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Re: 3D Printing

Joshua Wood
 

I have a Monoprice Maker Select V2.  It's a pretty decent printer, and I picked it up for around $250 USD.  For the price, it's quite amazing.  I'm quite happy with what I define as "Functional Prints" - i.e. things without too high of a level of detail.  These are things like enclosures, antenna insulators, wire winders, SMA wrenches, soldering tip holder, shims, a part to fix my trash compactor, a filament cutter,   I could work on dialing in my settings more, but I don't intend for most things to have a very high level of detail, and I print in mostly PETG (very stringy filament).  I did make a bunch of mods to the printer - nyloc nuts in 3d printed knobs, Z-axis brace, Z-levelers, webcam mount for time lapse, octoprint on a raspberry pi,  filament guides, amongst others, to improve print quality and ease of printing.  If you want really fine detail prints (chess pieces, D&D minis, etc), there are a lot of ways to 'finish' them (sanding, painting, acetone bath, etc), but you should probably skip fused filament printers altogether and go to resin-based SLA printers.

All this said, I recommend many people stay away from 3d printing (in general).  3d printing is a hobby unto itself - not just a "print what I want."  While you likely could buy a printer that is plug and play, most of the middle end through all of the lower end printers will require significant tinkering, fiddling, adjusting, print setting tweaking, etc.  It's not a simple as I want X, I get X in Y time.  You'll routinely have to print something multiple times to get settings dialed in for a particular filament - which can / will change when you change filaments.  This is why many people stick to specific filament manufacturers.  In addition to that - as soon as you manage to get your settings dialed in, you start printing EVERYTHING you can find on Thingiverse.  While it's fun... It gets boring, really quickly.  You need to start looking at 3d design (even in something simple as TinkerCAD) to start solving your own problems you run into.  This is yet another hobby unto itself.

All said, I love my printer.  I think it's one of the best purchases I've made.  I've more than paid back its cost in wire winders, electronics enclosures, board game piece organizers, etc that I normally would have purchased instead.  This doesn't even include the ones I've made for other people.  They're great, they're definitely worth getting into - but only if you WANT to get into all the affiliated aspects of them (i.e.  appliance operators need not apply).  Also, if I had the disposable income, I'd definitely spring for the PRUSA i3 mk3.  Automated bed leveling (arguably the WORST PART OF PRINTING), flexible build plate, included PEI build surface, multiple extruder option, and really fancy firmware options - help make it arguably the Elecraft of 3d printing.  I think that probably the best deal currently available is the Monoprice MP Mini Delta ($160 USD), if you don't need a large build volume or fancier filaments.

~Josh
W0ODJ

P.S.  If it doesn't come with one - buy a metal putty knife and long tweezers - the putty knife is great for removing prints, and the long tweezers....  well, 250 C doesn't feel the best when you accidentally touch the hot-end (ask me how I know...)

Re: 3D Printing

WA4EFS
 

Thanks to all who have described experiences with 3D printing (and wishes)—lot’s to think about but not an easy decision!

 

73, -Lloyd (WA4EFS)

 

Upcoming Event: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 06/19/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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

Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 19 June 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 to be announced.

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.

FS:Murania

 

I bought this to use around the house but due to RFI and lack of AM stations it is not being used at all. Built test and modded by me.

Mods are found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBTVq1zi7gM

I am asking what I paid for it to pass it one to another fellow who will enjoy it.

40$ shipped

73
--
David

  N8DAH

Kit-Projects.com

Shop now open!

 

Upcoming Event: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 06/19/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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

Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 19 June 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 to be announced.

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: Cricket 40 side tone not heard

Ellison
 

I was using amplified speakers for smart phones, etc. I could not hear the side tone, and- the receive audio was very low. After I saw Charles post.. I tried a pair of ear pods from my iPhone. I could hear the side tone and receive
Audio was much improved. Thank you for the heads up. Does the radio need a audio transformer to work with powered speakers?   73 - Kelly - WB0WQS. 

