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Re: Sideswiper technique advice?

ON technique, I alternate fingers independent of which was used to end a charaxter. MY advice is practice and see which way seems more automatic. As far as alternating with a keyer, I learned a swiper before I had a keyer and have no trouble switching between keyer paddles, bug and sideswiper. My ad...
by W5ALT
Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:56 pm
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: Sideswiper technique advice?
Replies: 4
Views: 1450

Re: New member from MD

Welcome aboard! Hope to see you on the air.
by W5ALT
Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:53 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: New member from MD
Replies: 3
Views: 1317

Re: Type of key

Bob, you can use your Bencher paddles for SKCC contacts if you don't hook it up to an electronic keyer. That leaves two main options:

1) Just tap 1 side of the paddles as a straight key.
2) Wire both paddles together and use it as a sideswiper.

73,
Walt
by W5ALT
Mon Jun 16, 2014 3:17 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Type of key
Replies: 3
Views: 1604

Re: help improving speed...overcoming mental plateau

I do the same, Bernard, so don't feel too alone. I find that the problem comes and goes; some days it's worse than others. Unfortunately I don't have a solution. I just try copying QSO's by ear on the air and after awhile I stop anticipating. But the next day, I'm back to anticipating and when I ant...
by W5ALT
Wed May 07, 2014 6:14 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: help improving speed...overcoming mental plateau
Replies: 5
Views: 1983

Re: Not so good on first try.

Ha! Welcome to the crowd! My first CQ was answered and I totally froze, sweating and forgot Morse code once I recognized my call. After my heart slowed down and I wiped the sweat off my forehead, I tried again and actually copied someone. That was in 1972 and the fun has never stopped since, but I d...
by W5ALT
Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:23 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Not so good on first try.
Replies: 7
Views: 1795

Re: CW Paddle

Normal right handed operation is dits with the thumb and dahs with the forefinger for bugs and paddles. For left handed, I don't know. I have heard of people configuring things opposite and it seems to work Ok for them.
by W5ALT
Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:10 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: CW Paddle
Replies: 2
Views: 1563

Re: 2014 K3Y Anniversary Contest

Hi George, and welcome to the party!

K3Y is not really a contest, just an annual celebration of the founding of SKCC. QSL cards can be received from the bureau. The suffixes are C = Centurion, T = Tribune, S = Senator.

All the details are on the web site at http://www.skccgroup.com
by W5ALT
Sun Jan 26, 2014 6:40 am
 
Forum: K3Y Anniversary Special Event
Topic: 2014 K3Y Anniversary Contest
Replies: 1
Views: 1610

Re: New bug user

Dave, I would gladly work you if it were possible. I suggest you go to the K3UK sched page and announce there. I'm sure you'll find some patient SKCCers and start to build confidence in your bug.
by W5ALT
Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:22 pm
 
Forum: Bug Users Corner
Topic: New bug user
Replies: 1
Views: 1876

Re: New member from Holland - PA3JD

Welcome, Joop. Hope to hear you on the air, as well.
by W5ALT
Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:49 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: New member from Holland - PA3JD
Replies: 1
Views: 1224

Re: Zero beating

Yes, Bob, your method will work as well. Actually, I rarely worry about zero-beating. I just tune for a comfortable tone, then call. If you deal with pile-ups, most ops don't use real narrow filters, because it's a mess and the tone that is a little bit off of the rest is the one that gets through. ...
by W5ALT
Mon May 27, 2013 11:49 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Zero beating
Replies: 4
Views: 4909

Re: Zero beating

Hi Bob, and welcome back! Yes, the 600 Hz should be the RX offset. I'm not sure about your T/RX but my Icoms also set the sidetone to the same frequency. (Some older rigs had a fixed sidetone.) If yours is the same as mine, then you should tune for the same tone as your CW side tone. Now personally,...
by W5ALT
Sun May 26, 2013 11:41 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Zero beating
Replies: 4
Views: 4909

Re: Connecting a Navy Flameproof to an IC701

What you are describing is a common problem between various rigs. A key is just a switch, so there's no polarity, but many rigs assume you will use an internal keyer, so they have a stereo plug to connect both the dit and dah sides to the rig. You need to check the rig's manual to see how they want ...
by W5ALT
Tue Apr 02, 2013 4:07 am
 
Forum: Your Radio Station
Topic: Connecting a Navy Flameproof to an IC701
Replies: 1
Views: 1427

Re: Wire question

Assuming you have a modern solid state rig, the size of wire isn't important, since it doesn't carry hardly any current. I usually buy an audio jumper cable with the correct plugs for my rigs on both ends and cut it in half, so I have 2 cables for my keys. If you have a really old tube-type gear, th...
by W5ALT
Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:37 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Wire question
Replies: 2
Views: 1513

Re: How do you do it?

