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Re: where is firmware for Hilltopper40

Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC <pccmd@...>
 

TU 73
Happy Holidays ūüėÉ


On Dec 17, 2018, at 9:16 AM, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:

Hello Charlie.

You have the latest version of the firmware.  If you bought one of the first 100 kits (sold out in June as I recall) then you might have the older version but all of the kits I have shipped (since about September 1) have the new firmware version which matches the one posted to the files section of the Hilltopperkit group.

Thank you.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY


On 12/17/2018 5:48 AM, Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC wrote:
Thanks, Jim.....it seems I am now a member of HT subgroup.  
BTW, how do I find out what firmware version I have....it shipped to me on 11/24 
Charlie 
NA2CC 


On Dec 16, 2018, at 11:04 PM, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:

The easiest way is to send a message to this address:

HilltopperKit+subscribe@4SQRP.groups.io

or go to groups.io and search for groups (Find or create a group).  The name is Hilltopperkit

There are actually several sub groups under the main 4SQRP group.  Right now they are:
BayouJumperKit
CricketKit
DigitalFM
HilltopperKit
MuraniaKit
O17Kit
OzarkPartrolKit
SSB

For some reason not many people post to the sub group even though the subgroups were created to discuss a particular kit.  I assume each new kit will get a group created for it.  To subscribe to them the format is the same:
GroupName+subscribe at 4SQRP.groups.io

Good luck.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 12/16/2018 10:25 PM, Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC wrote:
Ok, so how do I find the HT subgroup?


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* NEW *  Wednesday evening DMR Voice Net will be at (Thursday) 0300 UTC (9:00PM Central Time Wednesday/)
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Re: where is firmware for Hilltopper40

Charles W. Powell
 

Charlie,

The Hilltopper firmware is all pretty straight forward.  I made some simple modifications to mine and it works FB.  Sidetone frequency/offset, and tuning time are the things I changed. 5 seconds of tuning isn’t enough for my T1 tuner but 10 seconds is more than enough.

A couple of build tips: 

  • Put R5, that falls right next to the pushbutton switch, on the bottom of the board. ¬†It keeps it completely out of the way of the switch. ¬†
  • Watch out for the duplicate instruction on page 11 that tells you to install C54. ¬†I was installed in a previous step.
  • Be careful installing C6. ¬†The instructions say Install C6 - 10 (which I mistook for C6-C10. ¬†Fortunately it was easy to fix.)
  • When assembling the case, use either a very hot iron at 850F with a chisel tip or an old style soldering gun. ¬†And watch your fingers. It‚Äôs easy to get burned.
  • Personal preference: I put the sockets in but leave the IC installation for last. ¬†Superstitious, I suppose.
  • Forgive me if you have done a lot of kit building, but if not, get a pair of flush cutters to nip the leads as close as possible. ¬†You‚Äôll not only appreciate from a neatness standpoint, but also if you make a mistake and you need to remove a part.
  • Finally for those of you like me who wander off task sometimes, this little item is worth its weight in gold:¬†https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B002MJMXD4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1¬† With this little gem I was able to remove some tiny caps and move them without even damaging one. ¬†This is far superior to any others I have used.

72,

Chas - NK8O

On Dec 17, 2018, at 12:23 PM, Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC <pccmd@...> wrote:

TU 73
Happy Holidays ūüėÉ


On Dec 17, 2018, at 9:16 AM, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:

Hello Charlie.

You have the latest version of the firmware.  If you bought one of the first 100 kits (sold out in June as I recall) then you might have the older version but all of the kits I have shipped (since about September 1) have the new firmware version which matches the one posted to the files section of the Hilltopperkit group.

Thank you.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY


On 12/17/2018 5:48 AM, Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC wrote:
Thanks, Jim.....it seems I am now a member of HT subgroup.  
BTW, how do I find out what firmware version I have....it shipped to me on 11/24 
Charlie 
NA2CC 


On Dec 16, 2018, at 11:04 PM, Jim Pruitt <jpruitt67@...> wrote:

The easiest way is to send a message to this address:

HilltopperKit+subscribe@4SQRP.groups.io

or go to groups.io and search for groups (Find or create a group).  The name is Hilltopperkit

There are actually several sub groups under the main 4SQRP group.  Right now they are:
BayouJumperKit
CricketKit
DigitalFM
HilltopperKit
MuraniaKit
O17Kit
OzarkPartrolKit
SSB

For some reason not many people post to the sub group even though the subgroups were created to discuss a particular kit.  I assume each new kit will get a group created for it.  To subscribe to them the format is the same:
GroupName+subscribe at 4SQRP.groups.io

Good luck.

