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Re: Cyclone on 7120

Dale Putnam
 

yep

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



To: 4sqrp@...
From: wa0itp@...
Date: Sat, 4 Jan 2014 08:03:35 -0600
Subject: [4sqrp] Cyclone on 7120

 
Anyone around for a signal report on this warm Winter day?

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Back to the bench, Winter's too valuable to waste.
I love this radio stuff !
72 WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com



Cyclone on 7120

WA0ITP
 

Anyone around for a signal report on this warm Winter day?

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Back to the bench, Winter's too valuable to waste.
I love this radio stuff !
72 WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com


Re: Digikey Schematic Drawing Program

Chuck Carpenter
 

Rick,

I used Far a few years ago.  At that time he did the process photographically (still does except for ExpressPCB) .  I would submitt my negative artwork for the PCBs.  The board quality was good and prices were good too.

The one problem I see with Far and double sided boards is no plated through holes.  Not a problem unless the PCB design has many pads and vias that need to be plated through.  Otherwise you'd have to make sure connections were soldered top and bottom for pads and add wire inserts for the vias.  Surface mount PCBs should be OK if there are only a few wire connections on single side board.

At 12:10 PM 1/3/2014, you wrote:
 
Another option that uses ExpressPCB files is Far Circuits:

http://www.farcircuits.net/

I believe he may have about the best pricing for boards.


Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ
EM22cv, Rains Co. TX


Re: Digikey Schematic Drawing Program

Rick Bennett
 

I know this is an old thread, but Chuck thanks for this information.  Futurlec's pricing is very good.

We had a couple projects at work some time ago where I used ExpressPCB to make some boards.  I was very happy with the boards, but they are kind of pricey (easy to get over $100 on a small order).  

Another option that uses ExpressPCB files is Far Circuits:


I believe he may have about the best pricing for boards.

de KC0PET, Rick


From: "Chuck Carpenter"
To: 4sqrp@..., "WA0ITP"
Sent: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 10:35:44 AM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Digikey Schematic Drawing Program

 

And if you design the board with ExpressPCB software, you can then
use the files with Futurlec and get even a single board made for less money.

I try to label the PCBs with enough text info etched on the top layer
so you can skip the silk screen and solder mask and still know where
everythng goes.

Futurlec's PCB operation will let you use pretty much any software
design program you might be using.

Just learned about Futurlec this morning... 8-)

http://www.futurlec.com/PCBService.shtml

Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ
EM22cv, Rains Co. TX



Re: Warbler on the way

Rick Bennett
 

A thought I have is if you want to go for the "built in" look is to get a small converter board and install it in the rig itself.  Here are a couple options that indicate they are FTDI:



I don't know anything about these particular products, more research might be required (or at these prices just buy-it-and-try-it).

It would be nice to just plug a standard USB cable right into the radio.  

de KC0PET, Rick



From: "Jim Sheldon"
To: 4sqrp@...
Sent: Thursday, January 2, 2014 7:57:23 AM
Subject: Re: [4sqrp] Warbler on the way

 

Definitely what Wayne said.  Make sure you DO NOT get one with the Prolific chip set, especially one made in China.  The Chinese illegally copied Prolific's chips and driver software.  Prolific changed their software so it would not work with the Chinese copies.  
 
The FTDI chipset for the USB to RS-232 converters works perfectly.  Be sure to load the drivers on the computer though prior to plugging the USB cable in for the first time or the drivers will have to be "uninstalled" and reinstalled before it will work.  (Don't ask me how I know this -- when in doubt, read the book first!).
 
Jim - W0EB

> Hi Paul,
> No reason why not, mine does. Get one with the FTDI (if I remember
> the nomenclature correctly) chip, NOT the Prolific Chip.
>
> Enjoy.
> Happy new year to all
>
> Wayne - KC0PMH
>
>
> On Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM, Paul Smith
> wrote:
>>
>>
>> I bought a warbler 80 from a nice ham and want to get on the
>> 4SQRP net... Will a USB to serial adapt work? My little laptop
>> does not have a serial port or do I need to find an older laptop
>> with a port?
> Any ideas
>
> de Paul N0NBD
>
> Sent from my iPad



Prolific chip problems - one solution

Roy AC9DN
 

I strongly recommend that nobody buys a Prolific USB as I have also
suffered a lot of problems with them. (or what I thought was Prolific,
they may have been the unlawful copy) It is highly possible that
true, patented Prolifics are OK.

HOWEVER, there is a retailer that has a USB driver download which
makes almost all Prolific devices behave. I was told this by the
late owner of PACKETRADIO.COM. (The business continues under
his wife's control, lots of reasonable prices.)

Go to the following site:

www.serialgear.com

Download and install their Prolific driver. There is also a driver for
FTDI chips. Both drivers are right in the middle of the opening page.
You can't miss them.

