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Re: Admins

davemrtn
 

If you go to the OzarkCon web page and click on the link for "Prizes", you will find an e-mail link for the prize coordinator.

David Martin - NA1MH - Mountain Home, Ar. -----------------------------------------
Wherever I go, there He is.
Recycle, Reuse, Re-purpose, Repair
>Professional Sports - An activity for small minds<
!! There is a reason it is called "Sports Trivia" !!

On 1/17/2018 21:43, keith ford via Groups.Io wrote:
I would like to get in touch with the prize? Panel.   I have a donation 



Admins

keith ford
 

I would like to get in touch with the prize? Panel.   I have a donation 


80M Net

WA0ITP
 

I could just barely hear Johnny, a character now and then but no chance for me to check in.  Maybe Next week, thanks Johnny
-- 
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
Back to the bench, Winter is too valuable to waste.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com


Re: 80 METER 4sqrp Net

Charles W. Powell
 

Band seemed very long tonight and all I could hear were stations 1200-1500 miles away.  Didn’t hear anyone on the 4sQRP net.  Maybe next time.

72,

Chas
NK8O

On Jan 17, 2018, at 9:05 PM, Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:

Hello Paul
I called CQ on and off for 15 minutes or so around 3.564.
The NA contests was all around us!
Thanks for listening for me.
No takers tonight.
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 9:03 PM Paul Goemans <wa9pwp@...> wrote:
Did not hear the net, but worked some NAQCC sprint folks, and heard W2SH....
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP 
Stoughton, WI
 
From: Johnny Matlock
Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 8:37 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 80 METER 4sqrp Net
 
Net is on 3.565
QRM at 3564
 
On Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 6:09 PM Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:
Good evening
The 80 meter 4 sqrp net will
Take place on or near 3.564 at
8:30 pm Central Time.
 
I will QSY to 3.579 +- around 8:45 or so and call a few times there for our
Rock bound Cricket Friends.
 
Hope to cu all on the air.
72
Johnny AC0BQ
 
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Re: 80 METER 4sqrp Net

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Hello Paul
I called CQ on and off for 15 minutes or so around 3.564.
The NA contests was all around us!
Thanks for listening for me.
No takers tonight.
72
Johnny AC0BQ 


On Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 9:03 PM Paul Goemans <wa9pwp@...> wrote:
Did not hear the net, but worked some NAQCC sprint folks, and heard W2SH....
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 
From: Johnny Matlock
Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 8:37 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 80 METER 4sqrp Net
 
Net is on 3.565
QRM at 3564
 
On Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 6:09 PM Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:
Good evening
The 80 meter 4 sqrp net will
Take place on or near 3.564 at
8:30 pm Central Time.
 
I will QSY to 3.579 +- around 8:45 or so and call a few times there for our
Rock bound Cricket Friends.
 
Hope to cu all on the air.
72
Johnny AC0BQ
 
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Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com
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Re: 80 METER 4sqrp Net

Paul Goemans
 

Did not hear the net, but worked some NAQCC sprint folks, and heard W2SH....
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 

From: Johnny Matlock
Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 8:37 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 80 METER 4sqrp Net
 
Net is on 3.565
QRM at 3564
 
On Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 6:09 PM Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:
Good evening
The 80 meter 4 sqrp net will
Take place on or near 3.564 at
8:30 pm Central Time.
 
I will QSY to 3.579 +- around 8:45 or so and call a few times there for our
Rock bound Cricket Friends.
 
Hope to cu all on the air.
72
Johnny AC0BQ
 
--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com
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Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com


Re: 80 METER 4sqrp Net

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Net is on 3.565
QRM at 3564


On Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 6:09 PM Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:
Good evening 
The 80 meter 4 sqrp net will 
Take place on or near 3.564 at 
8:30 pm Central Time.

I will QSY to 3.579 +- around 8:45 or so and call a few times there for our
Rock bound Cricket Friends.

