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  • g8voip
    Hi Tony, Certainly no apology needed, especially from you. I did think twice about making the posting, and as you well know from our many enjoyable, candid
    Message 1 of 27 , Jul 1, 2012
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      Hi Tony,

      Certainly no apology needed, especially from you.

      I did think twice about making the posting, and as you well know from our many enjoyable, candid exchanges off the forum, I have the best interests of the kit builders at heart.

      Off to listen for SAQ on 17.2kHz in a short while, using my SoftRock and LF converter of course!

      SAQ transmissions 1/7/12:

      08:30 UTC tuning, 09:00 message
      11:30 UTC tuning, 12:00 message

      Take care, and thanks for all your heroic efforts, they are truely appreciated worldwide!

      73, Bob G8VOI

      p.s. some of my recent postings seem to be taking an eternity to appear.


      --- In softrock40@yahoogroups.com, Tony Parks <kb9yig@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hi Bob,
      >
      > You are quite right! Building the kit with care, having some fun
      > building it, and having it work with little or no debug effort make very
      > good sense.
      >
      > My apology to the group for my comments concerning kit building time.
      >
      > 73,
      > --
      >
      > Tony Parks
      > kb9yig@...
      > http://www.kb9yig.com
      >
    • Matt Maguire
      Yes, I really enjoyed the build -- the build guide was great. I took a bit of extra time to make sure I properly understood the transformer winding, and had to
      Message 2 of 27 , Jul 1, 2012
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        Yes, I really enjoyed the build -- the build guide was great. I took a bit of extra time to make sure I properly understood the transformer winding, and had to spend some time digging up datasheets for the op-amps to definitively identify pin 1 and make sure I got them the right way around. Apart from that, all my issues ended up being software related. Overall it probably took me a solid day, as I took my time to make sure I got it right first go.

        73, Matt VK2ACL



        On 01/07/2012, at 9:29 AM, Bernie Hunt <bernie@...> wrote:

        Did anyone else experience a disappointment when it was over? Not disappointment in the radio, but disappointment in not having anything else to build?

         

        Maybe I’m simple minded, but the way the kit and steps flow, it was a pleasure to build a bit, then test a bit, build, test, repeat until complete.

         

        Thank you Tony and to the folks that put together the documentation!

         

        Bernie

        K2YO

         

        From: softrock40@yahoogroups.com [mailto:softrock40@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of du1mga
        Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2012 9:17 PM
        To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: Re: [softrock40] RX Ensemble II build time

         

         

        Hi Tony,

         

        yes it is also my experience. It will not take long and every minute is a joy to build. I build two RXTX Ensemble and one RX Ensemble II. No problems with it.

        Until today I make thousands of connections with them. Most with WSPR. Your Kits stable as a rock.

         

        Thanks Tony for the good work.

         

        vy73 de Erwin DU1MGA (W3WAZ)

         

        P.S. I'm the same age as you and I don't have problems to build. Just enjoying.

         

         

         

         

        ----- Original Message -----

        From: Tony Parks

        Sent: Sunday, July 01, 2012 2:59 AM

        Subject: [softrock40] RX Ensemble II build time

         

         

        Good Afternoon All,

        This morning I started the build of an HF version of the RX Ensemble II receiver for a fellow who felt his eyesight was not up to doing the SMT work on the board.

        Four hours later the receiver is playing nicely listening to 20m CW signals. Still need to wind and mount the remaining nine inductors for the BP filters in the other three filter groups but that should only take another hour or so to have this receiver ready to ship.

        I would be interested in what others experience is concerning build time for the HF version of the RX Ensemble II receiver.

        73,
        Tony KB9YIG

      • Gordon JC Pearce
        ... No, because then I had to build the software! -- Gordonjcp MM0YEQ
        Message 3 of 27 , Jul 1, 2012
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          On 01/07/12 02:29, Bernie Hunt wrote:
          >
          >
          > Did anyone else experience a disappointment when it was over? Not
          > disappointment in the radio, but disappointment in not having anything
          > else to build?

          No, because then I had to build the software!

