Date   
Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 11/14/18 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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

Reminder:
Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:
40 and 80 Meters

Organizer:
jomatlock@...

Description:
The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central or 0100 UTC on 7.122 +-.
NCS will be Bill KV6Z.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at 0130 UTC Thursday (8:30PM Central Time Wednesday). 
The 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) 0200 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 NOYJ.

View Event

Re: 10m beacon

Greg Troxel
 

"wa2cky" <bob.groh@...> writes:

Here is another question - I am familiar with the concept of beacons but
just became aware of WSPR (although I have no receiver setup for WSPR).
Doesn't WSPR kind of eliminate the need for beacons? What are the pluses
and minuses of beacons and WSPR?
WSPR is a type of beacon. Beacon means automatically-controlled
transmitter that's more or less always on, or on for significant long
periods, for the purpose of understanding propagation. Note that (if I
got this right) below 10m, that kind of automatic control isn't allowed,
so people doing WSPR always are present and monitor their transmitters,
and thus call them MEPT (roughly, manned experimental propagation
transmitter) instead of beacon. *I have heard rumors that one of them
was unattended at least once :-).

The benefit of a CW beacon over WSPR is that you can copy it by ear on a
simple receiver. Also that it's easier to build a beacon transmitter -
you don't need a linear amp for CW. But WSPR seems to be 4-FSK, so that
can run class C. You still need frequency stability. I can hear a 6m
beacon that has a huge level of chirp, and I'm pretty sure WSPR would
fail to decode from that transmitter. It's easy to copy by ear.

The benefit of WSPR is automatic decoding of multiple stations on the
same/similar frequency and including grid in a standardized way, with
automatic reporting.

Another variant is just sending "TEST TEST TEST DE CALL CALL CALL K",
and looking for spots on the reverse beacon network. I am not aware of
people doing this for extended periods under automatic control (would be
legit only on 10m and above). If you do it occasionally by hand, I
wouldn't call it a beacon.

73 de n1dam

Re: 10m beacon

Bob Parr
 

Are beacons always in the digital portion of the band?
 
Bob
KG5GTE

> "wa2cky" <bob.groh@...> writes:
>
>> Here is another question - I am familiar with the concept of
>> beacons but
>> just became aware of WSPR (although I have no receiver setup for
>> WSPR).
>> Doesn't WSPR kind of eliminate the need for beacons? What are the
>> pluses
>> and minuses of beacons and WSPR?
>>
> WSPR is a type of beacon.  Beacon means automatically-controlled
> transmitter that's more or less always on, or on for significant
> long
> periods, for the purpose of understanding propagation.  Note that
> (if I
> got this right) below 10m, that kind of automatic control isn't
> allowed,
> so people doing WSPR always are present and monitor their
> transmitters,
> and thus call them MEPT (roughly, manned experimental propagation
> transmitter) instead of beacon.  *I have heard rumors that one of
> them
> was unattended at least once :-).
>
> The benefit of a CW beacon over WSPR is that you can copy it by ear
> on a
> simple receiver.  Also that it's easier to build a beacon
> transmitter -
> you don't need a linear amp for CW.  But WSPR seems to be 4-FSK, so
> that
> can run class C.  You still need frequency stability.  I can hear a
> 6m
> beacon that has a huge level of chirp, and I'm pretty sure WSPR
> would
> fail to decode from that transmitter.  It's easy to copy by ear.
>
> The benefit of WSPR is automatic decoding of multiple stations on
> the
> same/similar frequency and including grid in a standardized way,
> with
> automatic reporting.
>
> Another variant is just sending "TEST TEST TEST DE CALL CALL CALL
> K",
> and looking for spots on the reverse beacon network.  I am not
> aware of
> people doing this for extended periods under automatic control
> (would be
> legit only on 10m and above).  If you do it occasionally by hand, I
> wouldn't call it a beacon.
>
> 73 de n1dam
>
>

Re: 10m beacon

Stephen Myers
 

I don't normally post, but in the light of the questions asked, I thought that I would put this "tidbit" out. I had a friend put the Android program NCDXF Beacon program on my Nexus 5 phone. It is a beacn program that shows 18 different beacons on 10 through 20 meters and when they ar "pinging" from each location. NCDXF is also a location on the internet that has mucho info on propagation.

73's
Steve
de HP9SAM

Re: 10m beacon

Greg Troxel
 

"Bob Parr" <parr@...> writes:

<span style="">Are beacons always in the digital portion of the band?</span>
No; tradtitional beacons are CW, which while technically digital isn't
really, and the digital portion notion is a band plan thing, not
regulatory.

Here's a bunch of listings:

https://www.qsl.net/wj5o/bcn.htm
https://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/por/50.htm
http://www.k9mu.com/map/

73 de n1dam

Re: 10m beacon

Tom Sevart
 

On 11/12/18 22:19, Bob Parr wrote:
Are beacons always in the digital portion of the band?
Bob
KG5GTE
As far as 10 meters is concerned, as per FCC rules beacons can be automatically controlled if located between 28.200 and 28.300. So that's where you'll find most U.S. beacons. They can be located outside this range but must have a control operator present. And of course I have no idea what the rules are for foreign beacons.

As far as 10m digital, it's normally found from 28.070 to around 28.200 or so.

--
Tom Sevart N2UHC
St. Paul, KS

Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 11/14/18 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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

Reminder:
Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:
40 and 80 Meters

Organizer:
jomatlock@...

Description:
The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central or 0100 UTC on 7.122 +-.
NCS will be Bill KV6Z.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at 0130 UTC Thursday (8:30PM Central Time Wednesday). 
The 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) 0200 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 NOYJ.

