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Morse Code / Re: CW Morse Code for Dummies
« Last post by gil on Today at 05:17:19 AM »
Thanks Sparks. I clicked on it and it turns out that I was already following it!

General Discussion / Re: Registration will lead to confiscation
« Last post by Sparks 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.
General Discussion / Re: Should encryption be allowed on the Ham bands?
« Last post by Sparks on May 26, 2018, 10:00:39 PM »
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 )
Morse Code / Re: CW Morse Code for Dummies
« Last post by Sparks on May 26, 2018, 06:35:33 PM »
This is a Facebook page where interesting links are being added about every week:

They changed the name, it's now "CW 4 Dummies - Morse Code". New URL:

Learn MORSE CODE fun and easy way.
Learners, experts, tricks, materials, contacts ... radiotelegraphy
(Some of this information is collected in internet)
Batteries & Solar / Re: DIY Solar Panels
« Last post by gil on May 26, 2018, 07:04:16 AM »
Hello. I have thought about it for a boat deck... My concern is to find and properly apply a protective cover you can walk on and that can take salt water and sun for years. Too much to ask maybe...


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Morse Code / Re: The article that inspired me to learn code
« Last post by Sparks on May 25, 2018, 10:45:09 PM »
The Case for Code - Part 1
The Case for Code - Part 2

Domain is for sale and articles gone. Hopefully, are they published somewhere else?
Antennas / Re: Field Expedient Antenna Systems.
« Last post by KD2PSC on May 25, 2018, 12:39:47 PM »
Love the plastic spoon insulator!
Batteries & Solar / DIY Solar Panels
« Last post by KD2PSC on May 25, 2018, 11:28:56 AM »
Has anyone here ever built their own solar panel, I have read some articles and seen some videos.  Looks tedious but not overly difficult.

Was looking at these:

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