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Morse Code / Re: "Morse Code Tools" software
August 13, 2022, 10:31:15 PM
In connection with my previous post someone sent me this link:

I am not certain I need it myself, but I hope it may be useful to someone here.
Morse Code / Re: Improving your morse code skills
August 05, 2022, 12:07:01 PM
More from the same person (G4FON):

"Morse trainer" — downloadable.
Morse Code / Improving your morse code skills
August 05, 2022, 01:34:39 AM
Morse Code / Re: First Time Using a Vibroplex Bug.
August 05, 2022, 01:04:27 AM
I want to suggest a new board:

"Morse Keys".

I have lots of links to put in there if my wish is granted.
Morse Code / Re: First Time Using a Vibroplex Bug.
August 05, 2022, 01:00:08 AM
For listening training, I am adding another semiautomatic bug transmission:

That's not a Vibroplex though, it's this one:
Morse Code / Re: First Time Using a Vibroplex Bug.
August 03, 2022, 01:58:35 PM
Nice! Did you continue using the Vibroplex semiautomatic bug?

I recently discovered this short video with the same kind of Vibroplex that I acquired in a USEC port in 1965, when I was a sailing radio operator. I estimate the speed here to be above 30 WPM, and it equals the speed I mastered at the time. I still own that Vibroplex, and the video inspired me to practice more so I can reach that speed again.

What I really would like to have is a wristwatch similar to the one you see in the video. It was for sale by a British company for about $200. Unfortunately, they were sold out by the time I had saved enogh to buy one.

Morse Code / Re: Today I learned a-z, 0-9
July 29, 2022, 09:41:55 PM
Quote from: vy2js on November 11, 2019, 08:40:42 PMUsing a great phone app called Morse Mania ...

Upon reading this I started a new topic:,1912.0.html [Morse Mania]
GRIZZLY started a new thread and continued his discussion here:,1990.0.html [Yeasu FT 818 ND]
New To Radio / Re: Yeasu FT 818 ND
July 20, 2022, 04:47:51 PM
Quote from: GRIZZLY on April 01, 2022, 10:17:38 AMIt seems the 818 is available in Germany, do you know if the yeasu warranty will apply worldwide ?

This Italian company, with a website in German, offers 5-year-warranty (3-year-warranty YAESY + 2-year-warranty CSY & SON = 5-year-warranty).

The condition is that you must purchase your YAESU product imported to Europe and sold by CSY & SON or one of their representatives.

See also this short video with English subtitles:
New To Radio / Re: Yeasu FT 818 ND
July 20, 2022, 04:25:21 PM

Quote from: GRIZZLY on April 01, 2022, 08:39:56 AMLike I said in the old topic on this radio, I think I will buy a Yeasu FT 818 ND.

Please note that this thread is a continuation of another thread:,1407 [The new Yaesu FT-818, specifications.]
Since you live in the US, maybe you could complain to the FCC and let their inspectors find the cause?

Another possibility:

QuoteElectrical interference may also be caused by power lines. Interference caused by your power company's electrical equipment is normally continuous, and your power company should be notified.

A simple method of determining the location of electrical interference is by using a portable battery-powered AM radio tuned to a quiet frequency at the lower end of the dial. You should hear static or a buzzing sound as you get close to the source of the interference. The closer you get, the more intense the static will be.

If you cannot locate the interference source in your own house, check with your neighbors to see if they also experience interference. The source may be in their home.

If you cannot determine the source of the electrical interference, contact the customer service department of your local power company. Most power companies will investigate the problem and take steps to correct it.
General Discussion / Re: Haze grey and underway
July 10, 2020, 10:57:24 AM
Quote from: JS6UEY on July 10, 2020, 08:35:52 AMGil appears to be on his way!

There is another thread for that:,1942.0.html  Maritime mobile following, July 10-19 2020.