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Re: What's On Your Bench?

 

* On 2020 15 Nov 11:18 -0600, Mike D wrote:
I have been using a Weller WESD51 around the house for about 10 years now.
It is the best inexpensive soldering iron I have been able to find and is
works about as well as my more expensive irons.
Another vote for the WESD51. Mine "just works".

72, Nate

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Re: What's On Your Bench?

Joe KU5M
 

Hey Lee,

I became an amateur in the late 70’s and missed the tube era. But you are an artist in construction!

Guys, really worth the time to look up Lee’s rigsAnd the photography complements his electronic skills.

73,

Joe
KU5M

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Re: What's On Your Bench?

Karl Schwab
 

My bench is being cleaned off, awaiting another 4SQRP kit to match my Cricket 40 & 80 transceivers; the Cric-Key, kit.  This kit is reviewed in the December 2020 QST.  73, de Karl, KO8S

On Sunday, November 15, 2020, 04:42:50 PM EST, Johnny AC0BQ <jomatlock@...> wrote:


Awesome job Lee!
Great reproduction, right down to the details!
72
Johnny 


On Sun, Nov 15, 2020 at 2:42 PM Leland L. Bahr <w5drc@...> wrote:
If anyone wants to see my Philmore NT-200 Novice Transmitter clone, go
to the following web sit and scroll down to the bottom and click on
"w0vt's Philmore transmitter."  It's called a Philmore NT-200 Deluxe.

http://w2dtc.com/w2dtc-radio-history-page.htm

Lee, w0vt





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Re: What's On Your Bench?

Johnny AC0BQ
 

Awesome job Lee!
Great reproduction, right down to the details!
72
Johnny 


On Sun, Nov 15, 2020 at 2:42 PM Leland L. Bahr <w5drc@...> wrote:
If anyone wants to see my Philmore NT-200 Novice Transmitter clone, go
to the following web sit and scroll down to the bottom and click on
"w0vt's Philmore transmitter."  It's called a Philmore NT-200 Deluxe.

http://w2dtc.com/w2dtc-radio-history-page.htm

Lee, w0vt





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Re: What's On Your Bench?

AndyH
 

What's on the bench?  Too much! hihihi

The N75 is at the operating position providing music and the necessary sounds of the atmosphere as she dances the night away.

There's a new V6.2 µBITX on the bench in the early stages of being supplemented and boxed.  Well, it's spending more time under the bench because there's a KX4Z digital mode interface board in process*.  I'm installing the 7 dB pad* in my somewhat experienced WA2EBY amp to play nicely with the µBITX when it's ready.  There's a W0EB raduino clone board (moving from arduino to Teensy 4.0) in progress.  A bit farther down the list, I'm waiting for my first 'operational' board from OshPark.  I think I finally figured out how to go from schematic to board with KiCad.  If it works, the small SMD ILER40 Mk2 mic preamp board will be part of the µBITX project.  (* Waiting on a CARE package from Mouser)  There's also a 12/24V LiFePO4 battery box in the early stages that'll run both the radio and WA2EBY amp.

To stay under the bench until I again feel like playing with 14 AWG magnet wire is the hybrid DJ0ABR/W6PQL 1500W amplifier project...and the associated power supply project.

Thirded or fourth'd for the Weller WES51!

Has anyone seen the Mouser bag of 0805 4K7 resistors?  It's around here somewhere...  hihihi

72/73, Andy, KG5RKP


Re: What's On Your Bench?

n4mj
 

W2DTC - Wow!!! That is a piece of REAL radio ARTWORK. Tnx for sharing.
brings back memories.
73 de n4mj


 
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On Sunday, November 15, 2020, 02:42:04 PM CST, Leland L. Bahr <w5drc@...> wrote:


If anyone wants to see my Philmore NT-200 Novice Transmitter clone, go
to the following web sit and scroll down to the bottom and click on
"w0vt's Philmore transmitter."  It's called a Philmore NT-200 Deluxe.

http://w2dtc.com/w2dtc-radio-history-page.htm

Lee, w0vt






Re: What's On Your Bench?

WB5CTS/M "Hutch"
 

Tnx Tim!

72, Hutch

On Nov 15, 2020, at 2:41 PM, Leland L. Bahr <w5drc@...> wrote:

If anyone wants to see my Philmore NT-200 Novice Transmitter clone, go to the following web sit and scroll down to the bottom and click on "w0vt's Philmore transmitter." It's called a Philmore NT-200 Deluxe.

http://w2dtc.com/w2dtc-radio-history-page.htm

Lee, w0vt





What's On Your Bench?

