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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:

Morse Code / Re: 'Morse Code as a Language'
« on: May 30, 2018, 11:55:58 PM »
This playlist was put on YouTube last week, perhaps of use to some of those who are learning Morse Code?

Unfortunately, these videos are not on You Tube anymore. I couldn't find them elsewhere, either.

As a consolation, I forward some links found by googling 'Morse Code as a Language':   >   >

Morse Code / Re: The article that inspired me to learn code
« on: May 30, 2018, 01:16:16 AM »
Thanks for the links! I made PDFs and archived on my Mac.

That must have been an awesome site, a pity it has been discontinued.

Morse Code / Re: CW Morse Code for Dummies
« on: May 27, 2018, 12:25:30 PM »
Thanks Sparks. I clicked on it and it turns out that I was already following it!

Me too. Most likely, us "likers" and followers followed along automatically when they rebranded.

General Discussion / Re: Registration will lead to confiscation
« on: May 26, 2018, 11:49:35 PM »
I am perhaps too preoccupied with WWII in the Nordic countries. Norway was occupied by Nazi Germany from 1940 to 1945, and in 1941 the occupant decided to confiscate all radio receivers, almost half a million of them, from the general Norwegian population. Only the German occupants and their Norwegian Nazi collaborators were allowed to own radios. The main goal was to prevent Norwegians from listening to London where the King of Norway and his Government resided in exile. (They would later return triumphantly to Norway in 1945.)

Amateur radio was prohibited long before that, and all equipment was seized according to official registers of ham licensees, I was told by ham radio veterans many years ago.

Now this man had built himself a transceiver in 1939, but had postponed to sit for his ham license exam, so when the Germans arrived on April 9, 1940, he was safely under the surveillance radar:
See also:

I guess Gunvald Tomstad's story would have been a quite different one if he had been a registered ham.

I registered my ham license some fifty years ago. Then I had an interim period of forty years when I was not registered (did not pay yearly dues). A few years ago I contacted the relevant authority, and they gave me back my license and first C/S for life, for free. I can live with that.

I would like my wife and some of my friends to learn Morse code and become hams.

Then I would like to send and receive encrypted messages about everyday matters.

Instead of encrypting ourselves I would suggest using one of the codebooks in this list:

The Captain of my first merchant marine vessel as a Radio Officer almost daily sent coded messages to his wife in Scotland. One day when delivering a radiogram to his desk I noticed a code book lying there. I took note of its title but since I didn't have access to a copy I couldn't decipher his messages. (And frankly, I couldn't care less …)

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