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Gil started a relevant thread a couple of years back:  [Ultra Portable Radio Design Challenge.]

Morse Code / Re: Can Morse Code Still Save You?
« on: September 04, 2018, 08:49:12 AM »
Radio Relay International  after action report on exercise contains useful information about QRP CW for emergency communication.

In that PDF I found this:

The RRI cycle of quarterly exercises is designed to test specific assets and methods in a sequence leading to more complex scenarios. This first quarter exercise was designed to test radiotelegraph circuits, whereas the second quarter exercise, for example, was designed to test two digital networks.

In the case of the first quarter exercise, it should be noted that radiotelegraphy (“CW”) is an extremely effective mode for portable, forward-deployed high frequency communications. It offers minimal DC power consumption, elegant equipment simplicity, light weight, few failure points and a capacity to clear a higher volume of message traffic than voice methods, often at a ratio of three to one in a given time- period. With the emphasis on battery power and renewable energy schemes, the use of CW circuits was the logical mode selection for this exercise.

Three frequencies were assigned for use in this scenario:

10115 kHz
14115 kHz

These are the default RRI watch frequencies (QSX) for the CW mode. In addition, they are specified priority circuits for use during a communications emergency.

Are these three frequencies agreed upon elsewhere than in a "Radio Relay International" context?

Morse Code / Re: Learn How To Increase Your Morse Code Copy Speed.
« on: August 28, 2018, 08:13:11 PM »
I downloaded the app "Morse Machine" by IU4APC …

Seems it is, alas, only available for Android devices. Even if an iOS version is promised in a reply to a 2015 comment.

Antennas / Re: Successful Wire Antennas.
« on: August 04, 2018, 10:19:01 AM »
Strange, there are 237 pages in that PDF but when I download it I can only look at 145 of them …

The PDF is actually only 32 pages long. It starts with the TOC and then moves to Chapter 3 Dipoles, at page 42. Then there are excerpts of other chapters, too. So the PDF is only a sample of the book.

Read more about the book in this review:

They link to the same sample PDF, except this one has copyright watermarks on every page:

I found the book on Amazon:

Morse Code / Re: Straight Key Cable [for Yaesu FT-817 & FT-818]
« on: July 21, 2018, 11:22:16 PM »
• I’m working on getting a cable for my straight key & Yaesu FT-818 and my Youkits HB-1B.
• My straight key is the J-45 (J-37 with leg clamp) military style key.
• The Yaesu FT-818 states I need a 3.5mm 3 pin jack.
• I’ve searched the web, YouTube and searched ham radio retail  sites. I can’t seem to figure this one out. Thanks for your input.

I have to find a solution for my still unused Yaesu FT-817ND, and I assume the two are similar in this respect.

The question is also discussed here, with some solutions suggested:

Data protection that protects you from reading foreign press... Reminds me of the Berlin Wall, which the Soviet and their vassal East Germans stated was to protect workers from attack by the western fascists.  With 'protectors' like that, who need enemies ?
The problem seems to be that small U.S. newspapers don't understand how to handle the GDPR requirements. The large ones do like this example:

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Thanks a lot for posting that article!

Great read, and I have had many similar experiences both with radio gear and in other areas of life.

(Cannot help thinking though, if both parties had been CW guys, that amplifier wouldn't have been necessary …)
Edit: Typo …


I see this more and more often. Annoying!

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The clickable link in there goes here:

Morse Code / Re: Yaesu CW Filters
« on: July 11, 2018, 12:46:45 PM »
However 817/818 is not a good plattform for morse Code, in fact, I sold it and get a Elecraft K2.

Please tell us more. I am considering selling my two years old and unused FT817ND.

Why do you consider it not a good platform for Morse code (CW)?

There are a few radios I want to buy at the moment...

What about the Yaesu FT-817ND? Have you get one already? You have often stated that you'd like to own one, if memory serves me right.

What about this one?:

New To Radio / Re: QRP from a beginners view
« on: June 02, 2018, 02:34:37 AM »
A great forum to set up skeds with people is the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC). They have a webpage just for setting up skeds with other people who use a straight key. It's a great way to get your feet wet with CW. Since everyone is using a manual key, the speeds are slow and the people patient.

I looked into that a while ago. Think I read somewhere that they consider semiautomatic bugs (e.g. the original Vibroplex) to be manual keys. I am not able to relocate that rule now; is this correct?

Morse Code / Re: QRPp // HF Morse at LESS Than One Watt
« on: June 02, 2018, 12:09:24 AM »
To paraphrase Kopernicus:  'And yet, QRP works.'

I did study the history of astronomy, for a long period. Kopernicus was my great hero then and now. However, that famous quote is attributed to another great astronomer, a century or so later:

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