Leland L. Bahr
 

If anyone wants to see my Philmore NT-200 Novice Transmitter clone, go to the following web sit and scroll down to the bottom and click on "w0vt's Philmore transmitter."  It's called a Philmore NT-200 Deluxe.

http://w2dtc.com/w2dtc-radio-history-page.htm

Lee, w0vt


Re: What's On Your Bench?

Tim N9PUZ
 

I have had a Weller WES51 for several years now. Adjustable temperature. I don't think about it much -- it just works!

Tim N9PUZ


On Sun, Nov 15, 2020 at 8:35 AM Steve Hutcherson via groups.io <Wb5cts=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Fellas !

Half-way through my QRP-o-Meter build my soldering iron died Wednesday and still have the W8DIZ  5w30 and 5w17 kits to build this winter. Anyone like the soldering station their using now?  Referrals appreciated.
I'm ready for an upgrade. :-)

72, Hutch
WB5CTS/M


Re: What's On Your Bench?

WB5CTS/M "Hutch"
 

Wow ! Tnx Gary, N3OS> Mike, KD5RJZ> and Paul, WD9PWP   for the Quick Replies. 
I will follow-up and get the smoke back on the bench. :-)

Thanks Again fellas !

72, Hutch
WB5CTS/M    #176


Re: What's On Your Bench?

Paul Goemans
 

Hi,
  I would also recommend the Weller WES50 or WES51 temp controlled solder station. Many tips are available. We used these and earlier Wellers in the electronics repair shop I worked in. I like them because they are reliable and the pencil assemblies are slim! 
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 

From: Steve Hutcherson via groups.io
Sent: Sunday, November 15, 2020 8:35 AM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] What's On Your Bench?
 
Hi Fellas !

Half-way through my QRP-o-Meter build my soldering iron died Wednesday and still have the W8DIZ  5w30 and 5w17 kits to build this winter. Anyone like the soldering station their using now?  Referrals appreciated.
I'm ready for an upgrade. :-)

72, Hutch
WB5CTS/M


Re: What's On Your Bench?

Mike D
 

I have been using a Weller WESD51 around the house for about 10 years now.  It is the best inexpensive soldering iron I have been able to find and is works about as well as my more expensive irons.

Mike kd5rjz

On Sun, Nov 15, 2020 at 8:35 AM Steve Hutcherson via groups.io <Wb5cts=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Fellas !

Half-way through my QRP-o-Meter build my soldering iron died Wednesday and still have the W8DIZ  5w30 and 5w17 kits to build this winter. Anyone like the soldering station their using now?  Referrals appreciated.
I'm ready for an upgrade. :-)

72, Hutch
WB5CTS/M


Re: What's On Your Bench?

Bobby Drummond
 


Just finished a retro rig (6AW8 / 6BQ6  40 meter MOPA transmitter) based on an 15 meter Novice transmitter article in the April 1959 edition of Popular Electronics magazine.  It works fine and I've made around 30 QSOs with it so far.  <https://worldradiohistory.com/Popular-Electronics-Guide.htm>

Starting a 60 meter solid state transmitter now.  Schematic enclosed below.   Crystals for 2 of the channels for 60 meters are available from 3rd Planet Solar, by the way. <https://kc9on.com/> I've ordered the necessary parts and have received them in the last week.  Have laid out on paper the placement location of the components on a blank circuit board (will use Manhattan technique to mount them using a modified drill bit to make the "islands" - thanks QRP Quarterly Magazine for the idea for that technique.

Looking forward to finishing it up, smoke testing and putting it on the air this week.  (Note:  the FET final in this transmitter is a Class E type design, similar to the None Simpler 40 meter transmitter of yesteryear  from 4 State QRP - without the cool spiral coils though)  and dig that complementary symmetry driver, will ya'! 

When this one is finished and subsequent QSOs have been made, I already have plans for more bench projects.  That's one of the things retirement's for, right?

May all your projects be great learning experiences and have minimal frustrations (inevitable) and bring you tons of satisfaction (highly likely with support from this group)

P.S.  if the 60 meter transmitter described inspires you to build one too, put that thang on the air and proudly say, " . .  tx here, OM is homebrew, xtal controlled and "__" watts out" and listen out for me on mine.  It would be great to work someone GW3UWP-transmitter-to-GW3UWP-transmitter on 60 meters.

 
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Re: What's On Your Bench?

Gary AFN4A
 

Hutch,

I am using a Tenna soldering station which I bought from Nightfire Electronics a few years ago at one of our fests here in FL. Reasonably priced and it works great. Their business card shows their website as www.vakits.com and hopefully they are still in business with all that has been occurring this year.

Good hunting.

73,

Gary N3OS 



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-------- Original message --------
From: "Steve Hutcherson via groups.io" <Wb5cts@...>
Date: 11/15/20 09:35 (GMT-05:00)
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] What's On Your Bench?

Hi Fellas !