          --
          Gordonjcp MM0YEQ
        • Philip
          Hi Bernie.. Yes, it s a bit of a downer when the kit is finished.. Great fun to use but lots of pleasure building the kits.. Only way out is to order more
          Message 4 of 27 , Jul 1, 2012
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            Hi Bernie..
            Yes, it's a bit of a downer when the kit is finished..
            Great fun to use but lots of pleasure building the kits..
            Only way out is to order more kits...

            There is no known cure :)

            Thanks Tony, you're a star

            Philip G4JVF

            --- In softrock40@yahoogroups.com, Bernie Hunt <bernie@...> wrote:
            >
            > Did anyone else experience a disappointment when it was over? Not
            > disappointment in the radio, but disappointment in not having anything
            > else to build?
            >
            >
            >
            > Maybe I'm simple minded, but the way the kit and steps flow, it was a
            > pleasure to build a bit, then test a bit, build, test, repeat until
            > complete.
            >
            >
            >
            > Thank you Tony and to the folks that put together the documentation!
            >
            >
            >
            > Bernie
            >
            > K2YO
            >
            >
            >
            > From: softrock40@yahoogroups.com [mailto:softrock40@yahoogroups.com] On
            > Behalf Of du1mga
            > Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2012 9:17 PM
            > To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
            > Subject: Re: [softrock40] RX Ensemble II build time
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            > Hi Tony,
            >
            >
            >
            > yes it is also my experience. It will not take long and every minute is
            > a joy to build. I build two RXTX Ensemble and one RX Ensemble II. No
            > problems with it.
            >
            > Until today I make thousands of connections with them. Most with WSPR.
            > Your Kits stable as a rock.
            >
            >
            >
            > Thanks Tony for the good work.
            >
            >
            >
            > vy73 de Erwin DU1MGA (W3WAZ)
            >
            >
            >
            > P.S. I'm the same age as you and I don't have problems to build. Just
            > enjoying.
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            > ----- Original Message -----
            >
            > From: Tony Parks <mailto:kb9yig@...>
            >
            > To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
            >
            > Sent: Sunday, July 01, 2012 2:59 AM
            >
            > Subject: [softrock40] RX Ensemble II build time
            >
            >
            >
            >
            >
            > Good Afternoon All,
            >
            > This morning I started the build of an HF version of the RX
            > Ensemble II receiver for a fellow who felt his eyesight was not up to
            > doing the SMT work on the board.
            >
            > Four hours later the receiver is playing nicely listening to 20m
            > CW signals. Still need to wind and mount the remaining nine inductors
            > for the BP filters in the other three filter groups but that should only
            > take another hour or so to have this receiver ready to ship.
            >
            > I would be interested in what others experience is concerning
            > build time for the HF version of the RX Ensemble II receiver.
            >
            > 73,
            > Tony KB9YIG
            >
          • Sid Boyce
            Hi Philip, That s when another high should loom - enjoying what simple equipment can achieve that with previous techniques would take months of building to get
            Message 5 of 27 , Jul 1, 2012
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              Hi Philip,
              That's when another high should loom - enjoying what simple equipment can achieve that with previous techniques would take months of building to get to that point.

              Take the recent rtl-sdr project where a DVB-T dongle and a bit of software produced, a 2m/70cms/23cms receiver. Though my 2m/70cms rig hasn't been switched on for years, this little thing gets me listening frequently to those bands by moving the Colinear across and also putting it on the internet so others can share the experience.

              As I've said here many times, ever since experiencing SDR my commercial rigs are still here to keep the dust off the shelves.
              73 ... Sid.
               
              On 01/07/12 12:13, Philip wrote:
               



              Hi Bernie..
              Yes, it's a bit of a downer when the kit is finished..
              Great fun to use but lots of pleasure building the kits..
              Only way out is to order more kits...

              There is no known cure :)

