mount power switch with the same footprint to replace the included one was a trick.  Yes,  I know I could have just used the board mounted switch on my front panel enclosure but I was trying to keep it stock if I removed it from the enclosure.

Thank you.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 12/24/2018 2:39 PM, nm0s_qrp via Groups.Io wrote:
if 4SQRP were to introduce a 40M Cricket, who would be interested in one?  I'm trying to gauge interest before making the investment.

73 Dave NM0S


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 12/26/2018 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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

Reminder:
Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 26 December 2018
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(GMT-06:00) 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: Cricket 40?

Jim Pruitt
 

I have a Cricket 80,  a Cricket80A, and a Cricket30. I would also be interested but only if the key jack was placed on the pc board (takes one pc lan and isolate one hole) and that they meet spectral purity.

Might I also suggest that there be corner holes pre drilled for mounting.  I know the idea is for minimalist use but I prefer to put mine in an enclosure as hot.live pc boards on the bench are an invitation for disaster and for letting the magic smoke escape.  I also had problems with hooking it up to a front panel power switch since the included onboard power switch has a little different spacing than most other switches so finding a center off pc mount power switch with the same footprint to replace the included one was a trick.  Yes,  I know I could have just used the board mounted switch on my front panel enclosure but I was trying to keep it stock if I removed it from the enclosure.

Thank you.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 12/24/2018 2:39 PM, nm0s_qrp via Groups.Io wrote:
if 4SQRP were to introduce a 40M Cricket, who would be interested in one?  I'm trying to gauge interest before making the investment.

73 Dave NM0S


Re: Cricket 40?

John Hucke
 

Yes, I’d be interested in a Cricket 40.
K3JH John


On Dec 25, 2018, at 01:17, Ron Edmo <snakedmo5@...> wrote:

I would be interested. I already have the Cricket80a plus Bayou Jumpers (White and Green boards)

73, Ron KF7JZH

On Dec 24, 2018 3:39 PM, "nm0s_qrp via Groups.Io" <ai9e_qrp=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
if 4SQRP were to introduce a 40M Cricket, who would be interested in one?  I'm trying to gauge interest before making the investment.

73 Dave NM0S



Re: Cricket 40?

WA0ITP
 

I'm in, sounds great.  7122 is the 4srp hangout, usually can pick up a qso thereabouts..
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
On 12/24/2018 4:39 PM, nm0s_qrp via Groups.Io wrote:

if 4SQRP were to introduce a 40M Cricket, who would be interested in one?  I'm trying to gauge interest before making the investment.

73 Dave NM0S


Re: Cricket 40?

Brian Crittendon
 

I thought I was the only one who did that. Grin  WQ8S/Mark


Hello :) My latest project A NA5N PIPSQUEAK regenerative receiver

Frank Artieta
 

Very simple and works very well !
Does not drift hardly at all !
After enough knob twiddling pretty good audio !
Here are some links to schematics !
 
 
This is the original
http://www.ncqrpp.org/files/qrpp_volume_04.pdf



Still a work in process !
This first coil in the picture would work from about 4 to 9 mHz
I have since wound a coil for the AM broadcast band !
I put a screw through the lid of a slightly smaller diameter pill bottle !
And wound the coil on that !
I am going to add pins and sockets to the leads on the coil so to be easy to change !
The coil for the AM BC band was interesting because this thing would go from start of reaction to oscillation very smoothly !
I plan to play with the inductor and capacitor just to see what I can get this thing to do !
One last thing is that this thing does not hardly know what drift is !
Just set it and forget it !
 I highly recommend if anyone has the urge to melt solder
This thing is cheap fast and works well :)
73


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 12/26/2018 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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

Reminder:
Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 26 December 2018
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(GMT-06:00) 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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Cricket 40

Robert
 

I’ll buy one.

Robert
K5TD


Re: Cricket 40?

Casey
 

Crystal Sockets - won't a SIP strip fit there with the Center Pieces n cut off? And also use a SIP strip on the Crystal? They worked great on the Pig Rigs :) Anybody remember them ;)


Re: Cricket 40?

K0WDO Will Osborn
 

I’m a huge fan of the Cricket and thereby don’t want to be critical of it, but in the spirit of making it more useable I am responding. 

I have made many QSOs with both my 80 & 30, however, I’ve missed loads more contacts due to not hearing the other station. I’ve been contacted via alternate means many times, being told that folks were calling me back over and over yet I didn’t hear them. 

I’m by no means an expert but the results of my testing show that if a remote station zero beats me, I never hear them. They have to be quite a bit off my transmit frequency for me to hear some of them, and when I do hear them, the tone is also way off.  So, the receiver feels fairly deaf but also the offset may need tweaked. 

Transmit wise, it kicks butt; I watch the RBN and even at 750 mW I get out all over the place when using a resonant dipole at 50 feet.

For Cricket to Cricket QSOs even a few miles apart using the same freq crystal (with Larry Hastings) we find that the TX/RX is far enough off that we never hear each other, and to make it work we need to be very close, which led to my Cricket mobile setup. Better freq lineup for cricket to cricket QSOs over long distance would be a huge boon. 

For room to room QSOs in Branson, they work great but I’d like to have these transceivers in my regular rotation and for that to happen I need a more reliable receive...even if that means giving it some RX tuning ability or more pre-amplification. 

One other common complaint is that of AM broadcast interference. We can build a filter and put it in-line, but it would be nice to have that on board for the folks that don’t yet know this is an issue or how to address it without suffering too much signal loss. 

Again, I’m a user, not a designer. Just wanted to share my experience for the good of the device. I’ll say that for the money and parts count it is super neat, but a couple changes would make it a slam dunk. 

 73 to all and Merry Christmas!

Will
K0WDO
Cricketeer #13 Mixed Band

PS, to Bill KV6Z, I am looking forward to adding a new band endorsement!





On Dec 24, 2018, at 4:39 PM, nm0s_qrp via Groups.Io <ai9e_qrp@...> wrote:

if 4SQRP were to introduce a 40M Cricket, who would be interested in one?  I'm trying to gauge interest before making the investment.

73 Dave NM0S


Re: Cricket 40?

 

I'd buy one! de tom w7sua

On 12/24/2018 3:39 PM, nm0s_qrp via Groups.Io wrote:
if 4SQRP were to introduce a 40M Cricket, who would be interested in one?  I'm trying to gauge interest before making the investment.
73 Dave NM0S