Date   

Thurs Morn Net

WA0ITP
 

This Four State net meets each Thursday morning at
8:00 AM Central on 7122 kc,the Four State 40M hangout frequency.
NCS is WQ5RP/WAØITP and this is a Four State members only net.

Add anything to the exchange that you wish, member number, temp, rig,
ant, etc. After the net, a list of checkins will be posted on the
Four State reflector.

Hope to cu tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM Central time

--
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com


Wed NIte Nets

WA0ITP
 

The Four State QRP Comfortable nets meet each Wednesday
night beginning at 7:30 PM Central Time.

Note the new freq for the PSK net.

All interested amateurs are invited to check in,
QRP, members, non-members, first timers, etc.
Check in at your speed and the NCS will attempt to match it.
These are comfortable nets, no strict protocol, an average
cw speed of 15 - 18 wpm, and will match your speed if slower.
First time checkins are welcome.

The exchange can be anything you wish, RST, temp, rig, ant, member#, etc.
Checking into all sessions is encouraged, we call it the "Clean Sweep".

7:30 Central time ... 40M CW Net on 7122, NQØRP NCS
8:30 " " ... 80M CW Net on 3564, WQ5RP/WAØITP NCS
9:00 " " ... 40M PSK Net on 7070.5, WQ5RP/NØTGR NCS

All are welcome! After the nets, a list of checkins will be
posted on the Four State reflector

--
72 WAØITP
I love this radio stuff.
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com


OT: CW Operators - Semi Automatic "BUG" key Dot Stabilizers available again

Jim Sheldon
 

Semi-automatic "BUG" key Dot Stabilizer Information:

Back in the late 1920's early 1930's, T.R. "Ted" McElroy (Morse copying
World Champion) who also manufactured telegraph keys, came up with a
nice innovation he called his "Dot Stabilizer" which pre-loaded the
vibrating dot contact spring by a very small amount, effectively
ensuring better dot weighting and came very close to completely
eliminating the contact bounce which creates what many call "scratchy
dot syndrome". This device required replacing the existing dot contact
assembly with his stabilizer and fit only the McElroy manufactured keys.
For some unknown reason, most information on this device was either lost
or ignored during the WW2 years and after.

After accidentally rediscovering it a couple of years ago, I undertook a
slight redesign of McElroy's original device to eliminate the necessity
for replacing the vibrating dot contact assembly. This makes the device
easily installed and removed at any time with simple tools. I also came
up with a further variation on McElroy's design that can be used on even
the "Flat Pendulum" bugs such as the Vibroplex Lightning Bug, Military
J-36 and Champion models as well as various copies of them and even the
Japanese Hi Mound "Coffin" bug.

I currently make "Dot Stabilizers" for the Vibroplex, Speed-X and
McElroy keys having the round pendulum and bugs with the flat pendulum,
such as the Vibroplex Lightning Bug, Champion and WW2 military J-36 bugs
(including the Lionel models) which are based on the Lightning Bug
design. I can also manufacture them for other bugs such as the Japanese
Hi Mound ("Coffin") bug, European made (metric sizes) bugs, etc. as long
as you can supply me with the diameter (round) or thickness (flat) of
the pendulum and a sharply focused digital photo of the actual bug you
want it for. (I only need photos and pendulum dimensions for bugs other
than the McElroy and Vibroplex models.)

They can be made out of either aluminum or brass though aluminum is the
preferred material as it is far less expensive. They mount to the arm
with a socket head set screw and the proper Allen wrench is included
along with a printed set of instructions explaining installation and
proper adjustment. Also, they are made entirely by hand so there may be
slight differences between each one (won't affect the operation at all).

The prices are $25 post paid for the aluminum and $35 for the brass ones
to domestic USA customers. Due to large postage increases, International
prices are $45 for the aluminum ones and $55 for the brass ones. This
does include international First Class shipping.

If you decide to order one or more, I will need the make/model of the
bug(s) you want stabilizers for, whether they are "left" or "right"
handed (the bug, not you) and be sure to include your mailing address as
well.

I take personal checks, USPS money orders (made out to Aubrey J.
Sheldon) sent to my QRZ listed address (2029 East Evanston Dr., Park
City, KS 67219-1618) or PayPal to w0eb@cox.net . International customers
MUST, repeat MUST use PayPal as it is the only form of payment I can
accept from customers in countries outside of the United States.

