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2019 NJQRP Skeeter Hunt Log Submissions

Larry Makoski
 

Thanks to all who participated in the 2019 NJQRP Skeeter Hunt. Your participation is what makes the Skeeter Hunt the success that it is.

So we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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Log Summaries are due NO LATER than Sunday, September 1st at 11:59 PM EDT.

Any log summaries received after will not count towards awards or certificates.

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You can send them via e-mail to w2lj@... All log submissions will be confirmed

with a follow up e-mail, so if you make a submission but don't hear from me, then please try again.

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73 de Larry W2LJ

NJQRP Skeeter Hunt Manager - Skeeter # 13

Upcoming Event: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 08/21/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

main@4SQRP.groups.io Calendar <main@...>
 

Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 8:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

View Event

Organizer: jomatlock@...

Description: The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm DST central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS is WQ5RP Terry.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central DST Time Wednesday). 
The 80 meter net will be called on 3.564 MHz +/- QRM.
Net control operators are Johnny AC0BQ or Paul N0NBD.

* 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.

Re: #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus? #BRUTUS

W6BOW
 

Dear All,

Re.: Food:
I’m smoking ribs so you can bring Drinks and or side dishes of your liking.
We can set it all out and have a “Pot Luck”
dinner same as we always have!

Dang, but I wish I could join in.
Next year sure if all goes according to plan.
My wonderful XYL to add Thai grub to the “Pot Luck”.

Looking forward to viewing event pics.

73

DON - W6BOW
San Francisco  CA  USA


-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Smith <n0nbd@...>
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Aug 20, 2019 1:40 pm
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus?

Hey Johnny sounds good here whether I camp or not depends on how hot it is cul de Paul N0NBD

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From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 5:50 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus?
 
Gm Guys
I’m not sure if my reply got posted or not, so here it 
is again.

I have the Shelter reserved for Saturday and Sunday.
If we need it on Friday they said they could work 
with us.

Food:
I’m smoking ribs so you can bring Drinks and or side dishes of your liking.
We can set it all out and have a “Pot Luck”
dinner same as we always have!

This will be Saturday afternoon (Late Lunch)

cu all there!
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

Re: #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus? #BRUTUS

Paul Smith
 

Hey Johnny sounds good here whether I camp or not depends on how hot it is cul de Paul N0NBD

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From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 5:50 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus?
 
Gm Guys
I’m not sure if my reply got posted or not, so here it 
is again.

I have the Shelter reserved for Saturday and Sunday.
If we need it on Friday they said they could work 
with us.

Food:
I’m smoking ribs so you can bring Drinks and or side dishes of your liking.
We can set it all out and have a “Pot Luck”
dinner same as we always have!

This will be Saturday afternoon (Late Lunch)

cu all there!
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

Re: #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus? #BRUTUS

Johnny Matlock
 

Gm Guys
I’m not sure if my reply got posted or not, so here it 
is again.

I have the Shelter reserved for Saturday and Sunday.
If we need it on Friday they said they could work 
with us.

Food:
I’m smoking ribs so you can bring Drinks and or side dishes of your liking.
We can set it all out and have a “Pot Luck”
dinner same as we always have!

This will be Saturday afternoon (Late Lunch)

cu all there!
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

Re: Chasing NK8O via Digital

wg5f@...
 

Thanks John. 
Looks like some useful advise!
72,
-Ed, WG5F-

Re: Chasing NK8O via Digital

John
 

 Hello Ed, been doing the digital modes with my KX3 both portable
and at home for awhile now.  I do not support or approve of the
international trend to occupy the 40 mtr cw segment with the digital
modes. At 14 utc was on 7038 khz cw 19 Aug, band was open into
Asia, low and behold my cw signal was obviously observed on their
waterfall displays and they promptly qsy'd down from 7040 khz. Qrm.

 Ed I'll try and answer your questions, in a nutshell the KX3 needs 4
bars of alc, computers clock needs to be accurate, I havent modified
my kx3's heatsink cause I'm not running it at full 15watts, often 3w and less.
 I'm not familiar with your tigertronics usb interface, from your previous
post looks like you've got all the hardware to make it work.
 For FT-8 to work properly, the computers clock needs to be set accurately.
When I have a internet connection, I use a program called: Dimension 4
its free, available to download from here:
Operating portable, with limited cell phone coverage hr in Alaska to keep
the computers clock in sync. I use a tiny gps powered via a usb
cable made by GlobalSat model # BU-353-S4 which sells for 30 bucks.
CQ magazine did a article on doing this at:


 After using KE6GQO, Monte's gps software for awhile, I was so impressed with
how well that lil usb gps works under limited sky coverage (mountainous areas)
registered it with him.
Gps & time sync software, NMEATime2 at:

 Do all of these parts and pieces allways work ?
No. Every windows update, antivirus/malware scans, drivers updates etc.
Other programs that use my soundcard dongle can unknowingly change
audio levels. Potentially trashes something. I've found the following free
com port diagnostic utility useful:

 I hope something of the above is of value, look forward to working you all
on the bands on any mode.

