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Re: Fedex Tracking

jjpurdum
 

I ordered a new oscilloscope (about $400) and Fed Ex left it at the end of the driveway, out in the open, during a rain storm. Luckily, I saw the truck pull into the drive. It would have been easy for someone to take it or it could have been soaked in the rain. I wrote to the company and complained and they've never done that since.

Jack, W8TEE

On Thursday, March 3, 2022, 08:39:27 AM EST, Steve McGrane <temporarilyoffline@...> wrote:


Fedex has been lousy for the past (2?) years now.  I've literally watched the tracking update as the driver left the convenience store across the street and went home for the day... with my package on his truck.

On Thu, Mar 3, 2022 at 7:26 AM George Korper <georgekorper@...> wrote:
Good Morning,
Now there is no delivery date, just says pending.
Had delivery date March 1.
First time this has happened, on two shipments.  The last two.
I'll wait 7 days more, and report back. Maybe it is the war!
George


Re: Fedex Tracking

Steve McGrane
 

Fedex has been lousy for the past (2?) years now.  I've literally watched the tracking update as the driver left the convenience store across the street and went home for the day... with my package on his truck.

On Thu, Mar 3, 2022 at 7:26 AM George Korper <georgekorper@...> wrote:
Good Morning,
Now there is no delivery date, just says pending.
Had delivery date March 1.
First time this has happened, on two shipments.  The last two.
I'll wait 7 days more, and report back. Maybe it is the war!
George


Re: Fedex Tracking

George Korper
 

Good Morning,
Now there is no delivery date, just says pending.
Had delivery date March 1.
First time this has happened, on two shipments.  The last two.
I'll wait 7 days more, and report back. Maybe it is the war!
George


Re: Kits availability updates

Donald S Brant Jr
 

I have had to redesign the power supply board for a MIL VSAT terminal TWICE because the ICs have gone available.
I had used the same parts in a previous client's product; I hope they locked down their supply of parts if they want to do another run. Otherwise I expect a panicked phone call shortly....
73, Don N2VGU


#FT8Off - Warm up your QDXs #ft8off

Steve McGrane
 

The ham radio battle occurs tonight at 6:45pm Central time here:


The goal of the sprint is to make as many contacts as possible and watch your position closely on a live score board.

Score board is here:  https://ft8off.kd2fmw.com and instructions for setting up WSJT-X are at the bottom.


Hope to see you on the scoreboard tonight!


Re: Recommended Mini QCX mini Speaker?

Karl Haas
 

Would it be possible / feasible to use a piezo type speaker?  They are ultra-flat and might even squeeze into a Mini.
 
 
Karl 


Re: I know it's here somewhere: Toroid adjustments for QCX+20

Keith "Al" AG5GW
 

Thanks, Julian!!!   As usual, " you da man!!".  Forty-eight and sunny here today and headed for a high of 73.  Think Spring!  Cheers, K


Re: Recommended Mini QCX mini Speaker?

bobfegert@...
 

A surplus cellphone speaker might be just the thing..
Some are quite tiny and yet sound decent.
A simple drilled hole may suffice to pass the audio through the case.
If audio level is low you might use something like
a cheap LM386 amp.


Re: Recommended Mini QCX mini Speaker?

tmmlrd
 

Do you mean the QRPlabs metallic case for the QCX+ would have enough room for all the add-ons?


On Wed, Mar 2, 2022 at 12:22 PM, Dave VE3GSO wrote:
If you want all that stuff integrated into the case then you want a QCX+, which has enough internal room for a decent sized speaker, battery, battery charger circuit, automatic antenna tuner, etc.
 
Yes, you would have to do the metal work for the speaker grill, build the LM386 amp, house the batteries, and all that, but Hans has done 95% of the work for you.  

Dave

On Mar 2, 2022, at 01:22, tmmlrd <leo.tommasi@...> wrote:

It would be so nice to have an integrated speaker in the QCX mini case. I presume audio quality is not a driver for CW operations, even some distortion from a very small speaker could be accepted... and there are very very small e.g. in cell phones...
Personally I'd prefer a slightly less miniaturized but complete rig (e.g. speaker and battery included, maybe even a touch key) than a supercompact one requiring some external stuffs to operate as the QCX mini is...


