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Schematics for K8IQY Designer Dream Boards

R Green
 


  I'm looking for schematics for the K8IQY Designer Dreams Boards that were sold by 4SQRP a few years ago. A search on the 4SQRP site found this page : http://www.4sqrp.com/dreamboards.php

 . . . but the links there to the schematics are dead.

Can anyone help me?  Either working links to the schematics, or if someone can upload them to the "Files" area of this group.

Thanks,
Randy, W0GK


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

w0rw
 

Nice Bayou Jumper/Paraset Info in CQ Mag. Feb. 2021, p.14-15 by John, VE3iPS.
Also an article about Hiroki's, (AH6CY), Squirrel Zapper antenna on p. 22-25.
Paul  w0rw


Crystal Spotter kit update

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Gm group
Wow, the response to the new Crystal Spotter was a nice surprise.

I am still processing orders from Saturday and early Sunday.

I am up to around 50 units shipped with a few more to go.

If you haven’t seen a shipping notice in your email by tomorrow, please let me know.

With this high volume it is easy to overlook a order.

Thanks everyone,
72
Johnny ACØBQ 

--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com


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

 

WHOOPS! 

The 3 box set is not the one for the BJ, rather they are smaller boxes.  The 3 box set which has larger boxes (including the one for the BJ) is SKU 662536 and costs $26.97.

EuGene Smith, KA5NLY


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

 

I went onto the Hobby Lobby site and bought both the 3-box set (BJ size plus two smaller boxes...sold on-line only as a set of 3), SKU 299743, for $7.47 and the Playing Card Box, SKU 646059 for $2.49 for a total of $9,96.  With tax and shipping the price doubled to $20.06.

Even at 20 bucks, no complaints here as that is well worth it for 4 boxes with hardware...I can use them all for various projects.

EuGene, KA5NLY


Re: Bayou Jumper kit

Robert
 

GREAT JOB GARY, I WAS EXCITED TO MAKE A BJ TO BJ CONTACT, MY FIRST AS WELL I HAD SOLID CPY ON YOU IN SPITE OF SSB AND DIGITAL QRM. YOUR 5 BTV DID A GREAT JOB FOR YOU..

I ALREADY HVE THE QSL CARD IN THE MAIL.:)

73'S
BERT
N0YJ


On Sun, Jan 31, 2021 at 6:08 PM Gary E. Kohtala via groups.io <gary.k7ek=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Propagation finally smiled upon me. Today I made my first ever contacts
with my recently completed BJ. The first one was with KB5ILL in Louisiana.
He was 599. I received a 559. George was running 100w to my approximately 
5w.  Next up was N0YJ in Kansas. We were 559 both ways. Bert was also
running a BJ. That was my first ever BJ to BJ contact! Same for Bert
as I recollect.  I had to endure loud SSB interference during both contacts
but luckily I was able to tune to the opposite side with a good result.
I did not start making contacts until I hooked up my 4SQRP tuner.
It's amazing how much difference that little black box made once I
got it all tuned up. 

I need to get some more crystal adapters so as to be able to use some
of the other frequencies in my collection. I really like the Cajun
crystal adaptors. That's an innovative concept. The 7030 crystal currently
comes out on 7028.2 and the 7122 is 7120.2. That's pretty far off of
the published frequencies. I'm going to try rubbering the crystals to
get them closer to 7030 and 7122. The wide nature of the receiver does
help to hear some stations that are not exactly on your frequency.
Reminds me of my Novice days when I only had two rocks. I would call long CQ's,
and then slowly tune the entire band for calls. 

Somewhere in the fray I believe I heard a KL1 or KL1G something or other.
Unfortunately the signal faded and SSB monkey chatter took over so I
cannot confirm.

I must congratulate 4SQRP for a very innovative and novel radio kit.
I enjoyed building and troubleshooting this rig. I learned a lot
in the process. I am very appreciative of everyone's efforts. Thanks
for all that you do to keep ham radio interesting. The payoff was after
I made that first contact. Interestingly, I did have an incomplete contact a half hour
or so before the first good ones. I guess my signal was being overwhelmed by
fading so we never got a legitimate two way for the log. That was another
N0 station.