Cheers !
AL7JK, John





 


On Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 1:21 PM <wg5f@...> wrote:
Please, don't tell me to go to the KX3 forums or the JT8 Forums... 
They just tend to get too confusing at times. 
I want to try and chase NK8O, Charles, around Tanzania when he tries to get on FT8, PSK-31 over the next couple of weeks. 
(I can use PSK31 directly with the KX3 with no problems.)
If you're running FT8 with your KX3, using a windows laptop, tell me what you've done to make the magic happen.   
I don't have a Mac Book. 
I don't have a USB sound card/dongle.
I do have an old Tigertronics USB interface in a drawer somewhere...
I do have one of the 4S-Link interfaces.
I do have the Elecraft cable set.
If you have a link to a good article or want to guide me (and maybe some other 4-staters) thru it, lemme know.
Thanks!
72,
-Ed, WG5F-

Re: Nouveau 75 Help needed

nm0s_qrp
 

Bill, the distortion you are noticing is coming from the TA7642.  I'm working on a design fix to replace that IC.  Stand by, it will be a couple days for a solution, and a couple weeks for an update kit.

73 Dave

Re: Keyer for a Ten Tec Rebel

Dennis Shelton
 

The AA0ZZ keyer from 4SQRP is very nice. Just built one myself.


On 8/19/2019 5:58 PM, K0CSL wrote:
I recently purchased a used Ten Tec 506 Rebel, thinking it would be to fun to experiment with as I continue to hone my CW skills.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a keyer to go with it.  I’ve never used a stand-alone keyer before, so I could use some assistance.  Any recommendations?  Are there any products I should avoid?

73,

Craig Long - K0CSL

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Upcoming Event: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 08/21/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

main@4SQRP.groups.io Calendar <main@...>
 

Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 8:00pm to 9:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:40 and 80 Meters

View Event

Organizer: jomatlock@...

Description: The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm DST central time  on 7.122 +-. QRM
NCS is WQ5RP Terry.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central DST Time Wednesday). 
The 80 meter net will be called on 3.564 MHz +/- QRM.
Net control operators are Johnny AC0BQ or Paul N0NBD.

* 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.

Kenwood 520s vfo

Ross Henderson
 

Does anyone have a cable for a Kenwood 520s vfo? Please contact me. 72/73

Re: Keyer for a Ten Tec Rebel

Gwen Patton
 


On Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 8:00 PM Gwen Patton <ardrhi@...> wrote:
Craig, it looks like I was right. There's code out there to add a keyer to the radio's firmware. The Rebel mailing list is probably worth joining, and there's a modified codebase for it over on Github.


This might be a good way to get a keyer for that radio without resorting to external hardware. If you decide to go that route, make sure you DOWNLOAD and SAVE the code already in the radio, so you can re-upload it to the rig should you need it.

73,
Gwen, NG3P

On Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 7:48 PM Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:
I have in my roll top station probably 10 keyers i have built. By far my favorite is the 4SQRP EZ keyer... easy build, the 3 memories work great and the price is good.
YMMV. de Paul N0NBD
Building on the popular EZKeyer and EZKeyer II, this third generation very capable Morse Code keyer has some additional features - a beautiful new easy building enclosure, a smaller footprint, new PIC microcontroller, Speed Pot, larger message memories, new printed circuit board layout, and large push button switches.All connectors, switches, the speed pot, and components are board mounted ...

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From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of K0CSL <craigk0csl@...>
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2019 9:58 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io>
Subject: [4SQRP] Keyer for a Ten Tec Rebel
 
I recently purchased a used Ten Tec 506 Rebel, thinking it would be to fun to experiment with as I continue to hone my CW skills.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a keyer to go with it.  I’ve never used a stand-alone keyer before, so I could use some assistance.  Any recommendations?  Are there any products I should avoid?

