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Re: Troubleshooting day

Jerry N9AVY
 

Of course, but no signal out...

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, 08:27:43 PM CDT, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) <w7pfb@...> wrote:


Power light on SignaLink illuminated?

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Jun 18, 2020, at 6:25 PM, Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:

Signalink jumpered correctly for Kenwood?

Sticky pot on Signalink?

Jim K5SP

On 6/18/2020 5:23 PM, Jerry N9AVY wrote:
Got almost everything back up and running except the TS-570S doesn't want to transmit with Signalink for some reason. No sign of RF output. Drat !

Jerry n9avy
On Thursday, June 18, 2020, 03:51:45 PM CDT, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:


Lost my FT1000MP last week and shipped it of to a repair place in MO.  Was totally dead. Yaesu doesn't have parts for most older rigs and I found out they're mostly PC board swappers and don't go down to component level. Places like AVVID in TX and Burghardt in SD are out of business now as are many others - mostly a lot of retired guys who can no longer lift a solder iron.

Before hooking up another radio I decided to take a look at the 4 antennas I have and it turned out the culprit was the Butternut HF-6V in back yard.  Appears as open; so either 1)  I ran over coax with lawn tractor 2)  a capacitor shorted or 3) some critter nibbled on coax. The other 3 antennas are okay !  However I still need to check out tuner and a coax switch that are always in line... that'll be the next couple things and I'll be finished. 

Last time this happened it was another problem with HF-6V.  Have a 43 ft. vertical as a spare in garage, but am hesitant to install it as I'll need a bigger pipe in ground and have to consider winds which send HF-6V  flopping around (it about 28 ft.) .

Seems like there's always something to repair.  Last big problem was the remote coax switch on tower which had a broken spring on relay armature.  Had years of experience with relays back in the day and it was simple chore to reform the teeny-tiny spring, stretch it out a bit and reinstall it.  Also burnish contacts about every year or so.

Sure enjoy doing repairs - NOT !  (Had over 40 years of doing that !)

Jerry  n9avy




--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Re: Troubleshooting day

Jerry N9AVY
 

Jim:

Have signalink code block installed for Kenwood. Receives okay , but no indication of transmit. Had a day of it. Gonna sleep on it and tackle it in morning. Have a new in box Alinco SR8-DX I might try.

Jerry n9avy

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, 08:25:13 PM CDT, Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:


Signalink jumpered correctly for Kenwood?

Sticky pot on Signalink?

Jim K5SP

On 6/18/2020 5:23 PM, Jerry N9AVY wrote:
Got almost everything back up and running except the TS-570S doesn't want to transmit with Signalink for some reason. No sign of RF output. Drat !

Jerry n9avy
On Thursday, June 18, 2020, 03:51:45 PM CDT, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:


Lost my FT1000MP last week and shipped it of to a repair place in MO.  Was totally dead. Yaesu doesn't have parts for most older rigs and I found out they're mostly PC board swappers and don't go down to component level. Places like AVVID in TX and Burghardt in SD are out of business now as are many others - mostly a lot of retired guys who can no longer lift a solder iron.

Before hooking up another radio I decided to take a look at the 4 antennas I have and it turned out the culprit was the Butternut HF-6V in back yard.  Appears as open; so either 1)  I ran over coax with lawn tractor 2)  a capacitor shorted or 3) some critter nibbled on coax. The other 3 antennas are okay !  However I still need to check out tuner and a coax switch that are always in line... that'll be the next couple things and I'll be finished. 

Last time this happened it was another problem with HF-6V.  Have a 43 ft. vertical as a spare in garage, but am hesitant to install it as I'll need a bigger pipe in ground and have to consider winds which send HF-6V  flopping around (it about 28 ft.) .

Seems like there's always something to repair.  Last big problem was the remote coax switch on tower which had a broken spring on relay armature.  Had years of experience with relays back in the day and it was simple chore to reform the teeny-tiny spring, stretch it out a bit and reinstall it.  Also burnish contacts about every year or so.