Hope to cu all on the air.
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

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New Cricket Built-still troubleshooting

Martin <huyettmeh@...>
 

Tonight with some additional testing I discovered that when I first turn on the cricket it goes from near quiet to fairly loud then back to near quiet in about half a second. It can still hear but with vastly reduced gain. So I turned the power way down on my FT817 and connected it to a dummy load. With key down on the 817 I turned the power onto the cricket. Exact same behavior.

 

Next I began checking voltages with an old analogue VTVM which presents a very high impedance to the circuit you’re measuring and the very sensitive needle shows changes in real time. I checked at every voltage junction I could find. The DC power was very stable at about 9v. I turned the RF gain on my 817 way down with it still tied to the dummy load. Then I listened carefully with earphones to the 817 as I turned on the cricket. The barely audible oscillator signal from the cricket did not change at all that I could tell. I think that says that there is no drop in signal from the cricket oscillator. I repeated all of this with voltage controlled external power supply rather than a battery, all the same. I changed the voltage on the power supply both up and down but was unable to keep it from doing the same thing.

 

Any other suggestions? I’m beginning to suspect the IC.

 

73,

 

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: Martin Huyett [mailto:huyettmeh@...]
Sent: Saturday, January 13, 2018 11:04 AM
To: '4SQRP@groups.io' <4SQRP@groups.io>
Subject: RE: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built-update

 

Well, I checked out the cricket today with my very old Heathkit RF generator. With the output from the generator turned down as low as it will go (I have no idea how low that is!) I can hear the signal ever so quietly in the headphones. Clearly all the stages are functioning. If there is a problem, it must be in the audio amplifier ic stage as clearly the mixer is working and there isn’t anything except the resistor between that and the amplifier. And that resistor and surrounding capacitors are correct, as is the 47k resistor which I’m guessing sets the gain of the amplifier.  I’m beginning to think there may not be a problem, just no signals on my frequency. So I’ll get a few more crystals and play some more!

 

73,

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: 4SQRP@groups.io [mailto:4SQRP@groups.io] On Behalf Of Martin
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 5:28 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built-update

 

Thanks Jeff. That is the kind of feedback I need. I felt sure something wasn’t right but having no previous experience with it, hard to tell. I’ll find it eventually!

 

Have a good evening.

 

Martin

 

From: 4SQRP@groups.io [mailto:4SQRP@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jeff Peters
Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 12:46 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built-update

 

Very Good Martin,

If you are interested in more 80 meter crystals I suggest you take a look at the KC9ON website.  See: https://kc9on.com/store/parts/hc-49s-crystals/

John, KC9ON offers 80 meter crystals on 3.550 and 3.560 MHz in the HC-49/s package.  He also sells them on ebay as well.

Another very good place for 80 meter hc-49/u or 49/s crystals is Richard, N4ESS 

 

Also, take a look at AF4K Crystals for 80 meter crystals.  See; http://www.af4k.com/crystals.htm

Bry has all sorts crystals in many different sizes or packages.  He has helped my find what I needed many times.

 

I use crystals from all three above in my Cricket and all work without issues.

 

My answer to hearing back round noise on your cricket question. I have used simple dollar store earbuds, or an 8 ohm mobile speaker.on mine.

I do hear back round static/band noise QRN and sometimes two or even three stations at once.  During the day time here, I have a local

AM station transmitter site about a mile away.  Yes, it overloads the Cricket, but as soon as they drop power for evenings I can hear stations very well.

My best heard dx would be W0ITT in MO, as well as N5JPX - MS and KD5ALD - LA.  I live in Michigan.  I would say my Cricket hears

just about equal to my FT-891 on the same antenna.  My antenna is a shortened 20, 40, and 80 meter dipole up about 35 feet at the center and the

ends are 25 feet off the ground.

Well, I hope you find a solution to your lower noise or lower audio output.   Overall, I really enjoy using my Cricket and hope you will also.

Wish, I could have been more help.

 

73, Jeff K9JP

 

 

 

On Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 8:08 AM, Martin <huyettmeh@...> wrote:

Hi Jeff.

Thanks for your help. My battery is still good at 9+ volts.

