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2019 Skeeter Hunt Announcement

Larry Makoski
 

Signups for the 2019 NJQRP Skeeter Hunt are almost here!

That's right - this Friday is the First Day of Summer 2019 - and you know what that means!

Applications will be accepted for Skeeter Numbers for the 2019 Skeeter Hunt.

For those not familar, this event has become one of the Summertime QRP operating staples. It is a four hour QRP Sprint that will be held on Sunday, August 18th. The idea is to get you and your equipment to the Great Outdoors for some QRP fun. A Skeeter Number is not a requirement, but it adds to the fun, so why not get one for yourself, or your group if you want to get out and operate with a bunch of friends?

All the details can be found on the Official NJQRP Skeeter Hunt Webpage. Some of these e-mail lists get particular about publishing links - so just Google, Bing, or Go Duck Go "NJQRP Skeeter Hunt" and you'll get the link to take you there.

To apply for a Skeeter Hunt Number - send an e-mail, BEGINNING ON FRIDAY, to w2lj@... and you'll get an e-mail reply with your number. If you don't get an acknowledgement, then I didn't get your e-mail - so try again!

72 de Larry W2LJ

Skeeter #13 (in perpetuity)


Re: Cricket 40 side tone not heard

Ellison
 

I was using amplified speakers for smart phones, etc. I could not hear the side tone, and- the receive audio was very low. After I saw Charles post.. I tried a pair of ear pods from my iPhone. I could hear the side tone and receive
Audio was much improved. Thank you for the heads up. Does the radio need a audio transformer to work with powered speakers?   73 - Kelly - WB0WQS. 


Upcoming Event: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 06/19/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 19 June 2019, 8:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

View Event

Organizer: jomatlock@...

Description: The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm DST central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS is to be announced.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central DST 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.


FS:Murania

N8DAH <Dherron@...>
 

I bought this to use around the house but due to RFI and lack of AM stations it is not being used at all. Built test and modded by me.

Mods are found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBTVq1zi7gM

I am asking what I paid for it to pass it one to another fellow who will enjoy it.

40$ shipped

73
--
David

  N8DAH

Kit-Projects.com

Shop now open!

 


Upcoming Event: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 06/19/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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

Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 19 June 2019, 8:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

View Event

Organizer: jomatlock@...

Description: The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm DST central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS is to be announced.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central DST 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.


Re: 3D Printing

WA4EFS
 

Thanks to all who have described experiences with 3D printing (and wishes)—lot’s to think about but not an easy decision!

 

73, -Lloyd (WA4EFS)

 


Re: 3D Printing

Joshua Wood
 

I have a Monoprice Maker Select V2.  It's a pretty decent printer, and I picked it up for around $250 USD.  For the price, it's quite amazing.  I'm quite happy with what I define as "Functional Prints" - i.e. things without too high of a level of detail.  These are things like enclosures, antenna insulators, wire winders, SMA wrenches, soldering tip holder, shims, a part to fix my trash compactor, a filament cutter,   I could work on dialing in my settings more, but I don't intend for most things to have a very high level of detail, and I print in mostly PETG (very stringy filament).  I did make a bunch of mods to the printer - nyloc nuts in 3d printed knobs, Z-axis brace, Z-levelers, webcam mount for time lapse, octoprint on a raspberry pi,  filament guides, amongst others, to improve print quality and ease of printing.  If you want really fine detail prints (chess pieces, D&D minis, etc), there are a lot of ways to 'finish' them (sanding, painting, acetone bath, etc), but you should probably skip fused filament printers altogether and go to resin-based SLA printers.

All this said, I recommend many people stay away from 3d printing (in general).  3d printing is a hobby unto itself - not just a "print what I want."  While you likely could buy a printer that is plug and play, most of the middle end through all of the lower end printers will require significant tinkering, fiddling, adjusting, print setting tweaking, etc.  It's not a simple as I want X, I get X in Y time.  You'll routinely have to print something multiple times to get settings dialed in for a particular filament - which can / will change when you change filaments.  This is why many people stick to specific filament manufacturers.  In addition to that - as soon as you manage to get your settings dialed in, you start printing EVERYTHING you can find on Thingiverse.  While it's fun... It gets boring, really quickly.  You need to start looking at 3d design (even in something simple as TinkerCAD) to start solving your own problems you run into.  This is yet another hobby unto itself.

All said, I love my printer.  I think it's one of the best purchases I've made.  I've more than paid back its cost in wire winders, electronics enclosures, board game piece organizers, etc that I normally would have purchased instead.  This doesn't even include the ones I've made for other people.  They're great, they're definitely worth getting into - but only if you WANT to get into all the affiliated aspects of them (i.e.  appliance operators need not apply).  Also, if I had the disposable income, I'd definitely spring for the PRUSA i3 mk3.  Automated bed leveling (arguably the WORST PART OF PRINTING), flexible build plate, included PEI build surface, multiple extruder option, and really fancy firmware options - help make it arguably the Elecraft of 3d printing.  I think that probably the best deal currently available is the Monoprice MP Mini Delta ($160 USD), if you don't need a large build volume or fancier filaments.