Frustration is a state of mind - it depends on your own viewpoint. Are you upset you aren't as good as someone else or are you having fun? Try working a weekend contest. When I did that the first time, my code speed went way up by making a few dozen QSO's in a weekend. And just have fun. The pressur...
by W5ALT
Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:26 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: How do you do it?
Replies: 5
Views: 2416

Re: Box to connect 2-3 keys to 2-3 radios

I use a couple of audio splitter jacks that allow 2 audio jacks in and 1 out, or the reverse obviously. I plug cables from the key jack on 2 radios in and plug my keys into that. My keys are all wired in parallel, so there's no box involved. I normally don't use 2 rigs at the same time, so it's no p...
by W5ALT
Sun Jan 20, 2013 4:03 pm
 
Forum: HomeBrew
Topic: Box to connect 2-3 keys to 2-3 radios
Replies: 1
Views: 1634

Re: Hello, i am a new member

I'll be pleased to say Hello and also Welcome! I just got back from trips to CP and PZ lands, so I didn't check this forum very much for the past month. But, even though belated: Welcome to SPAR and this Forum and I hope to catch you on the air and trade number and rag chew if you so desire. 73, Wal...
by W5ALT
Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:58 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Hello, i am a new member
Replies: 2
Views: 1266

Re: Operated portable from Florida recently

So there I am in a beautiful resort hotel on a gorgeous white sand beach and all I wanted to do was play radio on the roof! Yeah, last time I was in Puerto La Cruz I strung an antenna on the balcony and played with my FT817 operating as YV6/W5ALT while my bride was down on the beach. 73, Walt, W5ALT
by W5ALT
Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:54 am
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: Operated portable from Florida recently
Replies: 1
Views: 1275

Re: G'day from a new guy and my first QSOs..

Scott, that's great. We've all been there and sweated through our first CW QSO. Mine was many years ago, but I can still remember the cold sweat, forgetting how to copy Morse, etc. Keep at it! Remember it really is FUN.
by W5ALT
Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:36 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: G'day from a new guy and my first QSOs..
Replies: 5
Views: 2355

Re: Papa's got a brand new bug!

I have an older 1940's vintage equivalent, the Lionel J-36, and it is my favorite key. I also have a TAC Hole in the Wall and a 1959 Vibroplex, but the Lightning bug just feels better. You heard it if we worked in the WES last weekend.

Enjoy it and hope to rag chew one of these days.

73,
Walt, W5ALT
by W5ALT
Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:11 pm
 
Forum: Bug Users Corner
Topic: Papa's got a brand new bug!
Replies: 1
Views: 1446

Welcome to SKCC, Martin, and thanks for the story. Here's another true one. Back in about 1970 a young novice got his license and went to the radio club to make his first contact. He called CQ a few times at about 5 WPM, then finally someone answered at about the same speed. On hearing his own call,...
by W5ALT
Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:05 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Hello from a new SKCC member
Replies: 2
Views: 2673

And just to show that I totally agree with Randy's evaluation, here's what I use when I travel internationally and don't want to carry much. It does work quite well, fits in a pocket and needs no tuner. It's essentially an off-center fed half wave doublet. http://www.comportco.com/~w5alt/antennas/in...
by W5ALT
Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:51 am
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: Portable antennas
Replies: 8
Views: 7161

I lived in Venezuela and operated as YV1/W5ALT and also traveled around and operated as XE1, LU, CP5, and also travel around the US and operate portable. It's lots of fun. I use an FT-817 QRP rig and carry a roll up wire for an antenna. I also recently acquired a Blue Star P1 vertical that works gre...
by W5ALT
Wed Sep 28, 2011 3:20 pm
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: Operating while traveling to other countries
Replies: 4
Views: 2873

I have a Blue Star P1 portable vertical that I've used. It is light, breaks down to fit in a small package, and I can set it up most anywhere. This past weekend I set it up at the apartment here and managed to make a few QSOs on 20, 30 and 40m. I was surprised it worked as well as it did, but I've l...
by W5ALT
Tue Sep 06, 2011 3:52 am
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: Portable QRP Day
Replies: 9
Views: 4394

OK. Let us know if you notice anything odd.

And welcome to the forum!
by W5ALT
Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:01 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Can't "Reply"
Replies: 5
Views: 2399

Steve, I'm not sure what could be happening. If you are logged in, select the "Post Reply" button, write your message, then press the "Submit" button, it should save your reply. Did you notice anything else that might give a hint as to where the problem might be? 73, Walt, W5ALT
by W5ALT
Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:55 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Can't "Reply"
Replies: 5
Views: 2399
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