Tag Archive for CW

Solid-state paddles from 9A5N

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I recently learned of a new set of paddles being developed by Neno 9A5N. These are solid state paddles available in either single paddle or dual paddle iambic styles and operate by touch with no mechanical movement. I like the look and size of them with that solid metal base and am curious what it would…

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

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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

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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…