73,

Craig Long - K0CSL



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Re: Keyer for a Ten Tec Rebel

Gwen Patton
 

Craig, it looks like I was right. There's code out there to add a keyer to the radio's firmware. The Rebel mailing list is probably worth joining, and there's a modified codebase for it over on Github.


This might be a good way to get a keyer for that radio without resorting to external hardware. If you decide to go that route, make sure you DOWNLOAD and SAVE the code already in the radio, so you can re-upload it to the rig should you need it.

73,
Gwen, NG3P

On Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 7:48 PM Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:
I have in my roll top station probably 10 keyers i have built. By far my favorite is the 4SQRP EZ keyer... easy build, the 3 memories work great and the price is good.
YMMV. de Paul N0NBD
Building on the popular EZKeyer and EZKeyer II, this third generation very capable Morse Code keyer has some additional features - a beautiful new easy building enclosure, a smaller footprint, new PIC microcontroller, Speed Pot, larger message memories, new printed circuit board layout, and large push button switches.All connectors, switches, the speed pot, and components are board mounted ...

Sent from Outlook


From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of K0CSL <craigk0csl@...>
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2019 9:58 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io>
Subject: [4SQRP] Keyer for a Ten Tec Rebel
 
I recently purchased a used Ten Tec 506 Rebel, thinking it would be to fun to experiment with as I continue to hone my CW skills.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a keyer to go with it.  I’ve never used a stand-alone keyer before, so I could use some assistance.  Any recommendations?  Are there any products I should avoid?

73,

Craig Long - K0CSL



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Re: Keyer for a Ten Tec Rebel

Paul Smith
 

I have in my roll top station probably 10 keyers i have built. By far my favorite is the 4SQRP EZ keyer... easy build, the 3 memories work great and the price is good.
YMMV. de Paul N0NBD
Building on the popular EZKeyer and EZKeyer II, this third generation very capable Morse Code keyer has some additional features - a beautiful new easy building enclosure, a smaller footprint, new PIC microcontroller, Speed Pot, larger message memories, new printed circuit board layout, and large push button switches.All connectors, switches, the speed pot, and components are board mounted ...
www.4sqrp.com

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From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of K0CSL <craigk0csl@...>
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2019 9:58 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io>
Subject: [4SQRP] Keyer for a Ten Tec Rebel
 
I recently purchased a used Ten Tec 506 Rebel, thinking it would be to fun to experiment with as I continue to hone my CW skills.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a keyer to go with it.  I’ve never used a stand-alone keyer before, so I could use some assistance.  Any recommendations?  Are there any products I should avoid?

73,

Craig Long - K0CSL

Re: Keyer for a Ten Tec Rebel

Gwen Patton
 

Given it's Arduino-based, I wonder if there might be a sketch that could be added to the existing codebase for it to add keyer capability? There's a number of Arduino-based keyer sketches out there, but I don't know how adding it would be done, or even if there's room in the Uno board inside the radio.

There's any number of YACK (Yet Another CW Keyer) units out there, though, that could be set up externally, or even inside the case, wired to the key jack. I have a couple, a YACK keyer I haven't built yet from Ebay, another that I got from Electro-Resales that I use as a code oscillator connected to my computer's line in jack, a Nanokeyer, and an extremely tiny board I bought pre-built from Kit-Projects.com. 

Electro-Resales:

The other YACK keyer I bought Ebay was from Possumlodge, but he doesn't list it anymore.

Kit-Projects:
He had a predrilled case for it as a separate product, but looks like he's out. He has a touch keyer, with touch paddles, and a case, but that may not be to your liking. I built this board into a cheap 100x60x25 mm project box I got on Amazon. It's big enough for the board and a 9v battery to power it. I put the piezo buzzer on the bottom of the case under the board, with a hole drilled for the sound to escape. With little rubber feet on the bottom, there's plenty of open space for the sidetone sound to get out clearly if you use the sidetone on the keyer. I turn it off when I use it with any rig that has sidetone already, and turn it on when I use one that doesn't have sidetone.

All of these are VERY inexpensive options save one, the Nanokeyer:

This one costs, basic kit form, $44 Euros. It doesn't come with a case OR the Arduino Nano it uses as its brains. You might want to use different buttons depending on the case you get, and not mount the buttons it comes with on the PCB. I did, and I'm thinking of desoldering them and adding buttons on wires, to give me more case options. The Nano you can get on Amazon for a few bucks, the Chinese clones are dirt cheap. I bought 10 of 'em for $20 a couple of years ago, and just used one of those. Worked fine. So you have to supply case and processor, and additional hardware depending on how you enclose it. It's the most expensive option of the keyers I bought, and they all work fine.