Good luck to all with your BJ 40's. I look forward to making contacts with
you in the future.  Now all we need is the Souper Upper to make the Bayou Jumper
an even better rig. Emoji

Stay safe and warm.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK





On Sunday, January 24, 2021, 05:39:04 PM EST, Johnny AC0BQ <jomatlock@...> wrote:


Hello Gary
Sorry for your troubles.
After you get the coil moved, look for the oblivious stuff, missed joint, part in the wrong hole etc.

Then run the numbers on the voltage chart in the manual.
I replied with the sub group for bayou jumpers in my email.
Join up with it please.
It’s a sub group of the club.
We can give you one on one help 
Over there.
72
Johnny ACØBQ 


On Sun, Jan 24, 2021 at 4:27 PM Gary E. Kohtala via groups.io <gary.k7ek=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I finished my kit but ran into problems with the receiver. All I get is Brother Stair's AM shortwave
broadcast blasting through. The audio becomes louder as I turn the Attenuator to the right. Regen does
nothing, nor does tuning. I must have goofed somewhere. I am going to remove the toroid and reinstall it
on the bottom vice the top of the board. Although it can go in either location, I found it very difficult
to adjust the turns spacing as installed. So I will step back, take a breath, and reinstall the toroid
on the bottom in a day or so. I've been a ham since 1967 and do not knowingly remember building and/or
using a regen type receiver. Now 54 years later I must digress and learn about them.. :-).

The transmitter on the other hand is quite amazing. It works very well and puts out a whopping signal.
I was quite amazed. I've been jumping between 7030 and 7122 calling CQ's from time to time while listening
on one of my big rigs. I'm getting responses and seeing posts on RBN with great signals, despite horrid
band conditions.

On a more positive note, I did manage to get the prescribed small wooden box at my local Hobby Lobby. It
was the last one. I was unsure whether or not the board would fit so I had to make a second trip with the
board to actually place it into the box. Bingo! Perfect. $9 and some change and I am all set. Now I just
need to get the receiver working.

Question:  Are additional crystal adaptor boards available? If so, from where and how much? I would like
to buy 5-6 more as I have a handful of additional crystals I'd like to use with the BJ 40.

Happy new year, and please stay safe...

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com


Re: Bayou Jumper kit

Gary E. Kohtala
 

Propagation finally smiled upon me. Today I made my first ever contacts
with my recently completed BJ. The first one was with KB5ILL in Louisiana.
He was 599. I received a 559. George was running 100w to my approximately 
5w.  Next up was N0YJ in Kansas. We were 559 both ways. Bert was also
running a BJ. That was my first ever BJ to BJ contact! Same for Bert
as I recollect.  I had to endure loud SSB interference during both contacts
but luckily I was able to tune to the opposite side with a good result.
I did not start making contacts until I hooked up my 4SQRP tuner.
It's amazing how much difference that little black box made once I
got it all tuned up. 

I need to get some more crystal adapters so as to be able to use some
of the other frequencies in my collection. I really like the Cajun
crystal adaptors. That's an innovative concept. The 7030 crystal currently
comes out on 7028.2 and the 7122 is 7120.2. That's pretty far off of
the published frequencies. I'm going to try rubbering the crystals to
get them closer to 7030 and 7122. The wide nature of the receiver does
help to hear some stations that are not exactly on your frequency.
Reminds me of my Novice days when I only had two rocks. I would call long CQ's,
and then slowly tune the entire band for calls. 

Somewhere in the fray I believe I heard a KL1 or KL1G something or other.
Unfortunately the signal faded and SSB monkey chatter took over so I
cannot confirm.

I must congratulate 4SQRP for a very innovative and novel radio kit.
I enjoyed building and troubleshooting this rig. I learned a lot
in the process. I am very appreciative of everyone's efforts. Thanks
for all that you do to keep ham radio interesting. The payoff was after
I made that first contact. Interestingly, I did have an incomplete contact a half hour
or so before the first good ones. I guess my signal was being overwhelmed by
fading so we never got a legitimate two way for the log. That was another
N0 station.

Good luck to all with your BJ 40's. I look forward to making contacts with
you in the future.  Now all we need is the Souper Upper to make the Bayou Jumper
an even better rig. Emoji

Stay safe and warm.