 

My antenna is a tuned G5RV. I’ve played with it at different times of the day and night. No, I don’t have any other suitable crystals for 80m, just the 3.579+ that came with it. I’ve got a ton of 40m ones! I’ve stayed away from 80m DIY rigs in the past for some reason. 40 seems much more versatile. I’m thinking I’m expecting too much from this thing to hear background noise which is about S3 on my 817. The fact that I could hear my neighbor very clearly and about as loud as I would expect when he was putting 5 watts into a dummy load probably indicates all is well. I’ll have to get a couple more crystals.

 

I built the DC-40a from QRPkits back in 2008 and tend to want to compare this with that one. It is amazing in sensitivity. Of course it has a lot more parts too! 😊

 

I’m not unhappy, just trying to figure out what is “normal” for the Cricket!

 

Have a good day on the other side of the lake.

 

73

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: 4SQRP@groups.io [mailto:4SQRP@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jeffrey Peters
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 10:48 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built-update

 

Hello Martin,

I am just starting to catch up on your posts.  What are you using for an antenna?

What time of day are you listening on your Cricket?  Do you have another crystal

or crystals for use in your Cricket?  You could then change frequencies and maybe

receive a CW net (3.560)or even W1AW during a code practice transmission. 

That would give you a way to compare received signal strength between your Cricket

and your FT-817.

 

Just  a thought,  Jeff K9JP

 

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 10:02 PM, Martin <huyettmeh@...> wrote:

Well, I replaced Q4, adding a socket. Not sure it is different from previously. I called my neighbor about a block away and asked him to give me a call. We were able to QSO, him running about five watts. His signal was clear and clean. He said mine was too. He had to use his dummy load to keep the oscillator from blocking my actual signal out. We are only about 200 or so yards apart. But I still feel like it is not as sensitive as I would expect. Do others of you with a Cricket hear band noise? My other two rigs hear considerable band noise even without signals present.

 

Thanks for any observations.

 

73,

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: Martin Huyett [mailto:huyettmeh@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 9:14 AM
To: '4SQRP@groups.io' <4SQRP@groups.io>
Subject: RE: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built

 

After reading the documentation and looking at the schematic it seems clear the issue has to be either with Q4/circuit or U1. The sidetone seems to be completely separate from that signal flow. The Q4, receive mixer must be working as a strong signal (from my nearby FT817 can be heard, even if lightly). So perhaps I messed up U1 or its circuit. I did a cursory check of voltages and surrounding components and they seem correct. I’ll keep checking.

 

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: Martin Huyett [mailto:huyettmeh@...]
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 8:44 AM
To: '4SQRP@groups.io' <4SQRP@groups.io>
Subject: RE: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built

 

Hi Walter,

 

Good idea. I just checked that out. Same on both. By the way I have a good, loud sidetone in the phones when key down so I’m suspecting it is something in the RF section of the receiver. It’s possible, God forbid, that I got some of the small capacitors mixed up. I’ve got a magnifying lamp but it was very hard to read the stamped values on several of those. I tried to check them with my cap meter, but who knows. Need to study the schematic a bit to get the receive flow in my head and then start checking.

 

It is an elegant little transceiver. I’ve built a number of the 4SQRP kits offered over the years with very good success. The only one I had difficulties with previously was the power meter. I never did get it to work. I loved the NS-40, SS-40 and magic boxes! Fun to build and worked like a charm. Still have them. I added the VXO to the NS-40 but wasn’t too happy with the result. Need to lash them together again and blow out the dust!

 

Thanks again.

 

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 

From: 4SQRP@groups.io [mailto:4SQRP@groups.io] On Behalf Of Walter - K5EST
Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2018 10:28 PM
To: 4SQRP@groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] New Cricket Built

 

Hi Martin, just a thought, would you have a couple different ear buds/earphones to try out on the Cricket? Sometimes that makes a difference. All ear phones/buds are not created equal so my experiments have shown.

 

Glad to have you join in with the Cricket Nation.

 

73,

Walter Dufrain - K5EST
4 State Group website: www.4SQRP.com



   

 

On Jan 9, 2018 8:51 PM, "Martin" <huyettmeh@...> wrote:

I received my cricket in the mail today and finished building it about an hour ago. Nice project!