I'll be happy to answer any further questions you may have.

Please email inquiries direct to w0eb@cox.net rather than through the
reflector to keep the list clutter down.

Jim Sheldon - W0EB
2029 East Evanston Dr.
Park City, KS 67219-1618

email to w0eb@cox.net


June SSS Winner

John Lonigro
 

We seem to be in the Summer doldrums. There were three "entries", two of whom had 0 contacts. That leaves Gary KF7WNS as the clear winner for June with 2 points. Since Gary's two QSOs were with non-4SQRP members, he was the ONLY member making any contacts during the June Sprint. If it were baseball, we'd say Gary threw a shutout. But it's not baseball... Gary will be receiving his certificate in the (e)mail shortly.

I've got a suggestion for July and subsequent sprints and will try to mention it again right before the contests. If anyone spends at least 15 minutes listening or operating during the July Sprint, I'd like him to make an entry on the contest website (qrpcontest.com/4sqrp). Enter your score of 0. Don't be shy. Two of us did that for the June Sprint. Obviously, if you DO make some contacts, by all means enter them. My goal is to see how many people are participating in the Second Sunday Sprints, regardless of success. I'd feel a lot better if 10-15 (or more) people indicated they were participating, but not having any luck. In your comment field, you might mention if you tried to reply and failed, called CQ, or just listened and heard nothing. Or possibly you heard some people but, for one reason or another, didn't respond.

If the norm is one or two people participating in the Sprints, perhaps we need to rethink whether we should have monthly sprints at all.

72,

John AA0VE
4SQRP Sprint Coordinator


New Sea Sprite build on You Tube featuring A BRASS SET...

Rex Harper
 

Fans of the Tin, Can, Rock and home brew,

After at least a half dozen attempts and a small pile of assembled Sea Sprite boards  sitting over in the corner of my bench, I finally got a video build that was half decent. The memory card didn't overflow. I didn't get into a coughing fit and the build went right through without any major flubs. I did call the Sea Sprite a Lil'Squall board once in the video...maybe I can dub that out later but that was the only thing I thought was a major flub. I did call a 2.2K resistor a 2K but it was an honest missteak as I was getting tired after about 6 attempts at pulling this off. . I did use the new kit building aids, A BRASS SET, which are little pcb 'legs' that easily clamp onto the board under construction. It is kinda long as it took me almost an hour to build the kit with all the explaining going on....

If you are interested in seeing the kit built from start to finish, watch the whole thing.
If your interest is in the BRASS SET, then watch just enough to see how they really aid in building a QRP kit....

You Tube video is here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ETVY7Ua9xc&feature=youtu.be

Hope you find it interesting.

Rex  W1REX


Re: A pleasant surprise

 

Nice, Wayne.

After taking 1st place Low power in 2014 I returned to my usual 3rd
place for 2015 in the low power category for the KS QSO Party in-state
ops.

72, Nate

--

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all
possible worlds. The pessimist fears this is true."

Ham radio, Linux, bikes, and more: http://www.n0nb.us


Re: A pleasant surprise

W0IIT
 


On Jun 14, 2016, at 9:15 AM, 'Phil' w0xiphil@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

"FD 16 on AUG 25


??????

cu es 72, Bart W0IIT
Pittsburg, KS
4Sqrp=#72, FP=#11, ARS=#568,  
SKCC=1139, NAQCC=#588 FIST=#5819, 
Zombie=#500, Geratol=#1000


Re: A pleasant surprise

Phil <w0xiphil@...>
 

Hey Wayne way to go! These certificates must be the destiny of 4SQRPers !
 
I received a lower level certificate – also surprised me – from the TENNESSEE QSO PARTY for being a first time participant!
 
Looking forward to FD 16 on AUG 25. I’ll be on the W0UK (Lawrence, KS Club) CW station. Hope to work you all.
 
72, Uncle Phil  /  w0xi
 

Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 6:47 AM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] A pleasant surprise
 
 

Way to go Wayne.  This is an outstanding achievement for you, your station, and your skill!!!


cu es 72, Bart w0iit
Pittsburg, KS
 
On Jun 13, 2016, at 4:43 PM, Johnny Matlock jomatlock@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

Nice Going Wayne

Thanks!