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK





On Sunday, January 24, 2021, 05:39:04 PM EST, Johnny AC0BQ <jomatlock@...> wrote:


Hello Gary
Sorry for your troubles.
After you get the coil moved, look for the oblivious stuff, missed joint, part in the wrong hole etc.

Then run the numbers on the voltage chart in the manual.
I replied with the sub group for bayou jumpers in my email.
Join up with it please.
It’s a sub group of the club.
We can give you one on one help 
Over there.
72
Johnny ACØBQ 


On Sun, Jan 24, 2021 at 4:27 PM Gary E. Kohtala via groups.io <gary.k7ek=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

I finished my kit but ran into problems with the receiver. All I get is Brother Stair's AM shortwave
broadcast blasting through. The audio becomes louder as I turn the Attenuator to the right. Regen does
nothing, nor does tuning. I must have goofed somewhere. I am going to remove the toroid and reinstall it
on the bottom vice the top of the board. Although it can go in either location, I found it very difficult
to adjust the turns spacing as installed. So I will step back, take a breath, and reinstall the toroid
on the bottom in a day or so. I've been a ham since 1967 and do not knowingly remember building and/or
using a regen type receiver. Now 54 years later I must digress and learn about them.. :-).

The transmitter on the other hand is quite amazing. It works very well and puts out a whopping signal.
I was quite amazed. I've been jumping between 7030 and 7122 calling CQ's from time to time while listening
on one of my big rigs. I'm getting responses and seeing posts on RBN with great signals, despite horrid
band conditions.

On a more positive note, I did manage to get the prescribed small wooden box at my local Hobby Lobby. It
was the last one. I was unsure whether or not the board would fit so I had to make a second trip with the
board to actually place it into the box. Bingo! Perfect. $9 and some change and I am all set. Now I just
need to get the receiver working.

Question:  Are additional crystal adaptor boards available? If so, from where and how much? I would like
to buy 5-6 more as I have a handful of additional crystals I'd like to use with the BJ 40.

Happy new year, and please stay safe...

Best regards,

Gary, K7EK

--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com


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

Bob Parr
 

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
> To: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io>
> 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@...> 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: New Kit Releases, Crystal Spotter and Ozark-17

Timothy East
 

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
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io>
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@...> 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: New Kit Releases, Crystal Spotter and Ozark-17

John Parker
 

John,

I’m so great full for your help!

Please let me know what the cost is for your time, Effort, cost and shipping, etc!

I don’t have a problem with reimbursement knowing that island life has its consequences!

Without people like you, this could never happen!

Big Mahalo from an island locked ham in the middle of the Pacific!

John WH6DQU 

On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 2:28 PM 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.   👁


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

Bob Parr
 

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@...> 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: New Kit Releases, Crystal Spotter and Ozark-17

KG6EYE Gene
 


On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 4:36 PM Timothy East <Timothyeast@...> wrote:
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.   👁


Re: Crystal Spotter Kits update

cornhusker
 

I'm going to 3D print mine.  If you can't find something, I might be able to print one.  
73 de K0NEB 


On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 6:22 PM, John - KK4ITX via groups.io
<jleahy00@...> wrote:
I just got back from Hobby Lobby, got their last BJ box and they don’t have any for the Crystal Spotter Kit so I will have to see what I can come up with.  Maybe I should go into the small box building business ?

John
KK4ITX 



Visit:  www.zaarc.org.   👁

On Jan 30, 2021, at 17:34, Everett Catlin <everettcatlin68@...> wrote:

Just visited the site and it says 2.950" x 1.775" is the PCB size.

On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 8:57 PM Jim, N5IB <n5ib@...> wrote:
Look in the "Features" part of the kit ordering web page for the board dimensions
I'll add that to the manual for the next update.

N5IB






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

John - KK4ITX
 

OK, this will probably cause the market to dry up on these.  Walmart has in the stationeries section a stackable box with a removable lid that is just right for a multitude of projects in the building stage and after to house the completed kit.

The inside dims: 3-7/8 x 2-7/8 x 1-1/4 inches.

They cost a whole buck, been using them for a couple of years, great item IMO.

Take a look next time you venture out.

John
KK4ITX 
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Visit:  www.zaarc.org.   👁

On Jan 30, 2021, at 19:45, Jim, N5IB <n5ib@...> wrote:

I should mention as an enclosure alternative. it will fit in ....... wait for it ....... An Altoids tin!

