K1EL PS2B Keyer Kit

The K1EL Practice Keyer – the PS2B (minus the built in circuit board paddle) K1EL has several excellent PIC processor based Keyers, and they fill some niche gap areas in ham radio. One thing that I like – they handle paddles as well as bugs. The very cool Begali Intrepid Bug / Paddle I have the hybrid Bug / Paddle – the Begali Intrepid,…

Meditations on Morse Code

Begali Intrepid Key, image courtesy of Begali, LLC While the ham radio world embraces FT8 and robot QSOs, I’m having a “reunification” with CW, or Morse Code. It’s as binary as it gets. N3ZN ZN-QRP key, courtesy of N3ZN What I’m realizing is that (for me), the #1 reason ham radio operators should continue to exist is Morse Code. Only because we are 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…

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…

W1AW Bulletins on 160M

One of the absolute best services the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) provides is the daily bulletins sent in Morse Code, or as we hams call it, CW for Continuous Wave. Now, throw in 160M, and all of a sudden my new favorite pass time is just listening to the bulletins and trying to get my listening skills back to where they were when…

2018: My Year of Telegraphy

Cool items for a shadowbox that I will be putting together to kick the new year off right . . .  2016 was my “Year of the Low band Receive Antenna”. 2017 was my “Year of Ham Meets Maker”. Inspired by a very interesting biography on Samuel FB Morse, and the pivotal role Telegraphy played in history, I’m calling 2018 “Year of Telegraphy”. Sure,…

2018: My Year of the Telegraph

A few years back I read this book and it was excellent – I highly recommend it. I’m reading a biography about Samuel F.B Morse now, and will read this book next: What is really great is that I am one of us Telegraphers who are the legacy of Samuel F.B. Morse and the invention of the telegraph. A very big part of this…