              Thanks Tony, you're a star

              Philip G4JVF

              --- In softrock40@yahoogroups.com, Bernie Hunt <bernie@...> wrote:
              >
              > Did anyone else experience a disappointment when it was over? Not
              > disappointment in the radio, but disappointment in not having anything
              > else to build?
              >
              >
              >
              > Maybe I'm simple minded, but the way the kit and steps flow, it was a
              > pleasure to build a bit, then test a bit, build, test, repeat until
              > complete.
              >
              >
              >
              > Thank you Tony and to the folks that put together the documentation!
              >
              >
              >
              > Bernie
              >
              > K2YO
              >
              >
              >
              > From: softrock40@yahoogroups.com [mailto:softrock40@yahoogroups.com] On
              > Behalf Of du1mga
              > Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2012 9:17 PM
              > To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
              > Subject: Re: [softrock40] RX Ensemble II build time
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              > Hi Tony,
              >
              >
              >
              > yes it is also my experience. It will not take long and every minute is
              > a joy to build. I build two RXTX Ensemble and one RX Ensemble II. No
              > problems with it.
              >
              > Until today I make thousands of connections with them. Most with WSPR.
              > Your Kits stable as a rock.
              >
              >
              >
              > Thanks Tony for the good work.
              >
              >
              >
              > vy73 de Erwin DU1MGA (W3WAZ)
              >
              >
              >
              > P.S. I'm the same age as you and I don't have problems to build. Just
              > enjoying.
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              > ----- Original Message -----
              >
              > From: Tony Parks <mailto:kb9yig@...>
              >
              > To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
              >
              > Sent: Sunday, July 01, 2012 2:59 AM
              >
              > Subject: [softrock40] RX Ensemble II build time
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
              > Good Afternoon All,
              >
              > This morning I started the build of an HF version of the RX
              > Ensemble II receiver for a fellow who felt his eyesight was not up to
              > doing the SMT work on the board.
              >
              > Four hours later the receiver is playing nicely listening to 20m
              > CW signals. Still need to wind and mount the remaining nine inductors
              > for the BP filters in the other three filter groups but that should only
              > take another hour or so to have this receiver ready to ship.
              >
              > I would be interested in what others experience is concerning
              > build time for the HF version of the RX Ensemble II receiver.
              >
              > 73,
              > Tony KB9YIG
              >



              -- 
              Sid Boyce ... Hamradio License G3VBV, Licensed Private Pilot
              Emeritus IBM/Amdahl Mainframes and Sun/Fujitsu Servers Tech Support
              Senior Staff Specialist, Cricket Coach
              Microsoft Windows Free Zone - Linux used for all Computing Tasks
              
            • Bruce Tanner
              Yes, a padded envelope from Indiana in the postal box is definitely the antidote to that malady! Keep them coming, Tony! bet
              Message 6 of 27 , Jul 1, 2012
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                Yes, a padded envelope from Indiana in the postal box is definitely the antidote to that malady!

                Keep them coming, Tony!


                bet

                ---
                On 7/1/2012 7:13 AM, Philip wrote:
                 



                Hi Bernie..
                Yes, it's a bit of a downer when the kit is finished..
                Great fun to use but lots of pleasure building the kits..
                Only way out is to order more kits...

                There is no known cure :)

                Thanks Tony, you're a star

                Philip G4JVF

                --- In softrock40@yahoogroups.com, Bernie Hunt <bernie@...> wrote:
                >
                > Did anyone else experience a disappointment when it was over? Not
                > disappointment in the radio, but disappointment in not having anything
                > else to build?
                >
                >
                >
                > Maybe I'm simple minded, but the way the kit and steps flow, it was a
                > pleasure to build a bit, then test a bit, build, test, repeat until
                > complete.
                >
                >
                >
                > Thank you Tony and to the folks that put together the documentation!
                >
                >
                >
                > Bernie
                >
                > K2YO
                >
                >
                >
                > From: softrock40@yahoogroups.com [mailto:softrock40@yahoogroups.com] On
                > Behalf Of du1mga
                > Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2012 9:17 PM
                > To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                > Subject: Re: [softrock40] RX Ensemble II build time
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                > Hi Tony,
                >
                >
                >
                > yes it is also my experience. It will not take long and every minute is
                > a joy to build. I build two RXTX Ensemble and one RX Ensemble II. No
                > problems with it.
                >
                > Until today I make thousands of connections with them. Most with WSPR.
                > Your Kits stable as a rock.
                >
                >
                >
                > Thanks Tony for the good work.
                >
                >
                >
                > vy73 de Erwin DU1MGA (W3WAZ)
                >
                >
                >
                > P.S. I'm the same age as you and I don't have problems to build. Just
                > enjoying.
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                > ----- Original Message -----
                >
                > From: Tony Parks <mailto:kb9yig@...>
                >
                > To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                >
                > Sent: Sunday, July 01, 2012 2:59 AM
                >
                > Subject: [softrock40] RX Ensemble II build time
                >
                >
                >
                >
                >
                > Good Afternoon All,
                >
                > This morning I started the build of an HF version of the RX
                > Ensemble II receiver for a fellow who felt his eyesight was not up to
                > doing the SMT work on the board.
                >
                > Four hours later the receiver is playing nicely listening to 20m
                > CW signals. Still need to wind and mount the remaining nine inductors
                > for the BP filters in the other three filter groups but that should only
                > take another hour or so to have this receiver ready to ship.
                >
                > I would be interested in what others experience is concerning
                > build time for the HF version of the RX Ensemble II receiver.
                >
                > 73,
                > Tony KB9YIG
                >



