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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 02/17/2021 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 20:00 to 21:00, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

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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.


Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 02/17/2021 20:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 20:00 to 21:00, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

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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.


Send in your score

John Lonigro
 

In most of the Midwest, it is too cold to do much outdoors (except, of course, work on antennas-hi).  Why not make sure you send in your Second Sunday Sprint score today so you don't forget.  As usual, I plan to tabulate everything tomorrow and report the results early Wednesday.

72,
John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - Sun, 02/14/2021 #cal-notice

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4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint

When:
Sunday, 14 February 2021
19:00 to 21:00
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Organizer:
John Lonigro

Description:
4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint. See http://www.4sqrp.com/4sqrpOnTheAir.php for details.


Re: Bayou Jumper Accessory

Mike Markowski
 

Hmm, makes me consider a new case... I now also hope to build a new BJ. While the Souper Upper add-on was very cool, I find that ultimate simplicity is even more enjoyable in this case.

73!
Mike ab3ap
Agent 86
http://udel.edu/~mm/ham/bayouJumper/

On 2/14/21 4:33 PM, Peter Dehman wrote:
Looks GREAT, Mark !!!!
Another fantastic idea for the GREAT Bayou Jumper!!
Peter - WA1ISA
On Sun, Feb 14, 2021 at 4:18 PM Mark Hansen <iowasailor726@fastmail.com <mailto:iowasailor726@fastmail.com>> wrote:
Here is how I transport my Crystal Spotter and my crystals with my
BJ rig. I have extra space in my rig box. This is a metal Fossil
watch box from years ago. A bit of foam under the lid keeps things
in place when moving around.
Mark  WA0RXR


Re: Bayou Jumper Accessory

Peter Dehman
 

Looks GREAT, Mark !!!!
Another fantastic idea for the GREAT Bayou Jumper!!

Peter - WA1ISA

On Sun, Feb 14, 2021 at 4:18 PM Mark Hansen <iowasailor726@...> wrote:
Here is how I transport my Crystal Spotter and my crystals with my BJ rig. I have extra space in my rig box. This is a metal Fossil watch box from years ago. A bit of foam under the lid keeps things in place when moving around.

Mark  WA0RXR






Re: Bayou Jumper/Paraset Info in CQ Mag. Feb. 2021

w2sh@...
 

Dick,

There's a lot of good reading listed below 

To be added are two books about Nancy Wake, an Australian, Nancy Wake, World War Two's Most Rebellious Spy; and  Nancy Wake.  Also, Madame Fourcade's Secret War, by a well-known and gifted historical writer, Lynne Olson.

In Howard Blum's The Last Goodnight a society lady from Washington, D.C. uses pillow talk from many bedrooms to feed amazing stuff from various countries back to MI6 and the OSS, and much later once sips martinis during a one-on-one with FDR.


Don't miss Bem Macintyre's A Spy among Friends.  Imagine if you will, that a friend you haven't seen for a while telephones you on a Friday.  You invite him to dinner.  He spends that night, and then the whole weekend, during which he empties your liquor cabinet.  A few days later he beds your wife.  A month or so later she files to divorce you and marries him.  That is Englishman Kim Philby, the most prominent spy working for the USSR during the second World.War, now buried as a Soviet hero in Moscow. I've read several books about Philby, including his own biography, but this one is the most engaging. 

72,

Charles (aka Chas), W2SH




From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of OwlCricker - K7ULM <dickw299@...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 2, 2021 10:06
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io <main@4sqrp.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] Bayou Jumper/Paraset Info in CQ Mag. Feb. 2021
 
The stories of the courageous people of the resistance in Italy, France and Norway are good reads to help us to see the courage and character of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  It gives me the encouragement to do the good that I ought to do.  
The Bayou Jumper raised my interest in the Paraset radio and the subsequent research led me to these books on the resistance fighters who relied on thes radios.  When we read about what a truly powerful and liberated woman can actually do in difficult situations, we knew that we wanted to build a library about these courageous women for our granddaughter.  We would like her to see what it means to be a liberated woman of character.  
The fact that they used the low power Paraset radio is for Grandpa to enjoy.

Assignment: Spy Oluf Reed Olsen, Norwegian resistance.






I wonder how much impact these books would have on the young women of today. 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Dick Wendell - K7ULM
406-781-1333

If you don't know Morse Code,
You don't know dit.

--
Charles Moizeau, W2SH


Bayou Jumper Accessory

Mark Hansen
 

Here is how I transport my Crystal Spotter and my crystals with my BJ rig. I have extra space in my rig box. This is a metal Fossil watch box from years ago. A bit of foam under the lid keeps things in place when moving around.

Mark WA0RXR


4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - Sun, 02/14/2021 19:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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Reminder: 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint

When: Sunday, 14 February 2021, 19:00 to 21:00, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

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Organizer: John Lonigro

Description: 4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint. See http://www.4sqrp.com/4sqrpOnTheAir.php for details.


Re: New Kit Releases, Crystal Spotter and Ozark-17

Peter Dehman
 

Good Evening Friends,

For what it is worth, here is an idea for the Crystal Spotter.