 

It puts out what sounds like a clean half watt at about 3.58mhz and hears a signal transmitted on my FT-817nd.

 

But when I put it on an antenna I don’t hear any noise at all. If I transmit on my 817 into a dummy load nearby, the cricket hears that. Admittedly there are no signals on the band at that frequency but I would expect to hear some general noise – I do in the 817. I’ll keep playing. Maybe its just a bad day for 80 meters!

 

Comments welcome.

 

Thanks to 4SQRP for a nice project.

 

73,

Martin

 

Martin

K0BXB

www.huyettm.net

 

 

 

 




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80 METER 4sqrp Net

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Good evening 
The 80 meter 4 sqrp net will 
Take place on or near 3.564 at 
8:30 pm Central Time.

I will QSY to 3.579 +- around 8:45 or so and call a few times there for our
Rock bound Cricket Friends.

Hope to cu all on the air.
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

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Re: First Trip to OzarkCon

Ed Meyer, WG5F
 

A couple of years ago we had a note from the marketing manager of Americas Best Campground in Branson that the owner was a ham: KM7PD, Jim Alkire

We've driven by, but never stayed there.  looked very nice.
At the time they sent us the note, they contact phone was: 1-800-671-4399

72,
-Ed, WG5F-


Re: FREE EMR - Will deliver

Brian Crittendon
 

Can I get that in the color of my choice .  Grin


Re: FREE EMR - Will deliver

Dave Belville <davebelville@...>
 

Bill,

I will take some of it if you don't mind that I re-gift it.

73

Dave, KD9VT

This message was sent from wherever I was when I sent it. It's a Belville thing and you wouldn't understand.


------ Original Message ------
From: "dekle" <dekle@...>
Sent: 1/17/2018 10:37:58 AM
Subject: [4SQRP] FREE EMR - Will deliver

I have a reasonable amount of Electromageitic Radiation that I'm willing to give away absolutely free
and I will deliver as much of it as you want to your home for no charge.
All you have to do is listen tonight at 8:00 p.m. CST on or near 7122 kHz for the 4SQRP CW Net.

Be there.

73
Bill
KV6Z

Virus-free. www.avast.com


FREE EMR - Will deliver

dekle <dekle@...>
 

I have a reasonable amount of Electromageitic Radiation that I'm willing to give away absolutely free
and I will deliver as much of it as you want to your home for no charge.
All you have to do is listen tonight at 8:00 p.m. CST on or near 7122 kHz for the 4SQRP CW Net.

Be there.

73
Bill
KV6Z


January SSS Results

John Lonigro
 

GM All!

It sounds like we had a great sprint Sunday night.  I tried for about 30 minutes, but the bands were very noisy here, probably due to the HF jammer in the next room (aka my furnace).

To start the year off right, we had 15 participants, including three first-timers (if I counted right).  The new participants are Jim K9PX from Indianapolis, IN (4SQRP member #1540); Dave KD9VT from Silvis, IL (4SQRP #1277); and Tom W0MFQ from St. Charles, MO (4SQRP #154).  Welcome to all of you.  I hope you are able to participate in the Second Sunday Sprint throughout 2018.

To start off the contest season, we have a tie for first place. Both John, K4BAI, and Carl, WB0CFF, had a total of 33 QSO points. Bill, KV6Z, and Gary, KF7WNS, are not far behind, with 32 and 31 points respectively.  As usual, John and Carl will be receiving emails containing their monthly winner certificate shortly.

Let's hope this month's participation was not a fluke (or a Simpson-hi).  Fifteen or more participants each month is a lot more fun than half that many, which we've had several times in the past year or so.  Maybe the cold weather is causing more people to stay home and play radio.  Whatever the cause, let's try to keep it up.  Maybe we should try for more than 20 participants in February!

72,

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


Last call for submitting your score

John Lonigro
 

I plan to tally the results of this month's SSS shortly, right after I walk the dog and make a pot of coffee.  Note:  It's 8 degrees here and the walk may not last very long.  To submit your score, go to qrpcontest.com and click on 4SQRP or simply to go qrpcontest.com/4sqrp.