With one caveat. If you build it as specified, with the switch on the bottom, you can't shut the lid without turning it on and running down the battery.
But if you put the switch on the top, and are careful not to let the switch tabs poke through the bottom of the board, you can put a piece of plastic electrical tape over the bottom side switch pads, tuck it in an Altoids and shut the lid.

If you have a Sucrets tin, I think that fits without issue even with the switch on the bottom.

The 3D print alternative is there also, even if you don't have ready access to one. There may be a "Maker" group near you that does that stuff, and many public libraries now have 3D printers that you can submit files to and they will print them for a very nominal cost.

Jim, N5IB






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

Jim, N5IB
 

I should mention as an enclosure alternative. it will fit in ....... wait for it ....... An Altoids tin!

With one caveat. If you build it as specified, with the switch on the bottom, you can't shut the lid without turning it on and running down the battery.
But if you put the switch on the top, and are careful not to let the switch tabs poke through the bottom of the board, you can put a piece of plastic electrical tape over the bottom side switch pads, tuck it in an Altoids and shut the lid.

If you have a Sucrets tin, I think that fits without issue even with the switch on the bottom.

The 3D print alternative is there also, even if you don't have ready access to one. There may be a "Maker" group near you that does that stuff, and many public libraries now have 3D printers that you can submit files to and they will print them for a very nominal cost.

Jim, N5IB


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

Timothy East
 

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@...> 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.   👁


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

John - KK4ITX
 

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.   👁


Re: Crystal Spotter Kits update

John - KK4ITX
 

I just got back from Hobby Lobby, got their last BJ box and they don’t have any for the Crystal Spotter Kit so I will have to see what I can come up with.  Maybe I should go into the small box building business ?

John
KK4ITX 



Visit:  www.zaarc.org.   👁

On Jan 30, 2021, at 17:34, Everett Catlin <everettcatlin68@...> wrote:

Just visited the site and it says 2.950" x 1.775" is the PCB size.

On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 8:57 PM Jim, N5IB <n5ib@...> wrote:
Look in the "Features" part of the kit ordering web page for the board dimensions
I'll add that to the manual for the next update.

N5IB






Re: Crystal Spotter Kits update

Everett Catlin
 

Just visited the site and it says 2.950" x 1.775" is the PCB size.

On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 8:57 PM Jim, N5IB <n5ib@...> wrote:
Look in the "Features" part of the kit ordering web page for the board dimensions
I'll add that to the manual for the next update.

N5IB






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

John Parker
 

Mahalo!

Don’t worry about the shipping!

It’s an occupational hazard that I’m used to



On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 12:00 PM John - KK4ITX via groups.io <jleahy00=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
John,

I was able to find one box for the BJ for you and will see on Monday or Tuesday if I can determine and locate the XTAL box...... perhaps it will fit inside as shipping is terrible!!

I’ll be in touch.

73,

John
KK4ITX 


🙃Each mistake is a learning opportunity.🙂

On Jan 30, 2021, at 2:18 PM, John Parker <parkjv1@...> wrote:


Mahalo Nui Loa Johnny!

Just purchased the Crystal Spotter Kit, for WH6 land.

Since we don’t have Hobby Lobby on island and they don’t ship to Hawaii would someone be willing to help me get a box from them for this project?

Someone was kind enough to do that for the Bayou.

Mahalo for your help!

John WH6DQU 

On Sat, Jan 30, 2021 at 8:56 AM Johnny AC0BQ <jomatlock@...> wrote:
Gm Group 
I am Happy to announce the 4SQRP kit team has got the Crystal Spotter 
ready to purchase. 

Here is the link: 

I am also pleased to announce the release of the Ozark 17. 
It's a 17 meter transceiver that is mostly SMD, but they are Large!!! 
That being said it's not a Beginners kit. 

Here is the link for that:

Many Thanks goes to Jim, N5IB for loaning us his excellent design for the crystal Spotter.

Many Thanks as well to Tommy Hemderson, WD0AGO.
It has a super reciever, and does NOT come with an Enclosure. 

Thank everyone for your continued support of the 4SQRP group. 

Keep you eye on the reflector for Ozarkcon Virtual announcements. 
Very 
72 


--
QRP....."More smiles per Watt"t
JOHNNY AC0BQ  ..


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