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You stated that the LTA Keys are still being sold. I thought LTA went out of busnisess after its owner died....? Can you shed any light on that? 73's Larry Hiya Larry Sorry for the delay in replying (I have to fight the rest of my family for PC time!). You can still get LTA keys here in the UK, som...
by G0KZZ
Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:03 pm
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: May have wrong Key Cable
Replies: 8
Views: 6182

Re: To QRM or not QRM, hmmmm

"Whatever happened to "Listen to the radio" ? Whatever happened to"Listen to the frequency you intend to use.?" Operators still do listen, but how long do you think someone should listen for? I have listened to frequencies for five minutes in some cases, then called QRL? an...
by G0KZZ
Fri Sep 04, 2009 8:17 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Some 'on-air' procedural questions
Replies: 18
Views: 9006

Hiya Larry I was just looking at the picture of your key and I can honestly say that I've never seen an LTA key with a hole on the rear where yours has one (I work in a ham radio store and we sell LTA keys, which are sometimes sold under other brand names), so it leads me to think that either: 1) So...
by G0KZZ
Fri Sep 04, 2009 7:34 am
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: May have wrong Key Cable
Replies: 8
Views: 6182

Arghhhh!

You make it look soooo easy Bill...

And I thought that my micro-switch with a coat button glued on was a masterpiece! :?


Best 73, Mark.
by G0KZZ
Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:15 pm
 
Forum: Making Keys
Topic: NT9K Key #7 - Solid Surface Sideswiper - Ruby Stairsteps
Replies: 7
Views: 9302

Hiya Larry Many of the leads sold have three wires so that the paddle guys can wire up their keys. A good number of the modern rigs can be used with either a straight key, or a paddle, but you will normally need to 'tell' the radio which type is plugged in via one of the radios' menu items. I think ...
by G0KZZ
Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:06 pm
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: May have wrong Key Cable
Replies: 8
Views: 6182

Hiya Rich I also write with my left hand but send CW with my right. 8) The story with the Lionel keys (and similar ex WW2 bugs) is that operators brought their keys back home with them to keep (and who can blame them!), but that in order to hide the fact that they had been 'borrowed indefinately' th...
by G0KZZ
Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:10 pm
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: Question for lefty bug users.
Replies: 6
Views: 6252

Re: Some 'on-air' procedural questions

Ok - I'm not exactly a 'beginner' but my knowledge of CW procedure appears to be different than that of the following quote (taken from the Wikipedia 'Q Signal' page ): Some of the common usages vary somewhat from their formal, official sense. QRL? is often sent to ask "Is this frequency in us...
by G0KZZ
Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:43 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Some 'on-air' procedural questions
Replies: 18
Views: 9006

Re: cheat sheets

KC2NTV wrote:Cheat sheets for a “basic qso” for a newbie cw operator…
I think. Name, QTH, RST, possibly my rig, and power …. Anything else… after that just a ragchew… Am I missing anything else???

Yup...

Antenna :wink:

Ohhh, and most importantly... SKCC Number!


Regards, Mark
by G0KZZ
Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:52 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: cheat sheets
Replies: 5
Views: 5156

Hiya Mike Apart from the Vizkey (which is a fairly new design I believe), you can get fairly low speeds out of the old Himound BK-100 bug key . If you slide the weight to the rear you can go down to maybe 10 WPM or so. They tend to come up for sale on eBay quite often. Apart from a quick clean of th...
by G0KZZ
Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:18 am
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: Question for lefty bug users.
Replies: 6
Views: 6252

KD4ICT wrote:I always thought the "C" was short for Si (spanish)[/i]

Dave KD4ICT


I think you are correct there Dave. I read somewhere that "C" sent by itself means "Yes" (or maybe confirm?). I'll have to see if I can dig out the publication I read it in.

Mark.
by G0KZZ
Mon May 25, 2009 12:30 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Some 'on-air' procedural questions
Replies: 18
Views: 9006
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