Roy

AC9DN


Re: Counting The Days

Phil Anderson
 

I second that Bruce...........and as per Terry's note this AM,

tnx to all the kitters packing kits for 4SQRP......making the
OzarkCon a reality!

tnx OMs. Unc Phil in Lawrence


Re: 14 volt power supply

KK0S
 

Jim - 


Two wires were plenty heavy enough and fit well with the connector I was using.  Plus, I was just powering a flat screen monitor - not arc welding! Otherwise, yes.  You are correct.


Bruce - KK0S




Re: 14 volt power supply

Jim Sheldon
 

Actually, in that case, you should have paralleled the 2 red wires and the 2 black wires.  Just using one red and 1 black you diminished the current capacity of the p/s.  They had them paralleled for a reason as they are using small gauge wire.    Hook both reds to your + terminal and both blacks to the - and you can utilize the full current output of the supply.  Otherwise you're limited to what 1 set of red/black wires can carry depending on the size of the wire.
 
Jim - W0EB
>
> Roy - 
>
>
> Recently I purchased a similar power supply and when I cut the
> plug, there were FOUR wires.  Two red and two black.  Both had the
> proper voltage and ohmed out that the two red and the two black
> were in parallel with each other.  Used two and taped off two.  No
> problems observed.  
>
>
> Bruce - KK0S


Re: 14 volt power supply

KK0S
 

Roy - 


Recently I purchased a similar power supply and when I cut the plug, there were FOUR wires.  Two red and two black.  Both had the proper voltage and ohmed out that the two red and the two black were in parallel with each other.  Used two and taped off two.  No problems observed.  


Bruce - KK0S



Counting The Days

KK0S
 

Only 91 days left until Ozarkcon.  I'm marking off the calendar...

Bruce - KK0S


New MagicBox Run

WA0ITP
 

I just posted this note on QRP-L. For those who don't subscribe to QRP-L I'm
reposting it here. We have a great bunch of volunteers in the Group. Pse take
time to thank all of our volunteers via email or/and especially when you see
them in person.

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Back to the bench, Winter's too valuable to waste.
I love this radio stuff !
72 WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com

----- Original Message -----
From: "WA0ITP" <wa0itp@mchsi.com>
To: <w4dst@arrl.net>; "QRP-L Mailing List" <qrp-l@mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2014 7:30 PM
Subject: Re: [QRP-L] New MagicBox Run


| Thank you Rick,
|
| The real heroes in pulling together this run of Magic Boxes are Paul Smith
| N0NBD, Joy Dufrain NQ5R, and Johnny Matlock AC0BQ. Procuring and bagging the
| parts can be daunting tasks and these folks deserve a lot of credit for their
| perserverance and sacrificing their time.
|
| K8IQY answered many questions in the process also, and I mostly watched from
the
| sidelines while capable people did the heavy lifting. Many thanks to all of
| them.
|
| btw, stay tuned for more announcements from Four State.
| ----------------------------------
| Back to the bench, Winter's too valuable to waste.
| I love this radio stuff !
| 72 WA0ITP
| www.wa0itp.com
| www.4sqrp.com
|
|
|
|
| ----- Original Message -----
| From: "Rick Robinson" <w4dst@arrl.net>
| To: <qrp-l@mailman.qth.net>
| Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2014 5:33 PM
| Subject: Re: [QRP-L] New MagicBox Run
|
|
||I want to thank Terry and the rest of the 4S QRP group for not only
|| producing an excellent Magic Box kit, but also for the superb service.
|| I ordered mine on 12/20 and had it in my hand on 12/24. That's really
|| some first class service.
||
|| If you have separate QRP transmitters and receivers, either solid state
|| or glow bugs, I highly recommend the Magic Box. It's well worth the
|| money and looks like it will be a lot of fun putting it together. Melt
|| more solder!
||
|| 72 and Good DXing in 2014.
||
|| Rick
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7122 Morning Net

WA0ITP
 

Nice net this morning, thanks to all who checked in. We had two first timers on the net, KC2EE, thank you Sid, and WC7s, thank you Dale.  We had 8 checkins with 6 states represented.  Teh morning net continues to be popular, its a great way to start the day.  7122 has become a morning watering hole for the rest of the week also.  Hope to hear you there. If someone is on the freq, just move up or donw a KC and call CQ, someone will hear you.
 

KF0XV

Joe

Kansas City, KS

KC2EE

Sid

Houston, TX 1rst timer

WC7S

Dale

CHEYENNE, WY 1rst timer

KB4QNR

BOBBY

LEXINGTON, KY

W5USJ

Chuck

Point, TX

WA5BDU

Nick

RUSSELLVILLE, AR

W0IIT

Bart

Pittsburg, KS

WB0QQT

Steve

LINCOLN, NE

 
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Back to the bench, Winter's too valuable to waste.
I love this radio stuff !
72   WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com
 
 
 


"Mule" needed, Wichita to Columbus, KS

Jim Sheldon
 

Anyone in the Wichita area that will be going to or close to the Columbus, KS area anytime soon?  I have an oscilloscope here for Wayne Dillon, KC0PMH, that's really too heavy to ship and he wasn't able to make it up here over the Holidays as he'd originally planned.  I'd like him to have this so looking for a way to get it delivered if anyone can help.
 