Re: I know it's here somewhere: Toroid adjustments for QCX+20

Charles Johnson
 

Julian et al,

Are there any changes for the 40m windings for the QCX+? Like Keith, I'd like to have things right from the start :-)

Regards,

Charles Johnson
KF4AYT


Re: Fedex Tracking

Reinhard Gränz
 

Hi there,

It fits in with the topic that recently in Germany a customs invoice comes after receipt of the shipment. I had received firmware IC's QCX1.08. The shipping time was approx. 14 days. The invoice total including shipping was $30.36. Now I get a customs invoice for €20.35 via FedEX. If they're serious, it's no longer fun to order something outside of Germany. I'll object. Let's see what's going to happen.

 

73 Reinhard DL3AS

 

Von: QRPLabs@groups.io [mailto:QRPLabs@groups.io] Im Auftrag von Hans Summers
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 3. März 2022 04:31
An: QRPLabs@groups.io
Betreff: Re: [QRPLabs] Fedex Tracking

 

Hi George

 

I'm interested to hear what the problems are with FedEx tracking? 

 

TNT and FedEx are the same company since 2016, but the corporate merger is still ongoing. Gradual progress.

 

For American continent shipments, delivery has always been handled by FedEx. But locally in Europe the TNT network is dominant. The transition from the European TNT network to the American FedEx network seemed to cause issues in a small (but expensive and time consuming) number of cases, around 1-2%.

 

Since last month we have been able to ship end-to-end via FedEx and have been doing this for certain countries including American continent counties, Australia and Japan. It appears to considerably increase the reliability, we have not yet experienced a single problem case with FedEx. 



-------- Original message --------
From: George Korper <georgekorper@...>
Date: Thu, Mar 3, 2022, 6:01 AM
To: QRPLabs@groups.io
Subject: [QRPLabs] Fedex Tracking

The new tracking numbers are going to Fedex, but the information provided is not reliable. Is this also the case in the States? 


Re: QCX-mini constant 700Hz tone #qcxmini

Paul Cooper, V7/KA4WPX
 

Hi, Julian.

Sorry for the delay in response.  The unit is as is configured from the shop, set up for 17m.  Nothing has been adjusted.

If I knew how to tag you in a post, I would, as I just posted about the "growl" or "idling engine sound" which is of far greater import at this time.  I really like this rig, but am puzzled as to why it passed muster yet it is plagued with some serious issues.  Where it works it is absolutely astonishing.

Thanks for writing and please see my recent post #17m #troubleshooting and I think "#growl". 

73,

Paul
V7/KA4WPX


Re: #17m #vfo #troubleshoot #qcxmini #17m #vfo #troubleshoot #qcxmini

Paul Cooper, V7/KA4WPX
 

Hans et al.

Having operated the QCX-mini 45 days or so (at the correct txco ref. freq., eliminating that variable - thanks, Hans)  I have surely discovered what all the fuss is about with this little rig.  It's so quiet that one might mistake it for being "deaf" side by side with 7410.  Impressive!

However, something has been quite wrong with my particular unit from the start.  The "idling engine" and "growl" obscure all but the strongest of signals, even when a couple kHz off.  The "growl" is strong only in a handful of places, but that's enough to almost wreck the whole experience.  And, if one listens very carefully, the "growl" can be heard across the entire band, though at a level that would be negligible if that were only that, but it's not.

Following are the spots where the "growl" is a constant and unavoidable:  

68-72 kHz  almost imperceptible to low level loping "growl" (this is the only part of the spectrum where it lopes)
73-74 kHz  low level "growl"
75.5-76 kHz low level "growl"
78.5-79.5 kHz extremely low level "growl"
84.5-86.5 kHz very loud "growl"
87-88.5 kHz loud "grow"
101-102.5 kHz very loud "growl" (this "growl" is exceptional as it shifts downward to 100 kHz intermittently; can change by restarting unit)
110-112 kHz extremely loud "growl" (by far the highest level over the band spread)
113-114 kHz loud "growl"
136.5 kHz low level "growl"
152.5 kHz moderate level "buzz/hash" (outside cw segment so not an issue)
159 kHz extremely low level "growl"
162 kHz low level "growl"
164-165 low level "growl"

Note:  The "growl" is at high levels for brief intervals when toggling the VFO and going from menu selections back to the on-air status.  Also, the "growl" is continuous, at a medium level, across the entire spectrum when the RIT is turned on.