On Monday, June 13, 2016, Wayne Dillon wayne.dillon@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 
 
Good afternoon all,
Well last week I had a rather pleasant surprise, in the mail came a large stiff envelope. In it was a nice letter of congratulation and a beautiful certificate. It seems I was placed first in the QRP category in last years Kansas QSO party! To be honest I quite forgot I'd entered. It was to my old callsign - KC0PMH so this year when I enter (yes I do plan to enter if possible) it'll be under my new call - NQ0RP.
I believe it occurs in August.
72/3 es God Bless all de Wayne - NQ0RP
 
-- 

 
QRP EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
I'm British by birth but American by CHOICE!

Jesus came to pay a debt He didn't owe because we owe a debt we cannot pay...

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up his contenance upon you and give you peace.

God Bless from Wayne Dillon - NQ0RP

Joshua 24:14-15
2 Cor 5:17
1 Jn 2:17

 
Membership Chairman - 4SQRP Group
4SQRP 40m NCS
4SQRP #95
FISTS 17184
FPQRP #342 (Flying Pigs QRP Club)
NAQCC # 0759
QRP-ARCI #11505
SKCC #1155T
SOC #848
30MDG#1176
NEQRP #693
GORC #192
DMC (Digital Modes Club) # 06686
 


-- 
QRP....."More smiles per Watt"
72 
JOHNNY AC0BQ  ..


 
 
 

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Re: A pleasant surprise

W0IIT
 

Way to go Wayne.  This is an outstanding achievement for you, your station, and your skill!!!

cu es 72, Bart w0iit
Pittsburg, KS

On Jun 13, 2016, at 4:43 PM, Johnny Matlock jomatlock@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:

Nice Going Wayne

Thanks!


On Monday, June 13, 2016, Wayne Dillon wayne.dillon@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

Good afternoon all,
Well last week I had a rather pleasant surprise, in the mail came a large stiff envelope. In it was a nice letter of congratulation and a beautiful certificate. It seems I was placed first in the QRP category in last years Kansas QSO party! To be honest I quite forgot I'd entered. It was to my old callsign - KC0PMH so this year when I enter (yes I do plan to enter if possible) it'll be under my new call - NQ0RP.
I believe it occurs in August.
72/3 es God Bless all de Wayne - NQ0RP

-- 
 
QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
I'm British by birth but American by CHOICE!

Jesus came to pay a debt He didn't owe because we owe a debt we cannot pay...

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up his contenance upon you and give you peace.

God Bless from Wayne Dillon - NQ0RP

Joshua 24:14-15
2 Cor 5:17
1 Jn 2:17
 
Membership Chairman - 4SQRP Group
4SQRP 40m NCS
4SQRP #95
FISTS 17184
FPQRP #342 (Flying Pigs QRP Club)
NAQCC # 0759
QRP-ARCI #11505
SKCC #1155T
SOC #848
30MDG#1176
NEQRP #693
GORC #192
DMC (Digital Modes Club) # 06686



-- 
QRP....."More smiles per Watt"
72 
JOHNNY AC0BQ  ..






Re: FD in Lawrence KS

Paul Smith
 

Sounds like a good place for FD have a good one Phil
de Paul N0NBD

________________________________

To: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com
From: 4sqrp@yahoogroups.com
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:55:08 -0500
Subject: [4sqrp] FD in Lawrence KS



Uncle Phil here:

Hope we’ll work some other 4SQRP ops during field day. The Lawrence, KS
club, W0UK, is setting up at Wells Overlook south of Lawrence again
this year.
Our 2A stations will be one CW and one SSB, using the N3FJP logging
program. Both stations will be in tents. Wells Overlook is a good bit
above
average terrain and generally does pretty well QSO wise.

Three years ago I was the lone op in the CW tent at about 8 PM, ~ 200
feet from the pavilion and in the open~ , at about 8 PM when a fast
storm came up. It picked me, the station table
and the tent up a foot or so and rolled us about 8 feet to the
northeast All was well and we set back up within 20 minutes and
continued FD. Weird experience.

That is Kansas for ya!

Unc/ W0XI

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FD in Lawrence KS

Phil <w0xiphil@...>
 

Uncle Phil here:
 
Hope we’ll work some other 4SQRP ops during field day. The Lawrence, KS club, W0UK, is setting up at Wells Overlook south of Lawrence again this year.
Our 2A stations will be one CW and one SSB, using the N3FJP logging program. Both stations will be in tents. Wells Overlook is a good bit above
average terrain and generally does pretty well QSO wise.
 