Sure enjoy doing repairs - NOT !  (Had over 40 years of doing that !)

Jerry  n9avy




--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Re: 10m opening

Chuck M
 

Thanks.  Dropped off shortly after.

Will try those next time.  Not on FB, so thanks to those who pass on the info.

73s,
Chuck
KD9DVB



On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 9:33 PM, Steve Olivieri
<n1tyh73@...> wrote:
Chuck, they run mostly 8/250 or 16/500.

If your on FB look up
“Olivia Digital Mode on HFRadio........”

73, Steve, N1TYH


On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 1:53 PM Chuck M via groups.io <cam51mail=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Not that familiar with Olivia.  Which of the versions are they using?  Was checking OL 4-125 and OL 8-125.  Wasn't seeing anything with my vertical.  Will check with horizontal dipole.

Thanks
Chuck
KD9DVB


On Thursday, June 18, 2020, 01:39:44 PM EDT, Steve Olivieri <n1tyh73@...> wrote:


forgot to post:   time 17:39 UTC on 18-June-2020


Re: 10m opening

Steve Olivieri
 

Chuck, they run mostly 8/250 or 16/500.

If your on FB look up
“Olivia Digital Mode on HFRadio........”

73, Steve, N1TYH


On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 1:53 PM Chuck M via groups.io <cam51mail=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Not that familiar with Olivia.  Which of the versions are they using?  Was checking OL 4-125 and OL 8-125.  Wasn't seeing anything with my vertical.  Will check with horizontal dipole.

Thanks
Chuck
KD9DVB


On Thursday, June 18, 2020, 01:39:44 PM EDT, Steve Olivieri <n1tyh73@...> wrote:


forgot to post:   time 17:39 UTC on 18-June-2020


Re: Troubleshooting day

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Power light on SignaLink illuminated?

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Jun 18, 2020, at 6:25 PM, Jim K5SP <jinnis@...> wrote:

Signalink jumpered correctly for Kenwood?

Sticky pot on Signalink?

Jim K5SP

On 6/18/2020 5:23 PM, Jerry N9AVY wrote:
Got almost everything back up and running except the TS-570S doesn't want to transmit with Signalink for some reason. No sign of RF output. Drat !

Jerry n9avy
On Thursday, June 18, 2020, 03:51:45 PM CDT, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:


Lost my FT1000MP last week and shipped it of to a repair place in MO.  Was totally dead. Yaesu doesn't have parts for most older rigs and I found out they're mostly PC board swappers and don't go down to component level. Places like AVVID in TX and Burghardt in SD are out of business now as are many others - mostly a lot of retired guys who can no longer lift a solder iron.

Before hooking up another radio I decided to take a look at the 4 antennas I have and it turned out the culprit was the Butternut HF-6V in back yard.  Appears as open; so either 1)  I ran over coax with lawn tractor 2)  a capacitor shorted or 3) some critter nibbled on coax. The other 3 antennas are okay !  However I still need to check out tuner and a coax switch that are always in line... that'll be the next couple things and I'll be finished. 

Last time this happened it was another problem with HF-6V.  Have a 43 ft. vertical as a spare in garage, but am hesitant to install it as I'll need a bigger pipe in ground and have to consider winds which send HF-6V  flopping around (it about 28 ft.) .

Seems like there's always something to repair.  Last big problem was the remote coax switch on tower which had a broken spring on relay armature.  Had years of experience with relays back in the day and it was simple chore to reform the teeny-tiny spring, stretch it out a bit and reinstall it.  Also burnish contacts about every year or so.

Sure enjoy doing repairs - NOT !  (Had over 40 years of doing that !)

Jerry  n9avy




--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Re: Troubleshooting day

Jim K5SP
 

Signalink jumpered correctly for Kenwood?

Sticky pot on Signalink?