The box came (unfinished) from Amazon.

Unfinished Wood Box, Dedoot 2 PCS Small Wood Craft Box with Locking Clasp Rectangle Wood Box Organizer for Jewelry Box Gift Box Artist Tool and Brush Storage Box, 5.5x2.75x2.87 Inch
Amazon'sChoicefor "pin box"

Price:$13.99  & FREE Returns
  • Package include two gift storage boxes, made of natural wood. Size approx: 14x7x7.3 cm / 5.5x2.75x2.87 inches.
  • The wood storage box has a gold hook closure that can keep your things inside the box not falling out.
  • Unfinished wood jewelry box is a blank canvas for creativity. You could design the wooden box to be unique and beautiful by paint, stain, decorating or other means.
  • The unfinished wood classic box perfect for many arts, crafts, hobby projects, organizing and home and storage. Create the perfect gift.
  • Wood storage box is good used as jewelry box, gift box, photo box and so on. Perfect for organizing tea, photo, ring, watch, Christmas gift, ect.



On Sun, Jan 31, 2021 at 12:13 PM Bob Parr <parr@...> wrote:
I have toyed with the idea of getting the large box and gluing in some dividers to make a spot for the BJ, but also other areas for crystals, cables and maybe a keyer.    If I do it now, I would be to include a place for a frequency counter (with a switch between the BJ and the spotter), tuner and if there is still any room, probably some cables.
 
I got the idea from one of the BJ builders, but would modify to fit my needs.


> It has two compartments large enough to enclose two packs of
> playing cards.
>
>
> The crystals fit pretty well but better once I put some cotton or
> batting inside.
>
>
> Tim
>
> K0EMP
>
>
> From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of Bob
> Parr <parr@...>
> Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2021 9:28 PM
> Subject: Re: [4SQRP] New Kit Releases, Crystal Spotter and Ozark-17
>
>
> What's the inside look like?
>
> Bob
> Agent 052
>
>
>> I bought this to house ft-243 crystal enclosures in which I
>> install 40 M crystals. 
>>
>>
>> Didn't get a number but the box was inexpensive. 
>>
>>
>> Tim
>> K0EMP 
>> The inside has two compartments. 
>>
>>
>>> On Jan 30, 2021, at 18:28, John - KK4ITX via groups.io
>>> <jleahy00=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
>>
>>
>>> ? John Parker,
>>>
>>
>>> Went back to Hobby Lobby tonight and I didn't find any small
>>> boxes for the XTAL project so if no one else can come up with
>>> one you'll have to wing it ?  I was fortunate to find another
>>> BJ box, must be a popular size as they again only had one on
>>> the shelf.
>>>
>>>
>> Yours will be in the mail on Monday.
>>
>>
>> John
>> KK4ITX 
>>
>> Visit:  www.zaarc.org.   ðŸ'
>
>


Re: Murania Mod Questions

Philip Karras <ke3fl@...>
 

Never mind. I did those mods the way I thought was correct & they work fine. Next I want to add a 9V regulator for 11 - 14 V input, then I'll box it up and be done & enjoy using it.

It already gets more stations and cover pretty much the entire AM band - as far as I can tell. I have stations at both ends & many in between.

73 de KE3FL,
Phil
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On Saturday, February 13, 2021, 4:15:36 PM EST, Philip Karras via groups.io <ke3fl@...> wrote:


Which is the "high" side of R3? I think it is the side that does not go to the return/ground. This "high" side is now going to be connected to C6 instead of C6 going to the wiper of R3.

The wiper now goes to R1 and through R1 to U1 input, as feedback to control the detector gain of U1.

This makes sense to me, so, do I have this correct?

Tnx es 73 de KE3FL,
Phil


Murania Mod Questions

Philip Karras <ke3fl@...>
 

Which is the "high" side of R3? I think it is the side that does not go to the return/ground. This "high" side is now going to be connected to C6 instead of C6 going to the wiper of R3.

The wiper now goes to R1 and through R1 to U1 input, as feedback to control the detector gain of U1.

This makes sense to me, so, do I have this correct?

Tnx es 73 de KE3FL,
Phil


More Good Murania News

Philip Karras <ke3fl@...>
 

I don't know why this is working but here's what I did for my first mod:
I added a short piece of wire, 2", from the end of the antenna out. This is so I can add a screw to the top of the case for a long wire addition if wanted.

I added enough loops to the loopstick antenna to get it to 61. I then had to back track as those pushed the tuning dial way past where I wanted it to go. WBAL at 1090 was now tuning in on the dial, was 7 - 9, at 17.

At this point I removed about 10 loops to make it only ~ 51 loops and that moved 1090 down to ~ 14. To make a long story short I kept removing loops until there was only one extra loop and now 1090 is right around 11. I felt that was good enough.

So, I added 2" of wire to the far, left side, end solder pad going straight up to the top of the case, this will change as I build the case. I flipped the loopstick so I could add wire on the side going towards the tuner but only ended up adding only one loop. My tickler loop is still flat against the board.

