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Re: new to portable ops

Well Done Dennis,
Glad the rig is working out for you! Yes! The cabooses are a hoot and I'm sure they will let you operate from them. Let us know when and which one you are going to activate. I'll make it a point to work you and maybe from the Burlington Caboose!! LOL

Randy_KB4QQJ
by kb4qqj
Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:34 am
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: new to portable ops
Replies: 5
Views: 3568

Re: NT9K Pro Pump Status?

Sure,
That will be fine. Thanks.
Randy_KB4QQJ
by kb4qqj
Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:13 pm
 
Forum: Making Keys
Topic: NT9K Pro Pump Status?
Replies: 6
Views: 4595

Re: NT9K Pro Pump Status?

I agree.
We may do some ones and twos from time to time, but full productions has ceased.

Randy_KB4QQJ
by kb4qqj
Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:47 am
 
Forum: Making Keys
Topic: NT9K Pro Pump Status?
Replies: 6
Views: 4595

Hi VE1PVH, You could get a left hand bug and try it that way. You will need to change the finger pieces too most likely. Another option I use to send left handed, but more awkward, is to turn the bug around so the weight and pendulum are pointing at you and the finger pieces are pointing away from y...
by kb4qqj
Sun Mar 11, 2012 5:05 pm
 
Forum: Bug Users Corner
Topic: weird bug question
Replies: 2
Views: 2040

Hi WA2WMR,
The NT9K is out of production. There will be no more produced unless someone wants to buy the remaining inventory of parts and pick up where we left off.

73 for now,
Randy_KB4QQJ
http://www.keyconcepts.us/about.html
by kb4qqj
Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:46 pm
 
Forum: Making Keys
Topic: NT9K Pro Pump Status?
Replies: 6
Views: 4595

Hi Garth, I guess I'm a bit biased since I design, build and sell antennas, and operate 80% portable. I think I've tried most everything at some point and have come to the firm conclusion that any metallic object will radiate when RF is applied and you can have fun doing it!! :-) That said, if you a...
by kb4qqj
Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:30 pm
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: Portable antennas
Replies: 8
Views: 7242

Hi rob, i wee you got the correct answere so I'll only add my opinion. I have several of the Navey Flameproofs, at least one of each manufacture. The very first thing I do is swap out the original knob (round top with skirt) for a flat top knob with a skirt. I prefer the flat top knob since I rest m...
by kb4qqj
Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:43 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Two variations of the CJB2600-3A Fireproof Key
Replies: 4
Views: 4563

Hola Rob, Glad to see you found SKCC and glad to see you again Walt. Walt has some good info Rob and has traveled around enough to know. If at all possible get your hands on an FT-817ND. It's worth the extra money and you have CW/Digital and SSB. You get all bands and all modes. It's easily bagged s...
by kb4qqj
Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:36 am
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: Operating while traveling to other countries
Replies: 4
Views: 2900

Hi Steve, Good question and one that has confused many for a while now. Amongst friends dah di di dit _ dah di dah sent as two distinct letters B and K is often used to turn it back over to the other station or in place of BTU (back to you) The prosign BK is sent as one sound "dah di di di dah ...
by kb4qqj
Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:49 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: "Break" or "End of mssg."?
Replies: 4
Views: 2620

Great Choice!! One of the best straight keys available at any price and the one you have is the best of the best. The CJB prefix marks it as a J. H. Bunnell made key. There were several companies that made the flameproof but the Bunnell has a very distinctive feel. I have no doubt you will have many...
by kb4qqj
Mon May 23, 2011 7:38 pm
 
Forum: Your Radio Station
Topic: KD8NJZ Station
Replies: 14
Views: 7149

Well done and congratulations! Any luck with the Satellites?

Randy_KB4QQJ
by kb4qqj
Mon May 23, 2011 7:31 pm
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: Studying for my Extra
Replies: 13
Views: 5946

Re: Straight Key Recommendations

I have been operating CW for several years with a MFJ 422 paddle at 13 wpm. I am looking for a straight key that will provide years of good service. Thanks 73s! Well, you'll get a "plethora" of answers on that one.. hi hi For a life long key at little expense I would recommend the Navy Fl...
by kb4qqj
Sun May 15, 2011 3:34 am
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: Straight Key Recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 8019

