Corrections to articles appearing in QST magazine are listed below according to the issue in which the error occurred.
Issue Feedback January
● In “Hands-On Radio” [Jan 2013, pp 63-64] the output connection in Figure 3 (B) should be to the normally open (N.O.) relay contact.
Check the "QST-in-Depth" web page for corrections to Cheap and Easy SDR [Jan 2013, pp 30-35]
● In “Down Periscope” [Jan 2013, pp 36-38] The galvanized steel pipe identified in the “Mounting Arrangement” section should be 1 1/4 inch, not 1 1/2 inch diameter.
● In “A Sampling Down Converter for Low Frequency Oscilloscopes” [Jan 2013, pp 39-45] the description of L1 in Figure 2 is incorrect. Please use the description in the parts list instead. In Figure 3, the INPUT and OUTPUT terminals of U7 are shown reversed.
● In “A Three to One Dummy Load” [Feb 2013, pp 30-32] there is an inconsistency between the wiring of R6-R9 in Figure 1 and the text. The text describes them interconnected at the intermediate point (bottom of R6 to bottom of R8), while the schematic doesn’t show the connection. Either arrangement will provide the desired 1:1 SWR.
In “The Penticton Solar Flux Receiver” [Feb 2013, pp 39-47] the lead map incorrectly shows Lake Sakakawea in Montana. It should have been shown in North Dakota.
●In Figure 3 the block labeled “2.75-2.85 GHz Band-pass Filter” in both the A1 and B1 paths should read “GasFET Amplifier.”
●In “Digital Detective” [Feb 2013, p 80] in the digital edition of QST, the link www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=8861 text is correct but the link address is not. When selecting the link, change “8661” to “8861” and you will be able to access the correct web page.
● In Figure 1 of “An MCW Keyer for V/UHF FM” [Apr 2013, pp 37-38], Q1, Q2, Q4 and Q5 are misidentified as PNP transistors. They are actually NPN types. The base diagram for the Q3 is correct as shown, just its label has a typo.
● In “Overvoltage Protection for ac Generators” [Apr 2013, pp 43-46], some of the identified parts are no longer available, or are not available in single unit quantities. Please make the following changes:
C1 — 220 µF, 35 V electrolytic capacitor (Digikey P5166-ND).
DS1, DS7 — Red LED (Digikey 751-1129-ND).
DS3-DS5 — Green LED (Digikey 751-1099-ND).
DS2, DS6 — Yellow LED (Digikey 751-1144-ND).
The original amber LED is no longer available in 3 mm size so that has been changed to yellow.
●In “Overvoltage Protection for ac Generators” [Apr 2013, pp 43-46], the author provided the following update: If you are using the circuit board from Far Circuits, note that they have included the two jumpers I discussed as connection on the board. Thus, you will not be able to use the on-board jumpers as part of the calibration process. Instead, you will have to carefully touch your positive voltmeter probe to the LM-3914-1 pins. The negative lead attaches to the negative foil strip on the bottom of the board where the negative lead of capacitor C1 is attached.
LM-3914-1 pin 6 is for the lower voltage setting (0.35 V dc) and pin 4 is for the higher voltage setting (0.55 V dc). Remember, those are starting voltages and will have to be adjusted a little.
Remember, while making adjustments, avoid contact the leads going to the GFCI and with R5 and U3, including the foil side of the board around those components.
- In "Remote Control of Accessories via the Internet" [April 2013, p 31] in the Figure 1 parts list, the K1-K8 SPDT relays should be identified as Digikey part 225-2077-ND or Mouser part 769-JQ1P-12V-F. These are only examples of relays that can be used in this project. Relays should be selected based on the ac or dc voltages and currents required by the devices being switched
- In “Build a Linear 2 Meter 80 W All Mode Amplifier,” by James Klitzing, W6PL [May 2013, p 30-34], two heat sinks are included in the parts list, but only one is necessary, specifically: Heat sink extrusion 5.375 x 8 x 1.375 inches (Heat Sink USA A008).
• In “Up Front” [June 2013, page 20], the photo at the upper left corner of the page with the caption "On the road with the tower trailer" is actually a photo of different tower trailer that the author built in the 1970s and towed from California to Vermont. It is not the same trailer shown in the rest of the article.
July In “The Doctor is In” [Jul 2013, pp 54-55], there is a typo in the response to William, W5VDM. The correct formula for the approximate distance to the radio horizon is 1.32 × [height (ft)]0.5.