72,

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


Re: A heads up about a USPS regulation...

David Wilcox K8WPE
 

And all that "junque mail" gets a lower rage because it is sent as bulk mail all presorted. Even our radio club newsletter got special treatment at a low rate when we mailed it. "Cheaper by the dozen...... Or millions". Think Publishers Clearing House.

Dave K8WPE

On Jan 16, 2018, at 8:48 AM, w7aqk <w7aqk@cox.net> wrote:

HI All,

I'm having a very similar problem. I sell back issue DVDs of Sprat for the GQRP club. Because the DVD is "rigid", the cost of mailing these out has risen to $3 or more. It used to be half that not all that long ago!

Postal rates world wide seem to be getting hammered! The same goes for the cost of package mailing. All this tends to confuse me, because somehow it is still apparently "economical" for companies to load up my mail box with junk mail!!!! I think, in my case at least, the ratio of junk mail to "legitimate" mail is something like 5 or 6 to one!!!!

Dave W7AQK


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From: Jim Pruitt
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:14:10 PST

John,

I got ripped for $3 when I placed a pc board in an envelope. The clerk informed me that the package could be no more than about 1/4" or might have been 3/8" thick AND COULD NOT BE RIGID! The envelope was considered rigid because I used a piece of thin cardboard to fill the envelope and the pc board was sandwiched in between the 2 pieces of "new shirt" cardboard! $3 for what should have cost me only 49 cents! I argued the 1/4" thick and was told that they had changed the thickness restriction recently!

Thank you.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY




Re: U.S experiences a cricket infestation - here are the hot spots.

David Wilcox K8WPE
 

Duane,

Thank you.  I know they did it at Ozarkon and FDIM at one time or another.  Just forgot about it.

Dave K8WPE

On Jan 16, 2018, at 10:34 AM, Duane Brayton <dwbrayton@...> wrote:

A group I work with has visited That very question. Use a simple dummy load. 47 -50 ohm non inductive resistor on each radio.  There should be enough radiation for another nearby transceiver to hear it, but virtually none at any distance.  If there isn't enough signal, add a short wire, a foot should be plenty, to the hot side of the antenna connector.  That will add some capacitance to the circuit, but not enough to cause a problem.
72s. Duane KE0IUV

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On Jan 16, 2018, at 4:21 AM, "David Wilcox via Groups.Io" <yahoo.com@groups.io target=_blank>Djwilcox01=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hey Guys,

A mad thought just came across my tired solder smoked brain:

What if I ordered a Crocket 80a and used it with a very short wire antenna to communicate with my Cricket 80 and another short wire as a CW learning set up for my grand children when they visit.  Would it overload the finalS and blow then (using a 9 v battery) with such a mismatch?  Could it transmit out of the house very far during the day and be "illegal"? It would be a lot easier than designing a legal part 15 radio for the broadcast band.  What are your thoughts?

Dave K8WPE

On Jan 15, 2018, at 9:14 AM, Curt < rhulett1@...> wrote:

Guessing these are Crickets with at least 10 QSOs. Had 2xCricket QSOs with ops in TX n LA, calls not shown.  Would be interesting to know how many Crickets of both flavors have been sold.

72, Curt KB5JO Cricket #005


Re: U.S experiences a cricket infestation - here are the hot spots.

David Wilcox K8WPE
 

John,

Thank you for your thoughts.  I forgot about a dummy load (me dummy - a 50 ohm resistor would work or two 100 ohms in parallel like the old Heathkit ones I have.)  I think they did that at Ozarkon at the motel when the cricket was introduced.  I know someone did it at Dayton once and had a contest in the hotel for FDIM.  The cricket has its own receiver and thinking of my grand kids and the fun they had with code oscillators thought they would have a hoot from different rooms.

