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Flying Pigs
Group Build and Buy Project
based on K8IQY's 2n2-40 rig.

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DX Cluster Spots

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7MHz 10MHz
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Solar Information

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Geomagnetic Field:
From n3kl.org

Sept. 30, 2002 Storm


Electronics Tutorials with VK2TIP
Kits and Parts
West Florida QRP Club
W8DIZ - Pappa Pig #1 “Diz”
N8IE - (HERO!) Dan
The notorious N8IE SHACK CAM
N7TX – Steve
WB8ICN – Mikey, one of our PIG Net Control Guys
WB6JBM - /rick
My buddy Dennis WB0WAO's evil QRP laboratory.
N8MX– Andy
AC7CF – Andrew
If you stay up late and think weird.

Occasionally updated FUNNY LINK

Landover - unequaled parody. (Yeah, I know it's been here before.)

This site cracked me up for hours. Thin skinned Christians should ignore this one.

And a bonus...

The coveted Flying Pig ZAPPER Certificate!


Mac Steinmeyer - AF4PS
13215 Royal George Avenue
Odessa, FL 33556
Hillsborough County
Grid: EL88qc, 28.091N x 82.643W

I'm a relatively new Ham (assigned KF4KSM in 1996), but I'm even newer at HTML. Be patient with me, make suggestions and check back often!

I love to tinker, build "Manhattan Style" (very ugly the way I do it!) projects, and experiment with stealth antennas. I operate almost 99% CW and almost always at QRP power, 5 watts or less.

I also enjoy chasing DX, and 30 meters is my favorite band. My "main" rig is an Elecraft K2 , but I also use various homebrew concoctions. I am further challenged by living in a "deed restricted" sub-division so stealth antenna experiments have become a passion.

The fun right now is the 2006 RFTB (Run for the Bacon) sprints sponsored by the Flying Pigs. Please give me a shout if you hear me on the air (I'll do my best to match your CW speed up to about 30 wpm), or on the computer via AIM, screen-name "AF4PSmac". (My typing is worse than my CW, ask anybody!)

Operating Information

Flying Pigs QRP International - West Central Florida Chapter - Field Day 2003

W8DIZ visits AF4PS - February 18, 2003
Feature commemorating Diz's visit added at the bottom of the page.

Bob Locher, W9KNI's "Musings on an Experiment in QRP" from CQ Magazine

New Flying Pigs 2003 WAP Contest!

WB8FSV's beginner's guide to CW (Morse Code tutorial.)

G4FON Koch method CW Trainer - Excellent.

K7QO's course to High speed CW (ISO image - code tutorial.)

G4ZFE Pile-up trainer (whew!)

My actual 2002 Log

My FP DXCC listing

My FP WAS listing

Flying Pigs DXCC and WAS totals

Oh man! Check this out!

Flying Pigs Miles per Watt listing

NEW!!! What I want for Christmas...

Flying Pigs QRP International Website

Things I Wrote.

1939 Vintage "SPY" radio.

Vertical Antenna experiments in the Swamp

Someone actually asked to read one of my sermons!

A tribute to Brian KB9BVN

For my friend Joel KE1LA

My (alleged) trip to FDIM 2001

To Be, or Not...

More speculation...

Yes, some pigs fly!

The Flying Pig Nets
The Flying Pig QRP Club holds Summer nets on Monday 0100z and Thursday 0100z around 7.044-46 MHz (Winter months we move to 0200z). A new "West Coast" net is in the works! For more information see the Flying Pig Web Site.

Flying Pig's International QRP Club

My Real Job
I've been a United Methodist Pastor for 25 years. I work at Lake Magdalene UMC in Tampa, a great bunch of folks.
Visit the website of LMUMC.

Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.
The People of the United Methodist Church.

Here is my "UPDATED" NorCal Nor'Easter

Here is information on the Flying Pigs 2n2-40+ group build FP 2n2-40+ Page

My UGLY Multipig#4 construction pics (despite the classy "For Sale" sign it's mounted on) probably aren't worth posting, so just look at the one below.

Here is an interesting portable (backpacking) WIRE antenna called the MiniBac along with some other unique ideas.

Here is an interesting portable (backpacking) VERTICAL antenna called the PAC-12.

Here is a WONDERFUL source for portable (and other kinds) antlers (thanks to Mike W9WIS!) USMC FIELD ANT MANUAL

More Antenna 'speriments (recent "Bacon Bits" article) HERE.

Update on the radial array HERE.

PICTURES and more...
Here is my experimental St. Louis Vertical, designed by Dave Gauding NF0R.

Click here for info on the St.Louis Vertical and other portable ideas.

Click link below for MultiPig info.
A picture of me and the world travelled
MultiPig #4
taken by Mikey, WB8ICN.

Click here for more information on the MultiPig rig.
And here for more information on the New revised PCB version.

Thanks for the logo Jim, N5IB!

Club Affiliations
AR-QRP #257, ARCI #9843, ARRL, ARS #751, Flying Pigs -51, FISTS #5096, HI-QRP #83, NorCal #1998, I joined AmericanQRP, but got no # - grin. QRP-L #704, SOC #28, West FL QRP, Tampa Amateur Radio Club, WHINER #5, Zombie #510, and various other $15-$25 annual encumbrances.)

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