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Re: Seeking Suggestions For QRP Rig

Casey
 

Sounds like a youkits HB1B is what you want - it is the big brother to the Ten Tec.  R4020 and.  R4030 units - with 20-30-40 plus 15 (and 17) meters, memories, great break-in, and a nifty built-in keyer (though I prefer a straight key) -they have a nice general 5.9-22mc coverage receiver, and good battery life..... And a really big plus is the variable 400-3000hz filter, not that it is needed much with current band conditions --- at $270 it is not bad, and available thru Vibroplex or eBay - it is ever usable on Field Day :)

They also have an even smaller unit, the EK1C, that is just 20,30,40 that is big enough to hold a 18650 battery pack inside the case - for $189.....

Both are a pleasure to use.....

72 / 73 de Keith - KC9IH - QRP / QRPp
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Re: Seeking Suggestions for QRP Rig

Ken Talbott
 

If funds are not an issue the KX-2 is the most functional, most integrated (internal batteries, antenna matching unit, and outstanding filtering) on the market.  It is a bit larger than the shirt-pocket rigs, but if you have to add tuner and filtering you are as big or larger and have a rats nest of cables.  The KX-2 covers all ham frequencies and modes from 80m to 10m.

 

Have you considered no-display rigs with CW only interface?  I really enjoyed my DSWK for lights-out operation (I regret letting it go).  These are one-band rigs.  I believe they are no longer in production but pop up often on the used market.  You may need to add keyer, freqMite, external tuner, and perhaps additional filtering. (See 4SQRP site for these.)  None tune the complete CW portion of the band. The rigs with which I am familiar are:

Wilderness Radio SST 40 Wayne Burdick N6KR

Norcal 40a Wayne Burdick N6KR (great performer and easy to use CW user interface)

SW40

DSW II 40 (add the optional firmware and this becomes the DSWK which I miss!  Very solid packaging.)

 

I really like the Mountain Toppers, MTR-2 and MTR-3 especially. Although the MTR-3 has an LED display, you can ignore it by turning on the CW annunciation.  Filtering is adequate but you MUST use an antenna matching unit or resonant antenna.  My only criticism is that you MUST limit your operating voltage to less than 12 VDC if you are not using a matching unit or resonant antenna.  I use the inexpensive buck/boost regulators from eBay with 3S1P 18650 batteries (12.6 to 10.0 VDC input, 11.0 VDC output).

 

Between this and the KX-2 are the K-1 and KX-1 transceivers from Elecraft.  Both meet my performance expectations.  They have adequate filtering and optional internal antenna matching units. The K-1 will tune 80 or 150 kHz of each band while the KX-1 covers the entire bands and beyond.  The KX-1 also allows for receive-only of SSB. 

 

If you need tri-band rig with highly visible display, the PFR-3B is an excellent choice.  I have owned two and they perform well except for the internal tuner.  I have never been able to get it to work well with coax to end-fed antenna.  I have been assured by many that it works well as a BLT.  I like the push-button tuning, but if you prefer a rotary encoder is now available with the rig from Pacific Antenna.

 

So, what would I suggest?  In order by price I would suggest the Norcal 40a, the MTR-3, the KX-1, or the KX-2.  In fact, these are the rigs that I use most often.  I have 4 operating locations (shack, bedroom, shop, wood shop) and frequently rotate these rigs.

 

Good luck!  I would like to know what you decide.

 

73 de ken ke4rg

 

From: 4sqrp@... [mailto:4sqrp@...]
Sent: Saturday, July 8, 2017 7:39 PM
To: 4sqrp@...
Subject: [4sqrp] Seeking Suggestions for QRP Rig

Howdy 4SQRP,

I am looking for suggestions on a QRP rig. I had a Mountain Topper, which I liked. Problem was these eyes had problem seeing display. I would like a rig where display is easily seen. I have a Yaesu FT-817ND which I can easily see. However, I would like a smaller rig to throw in back pack. My main bands of interest are 40, 30 and 20. I thought of the MFJs with the frequencies on the case. But those are single banders. I do not want to pack 3 different radios. Any suggestion(s) would be appreciated. I am looking at you tube videos on different radios. However, advice from actual users is nice. 

