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Thanks Bill, I need to clean up and take a new shack photo again. The lineup has changed now. The altoids tins hold my ATS-3b and one has its band modules in it, the 3rd tin is a 20m rockmite paper weight. About all it is good for, hi. The addition of Princess Diana give the lineup a bit more class,...
by NT9K
Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:00 pm
 
Forum: Your Radio Station
Topic: My shack photo
Replies: 6
Views: 4343

My shack photo

Here is ARS NT9K, taken December 2009.
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by NT9K
Wed Jan 06, 2010 2:14 am
 
Forum: Your Radio Station
Topic: My shack photo
Replies: 6
Views: 4343

Hi Garth, there are 2 keys that come to mind right off for right at 100 bucks. The first one is the Navy Flameproof 26003a. You can still get them new old stock from Bunnell. Look here: http://www.jhbunnell.com/navykey.shtml The 2nd one is the German Junker "yunker" key. You can get those ...
by NT9K
Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:27 pm
 
Forum: Elmer
Topic: Affordable keys
Replies: 10
Views: 14482

Would you like to help with the SKCC K3Y event?

Recently, Ron AC2C the SKCC K3Y Event Manager, announced that this year we will be giving away prizes, with the grand prize being a key. We want to have other prize drawings too. There are lots of ways members can help the SKCC, this could be an easy way, for those of you who want to. We have alread...
by NT9K
Sun Dec 27, 2009 5:16 pm
 
Forum: K3Y Anniversary Special Event
Topic: Would you like to help with the SKCC K3Y event?
Replies: 0
Views: 1883

You have lots of choices and will probably get lots of different opinions. To get you started, take a look at all the keys on this page: http://www.mtechnologies.com/keys.htm You might check out the Junker. Its 100 bucks and a very popular key. Another nice one and a very popular key is the Navy Fla...
by NT9K
Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:47 pm
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: Straight Key Selection?
Replies: 1
Views: 3249

Hi Mark, yes it is. Someone made that for me when I was in the hospital. It's a hard drive with IC chips for petals and lots of capacitors and resistors for the center part. The leaves are cut from an old green printed circuit board with all the parts left in place. I've had it for many years and it...
by NT9K
Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:15 am
 
Forum: Your Radio Station
Topic: Time for a new patch panel?
Replies: 3
Views: 2855

Time for a new patch panel?

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This is my current lineup, cleaned and polished and ready to go!
by NT9K
Sat Nov 07, 2009 12:32 pm
 
Forum: Your Radio Station
Topic: Time for a new patch panel?
Replies: 3
Views: 2855

Hi Jim, here are a couple photos of it hanging off my tower. Notice my vertical section isn't quite vertical. Same for the horizontal wire, mine slopes pretty good with a nice sag in the wire. Also, these pictures are from last winter. I had taken it down and put it back up since. This time, I have ...
by NT9K
Wed Oct 28, 2009 10:58 am
 
Forum: HomeBrew
Topic: Mid loaded inverted L for 160 - all bands with a tuner
Replies: 18
Views: 19483

Sorry, I'm not as dependable as I want to be or used to be. I looked for some more pictures, but I have lots of pictures. Anything in particular that you want to see? I took my 160M inverted L down for the summer and just got it back up Saturday. I had to take down my 40M inverted vee and put the 16...
by NT9K
Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:09 am
 
Forum: HomeBrew
Topic: Mid loaded inverted L for 160 - all bands with a tuner
Replies: 18
Views: 19483

Yes, you have to upload the images to a server. Like you do for a sprint entry. I am pretty sure I have seen your photos in the sprint soapbox images. If you did upload one there, you could find that image and use the image link here and it would work. I checked the images on the yahoo group and yah...
by NT9K
Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:33 am
 
Forum: Your Radio Station
Topic: One of my operating positions...
Replies: 11
Views: 7278

Thanks Adam, give it a try, you can do it. You don't need a fancy workshop either. Simple hand tools will work fine. I have started such a page here:
http://nt9k.radiotelegraphy.net/straight_keys.htm
Scroll down.

Email me if I can help you or if you need sources for parts.
by NT9K
Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:10 am
 
Forum: Making Keys
Topic: NT9K Key #7 - Solid Surface Sideswiper - Ruby Stairsteps
Replies: 7
Views: 9353

Hi Scott, here is a link for you to check out: http://www.netwalk.com/~fsv/CWguide.htm Also: Your novice accent is a good read at: http://www.qsl.net/kc7eqw/novice_accent.htm Scripts are good, no matter what your skill level. I still keep a sheet of scripts handy with a page full of stuff that I can...
by NT9K
Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:32 am
 
Forum: Beginners Corner
Topic: cheat sheets
Replies: 5
Views: 5170

Was your image on a server somewhere? If so, does that website make you login? Does it change the image link? To post images within your message, go view that image in a web browser. Start composing your Forum message and click on the Img button. It will place the opening tag [img]on%20that%20line.%...
by NT9K
Fri May 22, 2009 10:31 am
 
Forum: Your Radio Station
Topic: One of my operating positions...
Replies: 11
Views: 7278