Let me know off the list please.
 
Jim Sheldon - W0EB
2029 East Evanston Dr.
Park City, KS 67219
 
Phone is 316-744-3022


Thurs Morning Net Is On

WA0ITP
 

Sri I didnt make the announcement last night. I becomne involced in fixinng a
couple web pages and spaced out. Cu at 8:30
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Back to the bench, Winter's too valuable to waste.
I love this radio stuff !
72 WA0ITP
www.wa0itp.com
www.4sqrp.com


Re: Warbler on the way

Jim Sheldon
 

Definitely what Wayne said.  Make sure you DO NOT get one with the Prolific chip set, especially one made in China.  The Chinese illegally copied Prolific's chips and driver software.  Prolific changed their software so it would not work with the Chinese copies.  
 
The FTDI chipset for the USB to RS-232 converters works perfectly.  Be sure to load the drivers on the computer though prior to plugging the USB cable in for the first time or the drivers will have to be "uninstalled" and reinstalled before it will work.  (Don't ask me how I know this -- when in doubt, read the book first!).
 
Jim - W0EB

> Hi Paul,
> No reason why not, mine does. Get one with the FTDI (if I remember
> the nomenclature correctly) chip, NOT the Prolific Chip.
>
> Enjoy.
> Happy new year to all
>
> Wayne - KC0PMH
>
>
> On Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM, Paul Smith
> wrote:
>>
>>
>> I bought a warbler 80 from a nice ham and want to get on the
>> 4SQRP net... Will a USB to serial adapt work? My little laptop
>> does not have a serial port or do I need to find an older laptop
>> with a port?
> Any ideas
>
> de Paul N0NBD
>
> Sent from my iPad


Re: Warbler on the way

Wayne Dillon
 

Hi Paul,
No reason why not, mine does. Get one with the FTDI (if I remember the nomenclature correctly) chip, NOT the Prolific Chip.
Enjoy.
Happy new year to all
Wayne - KC0PMH


On Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 10:00 PM, Paul Smith <psmith61@...> wrote:
 

I bought a warbler 80 from a nice ham and want to get on the 4SQRP net... Will a USB to serial adapt work? My little laptop does not have a serial port or do I need to find an older laptop with a port?
Any ideas

de Paul N0NBD

Sent from my iPad




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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 - KC0PMH

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Re: Warbler on the way

cbayona <CBayona@...>
 

Another one that works exceedingly well is made by IO Gear, it cost about $20, at work with multitudes of serial devices they always worked which can't be said for the chap units.

At 10:26 PM 1/1/2014, you wrote:


Hey Paul!

Speaking from a computer guy, a USB-Serial adapter should work, assuming you get the right kind. Best one would be one that uses the FTDI chip rather than the Prolific Chip. Something along the lines of this one should work great:

<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156039>http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156039

The FTDI-based USB to Serial converters have shown, in my experience, to be the best. A lot of the Prolific ones are actually Chinese knock-offs that the Windows drivers often have problems with.

Jeremy, NQ0M

On 1/1/2014 10:00 PM, Paul Smith wrote:


I bought a warbler 80 from a nice ham and want to get on the 4SQRP net... Will a USB to serial adapt work? My little laptop does not have a serial port or do I need to find an older laptop with a port?
Any ideas

de Paul N0NBD

Sent from my iPad
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Re: Warbler on the way

Jeremy Utley
 

Hey Paul!

Speaking from a computer guy, a USB-Serial adapter should work, assuming you get the right kind.  Best one would be one that uses the FTDI chip rather than the Prolific Chip.  Something along the lines of this one should work great:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156039

The FTDI-based USB to Serial converters have shown, in my experience, to be the best.  A lot of the Prolific ones are actually Chinese knock-offs that the Windows drivers often have problems with.

Jeremy, NQ0M

On 1/1/2014 10:00 PM, Paul Smith wrote:
 

I bought a warbler 80 from a nice ham and want to get on the 4SQRP net... Will a USB to serial adapt work? My little laptop does not have a serial port or do I need to find an older laptop with a port?
Any ideas

de Paul N0NBD

Sent from my iPad



Warbler on the way

Paul Smith
 

I bought a warbler 80 from a nice ham and want to get on the 4SQRP net... Will a USB to serial adapt work? My little laptop does not have a serial port or do I need to find an older laptop with a port?
Any ideas


de Paul N0NBD

Sent from my iPad

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