 Thank You Very Much.                         

Jim NV9X

 


Re: Seeking Suggestions for QRP Rig

Ross Henderson
 

Have A unit that is frequency drop in the crystal slot and be a combo SSB/CW unit. And also have A regular antenna hook up (SO-259) instead of that other on. 72/73`s




On Saturday, July 8, 2017, 9:19:27 PM CDT, RWeeks neotoxo54@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:


 

The MFJ 9200 series comes with plug in band cards...80,40,30,20,17,15 M bands...5W output depending on input voltage...

Sent from my iPad Mini
Rocky Weeks, AF5AF
East Arkansas Fur Takers, FTA Chap 29B

On Jul 8, 2017, at 18:39, nv9x@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

Howdy 4SQRP,


I am looking for suggestions on a QRP rig. I had a Mountain Topper, which I liked. Problem was these eyes had problem seeing display. I would like a rig where display is easily seen. I have a Yaesu FT-817ND which I can easily see. However, I would like a smaller rig to throw in back pack. My main bands of interest are 40, 30 and 20. I thought of the MFJs with the frequencies on the case. But those are single banders. I do not want to pack 3 different radios. Any suggestion(s) would be appreciated. I am looking at you tube videos on different radios. However, advice from actual users is nice. 

                                               Thank You Very Much.                         Jim NV9X

 


Re: Seeking Suggestions for QRP Rig

RWeeks <neotoxo54@...>
 

The MFJ 9200 series comes with plug in band cards...80,40,30,20,17,15 M bands...5W output depending on input voltage...

Sent from my iPad Mini
Rocky Weeks, AF5AF
East Arkansas Fur Takers, FTA Chap 29B

On Jul 8, 2017, at 18:39, nv9x@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

Howdy 4SQRP,


I am looking for suggestions on a QRP rig. I had a Mountain Topper, which I liked. Problem was these eyes had problem seeing display. I would like a rig where display is easily seen. I have a Yaesu FT-817ND which I can easily see. However, I would like a smaller rig to throw in back pack. My main bands of interest are 40, 30 and 20. I thought of the MFJs with the frequencies on the case. But those are single banders. I do not want to pack 3 different radios. Any suggestion(s) would be appreciated. I am looking at you tube videos on different radios. However, advice from actual users is nice. 

                                               Thank You Very Much.                         Jim NV9X

 


Re: Seeking Suggestions for QRP Rig

Paul Ross <deadgoose@...>
 

I have a YouKits EK-1A for 40/20. Newer model does 30 as well. Bright display, solid 5 watts, CW of course.

73 /Paul W3FIS

Sent from my iPad


Re: Seeking Suggestions for QRP Rig

Curt
 

Of course check out pfr3 and its dual and triband relatives.  of course these are larger cases to get the larger display.  I like my pfr3 for portable work.  to go smaller, there is kx1 and k1.  watching videos is a good idea, along with a paper sketch to scale.

Curt


Seeking Suggestions for QRP Rig

Jim
 

Howdy 4SQRP,


I am looking for suggestions on a QRP rig. I had a Mountain Topper, which I liked. Problem was these eyes had problem seeing display. I would like a rig where display is easily seen. I have a Yaesu FT-817ND which I can easily see. However, I would like a smaller rig to throw in back pack. My main bands of interest are 40, 30 and 20. I thought of the MFJs with the frequencies on the case. But those are single banders. I do not want to pack 3 different radios. Any suggestion(s) would be appreciated. I am looking at you tube videos on different radios. However, advice from actual users is nice. 

                                               Thank You Very Much.                         Jim NV9X

 


SSS coming up

John Lonigro
 

This is your 2nd and possibly last reminder that the SSS is this Sunday, July 9th, from 7:00-9:00 CDT. If you think of it, and if you own a mic, consider scanning around 14285 at 8:00 and 7285 at 8:15, in case any of our sideband brethren are active there. You might consider calling CQ there as well.