Jim K5SP

On 6/18/2020 5:23 PM, Jerry N9AVY wrote:
Got almost everything back up and running except the TS-570S doesn't want to transmit with Signalink for some reason. No sign of RF output. Drat !

Jerry n9avy
On Thursday, June 18, 2020, 03:51:45 PM CDT, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:


Lost my FT1000MP last week and shipped it of to a repair place in MO.  Was totally dead. Yaesu doesn't have parts for most older rigs and I found out they're mostly PC board swappers and don't go down to component level. Places like AVVID in TX and Burghardt in SD are out of business now as are many others - mostly a lot of retired guys who can no longer lift a solder iron.

Before hooking up another radio I decided to take a look at the 4 antennas I have and it turned out the culprit was the Butternut HF-6V in back yard.  Appears as open; so either 1)  I ran over coax with lawn tractor 2)  a capacitor shorted or 3) some critter nibbled on coax. The other 3 antennas are okay !  However I still need to check out tuner and a coax switch that are always in line... that'll be the next couple things and I'll be finished. 

Last time this happened it was another problem with HF-6V.  Have a 43 ft. vertical as a spare in garage, but am hesitant to install it as I'll need a bigger pipe in ground and have to consider winds which send HF-6V  flopping around (it about 28 ft.) .

Seems like there's always something to repair.  Last big problem was the remote coax switch on tower which had a broken spring on relay armature.  Had years of experience with relays back in the day and it was simple chore to reform the teeny-tiny spring, stretch it out a bit and reinstall it.  Also burnish contacts about every year or so.

Sure enjoy doing repairs - NOT !  (Had over 40 years of doing that !)

Jerry  n9avy




--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Right now I’m thinking Monday 6/22 starting at 2200Z and going for 3 hours more or less, longer if condx are good.

If someone needs/wants CN98 and that timing doesn’t work for you, let me know.  If needed I can make multiple trips.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Jun 18, 2020, at 3:29 PM, Bob Motyl KK6KMU <bobmotyl@...> wrote:

Paul,

Sorry if I missed it but do you have a tentative schedule?  I'd like to look for  you.

Bob KK6KMU


Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

Bob Motyl KK6KMU
 

Paul,

Sorry if I missed it but do you have a tentative schedule?  I'd like to look for  you.

Bob KK6KMU


Re: Troubleshooting day

Jerry N9AVY
 

Got almost everything back up and running except the TS-570S doesn't want to transmit with Signalink for some reason. No sign of RF output. Drat !

Jerry n9avy

On Thursday, June 18, 2020, 03:51:45 PM CDT, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:


Lost my FT1000MP last week and shipped it of to a repair place in MO.  Was totally dead. Yaesu doesn't have parts for most older rigs and I found out they're mostly PC board swappers and don't go down to component level. Places like AVVID in TX and Burghardt in SD are out of business now as are many others - mostly a lot of retired guys who can no longer lift a solder iron.

Before hooking up another radio I decided to take a look at the 4 antennas I have and it turned out the culprit was the Butternut HF-6V in back yard.  Appears as open; so either 1)  I ran over coax with lawn tractor 2)  a capacitor shorted or 3) some critter nibbled on coax. The other 3 antennas are okay !  However I still need to check out tuner and a coax switch that are always in line... that'll be the next couple things and I'll be finished. 

Last time this happened it was another problem with HF-6V.  Have a 43 ft. vertical as a spare in garage, but am hesitant to install it as I'll need a bigger pipe in ground and have to consider winds which send HF-6V  flopping around (it about 28 ft.) .

Seems like there's always something to repair.  Last big problem was the remote coax switch on tower which had a broken spring on relay armature.  Had years of experience with relays back in the day and it was simple chore to reform the teeny-tiny spring, stretch it out a bit and reinstall it.  Also burnish contacts about every year or so.

Sure enjoy doing repairs - NOT !  (Had over 40 years of doing that !)

Jerry  n9avy




Re: Saturday event

stan W9SMR
 

Bo, welcome to the 070.

