So this morning I was listening to this net while working and decided to take a few minutes to check in. I wished all the folks who "sound like they're sick with or recovering from COVID a swift and strong recovery."
I also shared my pronouns, which they totally bungled in the notes which is, like, maximum #HamRadio
I also asked all the folks complaining about young whippersnappers using software to do #MorseCode to consider how the apps improve the accessibility of the hobby and how much kindness it would show to cut them some slack.
I greatly enjoyed taking part in the CQ WW CW contest! 😀
Pre-contest, I had 68 DXCC regions confirmed via #MorseCode contacts in lotw. Personal contest goal was to up that number.
With my inner city QRP 5 W and simple dipole antenna station, I reached 45 DXCC regions, 13 of which not yet lotw-confirmed in CW. What a harvest! 😁
My plan to reach SE-Asia didn't work out. I heard Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand - but on 10 m, those did not hear me. It was 15 m that delivered nicely, and 20 helped!
My 7th year anniversary doing the amateur radio activity called Summits On The Air. Celebrated by activating my 123rd summit today. Then it was San Gabriel Peak with a giant Buddipole and tripod and I only managed a few contacts with a borrowed radio. Today had a much lighter set of gear. Since that day 7 years ago I've made 1,906 contacts of which 1,563 were done using morse! Which was a thing I didn't even know how to do 7 years ago. 73!
#HamRadio #AmateurRadio #SOTA #SoCalSOTA #MorseCode
A Toe-Tappin’ Set of Morse Code Pedals - What’s the worst thing about traditional Morse keyers? If you ask us, it’s the fac... - https://hackaday.com/2023/11/24/a-toe-tappin-set-of-morse-code-pedals/ #peripheralshacks #nerfbullets #coppertape #morsecode
A Toe-Tappin’ Set of Morse Code Pedals https://hackaday.com/2023/11/24/a-toe-tappin-set-of-morse-code-pedals/ #PeripheralsHacks #Nerfbullets #coppertape #morsecode
Some ITU documents are surprisingly easy to read and can be valuable sources of information. That said, we in #hamradio have the right to deviate from the operating procedures of the maritime and such services, and so we do. So take with a good number of grains of salt what you find in ITU documents, including in the official #MorseCode definition https://www.itu.int/dms_pubrec/itu-r/rec/m/R-REC-M.1677-1-200910-I!!PDF-E.pdf . For one example, the "starting signal (to precede every transmission)" is pretty much never used by us.
Random thoughts: DLARC on Radio Survivor podcast, open-source software packaging, speed key test
#hamradio #dlarc #MorseCode
Join me at noon PST for some Morse Runner practice! https://youtube.com/live/uw01BTpG9JE?feature=share #HamRadio #MorseCode #MorseRunner
Feeling relaxed after the weekly friendly ragchew hour via #MorseCode on the 2m band with a friend and neighbor.
After warmup, our two rigs tend to differ in frequency by about 110 Hz; initially some 60 Hz more or so.
110 Hz on 2 m... if our rigs were clocks, they would be off by about 2 seconds per months.
The precision modern technology delivers is amazing!
The #MorseCode requirements for all shortwave #hamradio ops of yesteryear was required by ITU's "Radio Regulatons". For a good, practical reason: Hams could service Morse code emergency traffic of ships in distress on the high seas, SOS and all that. This saved quite a few lives.
In the 1990s, computers took over and radiomen went off board. These computers use Morse code no more, SOS is gone. So the code requirement was dropped first from ITU's RR, then most places followed.
If asked to slow down your #MorseCode transmission speed, PLEASE prefer Farnsworth-type breaks between your letters over all other deviations from standard timing.
In particular so if you can't (or are unwilling to) adjust your dot speed.
"Bug" (Vibroplex) users sometimes resort to overlong dashes. The result can be quite as hard to copy than the original sending too fast was.
As always: Sending what your QSO partner can't copy is a waste of time.
Join me at lunch for some #MorseRunner practice! https://youtube.com/live/ZpPSpJqzR7I?feature=share #HamRadio #MorseCode
It has for many years been a goal of mine to call CQ in a #hamradio contest in #MorseCode without fear, and enjoy the experience. The problem: Contest-typical 25ish wpm speeds. As @ei8kd noticed: Many ops don't slow down. 🙄
I finally did it! At 20 wpm (ready to QRS!), I called CQ WAG as part of the DL0ABT team last weekend!
FB conditions. QSO rates of 60/hour resulted, over a total of 3+ hours. I greatly enjoyed! 🙂 😀 😁
And have a feeling my "human speed" is attractive to others!
Global News BC: B.C. Scouts connect with counterparts using ham radio, Morse code, and online chat rooms https://globalnews.ca/news/10041831/b-c-scouts-connect-with-counterparts-using-ham-radio-morse-code-and-online-chat-rooms/ #globalnews #britishcolumbia #news #Morsecode #HamRadio #Kelowna #Canada #Scouts #World #B.C.
⚫➖ The Tono Theta 7000 is a communication computer, a kind donation from a radio amateur. With it, you can transmit and receive Morse code, Baudot code, and ASCII.
