Tag Archive for CW

2013 in review, ahead to 2014

2014

Radio doin’s in 2013 were a lot like previous years and consisted mostly of chasing DX by slamming dots and dashes against the ionosphere. Between pile-ups, I tinkered a bit with a FunCube Dongle Pro+ and built a helical antenna for receiving NOAA weather satellite images. Now I mostly use it for SWLing and continue to like it…

CX1JJ – FB YL CW DXer

Mari CX1JJ

How’s that for an alphabet soup title – only a ham could understand it… My normal way to start a listening session is to tune to 10 meters during the day and 80 at night, listening for anything that seems to catch my  attention. From either of those bands, I tune inward to continue the search.…

I am not a headphone snob

hphones

Yesterday, after many years of service, the connecting band of my headphones snapped in such a way as to not be repairable without an ugly application of “redneck’s chrome” (duct tape). In looking for recommendations for a new pair I can’t help but think that many hams are overbuying. Sennheiser and Bose are often recommended/discussed on…

The appeal of retro

ward-pound-creek

Back when digital cameras first began to overtake 35mm film in terms of resolution and fidelity, I did a weird thing – I bought a large-format film camera kit which I built from wood, glue and a bit of ground glass. The camera used 4X5 inch sheet film and required a lengthy amount of time…

SV2KBS: “Play CW like a girl!”

cw_sketch_lr

I hope there’s an equivalent phrase in Greek to “a picture’s worth a thousand words”. Anything I could ever possibly write about the fulfillment of operating CW is summed up completely and eloquently by Victoria SV2KBS in this sketch. In a recent exchange of emails, Vicky not only gave me permission to post her drawing, but…