The NorCal 40A, CW and Antique Radio

The “QRP-CW” section of the KY6R Shack . . . After having a full power QRO “DXCC Station” for many years, I’ve right-sized the shack based on wanting to pursue new interests. I have these areas of interest: Morse Code (CW) – like losing weight, this year I had pledged to get back into CW where I can improve my operating skill beyond the…

Morse Code

I am very pleasantly surprised – my intuition is leading me down a new path that I really wondered might not have “legs” like DXCC did all those years. Its a nostalgia trip – but with a real twist – its keeping history alive moving full speed into the future. Begali CW Machine Software – my spacing needs a little help! I started playing…

DX Bingo!

I’m going to pick up where I left off with the DXCC Challenge, except I’m calling it “DX Bingo”. Here are my rules: I will only jump in pileups where I need the DXCC Entity on a band. No band-mode DX Hoggery I will use LOTW as my bingo sheet, but will NOT participate in DXCC Challenge (since its pointless from the West Coast)…

Morse Code: Copying CW by Ear

Last night – and this morning, 160M sounds great. I listened to a propagation report in the W1AW Bulletin by ear, and am starting to get a lot better copying CW by ear. I’m starting to “listen ahead”, which helps me hear full words rather than single letters – which is the case when I copy using pen and paper. I always did well…

CW: Always the King for DXing

This morning I called VK9MT on FT8, and he was -15 dB at best, -18 dB at worst, but I decoded him. He kept calling CQ even though there were a ton of people responding. I made one mistake  (forgot to click on even / first) but someone on the ON4KST Chat helped get me straight fast. On Top Band I still don’t think…