View Event

Hilltopper push button switches

Jim Pruitt
 

For those that purchased or received shipment of one or more Hilltopper kits this fall, there is a problem with the push button switch that was provided in each kit.  The kit calls for a normally open push button switch but a normally closed push button switch was provided by mistake.  We have rectified that problem in kits not mailed out yet.

Today I mailed replacement switches to those buyers in the continental USA.  You should receive those envelopes by the weekend.  The envelope will contain 1 push button switch if you bought one Hilltopper.  For those that bought more than one you will receive an envelope with 2 push button switches (so far no one has bought more than 2 Hilltoppers).  You will need to use the small #2 x 1/16" thick plastic spacers from the old switch on the new switch.

Please do not use the push button switch provided in the kits in the Hilltoppers if you have not already done so.  If you have already installed it then you will need to remove that switch and replace it with the switch that is coming in the mail.  The 2 switches (the one provided in the kit and the one being mailed to you) look identical so I would not recommend placing the 2 switches together or you will need to use an ohmmeter to determine which one is the normally open switch.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 11/14/18 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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

Reminder:
Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:
40 and 80 Meters

Organizer:
jomatlock@...

Description:
The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central or 0100 UTC on 7.122 +-.
NCS will be Bill KV6Z.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at 0130 UTC Thursday (8:30PM Central Time Wednesday). 
The 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) 0200 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 NOYJ.

View Event

Re: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 11/14/18 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

John AE5X <ae5x@...>
 

On Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 03:00 PM, "main@4SQRP.groups.io Calendar" <main@4SQRP.groups.io> wrote:
Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at 0130 UTC Thursday (8:30PM Central Time Wednesday). 
This is incorrect.
0130 UTC is 7:30 PM Central Time.
 
--
73,

John AE5X
https://ae5x.blogspot.com

Re: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 11/14/18 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

Charles W. Powell
 

Yes, with the time change the UTC figures are 0200, 0230, and 0300 for 40m, 80m, and DMR.

72,

Chas - NK8O

On Nov 14, 2018, at 3:34 PM, John AE5X <ae5x@...> wrote:

On Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 03:00 PM, "main@4SQRP.groups.io Calendar" <main@4SQRP.groups.io> wrote:
Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at 0130 UTC Thursday (8:30PM Central Time Wednesday). 
This is incorrect.
0130 UTC is 7:30 PM Central Time.
 
--
73,

John AE5X
https://ae5x.blogspot.com

Re: Murania on 5 MHz?

Dwayne R
 

Just finished my Murania. . .

I seem to remember someone talking about removing a capacitor, and making the audio better. .
Does anyone know what I have seem to forgot?

Dwayne (Ka0aam)

Re: Murania on 5 MHz?

Jim WB2LHP in MI
 

Dwayne...My mods are listed in the Murania subgroup...There are 3 or 4 postings in the thread...Be sure to read them all as I had some typos in the postings...GL...Jim WB2LHP


On Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 5:21 PM Dwayne R via Groups.Io <masterdr=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:



Just finished my Murania. . .

I seem to remember someone talking about removing a capacitor, and making the audio better.  .
Does anyone know what I have seem to forgot?

Dwayne (Ka0aam)



November SSS

John Lonigro
 

Sorry I almost missed the Wednesday deadline.  My routine has been scrambled a bit, due to a mishap walking my dog.  Fourteen people participated in the November Second Sunday Sprint.  Only nine were able to collect any QSO points, but all 14 should get an "E" for effort.  The winner this month is Kent McCorkle (AE4Y) from Alpharetta, GA.  Kent managed to pull 16 QSO points out of the ether, and this is Kent's first time entering the SSS. Congratulations, Kent!  You will receive your certificate in the (e)mail shortly.  Another newbie is Keith Price (WA5LPW) from Memphis, TN.  Keith collected 4 QSO points.  Welcome to both Kent and Keith.

For the year, Carl, WB0CFF, is still in the lead with 212 QSO points, followed by Bill, KV6Z (182 points) and Chas, W2SH (172 points).  John, K4BAI, is fourth, with 120 points.  We have but one month remaining in the 2018 SSS contest year.  Carl may have 1st place sewn up, but Bill and Chas are still fighting it out for 2nd place.  It might be too late for others to get enough points to challenge these three, but, as always, the monthly certificate for December is up for grabs.

Congratulations to all who participated this month.

72,

John, AA0VE
4SQRP Contest Coordinator

Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 11/14/18 #cal-notice

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

Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where:
40 and 80 Meters

Description:
The 40 Meter Net will be at 8:00 pm central or 0100 UTC on 7.122 +-.
NCS will be Bill KV6Z.

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at 0130 UTC Thursday (8:30PM Central Time Wednesday). 
The 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) 0200 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 NOYJ.

40m Net

dekle <dekle@...>
 

SKUNKED !!!

Bill
KV6Z

Re: 40m Net

Johnny Matlock
 

Smelling a little stinky on 80 up here Bill
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 8:36 PM dekle <dekle@...> wrote:
SKUNKED !!!

Bill
KV6Z

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

Re: 40m Net

Paul Goemans
 

No trace of you in WI!
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 

From: dekle
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 8:36 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] 40m Net
 
SKUNKED !!!

Bill
KV6Z

Re: 40m Net

Paul Goemans
 

No trace of you in WI!
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 

From: Johnny Matlock
Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 8:37 PM
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io
Subject: Re: [4SQRP] 40m Net
 
Smelling a little stinky on 80 up here Bill
72
Johnny AC0BQ
 
On Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 8:36 PM dekle <dekle@...> wrote:
SKUNKED !!!

Bill
KV6Z
--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com

80 meter net

Johnny Matlock
 

Well 
Same as Bill on 40 meters.
Stinky de pew!
Lost if qrn no signals heard.
Better luck next week!
72
Johnny AC0BQ 
--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com