The Saturday event is called Endorsement Daze #3 and since it is not a contest, there is no specific exchange required. Just enjoy the chat and get to know your fellow club members along the way. 

The objective is to focus our club members on a relatively narrow time slot to optimize chances for a member QSO. And with the very welcome influx of new members, especially following the TDW, we should all make lots of new LONP progress. 

More info is forthcoming, but the bottom line is:  Relax and enjoy!

OBTW, your member number is:    #2758

73
Stan 
W9SMR - 070  #1611
PODXS 070 - PR Director

________________________________________
From: main@070Club.groups.io <main@070Club.groups.io> on behalf of Bo W4GHV <bobarr@...>
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2020 1:16 PM
To: main@070Club.groups.io
Subject: [070Club] Saturday event

I have the date, time, freqs OK. But where is the rest of the info?  Exchange?
I'm going to try it and the Asian CW contest.

73,Bo W4GHV since '54
new member.
Now to find the paper with my# on it. Finding my glasses is the hard part.

Note:   Please send your # with spaces on both sides for easy mouse capture with fldigi.


Troubleshooting day

Jerry N9AVY
 

Lost my FT1000MP last week and shipped it of to a repair place in MO. Was totally dead. Yaesu doesn't have parts for most older rigs and I found out they're mostly PC board swappers and don't go down to component level. Places like AVVID in TX and Burghardt in SD are out of business now as are many others - mostly a lot of retired guys who can no longer lift a solder iron.

Before hooking up another radio I decided to take a look at the 4 antennas I have and it turned out the culprit was the Butternut HF-6V in back yard. Appears as open; so either 1) I ran over coax with lawn tractor 2) a capacitor shorted or 3) some critter nibbled on coax. The other 3 antennas are okay ! However I still need to check out tuner and a coax switch that are always in line... that'll be the next couple things and I'll be finished.

Last time this happened it was another problem with HF-6V. Have a 43 ft. vertical as a spare in garage, but am hesitant to install it as I'll need a bigger pipe in ground and have to consider winds which send HF-6V flopping around (it about 28 ft.) .

Seems like there's always something to repair. Last big problem was the remote coax switch on tower which had a broken spring on relay armature. Had years of experience with relays back in the day and it was simple chore to reform the teeny-tiny spring, stretch it out a bit and reinstall it. Also burnish contacts about every year or so.

Sure enjoy doing repairs - NOT ! (Had over 40 years of doing that !)

Jerry n9avy


Welcome 2778, 2779

Jim K5SP
 

Please join me in welcoming new member(s):

2778  KD9NHZ  Piotr
2779  PF1JM     Jeroen

Jim K5SP
Executive Director/Membership Director


--
Jim,  K5SP #483
Executive Director/Member Services Director


Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 



If you do Mt. Rainier, I'll be trying to work you even though I don't need the grid.  Are you thinking Sunrise Visitor Center?  That should be a great location for working to the east and south.

Yeah, I was thinking Sunrise.  It’s up high, Northeast of the bulk of the mountain, and there are some truly excellent trails for me to run on while I’m there.  Training time at 6400 feet would be nice.  Even just a one hour run would be wonderful.


I'd love to do the Washington coast again...even if I didn't manage one Q!  I found working from the Washington and Oregon coast was tough to the east, as the Coast Range often made things difficult to impossible.  Japan, Hawaii, and some of the rarer ones in Oceania were fun though, as they are not easy from Florida.  But with the Franken-Tarheel it might be a different story.  Just pick your spots!  Topography matters.

I think CN76, the southwest corner of the state, would be pretty easy.  I’d just drive the car onto the beach in Long  Beach, put up the antenna, and fire away.  The topography is excellent as you’re pretty much south of the Olympics and the Cascades are far away.  