I'll now proceed to some of the other mods.

73 de KE3FL,
Phil
ARRL OES, ORS, & VE
ARRL Life Member


Re: Cyclone 40 Assistance

Curt
 

Clark

I recall being way below the lower edge, this is all about being able to cover 120 kHz or so of the band. If you are way below, you have some turns to remove. Also if you are from the original batch Terry introduced a change to the pto design to improve stability, an appropriate value poly capacitor. Its a cool rig enjoy your tweaking. 

Curt wb8yyy


4SQRP Second Sunday Sprint - Sun, 02/14/2021 19:00-21:00 #cal-reminder

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When: Sunday, 14 February 2021, 19:00 to 21:00, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

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Cyclone 40 Assistance

Clark WU4B
 

Hello everyone.

Finally completed my long-stored Cyclone 40 and am having trouble in the PTO alignment step: unable to get the counter anywhere close to 0-0-0-0.  

Since this kit was made several years ago, I'm looking for someone who has built one in the past.  Please respond of-line so we don't consume BW of those not interested.  There are very few Cyclone40 related messages in the 4sqrp/main group so either they neither made it from the original yahoo group or nobody had problems with their PTO.  

Any help is greatly appreciated.  

Email: clark.macaulay AT gmail.com

--
72,

Clark WU4B


Re: Some Good Murania News

Philip Karras <ke3fl@...>
 

Hi Curt,

Yep, that's the plan. Make simple mods first - Think I'll shorten the loop a bit & see if that helps even more than bending it flat to the board to get it away from the loopstick,

Then add more loops, one mod suggested ~ 72 loops & the tuner would then match up better to the printed frequencies. That will be the next mod I try.

73 de KE3FL,
Phil
ARRL OES, ORS, & VE
ARRL Life Member


On Friday, February 12, 2021, 3:13:02 PM EST, Curt via groups.io <wb8yyy@...> wrote:


Phil


These receivers using regeneration have different physics. You should not need more antenna, a loopstick will receive AM stations by itself over hundreds of miles at night.

Also better to have less coupling between the antenna and regeneration circuitry. Counter intuitive but true. Tuning is sharper with less signal coupled in, and the regeneration makes up for it. Patiently try less coupling. You want higher Q to get better selectivity.

My own AM regen is different, it uses a tube at 12 volts only on the plate. Like n3sb reports for his Murania, it pulls in dx at night. I also have a homebrew ozark patrol here, and a few other regens.

I did run across a blog discussing a modified murania, but get your stock radio working better with some adjustments.

Curt


Re: Some Good Murania News

Everett Catlin <everettcatlin@...>
 



On Friday, February 12, 2021, 3:37:48 PM UTC, Philip Karras via groups.io <ke3fl@...> wrote:


OK, some good news. From information from Ev Catlin N5MZX I was wondering if the loop was the problem. So I pushed it flat to the board closer to the tuning cap and I was able to receive WBAL. WBAL is a very strong AM station from Baltimore about 20 miles away from me at 1090. The Murania receives it from 700 to 900 on the dial depending on the antenna (I'll explain that in a bit) it is stronger either near 700 or near 900.

By antenna I mean that if I place the ferrite antenna close to a long wire, my coax going to a 2m+70cm J-Pole, WBAL comes in much stronger and closer to 900 than to 700. If I use only the built in ferrite antenna then WBAL is louder closer to 700 than 900.

So, I'm assuming a long wire antenna would also help.

Question, since WBAL is coming in between 700 and 900 when it should be in the 1090 range does this mean I placed one too many or one too few loops on the ferrite?

Hey I found this: https://goodcalculators.com/resonant-frequency-calculator/

This shows if the cap is at 100 pf and the inductor at 350 µH the Resonant freq (Rf) is ~850 KHz, if the inductor is 300 µH then the Rf ~ 918 KHz so if my Rf is too low on the dial it means I need less inductance and that means fewer loops around the ferrite. Fewer loops == lower inductance.

73 de KE3FL,
Phil
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Re: Some Good Murania News

Curt
 

Phil

These receivers using regeneration have different physics. You should not need more antenna, a loopstick will receive AM stations by itself over hundreds of miles at night.

Also better to have less coupling between the antenna and regeneration circuitry. Counter intuitive but true. Tuning is sharper with less signal coupled in, and the regeneration makes up for it. Patiently try less coupling. You want higher Q to get better selectivity.

My own AM regen is different, it uses a tube at 12 volts only on the plate. Like n3sb reports for his Murania, it pulls in dx at night. I also have a homebrew ozark patrol here, and a few other regens.

I did run across a blog discussing a modified murania, but get your stock radio working better with some adjustments.

Curt


Re: Crystal Spotter Kit

cornhusker
 

I am featuring it in April CQ!  
73 de K0NEB 


On Fri, Feb 12, 2021 at 11:42 AM, Jack Hubbard
<ni8njack@...> wrote:
Congratulations Jim, N5IB, for a great little kit.  This takes all the guesswork out of "where in the heck am I?"  I've been having a ball with the BJ since I built the kit.
73
Jack, NI8N

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