Dave K8WPE

On Jan 16, 2018, at 6:48 AM, John Lonigro <jonigro@...> wrote:

David:

Before buying a 2nd Cricket 80, you might put a dummy load (i.e. 50 ohm 1/2 Watt resistor) on your 1st Cricket, and see how far it transmits into another receiver.  That definitely wouldn't hurt the final.  From what I've read here, the Cricket probably won't oscillate with a mismatched load like a short wire.  If you want a 2nd Cricket, I'd suggest each of you have a Cricket with a dummy load and a good receiver with a wire antenna running in the direction of the other operator.  You each could transmit with the Cricket into a dummy load and receive with a better rig that has an antenna.  That might work.  I can't answer the legality question.

A better idea might be to buy a couple of "Super Simple CPO's" and use them.  Sending CW on audio frequencies is not only legal, but is protected by the first amendment (hi).  It would make group learning easier as well.

72,

John, AA0VE


On 01/16/2018 04:20 AM, David Wilcox via Groups.Io wrote:
Hey Guys,

A mad thought just came across my tired solder smoked brain:

What if I ordered a Crocket 80a and used it with a very short wire antenna to communicate with my Cricket 80 and another short wire as a CW learning set up for my grand children when they visit.  Would it overload the finalS and blow then (using a 9 v battery) with such a mismatch?  Could it transmit out of the house very far during the day and be "illegal"? It would be a lot easier than designing a legal part 15 radio for the broadcast band.  What are your thoughts?

Dave K8WPE

On Jan 15, 2018, at 9:14 AM, Curt <rhulett1@...> wrote:

Guessing these are Crickets with at least 10 QSOs. Had 2xCricket QSOs with ops in TX n LA, calls not shown.  Would be interesting to know how many Crickets of both flavors have been sold.

72, Curt KB5JO Cricket #005


Re: A heads up about a USPS regulation...

Don Wilhelm
 

Dave and all,

True you cannot use a USPS Priority Mail box to mail by any other means than Priority Mail. The boxes are free of charge to you and can only be used for priority mail shipments.
You can re-use the box for other Priority Mail shipments - I have done that many times when the box was usable.
If not usable, please recycle that cardboard.

In addition to the Flat Rate boxes that you can pick up at the post office, you can go on-line to USPS and order the 12x12x8 inch priority mail box at no cost. You can order either 10 or 25. I order in lots of 25 since I ship Priority Mail regularly.

Use USPS.com to check the Flat Rate vs. Regular shipping. For long distances and heavy objects, Flat Rate is better, but for near-in delivery and lightweight items, regular priority will be less expensive.
Keep your boxes to less than 12 inches in any direction to avoid the price uplift for large packages.

You are correct, the retail counter person at the post office is normally very helpful. I commonly wait in line while the counter person is assisting customers, explaining their options, etc. She rarely does that with me because she knows that I have been shipping USPS long enough that I know the "rules", and she can process my shipments quickly. I had 3 to ship today, and the process only took about 10 minutes - most of that was her entering the information into the shipping system - perhaps I should use "Click and Ship", but so far I have not and enjoy the banter with the folks at the small post office closest to me.

USPS Priority Mail is a great service and a good bargain. Only a bit more than UPS Ground and much less than UPS 3 day. Delivery is in 2 or 3 days. I have had only 2 minor reports of damage with USPS Priority since 2004, and I normally ship 60 to 100 parcels each year. That is a good percentage.

73,
Don W3FPR


Ozarkcon Build-A-Thon help

dekle <dekle@...>
 

I'll need some help again this year with the kit building session at Ozarkcon.
The kit hasn't been officially identified yet but that doesn't matter.
Mostly, help will consist of assisting builders to solder, desolder, identify parts, and verify correct parts placement so they leave with a working kit.

This year's Build-A-Thon will be a single session with 50 participants.
It will start at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6th in the Excalibur and Lancelot rooms of Building 3.
I expect the session to last between 1.5 to 2 hours.

If you helped out last year and are willing to do it again this year please send me an email to let me know.
Otherwise, if you have kit building expertise and are willing to volunteer - we may need you.
In either case, send me a direct email to let me know.
I'll need about 5 or 6 people.

Thank you,
Bill
KV6Z

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