CN87 might be tricky.  But Copalis Beach is not far north of Long Beach and would probably do fine.  Or even Ocean Shores if you’re north of town.  The other option would be to be up north, near La Push.  I’d have to sort out things with the tribal authorities but I’ve worked with them to do photography there and found them accomodating.  That far north you’d want to be as far west as you can get so the takeoff angle over the Olympics is lower

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!



Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

Eric <radio@...>
 

I have a mountain of USGS quads, some are pretty beat up.

I wonder how much money I’ve spent on topos, film processing any vinyl that is now unplayably scratched?  There is a reason retirement is not on the horizon. ;-)

Another country heard from,

73 de Eric, KG6MZS

On Jun 18, 2020, at 10:36 AM, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:

RRR Eric.  What did we do before Google Earth?  Oh I remember, they were called USGS topo maps!  hi hi.  Life is lots easier these days.



Re: 10m opening

Chuck M
 

Not that familiar with Olivia.  Which of the versions are they using?  Was checking OL 4-125 and OL 8-125.  Wasn't seeing anything with my vertical.  Will check with horizontal dipole.

Thanks
Chuck
KD9DVB


On Thursday, June 18, 2020, 01:39:44 PM EDT, Steve Olivieri <n1tyh73@...> wrote:


forgot to post:   time 17:39 UTC on 18-June-2020


Re: 10m opening

Steve Olivieri
 

forgot to post:   time 17:39 UTC on 18-June-2020


10m opening

Steve Olivieri
 

The Olivia digital group posted that there's a 10m opening and I saw the calls on 28.122.
I have a few minutes during my lunch break.   Calling out PSK31 CQ on 28.120 from Central MA (FN42dg)..
de Steve, N1TYH


Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

Rick - N7WE
 

RRR Eric.  What did we do before Google Earth?  Oh I remember, they were called USGS topo maps!  hi hi.  Life is lots easier these days.

On 6/18/2020 13:27, Eric wrote:
Rick,

This has been a major consideration for me in the planning stages of my grid expedition.  Google Earth has been pretty cool for finding eastern slopes and good eastern horizons.

Another country heard from,

73 de Eric, KG6MZS

On Jun 18, 2020, at 10:20 AM, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:

Just pick your spots!  Topography matters.


--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602


Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

Eric <radio@...>
 

Rick,

This has been a major consideration for me in the planning stages of my grid expedition.  Google Earth has been pretty cool for finding eastern slopes and good eastern horizons.

Another country heard from,

73 de Eric, KG6MZS

On Jun 18, 2020, at 10:20 AM, Rick - N7WE <n7we1980@...> wrote:

Just pick your spots!  Topography matters.


Re: Grid-pedition to CN98

Rick - N7WE
 

Paul-
The only WA grid I still need is CN98.  So I will definitely be searching for your Grid-pedition! 

For times, John - KC3FL nailed it for what works for us here in FL on 20m.  But, he has a much better antenna setup than my miserly HOA compatible vertical.  When we worked during your shakedown I have it as 2234 and your signal got MUCH stronger after that as you were working others.  So I'd generalize that 2200 to 0000 is best for me.  I don't know if 40m will be doable due to the SSB interference.  If they are on, it blanks 7.070 to 7.072.  With just the vertical, there is no way to null them out.  Sigh!   But they aren't always on.  After about 0000, 20m is usually pretty much closed for me, so 40m might be worth a try if we can't make it on 20m.  I'm retired so any day of the week works for me.  

If you do Mt. Rainier, I'll be trying to work you even though I don't need the grid.  Are you thinking Sunrise Visitor Center?  That should be a great location for working to the east and south.

I'd love to do the Washington coast again...even if I didn't manage one Q!  I found working from the Washington and Oregon coast was tough to the east, as the Coast Range often made things difficult to impossible.  Japan, Hawaii, and some of the rarer ones in Oceania were fun though, as they are not easy from Florida.  But with the Franken-Tarheel it might be a different story.  Just pick your spots!  Topography matters.

Looking forward to your launch announcement and the after-action report when you are back home.  Good Luck and Great Fun to you!  73,
--
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602

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