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Welcome to the Club / I'm back
« Last post by k8hw on February 15, 2022, 18:35:05 UTC »
I received an email asking me to leave a sign of my presence. Well, here I am! It’s been a while since I’ve been on this forum and I’m glad to be back.

My IC-706MKII died in January of 2018. I can’t afford to send it out for repair. I replaced it with a Recent RS-918 SDR QRP transceiver. I am really impressed with this small rig. I have been working in digital modes (JT65, JT9, FT8 and FT4) since February 2018.

 I also lost my main antenna due to getting new windows installed. I was using ladder line and can no longer pass it through a window while having the window locked. I chose security over the feed line.

I bought an MFJ-936B loop tuner and started to experiment. I found I can work 30m, 20m and 17m with a 10ft long piece of ¼” copper tubing and 17m, 15m, 12m, and 10m with a 4½ft long piece of ¼” copper tubing. I have been able to work Europe frequently with the rig running 5 watts and the loop sitting in my shack!

I want to start using CW once again as the band conditions seem to be getting better. Hope to see you guys on the bands.

72 Dave - K8HW
Telegraphy / Re: how many cw ops?
« Last post by KB7PWJ on February 15, 2022, 17:31:52 UTC »
All CW for 30 years. Never operated anything else. (Though I'd like to try PSK if I can figure it out.) Recently ditched my paddles and went back to the old Novice straight key, plus a few others I've picked up along the way. Just more fun.

Also getting into simple rockbound kits that I expect to upgrade gradually with use. (VFO being an early target.) And that's the real CW. Closest we can get to spark gap today. 

Being in touch with the past is a major part of the fun of ham radio for me.
Welcome to the Club / Alive and Kicking
« Last post by ON3URT on February 15, 2022, 11:18:40 UTC »
Hi QRP lovers,

Great to be back on QRP club forum, after some major health problems, all my ham activity was fix from my home mainly FT8 and some ssb and psk. This year i plan to go portable with my old FT-817 first generation and a new all band vertical or sotabeams dipole for 20 and 40 meters.

So hope to hear many of you on the air ...
Banners and Info / Re: The Golden Members and the Skipper
« Last post by IZ5ZCO on February 15, 2022, 09:49:45 UTC »
As many messages have been lost in the forum, I cannot see my badge "LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER" I had before in the left margin of the pages, under my call.

Does it shall come back ?

Thanks Nicolas,

73 Mike VE2TH

Hi Mike, the messages are still present, but it appears that you have deleted your old account...  :-\
Builder's Corner / Homebrew RF Milliammeter
« Last post by vu2nan on February 15, 2022, 05:43:44 UTC »
This homebrew RF Milliammeter is quite useful for peaking the output of homebrew QRP rigs.




Mike's Tavern / Remembering OM Joe - VU2JA
« Last post by vu2nan on February 15, 2022, 05:33:51 UTC »
My memories go back to a day in the year 1976 when OM Ramesh - VU2NRS and I had an eyeball QSO with OM Joe - VU2JA at his shack on # 20, Union Street, Bangalore.

It was in an imposing building with a tiled roof.  More imposing was the antenna, strung well clear of the roof, between two tall ground-mounted masts.

On the huge wooden shack table was an open-frame vacuum-tube CW rig, coax-coupled to a big open-frame transmatch mounted on the wall. Entry of the ladder-line feeder into the shack was through a ventilator high up on the wall. The sight of  the homebrew transmatch, with its neat copper coil and variable capacitors, is still etched in my memory and so is Joe’s characteristic CW sending.

Joseph Alexander Faithful was born on 11th April 1898 in Calcutta. In the year 1914, working as a deckhand for his passage, he sailed to England to take up a course in Mechanical Engineering. But fate willed otherwise. War broke out when they neared Hamburg. Joe was also taken prisoner and released only six months after the war was over.

More on his incarceration at:

In England after his release, Joe qualified in wireless telegraphy and, after a fulfilling career, retired and settled down in Bangalore.

Joe married Hildred Joyce Dique at Karachi in the year 1934. They had no children.

More details including that of his career and ham radio activities at: http://www.ncdxc.org/newsletter/1975/DXer050675.pdf

He was an Amateur Wireless Pioneer, a member of the Old Old Timers Club, USA (OOTC # 695).

OM Joe passed away on 25th January 1985. Hildred followed on 31.10.1988, bequeathing their property, to the following in Bangalore, for religious and charitable purposes:

Little Sisters of the Poor, Missionaries for Charity, St. Michael’s Convent, Christu Seva Samaj, St. Mark’s Cathedral, Bangalore Cheshire Home, Bangalore Children’s Society, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, St. John’s Medical College & Hospital.

Memorable lives indeed.


Mike's Tavern / Lightning jolt!
« Last post by vu2nan on February 15, 2022, 05:24:23 UTC »
It was a typical summer afternoon in the year 1977.

I was working CW on 40m - my homebrew EL84 rig feeding a straight dipole antenna with telephone drop wire as feeder.

Meanwhile the sky became overcast and there was a continuous rumble as I continued to work.

All of a sudden I received a jolt through my Junker key followed by the crash of a thunderbolt.

Without a thought I yanked the feeder off its sockets and threw it on the floor. My heart missed a beat when I saw the arc that followed between the banana plugs and the cement concrete floor.

The following morning's local newspaper headline was 'Lightning stuns football players'. It was a direct hit at the nearby football field. Fortunately only a couple of the players had fainted and there were no casualties.


Builder's Corner / A homebrew 2m FM rig
« Last post by vu2nan on February 15, 2022, 05:19:31 UTC »
This 0.5W 2m rig was homebrewed by me 35 years ago!



Banners and Info / Re: The Golden Members and the Skipper
« Last post by ae7us on February 15, 2022, 05:00:12 UTC »


My Navy Flameproof is at your command, Skipper


Rocky AE7US
Welcome to the Club / Back after a long time
« Last post by ae7us on February 15, 2022, 04:28:29 UTC »
I got an email prompting me to revist this forum.  Thanks to the admin person for the nudge.

I worked a person in southeast asia on just a few hundred milliwatts several years ago.  What a thrill! 

My main interest is improving my conversational CW skills and getting some antennas up: an off-center fed inverted vee for 6 through 80 meters and a magnetic loop.

I have several QRP watt meters languishing on the shelf, and I hope to start using them soon.

72 -- Rocky, AE7US

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