#computermuseum #computerhistory #slovenia #ljubljana #softwareheritage #retrocomputing #nostalgia #radioamateur #nostalgi #baudotcode #vintage #vintagecomputer #vintagecomputing #retro #europee #morsecode #retrocomms
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Trying to figure out how I could work Morse code into a new song I've just barely started writing, instead of comping vocals on a song I should've already been done re-producing and mixing by now. :catPOWER: :AAAAAA:
#MusicProduction #ADHD #ADHDMusicians #ADHDer #NeuroDivergent #MorseCode #Music #IndieMusic
Don't practice #morsecode like me:
Conventional wisdom is to up your speed if you can copy 80+%.
I increase my practice speed when I can copy a 3 minute run of random letters/numbers/punctuation in random sized groups of 1 to 8 characters with zero errors.
It's gruelling; I don't find it easy to hit 100%. And it's brutal to miss by one or two letters. But I did it at 16wpm last night, and now I get to go to 17wpm, and do it all over.
Which is, unfortunately, exciting to me.
I'm loving this #qrpguys Mini Tuner. I test new antenna under less than ideal conditions like today to see how they perform. If they perform well then they'll likely work under ideal conditions. Heat shrink marks different bands. Hose clamps and zip ties used to connect paracord to tent stakes to support mast when elevated. Nice work during #pota #parksontheair #cwoperator #morsecode #qrp #amateurradio #hamradio activation today.
In the 1990s, ship radio officers were replaced with digital equipment. Not long after, the venerable costal stations shut down. "SOS" is no more.
The need gone, the rule was first scratched ITU/RR level, later, nationally in most places.
👍 Makes sense to me.
Not sure whether to thank him or not. XD
I guess I probably wouldn't have gotten into it if the requirement was still there, so I guess he was right!
The famous old question: CW beginner, straight key or paddle? I've read many good arguments for a straight key (e.g. producing the same like what you hear) but I am wondering, what are some arguments for starting with a paddle? There are many CW trainer devices that feature a paddle (Morserino, etc.). Why do you think, a CW beginner should start with a paddle?
#CW #MorseCode #CW100Days
Stay safe tonight, #Ukraine
Koch method to learn #MorseCode says: Start with 12 wpm speed from the beginning without additional gaps, and stay there the whole time. @hollie , yes, may sound intimidating - untill you realize the trick: Go slow with the number of letters.
Start with just 2 different letters. Add a new letter only when copying all of the previous ones nicely, that is, ≥ 90%, at 12 wpm.
Shameless plug: I explain the Koch method in the README of a related software project https://gitlab.com/4ham/koch-method-real-words/-/blob/master/README.md .
To become fast, get rid of conscious thinking. It is a trap to form thinking habits, then train them thoroughly, only to be stuck at speed about 10 wpm = 50 cpm. To become faster, you'll have to painfully unlearn the thinking you thoroughly practiced.
The alternative: Start fast from the start, at 12 wpm minimum, with no additional gaps for thinking. That's the essence of the Koch method, done right. I recommend it.
My dad and I are both trying to learn Morse code so we can connect with our ham radio, and he’s kicking my butt at this (which is awesome). We’re both using MorseMania but he’s learning the rhythms while I keep staying stuck in mentally translating the dots and dashes. I remember in second-year high school French class when I suddenly had a thought IN FRENCH and it was INCROYABLE - Dad is doing that with Morse, it’s so cool. #morsecode #hamradio
An example of one of the wheels for #NASA’s #Mars #Science Laboratory #rover, #Curiosity. They have a maximum diameter of 50mm, are 40cm wide, and are made of machined #aluminum.
To save weight, the wheels were machined to a minimum thickness of 0.75mm. There are raised, chevron-shaped #grousers that help provide stiffness and traction that stand 7mm and are at regular, about 65cm, intervals.
To mark the #MarsRover’s progress visually, the wheels were to be marked with a pattern that the camera could see for visual odometry. The designers of #MSL wanted to to use the initials of their organization, #JPL, but #NASA objected to the optics of leaving their initials on another plant, so they just put it in #MorseCode.
Unfortunately, the thinness of the wheels has resulted in their slow degradation as they are torn by sharp rocks and the tears spread. The wheels for #Mars2020 #Perseverance were modified as a result. https://heronfox.pixels.com/featured/curiosity-wheel-2-heron-and-fox.html
Morse for A, M, and N sound so freaking close to each other. I stumble on these all the time! A and N in particular.
My mantra... "I will not buy another radio. I will not buy another radio." But I never said anything about a telegraph key.
The American Morse #ultraportapaddle #cw #morsecode Now I can be like #thehamninja Chris @N1CLC . Next up is the elusive #CWMORSE SP4 POTA/SOTA Mini. #amateurradio #hamradio #morsecodekey #cwops #cwop
Learning - how often?
When doing bodily training, such as practicing for a Marathon, daily training is suboptimal, I've learned. To build up those new muscle cells you want to grow, your body needs rest days .
Learning #MorseCode (or anything else) involves physically changing and growing stuff in your brain.
Lots of people intuitively recommend (or even command) "practice daily!" I wonder whether that's a good idea.
Scientific data, anyone?