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Re: What Kit's would be nice for 2021

Dennis Gaskill
 

cheap fox hunt transmitter

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Re: What Kit's would be nice for 2021

Jim Manley
 

An NDB is used by aviators and mariners for long-range navigation and are typically located on mountaintops and promontories overlooking coastlines.  They simply transmit one, two, or three Morse characters at 5 wpm over and over, on 190 KHz to 1,750 KHz, although normally NDBs in North America operate between 190 KHz and 535 KHz (some AM radios can pick up those on 530 - 535 KHz) modulated by either 400 or 1,020 Hz.  They're depicted on navigation charts (there's no such thing as an aeronautical or maritime map) by this symbol:

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Therefore, their position is precisely fixed and known, and they're broadcast-only - you can't communicate with them.  However, their power levels can be as low as 25 watts, and some range up to 2 KWs.  They're favorites of DXers because, under the right conditions, they can be received much further than their intended range (but you can't receive a QSL card from them!).  

The U.S. system is being decommissioned by attrition at the least-used sites, as well as a plan to eliminate about 50 per year through 2025.  Aviators and mariners are strongly opposed to this plan, because GPS can be fragile for a variety of reasons, including lack of good coverage at higher latitudes, and others which can't be discussed at the unclassified level.

Jim  KJ7JHE, FAA certificated pilot, and U.S. Navy shipboard navigator


On Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 8:21 PM bigusmith via groups.io <bigusmith=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
OK, next question...what is a non directional beakon and how does a ham communicate with it?

EuGene


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Re: What Kit's would be nice for 2021

Don, W9EBK
 

NDB is a non-directional beacon,  used for aircraft navigation. They were largely replaced by VORs in the 1960s and later mostly superceded by GPS. Nevertheless some NDBs are still operational.  Our 1975 vintage Cessna 172 has a NDB receiver in it. Just for fun I used it the last time I flew into Lincoln,  IL. The NDB on that airport is callsign AAA.  NDBs operate on frequencies below the AM broadcast band.  Normally they are heard no more than 20 miles,  but when propagation is good I've heard hams and SWLs report hearing them as much as 1000 miles away. If you are bored on a winter night tune around 300 to 400 KHZ and listen for 3 digit CW identifiers being sent at 5 WPM. Those are NDBs.
Don, W9EBK 


On Wed, Jan 6, 2021, 9:00 PM bigusmith via groups.io <bigusmith=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
What is a NDB?

EuGenem KA5NLY


On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, 8:21:58 PM CST, Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...> wrote:


On 1/5/2021 21:20, WA0ITP wrote:
> I enjoy chasing NDBs.  How about an NDB receiver with a nice tight audio
> band pass filter?
>

Also not a bad idea, except that NDB's have a limited life.  More and
more are being shut down as time goes on, and probably within 10 years
there won't be any left on the air.


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Re: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 01/06/2021 #cal-notice

Michael Fletcher
 

All I heard on 3564 was a high power SKCC making cintacts.
40 meters was the usual bust.
72,
Mike, KL7IXI


On Jan 6, 2021, at 20:00, main@4SQRP.groups.io Calendar <noreply@groups.io> wrote:



Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 6 January 2021
20:00 to 21:00
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:
40 and 80 Meters

Organizer:
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Description:
The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS is WQ5RP/ACØBQ 

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 operator is Johnny ACØBQ 

* 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: What Kit's would be nice for 2021

 

OK, next question...what is a non directional beakon and how does a ham communicate with it?

EuGene

On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, 9:09:56 PM CST, John Lonigro <jonigro@...> wrote:


Non directional beacon. I had to look it up myself.
72,
John, AA0VE 



On Jan 6, 2021, at 9:05 PM, Johnny AC0BQ <jomatlock@...> wrote:


Yes I agree 
What is NBD?


On Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 8:22 PM Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...> wrote:
On 1/5/2021 21:20, WA0ITP wrote:
> I enjoy chasing NDBs.  How about an NDB receiver with a nice tight audio
> band pass filter?
>

Also not a bad idea, except that NDB's have a limited life.  More and
more are being shut down as time goes on, and probably within 10 years
there won't be any left on the air.


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Re: What Kit's would be nice for 2021

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Ahh OK! 

On Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 9:09 PM John Lonigro <jonigro@...> wrote:
Non directional beacon. I had to look it up myself.
72,
John, AA0VE 



On Jan 6, 2021, at 9:05 PM, Johnny AC0BQ <jomatlock@...> wrote:


Yes I agree 
What is NBD?


On Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 8:22 PM Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...> wrote:
On 1/5/2021 21:20, WA0ITP wrote:
> I enjoy chasing NDBs.  How about an NDB receiver with a nice tight audio
> band pass filter?
>

Also not a bad idea, except that NDB's have a limited life.  More and
more are being shut down as time goes on, and probably within 10 years
there won't be any left on the air.


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Re: What Kit's would be nice for 2021

John Lonigro
 

Non directional beacon. I had to look it up myself.
72,
John, AA0VE 



On Jan 6, 2021, at 9:05 PM, Johnny AC0BQ <jomatlock@...> wrote:


Yes I agree 
What is NBD?


On Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 8:22 PM Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...> wrote:
On 1/5/2021 21:20, WA0ITP wrote:
> I enjoy chasing NDBs.  How about an NDB receiver with a nice tight audio
> band pass filter?
>

Also not a bad idea, except that NDB's have a limited life.  More and
more are being shut down as time goes on, and probably within 10 years
there won't be any left on the air.


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Re: What Kit's would be nice for 2021

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Yes I agree 
What is NBD?


On Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 8:22 PM Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...> wrote:
On 1/5/2021 21:20, WA0ITP wrote:
> I enjoy chasing NDBs.  How about an NDB receiver with a nice tight audio
> band pass filter?
>

Also not a bad idea, except that NDB's have a limited life.  More and
more are being shut down as time goes on, and probably within 10 years
there won't be any left on the air.


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Re: What Kit's would be nice for 2021

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Hello Tom 
We have talked about this. 
It needs a rework to add feature and put it in a box? 
I still use mine, but its unhandy to move the jum[ers!

On Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 8:55 PM Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...> wrote:
On 1/6/2021 08:47, Jeff, K9JP wrote:
> I would like to suggest:
>
> 1)  bench test set.  Maybe a wall wart style power supply, frequency
> counter, field strength meter, SWR bridge or indicator, dummy load, volt
> meter. ohm meter, etc. all in one pc board case.  Something that would
> not take up much work bench space, but would be so very helpful in
> troubleshooting and learning.

The 4SQRP group already put out the HF test set.  It's got a frequency
counter, crystal oscillator, dummy load, noise generator, audio tone
generator, and TDR.  That kit was retired long ago, so I don't know if
they'd be willing to resurrect it.


> 2) Six meter FM or CW receiver to be used as a monitor receiver for band
> openings.

I already have a 6m receiver in the form of my Icom R75.  But I've long
wanted to get onto 6m, so a 6m xceiver kit would be great, either CW or
SSB or both.


> 6) 10 meter beacon receiver to help monitor band openings.
>

Another good idea.  What I actually do is have an old CB hooked up in my
shack to listen for 10m band openings.  When I hear all the overpowered
stations blabbering on channel 6, I know that 10 might be opening up.
But a 10 beacon receiver would be a neat idea.


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Re: What Kit's would be nice for 2021

Curt
 

As it is also nice to encourage homebrew and mods, test equipment is a great idea.

I still use the Elsie inductance and capacitance meter, the one that reads in morse, that was kitted by njqrp. Let's see if could be used as frequency counter. A two level signal generator like norcal once kitted. I have the 4state test set, and I used it to sort xtals and its audio generator.

While I enjoyed copying an ozark patrol, I also did a WBR regen, its amazing on cw, don't think its ever been kitted. It is a huge upgrade over simpler regens.

The agc I placed in my ubitx, using a bright led and photoresistor is amazing. It would benefit any receiver without agc. Hasn't been kitted that I know of.

73 curt


Re: What Kit's would be nice for 2021

 

What is a NDB?

EuGenem KA5NLY


On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, 8:21:58 PM CST, Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...> wrote:


On 1/5/2021 21:20, WA0ITP wrote:
> I enjoy chasing NDBs.  How about an NDB receiver with a nice tight audio
> band pass filter?
>

Also not a bad idea, except that NDB's have a limited life.  More and
more are being shut down as time goes on, and probably within 10 years
there won't be any left on the air.