I purchased this unit pre-built as I don't have much time to troubleshoot, etc. here, so I'm afraid that I can mostly offer you the symptoms.  What are we looking at here?  My guess is something to do with grounding of a circuit but I really don't know.  Any help would be much appreciated.  Thank you.

73,

Paul
V7/KA4WPX


Re: Fedex Tracking

Martin DK3UW
 

well mine just shows "collecting" 02.03.2022. next step would be collected but they also mentin delivery today 03.03.2022 before 18:00 Thats pretty sure unrealistic. Thats TNT tracking.

Martin DK3UW


Re: Recommended Mini QCX mini Speaker?

Mark
 

I have one of the Coloud portable speakers that Steve mentioned as well.  Compact but with good power and frequency response.

73! Mark K9TR


Re: QCX mini 40M Rev 3 - 5v regulator hot

 

Yeah, that's top end, really, for the Mini, in my opinion.
The other advice given above is excellent: I encourage you to do those tests. See if you can feel anything else warming up (during Rx) while you do so..
For another idea, check the difference between the 5V at the regulator and 5V on pin 7 of the processor: I measure 40mV on a good working unit currently open on my bench; much more than that would indicate IR drop along the track caused by a sink somewhere.
--
Julian, N4JO.


Re: I know it's here somewhere: Toroid adjustments for QCX+20

 

Keith,
L3, two turns less than spec for 20m, so 14 turns instead of 16. You should quite readily notice a peak in power as you adjust the turns from fully spread out around the toroid to tightly compressed.
Make sure you follow the "winding direction directions" (!) as this will make a difference to the ease with which you can move the windings around.
--
Julian, N4JO.


Re: Interesting QDX failure - L11 - #qdx

 

I need to phrase my answers better...

One fact is that L11 smoked, and power was needed from somewhere to make that happen.
Another fact is that the unit was operating unmolested for a number of hours - something approaching 36 - so we must rule out a simple assembly error.

I think we would agree that the DC path through R4 can't be the culprit, and R6 certainly can't be, so - and this is why I was talking about compound failures -  we have to have assume the source of power is RF, AND that there is an errant (probably DC) current path in order to change the phase of the current to turn some of that reactive power into real power. There's no magic here, and as I said earlier, we have to think differently than we would about normal circuit operation.
Unless Roger tells us that something else overheated and took L11 with it, we have to deduce that L11 dissipated significantly power than was intended. I'm sorely tempted to quote Sir Arthur Conan Doyle here, but I'm sure I don't need to ;-)

Following the "something else overheated" line, the only other answer I can think of is that the condition of the track/pads around L11, or the connection between L11 and the track, exhibited sufficient resistance to cause heating, to which L11 was an innocent victim.

Bottom line is that he has to decide whether or not to bolt in another L11, and see what happens, so I really wanted to try to establish a root cause.
--
Julian, N4JO.


Re: Fedex Tracking

Larry Christensen
 

After it goes to US customs it is reliable. Until then it’s pretty sketchy. 

Larry NA0F


Re: Fedex Tracking

Hans Summers
 

Hi George

I'm interested to hear what the problems are with FedEx tracking? 

TNT and FedEx are the same company since 2016, but the corporate merger is still ongoing. Gradual progress.

For American continent shipments, delivery has always been handled by FedEx. But locally in Europe the TNT network is dominant. The transition from the European TNT network to the American FedEx network seemed to cause issues in a small (but expensive and time consuming) number of cases, around 1-2%.

Since last month we have been able to ship end-to-end via FedEx and have been doing this for certain countries including American continent counties, Australia and Japan. It appears to considerably increase the reliability, we have not yet experienced a single problem case with FedEx. 

73 Hans G0UPL
http://qrp-labs.com
https://www.buymeacoffee.com/g0upl


-------- Original message --------
From: George Korper <georgekorper@...>
Date: Thu, Mar 3, 2022, 6:01 AM
To: QRPLabs@groups.io
Subject: [QRPLabs] Fedex Tracking
The new tracking numbers are going to Fedex, but the information provided is not reliable. Is this also the case in the States? 

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