Tuesday, July 31, 2007 Zulu
I heard LA5HE on 10.110 but couldn't break the pileup with 5W so I tuned around a bit. When I came back he'd gotten stronger, but 5W didn't do it (at least the first time) and as it was getting late I turned on the HFPacker amp at 35W and got in the second time. Rag gave me a 539 and I returned 579. Lars is in Telemark (Norway) and said he'd been to Palo Alto several times. K2, HFpacker amp, SteppIR 40/30 as dipole


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Friday, July 27, 2007 Zulu
I heard VK3AMA from Melbourne (QF22pf) on 14.071.6 PSK31. I got a QRZ for 5W and a 449 for my 25W from my K2 and SteppIR and HFPacker Amp. I sent 579 because of some flutter or other propagation issue. Laurie has been a ham since 2006

My HFpacker amp got quite not; not sure why.


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Wednesday, July 25, 2007 Zulu
FO/N6JA again
I worked FO/N6JA> again at 0637Z this time on 7.001.4 CWfor 569, again with 15W.


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I heard FO/N6JA on 10.110.4. I got a QRZ for 5W and a 449 for my 15W from my K2 and SteppIR. I sent 559.


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Tuesday, July 24, 2007 Zulu
N6KR on the 2n7000
This message to the old lehigh-hosted QRL-L disappeared from the web when the last remaining archive of the old list turned off access. It is reproduced here as Wayne requested initially, and also separately:
To:  qrp-l@lehigh.edu
Subject:  2N7000's: important information
From:  burdick@interval.com (Wayne Burdick)
Date:  Tue, 17 Oct 1995 21:47:01 -0800

This is important reading for designers and kit builders about a component
that has recently become popular in QRP circles.  [Please publish
widely--QRPp, "72", etc.]

The 2N7000 is a DMOS MOSFET transistor that is great for switching uses: it
can be used just like an NPN transistor, but requires no current-limit or
bias resistor at the base lead (its gate lead draws no current).  In fact,
in the TO-92 package, its leads are in the same order as a bipolar
transistor:  S-G-D correspond to E-B-C.

BUT: this part *IS* subject to static damage.  Before you handle one, sit
down and touch the nearest metal surface that is grounded (rig, scope
ground lead, etc.).

Both the Cascade (NorCal) and the KC1 (Wilderness Radio) use 2N7000s.
Wilderness guarantees that their 2N7000 transistors are good when they go
into the anti-static bags, and after that it's up to the builder.  99% of
the time, you won't have a problem even if you handle them improperly (see
story at the end of the article).  It's the 1% I'm trying to eliminate.

I can't speak for NorCal's packing of the Cascade, but I know Doug
Hendricks was careful when he packed them.  (On the other hand, Dave
Meacham confirms that there have been some failures of this part in the
Cascade, and there have been a couple in KC1s as well.  You can bet the
next revisions of both manuals will include more anti-static precautions.)

Anyway, this is a very useful part that won't go away, so here are some
strongly recommended guidelines:

1.  NEVER buy surplus 2N7000s or similar parts unless they are still on or
in  their protective anti-static shipping material.  Loose parts in bins
must be 100% tested before use.

2.  NEVER remove them from the shipping material until you're properly
grounded.  It is then OK to put them into anti-static bags but NOT into
ordinary plastic bags.

3.  If you suspect one is bad, you can tentatively substitute a 2N2222A or
other NPN transistor for it in many cases, BUT you must add a resistor
(typically 10K) in series with the base lead.  This is necessary because in
most circuits, the 2N7000 is driven directly by things like microprocessor
output pins, and you'll fry the NPN transistor without base current

Now, just to confuse the issue, here's an amusing counter-example:

When I designed the 2N7000s into the KC1, I attempted to do "destructive
testing" of one of the parts.   I held a 2N7000 loosely in my hand, scuffed
my feet around on carpet, rubbed the part on my cat, shocked myself on the
sliding glass door transistor-first, and other things too horrible to
mention.  Then I put it back in the circuit.  It still worked!  Perhaps
some of the parts are better than others!  After all, they are made by more
than one manufacturer.

Hope this clarifies the use of these devices.  Assume the worst, despite my
good luck with one of them.

Wayne Burdick

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I heard UA0ZK (again) on 14.070.7. I got a 599 for my 5W from my K2 and SteppIR. Vasiliy was chasing DX from Elizovo, Kamchatka, and I sent 599 as well.


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I heard VR10XLN talking to a UA0 and then calling CQ on 14.071.5 and answered him but another UA and I both tried. I let the other OM have a chance and when it didn't work I answered again, with 7W from my K2 and SteppIR. Clive was running a IC706Mk2G with 70W to an OMANT: Dipole from his QTH in Hong Kong, Western Side. Clive gave me a 559 QSB} and I returned 599. Clive's regular call is VR2XLN.


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Saturday, July 21, 2007 Zulu
I heard WA5ZUP calling CQ in the NAQP RTTY Contest on 14109 and got a report from John in NM. Running 5W into 3EL SteppIR up 10m pointed 89 degrees.


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Friday, July 20, 2007 Zulu
I heard ON60CRD Michel on 14.071.4 PSK31 and got a 599 and sent 479 (flutter but strong) from his 40W from his Yaesu rig. SteppIR was pointed 31 degrees. Michel said it was special event call for the 60th anniversary of "UBA" (their radio association) and he was in a small village 20KM south of Namur. He reported sunny and temperature of +23C and requested bureau QSL.


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I heard Pedro HK3JJH on 14.241 SSB and he answered me the first time in the pileup with my 10W to the SteppIR. I got 5x6 5x7 QSB and gave 5x9+20. Pedro is on Bogota, Colombia.


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Saturday, July 14, 2007 Zulu
I just turned on the KX1 and SlimGem 10W amplifier and heard HA9RU (Hungary) on 14.014 with the 66ft OCF doublet up 6 meters. OM heard me the first time but it took a couple of tries to get the call right.


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Tuesday, July 10, 2007 Zulu
HamTestOnline Clicker
If you use HamTest Online and have accidentally clicked on the wrong answer while moving the mouse around, you have experienced what psychologists call motor error. It's easy to do because they have both the radio button and the label as clickable. I have written a tool for FireFox to change the way it works. See HamTestOnline Clicker for installation instructions.
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Saturday, July 07, 2007 Zulu
K2 and K3

Eric WA6HHQ of Elecraft is showing the K3 at the PAARA meeting.
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