Three years ago I was the lone op in the CW tent at about 8 PM, ~ 200 feet from the pavilion and in the open~ , at about 8 PM when a fast storm came up. It picked me, the station table
and the tent up a foot or so and rolled us about 8 feet to the northeast All was well and we set back up within 20 minutes and continued FD. Weird experience.
 
That is Kansas for ya!
 
Unc/ W0XI

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Re: A pleasant surprise

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Nice Going Wayne
Thanks!


On Monday, June 13, 2016, Wayne Dillon wayne.dillon@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...> wrote:
 

Good afternoon all,
Well last week I had a rather pleasant surprise, in the mail came a large stiff envelope. In it was a nice letter of congratulation and a beautiful certificate. It seems I was placed first in the QRP category in last years Kansas QSO party! To be honest I quite forgot I'd entered. It was to my old callsign - KC0PMH so this year when I enter (yes I do plan to enter if possible) it'll be under my new call - NQ0RP.
I believe it occurs in August.
72/3 es God Bless all de Wayne - NQ0RP

--
 
QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
I'm British by birth but American by CHOICE!

Jesus came to pay a debt He didn't owe because we owe a debt we cannot pay...

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up his contenance upon you and give you peace.

God Bless from Wayne Dillon - NQ0RP

Joshua 24:14-15
2 Cor 5:17
1 Jn 2:17
 
Membership Chairman - 4SQRP Group
4SQRP 40m NCS
4SQRP #95
FISTS 17184
FPQRP #342 (Flying Pigs QRP Club)
NAQCC # 0759
QRP-ARCI #11505
SKCC #1155T
SOC #848
30MDG#1176
NEQRP #693
GORC #192
DMC (Digital Modes Club) # 06686



--
QRP....."More smiles per Watt"
72
JOHNNY AC0BQ  ..




Re: A pleasant surprise

Dale Putnam
 

Congratulations Wayne!! Way to do it!

I'll be looking for you this year.


Have a great day,
--... ...-- Dale - WC7S in Wy




From: 4sqrp@... <4sqrp@...> on behalf of Wayne Dillon wayne.dillon@... [4sqrp] <4sqrp@...>
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2016 11:26 AM
To: 4sqrp@...
Subject: [4sqrp] A pleasant surprise
 
 

Good afternoon all,
Well last week I had a rather pleasant surprise, in the mail came a large stiff envelope. In it was a nice letter of congratulation and a beautiful certificate. It seems I was placed first in the QRP category in last years Kansas QSO party! To be honest I quite forgot I'd entered. It was to my old callsign - KC0PMH so this year when I enter (yes I do plan to enter if possible) it'll be under my new call - NQ0RP.
I believe it occurs in August.
72/3 es God Bless all de Wayne - NQ0RP

--
 
QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
I'm British by birth but American by CHOICE!

Jesus came to pay a debt He didn't owe because we owe a debt we cannot pay...

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up his contenance upon you and give you peace.

God Bless from Wayne Dillon - NQ0RP

Joshua 24:14-15
2 Cor 5:17
1 Jn 2:17
 
www.4sqrp.com
Welcome to the web home of the Four States QRP Group, devoted to low power (QRP) amateur radio building and operation. Club Call Sign WQ5RP

Membership Chairman - 4SQRP Group
4SQRP 40m NCS
4SQRP #95
FISTS 17184
FPQRP #342 (Flying Pigs QRP Club)
NAQCC # 0759
QRP-ARCI #11505
SKCC #1155T
SOC #848
30MDG#1176
NEQRP #693
GORC #192
DMC (Digital Modes Club) # 06686


July QST & ZZRX-40

davemrtn
 

Great article for Craig & 4SQRP on the ZZRX-40.

I voted for that article for the Cover Plaque Award.

--
David Martin - NA1MH - Mountain Home, Ar.
-----------------------------------------
There is a difference between a 'Hacker' and a "Cyber Criminal",
Seek to understand the difference.


Re: A pleasant surprise

davemrtn
 

Congrats Wayne !