Jim Pruitt
WA7DUY

On 12/16/2018 10:25 PM, Charlie Crapotta, NA2CC wrote:
Ok, so how do I find the HT subgroup?



Re: where is firmware for Hilltopper40

Charles W. Powell
 

One more thing I forgot!

If you don't want ear splitting sidetone volume, change R8 to 100K instead of the 22K that comes with the kit.

72,

Chas - NK8O

Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 12/19/2018 #cal-notice

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

Wednesday evening 80 Meter CW Net. will be at  (8:30PM Central 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.
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Tonight's DMR NET Topic

Robert
 

AC0BQ, suggested what is your favorite portable operation location, or most interesting, or most productive or what ever else made a particular location or situation interesting.

40m Net

dekle <dekle@...>
 

Got a couple of new guys tonight:

KK4ITX     John     Fl
W0PWE    Jerry     Ia
W2SH       Chas     NJ

73
Bill
KV6Z

Re: 40m Net

John KK4ITX
 

Thank you Bill for your patience and persistence, it was only my 3rd CW contact and not really sure of CW Net protocol ..... you did great to pull that much info out of the junk I sent !!

Made my day to say the least.

72/73,

John
KK4ITX 
ZephyrHills, FL

If you need a parachute and don't have one you probably won't need one again.

On Dec 19, 2018, at 21:40, dekle <dekle@...> wrote:

Got a couple of new guys tonight:

KK4ITX     John     Fl
W0PWE    Jerry     Ia
W2SH       Chas     NJ

73
Bill
KV6Z

Re: 40m Net

Paul Goemans
 

Hmmm
  Were you on at 0200z? I didn’t hear a trace. I think I heard a trace of W2SH.
  I then moved down to 7030 and worked W6PU in AZ. He told me he was running a kW and a 6 element beam! Wow. Look him up on QRZ. Sure enough, 6 elements full wave Delta Loop rope beam, electrically reversible. No wonder he heard me! I was running my S & S Engineering TAC 1 at about 4 watts out to my Carolina Windom 80.
  I did QNI the 80 meter net.
 
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI

 
 

From: dekle
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2018 8:40 PM
To: main@4SQRP.groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] 40m Net
 
Got a couple of new guys tonight:

KK4ITX     John     Fl
W0PWE    Jerry     Ia
W2SH       Chas     NJ

73
Bill
KV6Z

80 meter net

Johnny Matlock
 

Ge Group
Not quite as busy as last week but a good net as well.
Check in’s were:
WA9PWP
W2SH
K3NLT
W0PWE
RELAY 
KV6Z
thanks for the check in’s!
Merry Christmas ūü饬†
AC0BQ 
--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com

DMR CHECK IN'S

Robert
 

NK80 CHARLES

N9EGT WAYNE

WG5F ED

N3BXZ TATE

WW9H JIM

N0SO MIKE

KV6Z BILL

AC0BQ JOHNNY


THANKS FOR ANOTHER GREAT NET

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL


73'S

BERT N0YJ

Re: 40m Net

W0PWE
 

Congrats John!! Welcome to the CW world. Great to have you aboard.
72/73
Jerry - W0PWE

Re: where is firmware for Hilltopper40

Brian Crittendon
 

Chas,
  Does it work better then the old Radio Shack one.

FT-243 FUN!

Rex Harper
 

4Staters,

Many years ago, I hung out with a couple of pals, Darell WA3OPY & Ron AC5UR, who both worked at ICM. Darell was their crystal engineer and Ron was his right hand man. I was working with QCMs (Quartz Crystal Microbalance) where we slathered bare quartz crystals with a patented glue and stuck compounds on top of the crystal. Then we put it into a holder of my design and pumped water over the crystal face. Specific contaminents in the water would bind to the compounds and change the crystal frequency. We could then determine the contamination level by how fast the frequency changed. That was another life back in the engineering world many moons ago....but it fueled my interest in quartz crystals. Darell, Ron & I hosted a workshop at Ozarkcon in Joplin Mo. where we showed how you can take a 'worthless' 6900+ military surplus FT-243 crystal and grind it to 7030. The 7030 frequency was just recently (at that time) declared a QRP frequency of activity and nobody had any crystals then. I designed a little crystal oscillator and measuring technique for the workshop where we could oscillate & measure the frequency of the quartz slab without having to put it back into the FT-243 holder each time you wanted to check your progress. I seem to remember we had about 35 QRPers all grinding away and every one came out with a working 40m FT-243 crystal...

That whole process was updated and used for my FDIM Buildathon in 2017 but I added a direct display frequency counter to the oscillator to replace the frequency counters we had to round up way back when. That design was recently reviewed by none other than Bob Allison WB1GCM in the ARRL lab and written up in the November issue of QST. All hell broke out and I was kitting & shipping the X-CHECKer kits for 2 months. I finally caught up to the end of the list leaving me little time to much of anything else. Along the way, I redesigned the board one more time to make the kit a little easier to use. So there are lots more hams out there having lots of FUN grinding crystals.