You can find more info on how I did that key on my website at: http://www.nt9k.com/nt9k_diy.html While this isn't exactly what you were looking for, for the KOB sounder project, its a starting point. Maybe someone will post something better. http://home.comcast.net/~morsekob/index.htm
by NT9K
Tue May 12, 2009 4:24 pm
 
Forum: Your Radio Station
Topic: One of my operating positions...
Replies: 11
Views: 7278

Hi Tomas, nice shack! You are an interesting person, been checking out your webpages. Lots of musicians in the SKCC. I play guitar and harmonica, used to play alto sax for about 10 years, but gave up the horn. Here is what your flameproof looks like without the paint: http://www.skccgroup.com/sprint...
by NT9K
Tue May 12, 2009 11:23 am
 
Forum: Your Radio Station
Topic: One of my operating positions...
Replies: 11
Views: 7278

I bet JB Weld would fix it and be usable. If you're not familiar with JB Weld, it is a 2 part epoxy that is stronger than steel. You can use it on nearly anything, wood, plastic or steel. Handy stuff to have around the shack too.
by NT9K
Fri May 08, 2009 10:24 pm
 
Forum: Bug Users Corner
Topic: Hi Mound Bug repair
Replies: 9
Views: 8011

Hi Walt, Marshall still has the replacement clear covers for sale. Look here on this webpage and scroll down. 14.95 each: http://www.mtechnologies.com/himound/ If I get another one to scrap out, I'll share the finger piece with you. Lots of times, you can get them broken dirt cheap. I scrap out the ...
by NT9K
Fri May 08, 2009 6:22 pm
 
Forum: Bug Users Corner
Topic: Hi Mound Bug repair
Replies: 9
Views: 8011

No Problem, glad I can help. I don't want any money for it.
Maybe a QSO someday, but even that isn't necessary.
I'll post or email when I send it, so you can be watching for it.
by NT9K
Fri May 08, 2009 1:13 am
 
Forum: Bug Users Corner
Topic: Hi Mound Bug repair
Replies: 9
Views: 8011

I have one that I have been parting out. Do you just need the plastic part with the conical pin? Mine has been taken apart, but the finger piece is still attached to the lever. I was going to keep the lever, but it you need that too, I can send it to you. Do you need any other parts from it? Are you...
by NT9K
Thu May 07, 2009 6:25 pm
 
Forum: Bug Users Corner
Topic: Hi Mound Bug repair
Replies: 9
Views: 8011

Thanks Randy, I don't use any cutting oil or lubricant to tap threads in solid surface. They tap real easy, like a hard wood. No, the lever is not recessed. It is sandwiched together and has 2 screws running through it to prevent any up and down movement. This key does have some tapped screw holes f...
by NT9K
Sun Mar 29, 2009 11:45 am
 
Forum: Making Keys
Topic: NT9K Key #7 - Solid Surface Sideswiper - Ruby Stairsteps
Replies: 7
Views: 9353

Thanks Curt, I don't have much of a machine shop. I'm converting a spare bedroom into a workshop, but don't have any benches built yet and not too many tools. I have a cheap drill press and a table saw, scroll saw, but do most of my work with the dremel tool. Those sideswiper pictures came from this...
by NT9K
Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:30 pm
 
Forum: Making Keys
Topic: NT9K Key #7 - Solid Surface Sideswiper - Ruby Stairsteps
Replies: 7
Views: 9353

Thanks Curt, yes a sideswiper works side to side with you controlling the length of the dits and dahs manually. A dit can be made on either side. Mostly I use the same motion and character formation as a bug user does with dits made with a right to left motion using my index finger. I mostly use my ...
by NT9K
Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:21 am
 
Forum: Making Keys
Topic: NT9K Key #7 - Solid Surface Sideswiper - Ruby Stairsteps
Replies: 7
Views: 9353

Hi Vic, I have the 40 meter inverted Vee and the 160 inverted L on a switch box and there is average 6 S units lower noise level on the inverted L. One isn't closer to my electrical mains than the other, so I can't explain it. Sometimes, I listen on the L and switch to my beam to transmit. Here is a...
by NT9K
Wed Mar 18, 2009 8:54 pm
 
Forum: HomeBrew
Topic: Mid loaded inverted L for 160 - all bands with a tuner
Replies: 18
Views: 19483

Pete sent me a PDF of the inverted L and some photos. I have asked for permission from him to post them here. I will take some photos of mine later today. With 160 too noisy right now, one might hesitate to build this antenna until next Fall. Don't worry about that, build it now and enjoy it on the ...
by NT9K
Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:44 pm
 
Forum: HomeBrew
Topic: Mid loaded inverted L for 160 - all bands with a tuner
Replies: 18
Views: 19483

My portable rigs

If my health would permit, I would like to do more portable operating. I started out with a 20 meter Rockmite. Mine turned out to be darn close to the FIST calling frequency. http://www.skccgroup.com/nt9k/images/rockmite40a.jpg http://www.skccgroup.com/nt9k/images/rockmite40b.jpg The Rockmite is cry...
by NT9K
Sun Mar 15, 2009 8:57 pm
 
Forum: Portable Operating
Topic: My portable rigs
Replies: 5
Views: 6278
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