Hi Larry, As a first time straight key user, does that mean also an entry level cw operator? Or are you presently comfortable at speeds above 20 wpm on paddles. It makes a difference. Let us know and we'll be able to give you more info. Assuming you are just beginning your cw operations I would sugg...
by kb4qqj
Sat May 14, 2011 5:19 am
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: Straight Key Recommendations
Replies: 6
Views: 8019

Mark, First and foremost. Get on the air as soon as you are able to. That is the best method. Pick operators that you can copy easy. If they are sending too fast but you still recognized letters, CALL them. I promise 99.99% of them will slow down to your comfort level. Don't try to learn Morse Code ...
by kb4qqj
Tue May 03, 2011 8:06 pm
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: CW: About to throw in the towel
Replies: 11
Views: 6668

I don't know how that came out as a guest post?? I've been in this forum for a long time and even a moderator......guest??? I dunno

Randy_KB4QQJ
by kb4qqj
Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:38 am
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: Portable QRP Day
Replies: 9
Views: 4430

Re: new to portable ops

i have an mfj 9040 i plan touse/9 in the state parks.. i plan to use a lawn mower battery or a motrcycle battery ..am i right far? Dennis wd9dwe 1564T Dennis, a small 7Ah gel cell or like kc2dqv said, get one of the power packs (jumpstart box) from the auto store. It will last all day at 5 watts an...
by kb4qqj
Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:41 am
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: new to portable ops
Replies: 5
Views: 3568

K8JD, Next hamfest you're at, pick up an old Hustler mobile antenna for 75/80. Make some sort of portable mount, (camera tripod) and three 25 foot counterpoise. They don't have to be spread out. fire up the 80 meter and work the entire US after dark. I've done it may times using a hamstick as well. ...
by kb4qqj
Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:34 am
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: Portable QRP Day
Replies: 9
Views: 4430

You have done a remarkable job bill under some less than ideal conditions. I'm sure I speak for many others in Thanking you for all you do and a Job Well Done!!! Congratulations!!

Randy_KB4QQJ
by kb4qqj
Fri Feb 04, 2011 1:10 am
 
Forum: K3Y Anniversary Special Event
Topic: K3Y 2011 Ends
Replies: 1
Views: 1881

If I can find the CJB I'll measure it against a new CMI I found last night after reading your post. It may be some thing as simple as the depth of the slot or the type screw that holds it on. Pan head or counter sunk. I was under the impression they were built to a standard set of specs for the mili...
by kb4qqj
Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:26 am
 
Forum: Making Keys
Topic: Flameproof contact cover.
Replies: 6
Views: 3600

That is great Mike.
I wonder what the difference is? My CMI fits the CJB just fine. Maybe it is shorter/taller and I've just never noticed. That is usually the first thing to go on mine. I toss the cover. Maybe I should keep them and give them away when someone needs it.

Randy_KB4QQJ
by kb4qqj
Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:13 pm
 
Forum: Making Keys
Topic: Flameproof contact cover.
Replies: 6
Views: 3600

Welcome and glad to see you making contacts. There are plenty of folks out there that will be happy to make contact to exchange numbers or just ragchew for a while. If you like casual contesting don't forget the SKS and WES. And when you get ready for lots of contacts have a lok at the K3UK sked pag...
by kb4qqj
Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:27 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: New member
Replies: 3
Views: 2345

You can still order them from the Bunnell site I think. I know they still sell teh complete key new. maybe drop them an email and ask. I know they are slow to answer email so give them some time.

Randy_KB4QQJ
by kb4qqj
Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:21 am
 
Forum: Making Keys
Topic: Flameproof contact cover.
Replies: 6
Views: 3600

Based on your criteria I also would recommend the Navy Flameproof or a German Junker.

Randy_KB4QQJ
by kb4qqj
Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:13 am
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: one and only key recommendation
Replies: 3
Views: 3174

I don't think so, of course the Chinese guy might! :-) mine is set less than notebook paper at .030" If you get to close you become what ole timers call a "tapper". Where you no longer grip the knob, but just tap the top of the knob. Then there is the "nipper". The guys who ...
by kb4qqj
Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:03 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: CW Key Adjustment
Replies: 9
Views: 6585

3x5 stock is pretty wide gap. But I know some Chinese and Japanese operators that use a 1/16" gap and are pretty darn fast!! I don't know how they do it. Mine stays about .003" to .004". Slightly less than or same thickness of note paper.

Randy
by kb4qqj
Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:00 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: CW Key Adjustment
Replies: 9
Views: 6585
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