~Josh
W0ODJ

P.S.  If it doesn't come with one - buy a metal putty knife and long tweezers - the putty knife is great for removing prints, and the long tweezers....  well, 250 C doesn't feel the best when you accidentally touch the hot-end (ask me how I know...)


80 meter NET Report

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Sorry for the delay.
The check in’s were:
Kl7IXI MIKE
and 
WA9PWP PAUL.

The band was quiet but signals were very weak?
72
Johnny AC0BQ 
--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com


Re: MIA on the 40M net

w2sh@...
 

"another hobby" ???

Didn't know that is allowed.

72,

Charles, W2SH



From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of WA0ITP <wa0itp@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 23:09
To: 4sqrpio
Subject: [4SQRP] MIA on the 40M net
 
Sri, I was busy on a project for another hobby and completely forgot to
call the 40M net.

Many apologies.

--
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com





Re: MIA on the 40M net

Paul Goemans
 

Terry,
I tuned in late, and heard guys throwing their calls out, but you are too close to hear usually so wasn't sure if there was a net or not!

Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI

-----Original Message-----
From: WA0ITP
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 10:09 PM
To: 4sqrpio
Subject: [4SQRP] MIA on the 40M net

Sri, I was busy on a project for another hobby and completely forgot to
call the 40M net.

Many apologies.

--
72 WA??ITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com


Re: 3D Printing

 

I have a Creality CR-10 that I bought a couple of years ago.
It generally works well.  It'd probably be better if I stopped messing with it :-)

It's build volume is about 1' cubed.  I got it mostly for making enclosures and antenna/mast parts.
I've put some designs up on Thingiverse.  The quality is good and getting better with most mods.

My latest modification is a linked dual Z drive that I'm just about done with.
The kids are off to camp soon, so I'll have more time to wrap it up soon.

John
W1JDS


MIA on the 40M net

WA0ITP
 

Sri, I was busy on a project for another hobby and completely forgot to call the 40M net.

Many apologies.

--
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com


Tonight's DMR NET

Robert
 

Thanks to all of tonight's check ins

WG5F ED

N9EGT WAYNE

W4RK BILL

NK8O CHARLES

AC0BQ JOHNNY

KB4QNR BOBBY

BERT

N0YJ


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 06/12/2019 #cal-notice

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

Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 12 June 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 DST central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS is to be announced.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central DST 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.


Upcoming Event: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 06/12/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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

Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 12 June 2019, 8:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

View Event

Organizer: jomatlock@...

Description: The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm DST central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS is to be announced.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central DST 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.


Re: 3D Printing

Jim Sheldon
 

Forgot to add a photo of the tool holder printing on the Ender3 to my original reply to the topic.  Here it is at 20 percent complete.

Jim, W0EB


Re: 3D Printing

Jim Sheldon
 

I have, and use, two 3D printers.  One is a Snapmaker 1 has a small printable area 4.9 x 4.9 x 4.9 inch cube and it's very expensive, over $600 but it does come with a laser engraving head and a CNC carving head for wood, plastic and phenolic substrate PC board material.  Easy to set up, easy to get running and holds it's settings well.  My wife got this one for my 77th birthday and when I decided I needed something else to print larger stuff, she let me get a Creality Ender 3.  I got my Ender 3 from Amazon when they had it as the "Genuine Creality Ender 3-X" with a glass printing bed and the latest firmware already loaded it.  

The Ender 3 (if you get a genuine Creality one not a knock-off) is not too difficult to assemble and set up.  Once you have it running, I'd get the Ultimaker Cura slicer and configure it for the Ender.  Works a whole lot better than the Creality slicer and allows a lot finer settings for the various materials.

I started out printing things I downloaded off thingiverse.com and thanks to one of our 4 state members, I got started with Autodesk's "Fusion 360" 3D CAD program.  I'm still a novice at both 3D printing and 3D CAD, but I am making progress.  I designed, printed, and published on thingiverse a case for Pacific Antenna's 41dB step attenuator kit.  Took a while and I still don't have the design perfect, but it prints well and works to protect the open PC board from clipped leads and fingers when used to attenuate up to 5 watts of transmitter power (this might cause a light RF burn if you touched the right point in the circuit).  Better safe than sorry - LOL.