In “The Real Q-Pole” [July 2013, pp 37-38] the spacing between the rods of the Q section is 2 3/4 inches measured at the outer edges of the two elbows, not 1 1/2 inches as shown in the diagram. This is not an electrically critical dimension, but should be noted.
• “Hands-On Radio” column #127 [August 2013, pp 53-54] mistakenly uses 1.866 for the square root of 3 when the correct value is 1.732. The correct voltage between two phases of a three-phase 120-V system is then 120 x 1.732 = 208 V. Two hundred and forty volts would be supplied in a split-phase system with each phase supplying 120 V.
November In the article “A Cascaded Current Transformer RF Coupler” by Ralph Crumrine, N0KC, which appeared in the November 2013 QST, page 52, the Steward core number shown for transformer T2 is incorrect. The correct part number is 28-0375-400.
Issue Feedback January The article “A Transistor Tester in a Tin” [pp 30-31] has three problems. In Figure 1, the sketch of the TO-92 transistor (the lower unit) has its emitter (E) and collector (C) leads reversed. BT1-3 should be AAA size batteries to fit in the Altoids can. The headphone connection, J1, is correct as shown for headphones with dc continuity, such as dynamic headsets. If a crystal earphone is used, the bottom of R7 should be grounded and the earphone connected between the top of R7, in parallel with the emitter, and ground. Note that with this change there will be current drawn from the battery at all times, so at least one battery should be removed when the unit is not being used, or a power switch should be added. February In “Product Review — Four 25 A Switch Mode Power Supplies” [pp 56-59] some updates were not made following Ten-Tec’s replacement of the 941 supply with a current unit. On page 59, under “Lab Testing” in the first column, it should now say: “The supplies here all tested between 110 mV and 490 mV, most in line with the best of supplies reviewed previously.” In the third column it should now say: All of power supplies tested here passed part 15 requirements for conducted emissions. Overall the QJE DX PS30SWII and Ten-Tec 941 were the quietest of the units tested, followed closely by the Jetstream JTPS30M. We have learned that the image we have been describing as AMSAT-OSCAR 51 [see, for example, p 87] is actually a different satellite. ― tnx Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA March In “Webcam Microscope for the Radio Amateur” [pp 38-39] the name of the author of the referenced article is Jim Koehler, VE5FP, not Joe. In “A Coaxial Vertical for 160 and 80 meter” [pp 30-32] the entry for Section 4 in the caption for Figure 5 should be 3960 not 1960 kHz. In “Hands-On Radio” [pp 59-60] Ed, N5KZW, points out that to bring your workplace up to standard practices for ESD, the best method is to use a static dissipative mat and cuff. These are widely available from distributors such as Digi-Key and Jameco. With their current-limiting series resistance, these are also safer in case of electrical fault. April In "The Doctor is In" the correct call sign of Elwood who contributed the link about meteor pings is WB0OEW. The antenna photo on page 120 of the Apr 2012 issue was taken by Tim Raven, G4ARI. The cover of the Apr 2012 issue should have referred to RMS Titanic, not HMS.
In “Level Converter to Allow Full Control of Peripherals by Computer or Radio” [pp 38-40] the ground connection on J4 should go to pin 5, not pin 4. Also the "Hamspeak" item was in error. It should have read:
Null Modem -- An adapter to interconnect two devices both wired as EIA RS-232-C DCEs or DTEs using DSUB25 or DSUB9 connectors. To allow communication, interconnect RECEIVE DATA (pin 3) on one connector to TRANSMIT DATA (pin 2) on the other for either connector type. The SYSTEM GROUND connection should also be interconnected end to end -- pin 7 on DSUB25, pin 5 on DSUB9.
For most devices that require flow control, cross connecting CLEAR TO SEND and REQUEST TO SEND either at each connector, or from end to end, will allow data flow. Some implementations may also require DATA SET READY and CARRIER DETECT at one end connected to DATA TERMINAL READY at the other.
In “The 43 Foot Vertical — What’s the Magic,” June 2012, pp 30-31, I was remiss in not mentioning that the 43 foot vertical, as any monopole fed against ground, requires a good radial ground system to be efficient. The radials can be on or under the ground, or can be elevated. If you’re not familiar with the requirements for such a system, please look over the excellent QST article by Rudy Severns, N6LF, on the subject.1— J. R. Hallas, W1ZR, Technical Editor, QST.