On 6/13/2016 12:26 PM, Wayne Dillon wayne.dillon@... [4sqrp] wrote:
 
Good afternoon all,
Well last week I had a rather pleasant surprise, in the mail came a large stiff envelope. In it was a nice letter of congratulation and a beautiful certificate. It seems I was placed first in the QRP category in last years Kansas QSO party! To be honest I quite forgot I'd entered. It was to my old callsign - KC0PMH so this year when I enter (yes I do plan to enter if possible) it'll be under my new call - NQ0RP.
I believe it occurs in August.
72/3 es God Bless all de Wayne - NQ0RP

--
 
QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
I'm British by birth but American by CHOICE!

Jesus came to pay a debt He didn't owe because we owe a debt we cannot pay...

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up his contenance upon you and give you peace.

God Bless from Wayne Dillon - NQ0RP

Joshua 24:14-15
2 Cor 5:17
1 Jn 2:17
 
Membership Chairman - 4SQRP Group
4SQRP 40m NCS
4SQRP #95
FISTS 17184
FPQRP #342 (Flying Pigs QRP Club)
NAQCC # 0759
QRP-ARCI #11505
SKCC #1155T
SOC #848
30MDG#1176
NEQRP #693
GORC #192
DMC (Digital Modes Club) # 06686

-- 
David Martin - NA1MH - Mountain Home, Ar.
-----------------------------------------
There is a difference between a 'Hacker' and a "Cyber Criminal",
Seek to understand the difference.


A pleasant surprise

Wayne Dillon
 

Good afternoon all,
Well last week I had a rather pleasant surprise, in the mail came a large stiff envelope. In it was a nice letter of congratulation and a beautiful certificate. It seems I was placed first in the QRP category in last years Kansas QSO party! To be honest I quite forgot I'd entered. It was to my old callsign - KC0PMH so this year when I enter (yes I do plan to enter if possible) it'll be under my new call - NQ0RP.
I believe it occurs in August.
72/3 es God Bless all de Wayne - NQ0RP

--
 
QRP -  EFFICIENCY AND SKILL, NOT POWER. 
 
I'm British by birth but American by CHOICE!

Jesus came to pay a debt He didn't owe because we owe a debt we cannot pay...

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you
The Lord lift up his contenance upon you and give you peace.

God Bless from Wayne Dillon - NQ0RP

Joshua 24:14-15
2 Cor 5:17
1 Jn 2:17
 
Membership Chairman - 4SQRP Group
4SQRP 40m NCS
4SQRP #95
FISTS 17184
FPQRP #342 (Flying Pigs QRP Club)
NAQCC # 0759
QRP-ARCI #11505
SKCC #1155T
SOC #848
30MDG#1176
NEQRP #693
GORC #192
DMC (Digital Modes Club) # 06686


Send in your scores

John Lonigro
 

Don't forget to log onto qrpcontest.com/4sqrp and enter your score from last night. I listened for a while and thought I heard W2SH, but all I really heard was "W2" and extrapolated the rest. Then we got busy with other things and I never made it back to the shack. It's been a pretty hectic June so far.

I'll check the entries later on in the week, to see who won the June Sprint.

72,

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator


What a way to end the evening

KD4OBQ
 


Re: Sunday afternoon

Nick-WA5BDU
 

Oops, should have said “Midnight SNA”.  Can’t keep my alphabet soup straight.
 
73-
 
Nick, WA5BDU
 
Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2016 8:03 PM
 
The NAT would be a good choice for ease of build and lots of useful features, like crystal measurements.
 
73-
 
Nick, WA5BDU
 


Re: Sunday afternoon

Nick-WA5BDU
 

This thing can be an antenna analyzer.  Scroll down to #25.
 
 
It definitely fits into the “ it’s no Heathkit” variety though.  Pick your own enclosure, some pretty challenging SMT parts.  Some parts of the user interface aren’t fully smoothed out yet. But I did build one and am enjoying it.
 
The NAT would be a good choice for ease of build and lots of useful features, like crystal measurements.
 
73-
 
Nick, WA5BDU
 

Sent: Sunday, June 12, 2016 4:26 PM
Subject: [4sqrp] Sunday afternoon
 
 

It is hot in Humboldt today with storms brewing SW of here but no rain yet. My corn and other things in the garden sure could use a drink.
Is there an antenna analyzer kit out there? I have a Deluxe Tenna dipper but the freq pot sure could stand to be a 10 turn or something. It is jumpy! I didn't get much googling any ideas?
de Paul N0NBD

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