I also ordered a set of ball end hex drivers (Allen wrenches with screwdriver type handles) in the sizes used for the Ender & Snapmaker's screws.  Needing a tool holder to keep them organized on the work table, I put Fusion 360 to work and designed a nice stand with places to insert the handles.  I also used the print text feature of Fusion and labeled each of the storage positions with the proper size markings for the hex driver that fits in that hole.  It's printing as I write this.  Because of the size, it's about a 6.5-7 hour print.   I started it at 12:45 this afternoon, it's 2:45 now and the Ender's control display shows it about 20 percent complete after 2 hours and 5 minutes of printing.  I've learned a few tricks with the Cura slicer and have it set to stop and call for a filament change at the start of the raised lettering so I can switch the filament color from green (tool holder itself) to do the raised lettering on the top surface in black.  The ender has a very loud Piezo alarm buzzer and once the filament change is called for, it literally screams at you so kind of hard to miss from anywhere in the vicinity of the work room - LOL.

Jim, W0EB


Re: ANNOUNCEMENT - THE GREAT 4SQRP LOGO CONTEST

N8DAH <Dherron@...>
 

Wow! Happy I could help!

Please send a HT20 (I had to sell mine to fund car repairs).

73
--
David

  N8DAH

Kit-Projects.com

Shop now open!

 


Re: ANNOUNCEMENT - THE GREAT 4SQRP LOGO CONTEST

AG1P Ron
 

GA Everyone,

 

I apologize for the delay in announcing the winner.  I had emergency surgery at the end of May and just now getting around.

 

Our thanks to all who submitted entries.  It was a difficult decision.

 

<drum roll please>  The winner of the Great 4SQRP Logo Contest is Dave Herron N8DAH.  Congratulations Dave.  The prizes will be headed your way shortly.  The winning entry will be revealed once we complete the trademark application process.

 

72 - Ron - AG1P

Volunteer Corporate Secretary

Volunteer Webmaster

Four State QRP Group

 

 

From: AG1P Ron [mailto:ag1p@...]
Sent: Saturday, April 13, 2019 5:45 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: ANNOUNCEMENT - THE GREAT 4SQRP LOGO CONTEST

 

GE Everyone,

 

Four State QRP Group has launched a new educational initiative - 4SQRP 4 Kids.  We would like to have a custom logo to use with the program, one that will signify that an education program is a legitimate 4SQRP sanctioned event.  In order to maximize the funding for OzarkCon and this kids program, we thought we would have a contest among our members to come up with an awesome design rather than engaging commercial artists.

 

Here are the rules.  A member or someone in his/her immediate family may submit one or multiple logos. By looking at the logo, it should be evident that it represents a children’s program sanctioned by 4SQRP.  Deadline for submitting entries is 2359 hrs on May 15th.  Submissions can be made by email  to me at  ag1p@... or mailed to:

 

Four State QRP Group

Logo Contest

PO Box 478

Waldport, OR 97394

 

Winner must be willing to transfer ownership to us so the logo can be trademarked to protect our kids program.  The winning entry will receive their choice of a 4SQRP Hilltopper 20 or Hilltopper 40 transceiver, plus a matching 4S-Tuner (Pun intended).  The decision of the panel of judges is final and the winning entry will be announced by June 1st.

 

Any questions should be directed to me at my email address above.

 

72 - Ron - AG1P

QRPcw

Volunteer Corporate Secretary

Volunteer Webmaster

Four State QRP Group

 

 


Re: 3D Printing

Charles Wells
 

For the past year I have been using a Taz6, courtesy of my employer (it was handed to me one day with the dictum to figure out how to make it work.)  It works well, and in general is pretty glitch free.

I'll second the admonition to use quality filament.  We made the mistake of buying some cheap PLA, and had no end of troubles (clogged nozzles, gloppy extrusion, inconsistent heat requirements, etc.).  Quality filament makes a world of difference.

A heated bed and good print surface make a difference too.  I have taken to printing on 'bare' glass as I was having a lot of adhesion problems with the PEI coating supplied on the original bed.

Best of fortune
Chas AD0UY


On Wed, Jun 12, 2019 at 11:54 AM N8DAH <Dherron@...> wrote:

I have used a few printers.

I currently use a Ender3 but unlike KR0NS I got way more than I paid for. I have added a few mods to it like a BLtouch and it works great. The overall print quality of any printer is based on more than just the printer.

You will have a learning curve to get the settings right, line width, line height and more.

The filament is another big factor in prints. I have tested more than a few and have found Esun and HatchBox to be worth the 2-3$ over the cheap stuff. Inland has been o.k. too just stay away from amazon basics they are very hit or miss.

The slicer you choose can also make a difference from a good experience and a bad one. I have been using cura and its a good starting software but I will be moving to simplified 3d very soon.

If you take your time learn the machine and what settings do what you will have a good time with them.

In the current market you can get into a solid printer for under 300$. The "you get what you pay for" is not always true in the printing world, just do your research and find one that fits your budget and has a good community.

The DaVinci line has had issue over the years, so has some of the monoprice printers. If I had to buy one again it would be another creality ender or CR10 they are very good and can load custom firmware which is a huge bonus.

73
--
David

  N8DAH

Kit-Projects.com

Shop now open!

 

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