Half-way through my QRP-o-Meter build my soldering iron died Wednesday and still have the W8DIZ  5w30 and 5w17 kits to build this winter. Anyone like the soldering station their using now?  Referrals appreciated.
I'm ready for an upgrade. :-)

72, Hutch
WB5CTS/M
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NAQCC #7301
SKCC #3849
FISTS #18652


Re: What's On Your Bench?

WB5CTS/M "Hutch"
 

Hi Fellas !

Half-way through my QRP-o-Meter build my soldering iron died Wednesday and still have the W8DIZ  5w30 and 5w17 kits to build this winter. Anyone like the soldering station their using now?  Referrals appreciated.
I'm ready for an upgrade. :-)

72, Hutch
WB5CTS/M


Monthly Run For The Bacon - tomorrow ... Sunday!

Larry Makoski
 

Tomorrow, November 15th is the monthly Run For The Bacon, proudly brought to you by the Flying Pigs QRP Club International. A friendly lil' QRP Sprint guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

The time? 6-8 EST, 5-7 CST, 4-6 MST, 3-5 PST

The frequencies? We usually gather somewhere abouts the standard "QRP Watering Holes" on 160 through 10 Meters.

The exchange? RST - S/P/C (state/province/country) - Flying Pig # (non-members send output power)

For ALL the details, please visit http://www.qrpcontest.com/pigrun/

Join us and have some fun - see you on the air!


Re: [ADV] [4SQRP] What's On Your Bench?

bigusmith
 

Be careful, Jack...that light might be an oncoming train!

EuGene, KA5NLY


On Saturday, November 14, 2020, 9:47:56 AM CST, jrdock@... <jrdock@...> wrote:


First, let me say that I have built many 4sqrp kits.  However my next build will be the new QCX that has come out in the last 6 to 8 months.  Just what I need, a new QRP rig Hi.  We here in south East Kansas have what I think is a fantastic and active club with some extraordinary members.  We have a builder club within the club which gives members the opportunity for “hands on training” and experience the satisfaction of creating ones own equipment.
We are, of course, not having building sessions at present due to COVID-19 but hope to resume sometime in 2021.  The light at the end of the tunnel is now visible, things are looking up with the new solar cycle starting and a vaccine for COVID in the near future, so hang in there the “new normal” is just around the corner.
Visit our web site at SEKARC.net

Jack ..... WD0CFH


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On Nov 14, 2020, at 7:39 AM, Tim N9PUZ <tim.n9puz@...> wrote:

Here in central Illinois the weather is starting to turn cold. The ground is frost covered most mornings although we haven't had any snow so far.

Winter is normally my main building time. As usual my first project is cleaning and organizing my work bench. After that the first thing in the queue here is a QRP-O-Meter. No big projects planned for now. I am thinking of a simple remote antenna switch though.

Anyone else have some fun projects lined up?

Tim N9PUZ


Re: What's On Your Bench?

 

The project at the moment is the local club's 2m repeater. I am
rebuilding it around a Kenwood TKR-750 repeater and a set of dB Products
band pass, band reject cavities. I recovered the CAT-250 controller
from the old repeater and I will add a Raspberry Pi 3B+ to the ensemble
for AllStar linking capability. I'd recently redid the local 70cm machine
in a similar fashion and it is working well.

One thing I want to do this winter is get a local DVSwitch server up and
going and hopefully be able to join the DMR net from AllStar on the 70cm
repeater. I think we'd find that interesting.

Ambitious plans! Though, not necessarily QRP although I can hit the
70cm repeater with 500 mW. I guess that is QRP. :-D

72, Nate

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Re: What's On Your Bench?

JAMES DAVIDSON
 

I WOULD SAY I AM GOING TO DO OK FOR THE WINTER ON THE BENCH . WIFE AND I WENT THROUGH THE VIRUS IN JULY .GOD BLESSED US WITH ALL THE MEDICAL PROBLEMS WE HAVE STILL HERE ..HOPE OCON HAPPENS NEXT YEAR JIM KC0DD  #187   HAVE A BLESSED 


Re: What's On Your Bench?

JAMES DAVIDSON
 

playing with new to me  hw8  .puting diff final in   got a solid state relay coming . old mechanical one hangs up some  .built another qrpometer for a friend. he went qro so now have two .hi hi  817 .nd, ats4.rock might getting used ..did buy a chrome dual lever vibroplex .don't like it  got the deluxe straight key also  now thats cool .  7300 runs a cool 5 watts mtr 3 put calf filter on mtr  it works great .  i listen to the net on wed sometimes. checked in with johnny but he cant hear me>  its too fast for me anyhow.  i still run 12 to 14 wpm  guess i am stuck there . but thats ok still get lots of air time  73  JIM  KC0DD   # 187       HAVE A BLESSED DAY