2019 Skeeter Hunt Announcement

Larry Makoski
 

Signups for the 2019 NJQRP Skeeter Hunt are almost here!

That's right - this Friday is the First Day of Summer 2019 - and you know what that means!

Applications will be accepted for Skeeter Numbers for the 2019 Skeeter Hunt.

For those not familar, this event has become one of the Summertime QRP operating staples. It is a four hour QRP Sprint that will be held on Sunday, August 18th. The idea is to get you and your equipment to the Great Outdoors for some QRP fun. A Skeeter Number is not a requirement, but it adds to the fun, so why not get one for yourself, or your group if you want to get out and operate with a bunch of friends?

All the details can be found on the Official NJQRP Skeeter Hunt Webpage. Some of these e-mail lists get particular about publishing links - so just Google, Bing, or Go Duck Go "NJQRP Skeeter Hunt" and you'll get the link to take you there.

To apply for a Skeeter Hunt Number - send an e-mail, BEGINNING ON FRIDAY, to w2lj@... and you'll get an e-mail reply with your number. If you don't get an acknowledgement, then I didn't get your e-mail - so try again!

72 de Larry W2LJ

Skeeter #13 (in perpetuity)

Upcoming Event: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 06/19/2019 8:00pm-9:00pm #cal-reminder

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

Reminder: Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When: Wednesday, 19 June 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 to be announced.

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.

Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets - Wed, 06/19/2019 #cal-notice

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Wednesday Evening 40 and 80 meter Nets

When:
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
8:00pm to 9:00pm
(GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:
40 and 80 Meters

Organizer:
jomatlock@...

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

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.

80 meter Net Report

Johnny Matlock
 

Ge Group
Lots of noise on 80 meters tonight!

Check in’s were WA0ITP TERRY
WA9PWP PAUL
KL7IXI MIKE

Thanks guys
Have a fun and safe field day.
--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com

DMR NET

Robert
 

THANKS TO ALL WHO CHECKED IN TONIGHT

WG5F - ED

W4RK - BILL

AC0BQ - JOHNNY

N9PUZ - TIM

73'S

BERT

N0YJ

Re: FS:Murania

 

sold
--
David

  N8DAH

Kit-Projects.com

Shop now open!

 

Re: DMR NET

Thomas Martin
 

Could I get the information to program my radio to join net.
thaks

Re: DMR NET

Jeff Logullo N0̸MII
 

Information about all of the 4 State QRP on air activities can be found here:


"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 N0̷YJ."

Jeff N0̸MII 


On Jun 19, 2019, at 9:53 PM, Thomas Martin <tem494@...> wrote:

Could I get the information to program my radio to join net.
thaks



--
Jeff N0̷MII

Re: 80 meter Net Report

John KK4ITX
 

40m was Wall to Wall QRM, 80m while somewhat quieter only yielded an occasional dit or dah, sometimes 3-4.

Put out my Call on each Freq. Once only.

73,

John
KK4ITX 
Wells, ME (summer QTH)

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

On Jun 19, 2019, at 22:41, Johnny Matlock <jomatlock@...> wrote:

Ge Group
Lots of noise on 80 meters tonight!

Check in’s were WA0ITP TERRY
WA9PWP PAUL
KL7IXI MIKE

Thanks guys
Have a fun and safe field day.
--
Check out the 4SQRP website at 4sqrp.com

Re: 80 meter Net Report

Dennis Yancey
 

I couldn't hear much on 40, but sounded like some weak signals. Nothing on 80. I tried to check in on both but I guess 6 watts just not enough last night. 

Dennis, 
KD4EPG

Re: 80 meter Net Report

Johnny Matlock
 

Ge Dennis
Let’s just say the bands are weak at their very best!
72
Johnny AC0BQ 

On Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 5:01 PM Dennis Yancey <Kd4epg@...> wrote:
I couldn't hear much on 40, but sounded like some weak signals. Nothing on 80. I tried to check in on both but I guess 6 watts just not enough last night. 

