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My little CW operator!

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!

The number… 73 (— — … … — —)

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 (— — … … — —)