The other point of this email is to let everyone know that I now have a decent supply of brand spanking new FT-243 crystal blanks that make grinding a custom FT-243 for the 40m band a breeze. I would wager that Im the only one in the world silly (or stupid?) enough to track down someone who is silly enough too (to listen to me) and make me FT-243 crystal blanks! I invested an entire SS payment to stock my shelves with another crazy item. These crystals are in the rectangular FT-243 form factor, AT cut and are pre-ground for 7015 +/- 1000ppm which makes them run between 7008 and 7023  so they are already in the 40m band to start. I've ground one successfully up to 7218 so they are easily ground to any 40m QRP frequency of interest. They make putting a vintage rig anywhere on 40m pretty easy. I probably bought too many but I had to in order to get the price down to a reasonable selling price. I have a 3 pack on my parts page for $22 + $3 S&H so you could turn 3 junque FT-243 holders into 3 nice 40m FT-243s on your favorite 40m frequencies for $25.


X-CHECKer kit:    http://qrpme.com/?p=product&id=Q17

Grinding accessories:   http://qrpme.com/?p=product&id=CGA

NS James Millen ceramic FT-243 sockets & crystal blanks:    http://qrpme.com/?p=parts

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday!

Rex  W1REX

Christmas kits ! Free shipping in US....

john
 

I have the following kits for sale as a bundle ($100 ppd via Paypal).


All are unbuilt.

Softrock 40 (w/printed manual)

Softrock 40R

4SQ QRP KD1JV Digital Power/SWR meter

38 Special (w/printed manual)

Softrock RX/TX V6.2 40/30M

Please contact me for details/Paypal address , etc.


Thanks and Merry Christmas
John K5MO

Re: FT-243 FUN!

Paul Goemans
 

Rex,
  A local ham buddy has one of your new X-Checkers, and loves it. He showed it to me, great design. He is a NRR (Novice rig roundup) NRN (Novice Rig Night) operator, so he needs crystals too! 
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 

From: Rex Harper
Sent: Friday, December 21, 2018 9:19 AM
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] FT-243 FUN!
 

4Staters,

Many years ago, I hung out with a couple of pals, Darell WA3OPY & Ron AC5UR, who both worked at ICM. Darell was their crystal engineer and Ron was his right hand man. I was working with QCMs (Quartz Crystal Microbalance) where we slathered bare quartz crystals with a patented glue and stuck compounds on top of the crystal. Then we put it into a holder of my design and pumped water over the crystal face. Specific contaminents in the water would bind to the compounds and change the crystal frequency. We could then determine the contamination level by how fast the frequency changed. That was another life back in the engineering world many moons ago....but it fueled my interest in quartz crystals. Darell, Ron & I hosted a workshop at Ozarkcon in Joplin Mo. where we showed how you can take a 'worthless' 6900+ military surplus FT-243 crystal and grind it to 7030. The 7030 frequency was just recently (at that time) declared a QRP frequency of activity and nobody had any crystals then. I designed a little crystal oscillator and measuring technique for the workshop where we could oscillate & measure the frequency of the quartz slab without having to put it back into the FT-243 holder each time you wanted to check your progress. I seem to remember we had about 35 QRPers all grinding away and every one came out with a working 40m FT-243 crystal...

That whole process was updated and used for my FDIM Buildathon in 2017 but I added a direct display frequency counter to the oscillator to replace the frequency counters we had to round up way back when. That design was recently reviewed by none other than Bob Allison WB1GCM in the ARRL lab and written up in the November issue of QST. All hell broke out and I was kitting & shipping the X-CHECKer kits for 2 months. I finally caught up to the end of the list leaving me little time to much of anything else. Along the way, I redesigned the board one more time to make the kit a little easier to use. So there are lots more hams out there having lots of FUN grinding crystals.

The other point of this email is to let everyone know that I now have a decent supply of brand spanking new FT-243 crystal blanks that make grinding a custom FT-243 for the 40m band a breeze. I would wager that Im the only one in the world silly (or stupid?) enough to track down someone who is silly enough too (to listen to me) and make me FT-243 crystal blanks! I invested an entire SS payment to stock my shelves with another crazy item. These crystals are in the rectangular FT-243 form factor, AT cut and are pre-ground for 7015 +/- 1000ppm which makes them run between 7008 and 7023  so they are already in the 40m band to start. I've ground one successfully up to 7218 so they are easily ground to any 40m QRP frequency of interest. They make putting a vintage rig anywhere on 40m pretty easy. I probably bought too many but I had to in order to get the price down to a reasonable selling price. I have a 3 pack on my parts page for $22 + $3 S&H so you could turn 3 junque FT-243 holders into 3 nice 40m FT-243s on your favorite 40m frequencies for $25.