Last keyer I have is an old Super CMOS III built into the Lucite dust cover for a Bencher BY-2 paddle. I bought the paddle AND the cover with the keyer already installed at a hamfest for $80 around 15 years ago when I got my General. They don't make 'em anymore. I still use that keyer with the Bencher from time to time. I just replace the batteries and it keeps on plugging.

I've also got a tiny 80m Tixie transceiver, a modification of a Pixie circuit that incorporates a TICK keyer chip. Unfortunately, TICK chips are no longer made either. It's a shame, they were great little keyers. There's probably other similar devices available now, but I have no experience with them.

Hope this helps. If I can give any further advice about any of them, just drop me a note. I use the Kit-Projects keyer with my portable QRP rigs that don't have keyers in them. But most of my rigs have keyers, like my Small Wonder Labs DSW-20, my QCX, my KX3, and some others I probably missed. But the Crickets and my IQ32 don't have keyers, so it was worth the $16 or so I paid for it.

73,
Gwen, NG3P

On Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 7:20 PM K0CSL <craigk0csl@...> wrote:
I recently purchased a used Ten Tec 506 Rebel, thinking it would be to fun to experiment with as I continue to hone my CW skills.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a keyer to go with it.  I’ve never used a stand-alone keyer before, so I could use some assistance.  Any recommendations?  Are there any products I should avoid?

73,

Craig Long - K0CSL



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Re: #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus? #BRUTUS

Paul Smith
 

Hey Johnny,
Leslie told me tonight we could go camp in the grass by the pavilion if it is not too hot. otherwise we will be there for the Saturday festivities. What food will we need to procure for the vittles? i can live on coffee, jerkey and ramen noodles when needed hi hi
de Paul

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From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...>
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2019 10:04 PM
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io <main@4sqrp.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus?
 
I will call Tomorrow and see if I can reserve the pavilion.
Will let u all know.
73
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 4:43 PM Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:
I still dont have a commitment from my sons. I wanted to pitch my tent in the grass by the pavilion where the restrooms and water are handy. de Paul

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Sent: Monday, August 19, 2019 8:22 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus?
 
Karen said that Pam might have already paid them, last year, for the Pavilion for 2019???

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Keyer for a Ten Tec Rebel

K0CSL
 

I recently purchased a used Ten Tec 506 Rebel, thinking it would be to fun to experiment with as I continue to hone my CW skills.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a keyer to go with it.  I’ve never used a stand-alone keyer before, so I could use some assistance.  Any recommendations?  Are there any products I should avoid?

73,

Craig Long - K0CSL

Re: #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus? #BRUTUS

Johnny Matlock
 

I will call Tomorrow and see if I can reserve the pavilion.
Will let u all know.
73
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 4:43 PM Paul Smith <n0nbd@...> wrote:
I still dont have a commitment from my sons. I wanted to pitch my tent in the grass by the pavilion where the restrooms and water are handy. de Paul

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From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of wg5f@... <wg5f@...>
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2019 8:22 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus?
 
Karen said that Pam might have already paid them, last year, for the Pavilion for 2019???

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Re: #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus? #BRUTUS

Paul Smith
 

I still dont have a commitment from my sons. I wanted to pitch my tent in the grass by the pavilion where the restrooms and water are handy. de Paul

Sent from Outlook


From: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io> on behalf of wg5f@... <wg5f@...>
Sent: Monday, August 19, 2019 8:22 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io <main@4SQRP.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] #BRUTUS Reservations at Brutus?
 
Karen said that Pam might have already paid them, last year, for the Pavilion for 2019???

Chasing NK8O via Digital

wg5f@...
 

Please, don't tell me to go to the KX3 forums or the JT8 Forums... 
They just tend to get too confusing at times. 
I want to try and chase NK8O, Charles, around Tanzania when he tries to get on FT8, PSK-31 over the next couple of weeks. 
(I can use PSK31 directly with the KX3 with no problems.)
If you're running FT8 with your KX3, using a windows laptop, tell me what you've done to make the magic happen.   
I don't have a Mac Book. 
I don't have a USB sound card/dongle.
I do have an old Tigertronics USB interface in a drawer somewhere...
I do have one of the 4S-Link interfaces.
I do have the Elecraft cable set.
If you have a link to a good article or want to guide me (and maybe some other 4-staters) thru it, lemme know.
Thanks!
72,
-Ed, WG5F-