My daughter has chosen to do a school project on morse code! I have to admit that when I heard this, I was pleasantly surprised. Not having all of the equipment that she would need, I reached out to my local club. A friend and fellow CW enthusiast loaned me a set of paddles and a keyer/oscillator.
The primary part of her presentation involves her research and the history of morse code but with the loaned equipment, she’ll now be able to give a demonstration of how it works. I offered up the suggestion that she learn how to send her name in CW to be able to demonstrate it during her presentation.
My daughter went straight to practicing her name in morse code. We worked with it for no more than an hour. She actually caught on very well . Below is a video that I took of her once she “got” it. You should at least be able to tell what her name is!
Even at 10 years old, she is making me proud of her every day!
As amateur radio operators, we use “73” at the end of almost every QSO… ever wonder where that ever came from? Not sure I have figured out the answer to that one yet but I do have some nifty information about the number itself! Ha! Oh… and I’ve also included an excerpt from the TV show Big Bang Theory including an explanation from Sheldon of why 73 is the best number! Continue reading The number… 73 (— — … … — —)→
The other night, I was scrolling around 40m when I came across a familiar YL voice that had quite the pile up going! She was handling it like a pro, and why not? It was Kay Craigie, N3KN, the ARRL President! Continue reading Selective Courtesy→
So… what time is it? Well, I might know now cause of my watch, computer, atomic clock on the wall or just by turning on the TV, but what if I needed to know the time if I were away from all of these luxuries? And even if I did have a watch on my wrist, just how accurate is it? Continue reading What time is it?→
My trade, I am a paramedic. In this hobby, I am an amateur radio operator. The use of RF is found in both activities along with different sets of radio etiquette. I was doing well at first but I have had a few slip-ups on the air. Here is a story about 2 of them. Continue reading RF Identity Crisis→