72,

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


Cricket and Ocon in CQ Mag

WA0ITP
 

Joe, K0NEB has highlighted Ocon abd the Cricket in the June issue of CQ Mag. I haven't read it yet, but NM0S says Joe has done a great job with both topics. Can't wait to see it.

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Buried radial wire detection

Walter - K5EST
 

Hi Everyone, found the copy/paste below on Larry's List, have not tried it but if it works, YEA!

73....Walter - K5EST


copy/paste snip:

[LarrysList] Buried radial wire detectionLarry Staples <lstaples@...>
My thanks to the six of you  that sent me your ideas; Jim stated that his Stud-finder would detect an underground wire. ( Really?! ) I immediately went to back yard with stud finder in hand and found that it needs to be about one inch plus above ground due to a sensitivity issue.

When I get ready, I'll probably put on an extension to keep the finder above ground.

Who would have guessed that a stud finder could find a buried wire.

73,

Charlie Mudge, NO0P


Re: Chasing Cricketeer certificate?

Curt
 

Well, thanks to W5UTW, N5IB, and WB5BKL I've made QSOs with nine different stations using the Cricket.  I continue to call around 1300-1330Z most days, hopefully not too much longer to make 10.

72, Curt KB5JO


Update from QRPme

Rex Harper
 

Fans of the Can, Tin, Rock & Brew,

Sorry for not providing an update in quite some time... I've been really busy jumping through hoops preparing college aid applications for the colleges my daughter Katie was applying for. The it was jumping through hoops to make the IRS reasonably happy followed immediately by preparing for the FDIM Buildathon. I managed to get the Buildathon kits all ready for the event. Unfortunately working VERY late in my hotel room the night before the Buildathon, I managed to wipe out the NEW version of the software with a copy of the OLD software. The micros I used were different so I screwed up big. I did have a prototype kit with a working micro so we used that to check out the kits as they were completed. I had to cut short my FDIM stay to fly home to see Katie's final performance at the Maine All-State Music Festival. See had made the cut a couple of times before but since the festival is the exact same weekend as Dayton, I never got to see her performances. I was determined to see her final one....and I did!

I had to spend a few weeks sorting out all my code issues to get everything working 100%. Then I had to send upgrade packages to everyone who had the kit. After that, I played with FT-243 crystals using the kit and made a batch of videos to post on my YouTube channel. Links to all the videos are on the webpage for the Buildathon kit. If you like playing with crystals, especially those FT-243s, you might want to check out the page and videos.

Link is: http://qrpme.com/?p=product&id=Q17


My latest kit entry on the QRPme website is a starter pack for trying out Manhattan construction techniques. I already sell MeSquares & MePads panels and Sample packs. Monitoring the list lately, I picked up on the fact that many QRPers have lost their source of parts with the closing of all those Radio Shacks stores. To make it easier to try the very popular construction technique out, I have created a new package which contains the not only the Manhattan pads but the components and documentation to build some easy projects. Everything you need except the SUPER glue (non-mailable) and the time to play at your bench. I call it my Independence Day (independence from circuit boards) special. We will be building these items at Lobstercon this weekend so I will post pictures and documentation when I get back next week.

Link is: http://qrpme.com/?p=product&id=SD1


I'm packing up the Lobstercon trailer and the Hambulance now and will be heading off to Lobstercon later this evening. Intenet connections are sketchy in the campground but I am working on setting up a hotspot and possibly even stream some live video. Stay tuned!

Rex  W1REX



Re: July SSS is approaching

John Lonigro
 

Sorry I got the date wrong.  It's July 9th, not July 10th.  For some reason, I've been thinking today is Monday.  At least I knew it was the fourth.


If in doubt, the SSS is always the second Sunday of the month and always from 7:00-9:00 pm local time, which is CDT for a few more months.