X-CHECKer kit:    http://qrpme.com/?p=product&id=Q17

Grinding accessories:   http://qrpme.com/?p=product&id=CGA

NS James Millen ceramic FT-243 sockets & crystal blanks:    http://qrpme.com/?p=parts

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday!

Rex  W1REX

Re: FT-243 FUN!

KD5ALD
 

Hello :)
I have done a bit of crystal grinding myself !
Can`t say it is much fun though !
Can take serious time :)
Crystals are ground on a machine !
All a ham can really do is lapping !
or he could chemically etch !
One of the major Crystal manufacturers
Bliley the name was
 devised a method of suspending the finished ground crystal blanks
in a solution of Hydrofloric acid to get the crystals to a very specific and
 accurate frequency !
Neverthless however it is done !
Imperative that the surfaces remain parallel and flat as possible !




On Fri, Dec 21, 2018 at 9:52 AM Paul Goemans <wa9pwp@...> wrote:
Rex,
  A local ham buddy has one of your new X-Checkers, and loves it. He showed it to me, great design. He is a NRR (Novice rig roundup) NRN (Novice Rig Night) operator, so he needs crystals too! 
 
Paul Goemans WA9PWP
Stoughton, WI
 
From: Rex Harper
Sent: Friday, December 21, 2018 9:19 AM
To: main@4sqrp.groups.io
Subject: [4SQRP] FT-243 FUN!
 

4Staters,

Many years ago, I hung out with a couple of pals, Darell WA3OPY & Ron AC5UR, who both worked at ICM. Darell was their crystal engineer and Ron was his right hand man. I was working with QCMs (Quartz Crystal Microbalance) where we slathered bare quartz crystals with a patented glue and stuck compounds on top of the crystal. Then we put it into a holder of my design and pumped water over the crystal face. Specific contaminents in the water would bind to the compounds and change the crystal frequency. We could then determine the contamination level by how fast the frequency changed. That was another life back in the engineering world many moons ago....but it fueled my interest in quartz crystals. Darell, Ron & I hosted a workshop at Ozarkcon in Joplin Mo. where we showed how you can take a 'worthless' 6900+ military surplus FT-243 crystal and grind it to 7030. The 7030 frequency was just recently (at that time) declared a QRP frequency of activity and nobody had any crystals then. I designed a little crystal oscillator and measuring technique for the workshop where we could oscillate & measure the frequency of the quartz slab without having to put it back into the FT-243 holder each time you wanted to check your progress. I seem to remember we had about 35 QRPers all grinding away and every one came out with a working 40m FT-243 crystal...

That whole process was updated and used for my FDIM Buildathon in 2017 but I added a direct display frequency counter to the oscillator to replace the frequency counters we had to round up way back when. That design was recently reviewed by none other than Bob Allison WB1GCM in the ARRL lab and written up in the November issue of QST. All hell broke out and I was kitting & shipping the X-CHECKer kits for 2 months. I finally caught up to the end of the list leaving me little time to much of anything else. Along the way, I redesigned the board one more time to make the kit a little easier to use. So there are lots more hams out there having lots of FUN grinding crystals.

The other point of this email is to let everyone know that I now have a decent supply of brand spanking new FT-243 crystal blanks that make grinding a custom FT-243 for the 40m band a breeze. I would wager that Im the only one in the world silly (or stupid?) enough to track down someone who is silly enough too (to listen to me) and make me FT-243 crystal blanks! I invested an entire SS payment to stock my shelves with another crazy item. These crystals are in the rectangular FT-243 form factor, AT cut and are pre-ground for 7015 +/- 1000ppm which makes them run between 7008 and 7023  so they are already in the 40m band to start. I've ground one successfully up to 7218 so they are easily ground to any 40m QRP frequency of interest. They make putting a vintage rig anywhere on 40m pretty easy. I probably bought too many but I had to in order to get the price down to a reasonable selling price. I have a 3 pack on my parts page for $22 + $3 S&H so you could turn 3 junque FT-243 holders into 3 nice 40m FT-243s on your favorite 40m frequencies for $25.


X-CHECKer kit:    http://qrpme.com/?p=product&id=Q17

Grinding accessories:   http://qrpme.com/?p=product&id=CGA

NS James Millen ceramic FT-243 sockets & crystal blanks:    http://qrpme.com/?p=parts

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday!

Rex  W1REX

Re: FT-243 FUN!

Brian Crittendon
 

Cool!  WQ8S/Mark