Dennis, 
KD4EPG

--
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WESTON FIELD DAY OUTING

Robert
 

JOHNNY AC0BQ AND I BERT N0YJ HAVE CANCELLED OUR WESTON FIELD DAY PLANS FOR THIS YEAR, THE WEATHER REPORT IS NOT FAVORABLE AND WE HAVE DECIDED IT WOULD BE BETTER TO OPERATE FROM HOME.

73'S

BERT

N0YJ

Re: 2019 Skeeter Hunt Announcement

Kent Trimble, K9ZTV
 

Hi Larry ...

Number for Skeeter Hunt, please:

N0SS
Two ops:
Kent Trimble, K9ZTV
Bill Gerth, W4RK
Missouri

On Jun 19, 2019, at 5:48 AM, Larry Makoski <w2ljqrp@...> wrote:

Signups for the 2019 NJQRP Skeeter Hunt are almost here!

That's right - this Friday is the First Day of Summer 2019 - and you know what that means!

Applications will be accepted for Skeeter Numbers for the 2019 Skeeter Hunt.

For those not familar, this event has become one of the Summertime QRP operating staples. It is a four hour QRP Sprint that will be held on Sunday, August 18th. The idea is to get you and your equipment to the Great Outdoors for some QRP fun. A Skeeter Number is not a requirement, but it adds to the fun, so why not get one for yourself, or your group if you want to get out and operate with a bunch of friends?

All the details can be found on the Official NJQRP Skeeter Hunt Webpage. Some of these e-mail lists get particular about publishing links - so just Google, Bing, or Go Duck Go "NJQRP Skeeter Hunt" and you'll get the link to take you there.

To apply for a Skeeter Hunt Number - send an e-mail, BEGINNING ON FRIDAY, to w2lj@... and you'll get an e-mail reply with your number. If you don't get an acknowledgement, then I didn't get your e-mail - so try again!

72 de Larry W2LJ

Skeeter #13 (in perpetuity)

Re: 2019 Skeeter Hunt Announcement

Larry Makoski
 

Kent,

Mid-MO is the big Skeeter # 50 this year.
Thanks for signing on again this year.

Larry W2LJ

On Fri, Jun 21, 2019 at 5:10 PM Kent Trimble, K9ZTV <k9ztv@...> wrote:
Hi Larry ...

Number for Skeeter Hunt, please:

N0SS
Two ops:
Kent Trimble, K9ZTV
Bill Gerth, W4RK
Missouri

On Jun 19, 2019, at 5:48 AM, Larry Makoski <w2ljqrp@...> wrote:

Signups for the 2019 NJQRP Skeeter Hunt are almost here!

That's right - this Friday is the First Day of Summer 2019 - and you know what that means!

Applications will be accepted for Skeeter Numbers for the 2019 Skeeter Hunt.

For those not familar, this event has become one of the Summertime QRP operating staples. It is a four hour QRP Sprint that will be held on Sunday, August 18th. The idea is to get you and your equipment to the Great Outdoors for some QRP fun. A Skeeter Number is not a requirement, but it adds to the fun, so why not get one for yourself, or your group if you want to get out and operate with a bunch of friends?

All the details can be found on the Official NJQRP Skeeter Hunt Webpage. Some of these e-mail lists get particular about publishing links - so just Google, Bing, or Go Duck Go "NJQRP Skeeter Hunt" and you'll get the link to take you there.

To apply for a Skeeter Hunt Number - send an e-mail, BEGINNING ON FRIDAY, to w2lj@... and you'll get an e-mail reply with your number. If you don't get an acknowledgement, then I didn't get your e-mail - so try again!

72 de Larry W2LJ

Skeeter #13 (in perpetuity)