72,

John, AA0VE




On 07/04/2017 03:18 PM, Charles Moizeau wrote:

Back to the past?


SSS was as you say, but in 2016.


72,


Charles, (aka Chas), W2SH 




From: 4sqrp@... <4sqrp@...> on behalf of 'John R. Lonigro' jonigro@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 10:17 AM
To: 4SQRP
Subject: [4sqrp] July SSS is approaching
 
 

Happy July 4th to all! Hope everyone had a good Field Day last month.
I had visitors and was unable to participate this year.

This coming Sunday, July 10th from 7:00-9:00 CDT, is the July edition of
the Second Sunday Sprint. That's July 11th from 0000-0200 UTC. Full
rules are on the 4SQRP web site, under "on-air activities".

Since there has been some talk of QRP Sideband operation, you might want
to check out 7285 and 14285 for any sideband activity. As I said
previously, sideband has always been allowed in the SSS. Maybe it would
help if everyone listened/called on 14285 at 8:00 and 7285 at 8:15. If
no activity after a few minutes, go back to the usual CW watering
holes. And please report any SSB attempts, even if you are
unsuccessful. Use the comments section of our reporting website
(QRPcontest.com) to document your experiences. Remember, unlike Field
Day rules, sideband contacts count the same as CW contacts in the SSS.
Some of you may have trouble operating sideband because you have
forgotten what a mic looks like (hi). As per the rules, you cannot have
both a sideband and CW contact with the same person on the same band.

72,

John, AA0VE
4SQRO Contest Coordinator



Re: July SSS is approaching

w2sh@...
 

Back to the past?


SSS was as you say, but in 2016.


72,


Charles, (aka Chas), W2SH 




From: 4sqrp@... <4sqrp@...> on behalf of 'John R. Lonigro' jonigro@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...>
Sent: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 10:17 AM
To: 4SQRP
Subject: [4sqrp] July SSS is approaching
 
 

Happy July 4th to all! Hope everyone had a good Field Day last month.
I had visitors and was unable to participate this year.

This coming Sunday, July 10th from 7:00-9:00 CDT, is the July edition of
the Second Sunday Sprint. That's July 11th from 0000-0200 UTC. Full
rules are on the 4SQRP web site, under "on-air activities".

Since there has been some talk of QRP Sideband operation, you might want
to check out 7285 and 14285 for any sideband activity. As I said
previously, sideband has always been allowed in the SSS. Maybe it would
help if everyone listened/called on 14285 at 8:00 and 7285 at 8:15. If
no activity after a few minutes, go back to the usual CW watering
holes. And please report any SSB attempts, even if you are
unsuccessful. Use the comments section of our reporting website
(QRPcontest.com) to document your experiences. Remember, unlike Field
Day rules, sideband contacts count the same as CW contacts in the SSS.
Some of you may have trouble operating sideband because you have
forgotten what a mic looks like (hi). As per the rules, you cannot have
both a sideband and CW contact with the same person on the same band.

72,

John, AA0VE
4SQRO Contest Coordinator


July SSS is approaching

John Lonigro
 

Happy July 4th to all! Hope everyone had a good Field Day last month. I had visitors and was unable to participate this year.

This coming Sunday, July 10th from 7:00-9:00 CDT, is the July edition of the Second Sunday Sprint. That's July 11th from 0000-0200 UTC. Full rules are on the 4SQRP web site, under "on-air activities".

Since there has been some talk of QRP Sideband operation, you might want to check out 7285 and 14285 for any sideband activity. As I said previously, sideband has always been allowed in the SSS. Maybe it would help if everyone listened/called on 14285 at 8:00 and 7285 at 8:15. If no activity after a few minutes, go back to the usual CW watering holes. And please report any SSB attempts, even if you are unsuccessful. Use the comments section of our reporting website (QRPcontest.com) to document your experiences. Remember, unlike Field Day rules, sideband contacts count the same as CW contacts in the SSS. Some of you may have trouble operating sideband because you have forgotten what a mic looks like (hi). As per the rules, you cannot have both a sideband and CW contact with the same person on the same band.