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              • KQ8M
                I am so darn addicted to these things that I offer my services to those that can t build. I love these things hence the amount that I own and have built. I
                Message 7 of 27 , Jul 1, 2012
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                  I am so darn addicted to these things that I offer my services to those that can't build. I love these things hence the amount that I own and have built. I have several in the wings but when they are done I don't know what I am going to do. Watch soap operas? Oh the HORROR...THE HORROR.

                   

                  73,

                  Tim Herrick, KQ8M

                  Charter Member North Coast Contesters

                  kq8m@...

                   

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                  From: softrock40@yahoogroups.com [mailto:softrock40@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Bruce Tanner
                  Sent: Sunday, July 01, 2012 10:47 AM
                  To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                  Subject: Re: [softrock40] Re: RX Ensemble II build time

                   

                   

                  Yes, a padded envelope from Indiana in the postal box is definitely the antidote to that malady!

                  Keep them coming, Tony!


                  bet

                  ---

                  On 7/1/2012 7:13 AM, Philip wrote:

                   



                  Hi Bernie..
                  Yes, it's a bit of a downer when the kit is finished..
                  Great fun to use but lots of pleasure building the kits..
                  Only way out is to order more kits...

                  There is no known cure :)

                  Thanks Tony, you're a star

                  Philip G4JVF

                  --- In softrock40@yahoogroups.com, Bernie Hunt <bernie@...> wrote:
                  >
                  > Did anyone else experience a disappointment when it was over? Not
                  > disappointment in the radio, but disappointment in not having anything
                  > else to build?
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Maybe I'm simple minded, but the way the kit and steps flow, it was a
                  > pleasure to build a bit, then test a bit, build, test, repeat until
                  > complete.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Thank you Tony and to the folks that put together the documentation!
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Bernie
                  >
                  > K2YO
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > From: softrock40@yahoogroups.com [mailto:softrock40@yahoogroups.com] On
                  > Behalf Of du1mga
                  > Sent: Saturday, June 30, 2012 9:17 PM
                  > To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                  > Subject: Re: [softrock40] RX Ensemble II build time
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Hi Tony,
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > yes it is also my experience. It will not take long and every minute is
                  > a joy to build. I build two RXTX Ensemble and one RX Ensemble II. No
                  > problems with it.
                  >
                  > Until today I make thousands of connections with them. Most with WSPR.
                  > Your Kits stable as a rock.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Thanks Tony for the good work.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > vy73 de Erwin DU1MGA (W3WAZ)
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > P.S. I'm the same age as you and I don't have problems to build. Just
                  > enjoying.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > ----- Original Message -----
                  >
                  > From: Tony Parks <mailto:kb9yig@...>
                  >
                  > To: softrock40@yahoogroups.com
                  >
                  > Sent: Sunday, July 01, 2012 2:59 AM
                  >
                  > Subject: [softrock40] RX Ensemble II build time
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Good Afternoon All,
                  >
                  > This morning I started the build of an HF version of the RX
                  > Ensemble II receiver for a fellow who felt his eyesight was not up to
                  > doing the SMT work on the board.
                  >
                  > Four hours later the receiver is playing nicely listening to 20m
                  > CW signals. Still need to wind and mount the remaining nine inductors
                  > for the BP filters in the other three filter groups but that should only
                  > take another hour or so to have this receiver ready to ship.
                  >
                  > I would be interested in what others experience is concerning
                  > build time for the HF version of the RX Ensemble II receiver.
                  >
                  > 73,
                  > Tony KB9YIG
                  >



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