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Re: What Kit's would be nice for 2021

 

OK, I give, what is a NDB?

EuGene


On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, 8:21:58 PM CST, Tom Sevart <tmsevart@...> wrote:


On 1/5/2021 21:20, WA0ITP wrote:
> I enjoy chasing NDBs.  How about an NDB receiver with a nice tight audio
> band pass filter?
>

Also not a bad idea, except that NDB's have a limited life.  More and
more are being shut down as time goes on, and probably within 10 years
there won't be any left on the air.


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Re: What Kit's would be nice for 2021

Tom Sevart
 

On 1/6/2021 08:47, Jeff, K9JP wrote:
I would like to suggest:
1)  bench test set.  Maybe a wall wart style power supply, frequency counter, field strength meter, SWR bridge or indicator, dummy load, volt meter. ohm meter, etc. all in one pc board case.  Something that would not take up much work bench space, but would be so very helpful in troubleshooting and learning.
The 4SQRP group already put out the HF test set. It's got a frequency counter, crystal oscillator, dummy load, noise generator, audio tone generator, and TDR. That kit was retired long ago, so I don't know if they'd be willing to resurrect it.


2) Six meter FM or CW receiver to be used as a monitor receiver for band openings.
I already have a 6m receiver in the form of my Icom R75. But I've long wanted to get onto 6m, so a 6m xceiver kit would be great, either CW or SSB or both.


6) 10 meter beacon receiver to help monitor band openings.
Another good idea. What I actually do is have an old CB hooked up in my shack to listen for 10m band openings. When I hear all the overpowered stations blabbering on channel 6, I know that 10 might be opening up. But a 10 beacon receiver would be a neat idea.


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Re: What Kit's would be nice for 2021

Tom Sevart
 

On 1/5/2021 21:20, WA0ITP wrote:
I enjoy chasing NDBs.  How about an NDB receiver with a nice tight audio band pass filter?
Also not a bad idea, except that NDB's have a limited life. More and more are being shut down as time goes on, and probably within 10 years there won't be any left on the air.


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Re: What Kit's would be nice for 2021

Tom Sevart
 

On 1/5/2021 20:13, Robert wrote:
How about a high performance broadcast band / SWL receiver
I like this idea.

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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 01/06/2021 #cal-notice

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

Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 6 January 2021
20:00 to 21:00
(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 is WQ5RP/ACØBQ 

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 operator is Johnny ACØBQ 

* 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.


Bayou Jumper underway

Mark Hansen
 

My kit arrived today and is well underway on the bench. So far it is a fun build. My son and I are going to fashion the wooden box to house it. I have also ordered the Hi-Per Mite filter. That sounds like a great addition from what I have seen and heard on YouTube.

I wonder if most people build the filter in to the unit or use it as an external addon. That would have the advantage of being used with other rigs. I'm leaning toward building it into the rig and just adding a switch.

I'm in favor of bringing back a version of the Soup'er Up'er as well!

73 - Mark WA0RXR


Re: What Kit's would be nice for 2021

WR9H
 

This is a great idea, Terry. I "liquidated" all my tube stuff awhile back and do not care to build anymore glowbug rigs. Besides, there's a constant high voltage power supply requirement which is tough to meet with the limited and pricey availability of transformers. Don't get me started on thermal drift etc😵.
Herb/WR9H



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I enjoy chasing NDBs.  How about an NDB receiver with a nice tight audio band pass filter?  


On Tue, Jan 5, 2021 at 8:13 PM Robert <e1dslr@...> wrote:
How about a high performance broadcast band / SWL receiver

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Re: A simple frequency spotting modification kit for legacy Bayou Jumpers.

Timothy East
 

That would be super!!!!

Tim
K0EMP 


On Jan 6, 2021, at 17:09, Johnny AC0BQ <jomatlock@...> wrote:



Good afternoon All
Give us a few days and we will pull together a mini kit for you.

I think this will be easier than ordering all the individual boards?

They shouldn’t be very pricey?

72
Johnny 

On Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 5:06 PM OwlCricker - K7ULM <dickw299@...> wrote:
This would be a great project

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