What at blast! Went to both the QRP-ARCI Four Days in May Event (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), as well as the Dayton Hamvention (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) – was accompanied by Kevin KK4BFN, a relatively “new” ham (he’s been licensed 5 years, but just now getting into CW and HF big time). Travel was uneventful, and traffic pretty light. Weather was pretty good, except for some rain on Friday and Saturday, but not bad enough to dampen our spirits!
Got to meet lotsa folks (again!) that I work on the air regularly but have never met in person……just a few notables I can remember – Terry WAØITP (Four State QRP Group); Karen W4KRN and John N8ZYA (SKCC Group)…somehow missed my buddy Curt WA2JSG at the SKCC photo shot! Saw bunches of calls I have worked in contests, QRP events, and other related activities. Always nice to “put a face” with a call sign! Got to visit with my ARRL “family” too, from HQ and in the Field. In all, a great gathering of wonderful people.
I am happy to report, “I bought nothing big” during this trip…..some cables, a software programming kit for a radio, re-cap kits for two old boatanchors I have (for a Drake 2-C receiver and 2-NT transmitter), and some minor items. Less than $200.00. Yeah, I’m gettin’ better!!!
I was also able to get on the radio and work folks from OH, KY, and TN locations – to add to my “states I have made QSOs from”. I am up to 16 states.
Here’s some pics.
The SKCC Group Photo (actually photo #2…there were so many of us they couldn’t fit us into one photo! (I’m 3 from the right, back row).
Kevin and I also participated in the “World’s Largest Build-a-Thon” at FDIM on Thursday, with some 300 of us building a 20M CW Transmitter – with no soldering! (Yes, it works….will put it on the bench to measure output in a few days – look for it in my, “I built this” Page).
Friday at the actual FDIM Build-a-Thon, we built a keyer with paddles…..very neat! (Yes, it works!)
The Dayton 2016 Built-a-Thon PicoKeyer and paddle.
This will also appear in my “I built it” page.
We returned home safely Monday evening, worn out and happy. Glad to be home!!!
72/73 and Safe Travels!
The April Report for the NAQCC-FL adventure is now posted! You can access it here: https://wb4omm.com/naqcc-reports/.
I’ll be traveling to Dayton for the 2016 Dayton Hamvention, and also the QRP Four Days in May (FDIM) events. I will be at the FDIM venue all day Thursday, Thursday evening; Friday evening; and the Banquet Saturday night – I will be present representing NAQCC during the “Club Night” Friday. I will be at the Dayton Hamvention staffing the ARRL RadioSport booth performing DXCC/WAS/VUCC card checking During the day on Friday and Saturday. I will also be visiting the SKCC & QCWA booths at Dayton on both days.
If yo are up there, stop by and say, “Hi”…..if not, look for me on the bands!
I finally got the time to work on the “case” for my 1 Watter 20M, Serial #180.
My first attempt at “homebrewed” water-slide decals………they came out OK, but the paint I was using on the aluminum panel didn’t cooperate much! I think my Krylon Acrylics were old (I have had them for years……). BUT….still not too bad looking. They do the job! Couldn’t get the high gloss to make the decals “disappear”.
The radio has an LED pilot light for power on; the volume control has an on/off switch; and I have the switch installed for the audio filter (a 4SQRP Hi-Per-Mite), but it is not installed yet….I have to build it! After getting in all together, I will try it out later today to make sure it still works! Hi hi hi……..
I’ll post more on this radio on my “I built this” page……….
UPDATE: Yep, still works! I have made two-way contacts with folks in 15 states so far! Amazing what 1W of CW power will do (I actually have it set for .90 W so it is officially a QRPp radio). Yes, the 3 element Yagi beam at 40 feet helps!
Visit the “I built this page”…and see my newest addition…..a Kits and Parts “1Watter 14060” CW Transceiver……1 Watt output!
It took me a few days (about 20 hours) to put it together, and I finally had the chance to align it and finish it on Nov 23, 2015 – it fired right up, aligned easily, and on Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 around 11 am, I put it, “On the Air” at the Dog House (on my A3S Beam for 20M). I immediately worked KG4HV (John in Indiana, some 850 miles away), then Dave in Illinois some 1250 miles away……they both gave me great signal reports (559 and 579 respectively) and stated the signal sounded great! My next task is to fabricate an enclosure for it……this on will be a “Show and Tell” radio! Look for more updates and photos in the coming weeks.