72,

John, AA0VE
4SQRO Contest Coordinator


Re: Ten-Tec service

David Wilcox
 

But, according to others who replied to my original post they won't work on legacy radios like the Argonaut 515 and the like.  Also historically their rates were extremely high.

Dave K8WPE

On Jul 1, 2017, at 9:04 AM, 'Ronhogrider92@.... @gmail.com Hog' ronhogrider92@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

For your information ten Tec service is still open for business 
Ten Tec never did close and will soon be selling radios again
You need go to their website to request a work order for service. They can be contacted by email only for now they explained,
Www.tentec.com

Ron wb1hga

On Jul 1, 2017, at 4:34 AM, David Wilcox djwilcox01@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

Wayne,

Am clearing out some old emails and came across this one.  If I haven't replied to you here goes:

Dale Putnam, WC7S, out in Wyoming repairs Ten-Tec Argos.  Mine is on its way to him.

I may be strange but two Argo 515s is better than just one.  I have my original one bought in the 1970's (with some mouse damage that occurred when I sold it to a local farmer/friend.  Chewed the plastic end a little.  Then got in through the sidetone volume adjust hole and ate a few wires.  An easy fix but my newest one is mint throughout, just doesn't work.).

Dave K8WPE

On Jun 16, 2017, at 8:11 AM, Wayne Dillon wayne.dillon@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

David,
If you find someone let us all know please, I've got a TenTec that needs some TLC.
Blessings,
Wayne - NQ0RP

On Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 9:16 PM, David Wilcox djwilcox01@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

I know this is off topic but does anyone know of a person who will go over my nonfunctioning Argonaut 515? It looks pristine but is rather quiet in the receive and probably needs a thorough going through. It is a recent acquisition but I am not skilled enough to go through it. The current Ten-Tec group does not service legacy rigs like the Argonaut.

Dave K8WPE (Djwilcox01 at aol dot com)




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Re: Chasing Cricketeer certificate?

keith ford
 

Well I am in Mo.  once I get the ant finished I'll give it a try. 

On Saturday, July 1, 2017, 14:39, Charles Powell doctorcwp@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

 

I will certainly try to get on with my Cricket as soon as I am home next week. Frustrating because I have not had time to get the radio on the air.  It works, for certain.


72,

Chas NK8O

On Jul 1, 2017, at 8:54 AM, rhulett1@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:



Listening for Cricket owners/ops like me, still striving for 10 contacts that are in my neighborhood of OK, AR, LA, n TX.  Not sure how many have built Crickets in those states, but surely must be more than 10.  The propagation predictions and WSPR indicate QSOs should be feasible mornings from 1000-1400Z.  


I will post on QRPspots.

72, Curt KB5JO





Re: Chasing Cricketeer certificate?

Charles W. Powell
 

I will certainly try to get on with my Cricket as soon as I am home next week. Frustrating because I have not had time to get the radio on the air.  It works, for certain.

72,

Chas NK8O

On Jul 1, 2017, at 8:54 AM, rhulett1@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:



Listening for Cricket owners/ops like me, still striving for 10 contacts that are in my neighborhood of OK, AR, LA, n TX.  Not sure how many have built Crickets in those states, but surely must be more than 10.  The propagation predictions and WSPR indicate QSOs should be feasible mornings from 1000-1400Z.  


I will post on QRPspots.

72, Curt KB5JO





Re: Ten-Tec service

wa2cky
 

Be aware that the TenTec site caused my Chrome browser major security worries and warnings.

Bob Groh, WA2CKY


Chasing Cricketeer certificate?

Curt
 


Listening for Cricket owners/ops like me, still striving for 10 contacts that are in my neighborhood of OK, AR, LA, n TX.  Not sure how many have built Crickets in those states, but surely must be more than 10.  The propagation predictions and WSPR indicate QSOs should be feasible mornings from 1000-1400Z. 


I will post on QRPspots.

72, Curt KB5JO


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