1R. Severns, N6LF, “An Experimental Look at Ground Systems for HF Verticals,” QST, Mar 2010, pp 30-33.
July In the 2011 ARRL 10 Meter Contest Results (July 2012, pp 80-83), the DX winner of the Single Operator, Phone Only, High Power category was listed as LP1H (LU5HM, op). This is incorrect. The correct winner was KP2A (KW8N, op). August
In “A Digital Interface for Fldigi” [Aug 2012, pp 36-38] Figure 1 shows the connectivity of the output pins of U2 in error. Pin 4 should go to MIC GROUND, pin 5 should go to PTT and pin 6 should be left unconnected.
The miniature audio isolation transformers, T1-T3, are no longer listed by RadioShack. Rick, WA6NUT, suggests the Triad TY-145P as a suitable replacement. It is available from the usual suppliers, including Jameco (www.jameco.com)and Mouser (www.mouser.com).
In “The Uncooperative Tree” [Sep 2012, p 30-32] the value of the inductors in Figure 2 should have been shown as 33 μH.
In “Power Carts for Scouts and Field Operations” [Sep 2012, pp 36-40] switch S3 in Figure 6, shown as a DPDT center-off switch, could be a SPDT center-off unit instead.
In “The Evolution of DX Spotting” [Oct 2012, pp 71-72] the author noted that he used the work “splitter” when he meant “skimmer” when describing certain terminology related to the Reverse Beacon Network.
In "Those Mysterious Signals" [Oct 2012, pp 37-39] the correct URL in note 4 is wwlln.net/TOGA_network_global_maps.htm. November
● In “Boat Anchor Buddy” [Nov 2012, pp 53-56] there should have been a footnote indicating that PC board files and other layout information is available on the QST in Depth website.
● In “Boat Anchor Buddy” [Nov 2012, pp 53-56] the parts list in the caption of Figure 1 has the values of C5 and C6 reversed, they are shown correctly in the schematic. R11 is missing from the parts list and is a 6800 ohm resistor like R13. In Figure 1, Q7 has the collector and emitter leads reversed. The board layout is correct.
● In “Boat Anchor Buddy” [Nov 2012, pp 53-56] some builders have experienced excess current and heat in the NE555 timer IC. Lower current operation will be achieved by removing R6 from the + 12 V line and inserting it between pin 3 of U1 and the base of Q4. A revised layout drawing is on the QST-in-Depth website at www.arrl.org/qst-in-depth.
● In “Building Inexpensive HF Power Attenuators” [Nov 2012, pp 32-33] the first formula on page 32 should indicate 1.41 A, not 0.71 A.
● In “Have Fun Building the Simplest Transmitter” [Nov 2012, pp 46-49] the author has provided some additional coil data. He notes that his 40 meter L3 is five turns, wound exactly as L2 and that he uses his 40 meter L2 as his 80 meter L3. The value of R1 is not shown. The correct value is 100 kohms, 1 W.
In the “Power Supply Options” sidebar C1 and C2 are 8 μF, 450 V electrolytic capacitors. They are available from Antique Electronics Supply (www.tubesandmore.com), part number C-SA8-450.
● The author of “Distracted Driving and Amateur Radio—A Civil (Law) Perspective” [Nov 2012, pp 81-82] has sent us an update regarding his article. The article includes the statement: “In Illinois, an effort by ARRL officials quickly convinced the legislature to adopt a blanket exemption for Amateur Radio from the measures being considered.” The final legislation (Public Act 97-828) that was adopted does not appear to contain the blanket exemption for Amateur Radio. The blanket exemption has been amended onto another bill that remains in committee and is unlikely to be passed this session but could be reintroduced next year.
● In “PSK-31 Operation on 2 Meter FM” [Dec 2012, pp 37-38] in Figure 1, the word “Ring” should be further to the right to line up with the contact for the right channel. The portion of the connector on the far left is the “sleeve.” In addition, the tip should be shown to the right of the ring.
● In “Product Review—Elecraft KX3 HF and 6 Meter QRP Transceiver” [Dec 2012, pp 39-44] the last word of the first paragraph under What’s In The Box on page 39 should be “translator,” not “transistor.”
● In “Life Members Elected” [Dec 2012, p 60] Brad R. Woodward, KG4FUS, was included in the list in error.