Field Day is just around the corner. If you are not involved with a local Amateur Radio Club, Field Day is just the way to start getting involved. To find a location near you, visit http://www.arrl.org/fieldday
I love CW (That is: Morse Code). On the Ham Radio bands, I operate almost exclusively CW. It is fun and rewarding. It is a challenge. It is an easy way to get those DX contacts in the middle of the lowest part of the sun spot cycle.
There seems to be a resergence of interest in CW. Eliminating CW as a requirement to get a Ham Radio license hasn’t done much to bolster our numbers. CW is not the reason that our hobby has declining numbers.
Enter LCWO.net . LCWO.net is a web site I just discovered that will help you learn, or improve your CW skills. LCWO stands for “Learn CW Online”. I fiddled around a bit on the site and found it very interesting; and it will even track your progress. Give LCWO.net a try, it just might be the ticket to help you learn, or improve your CW.
The following is portion of a news entry from the ARRL. Click the link and read the whole post; and if you have some vintage gear, fire it up and get ready for this fun sounding contest. I am hoping that I will be able to participate in the fun. Will you join me?
John – K7JM
Warm-up those filaments for the Classic Exchange contest, January 25/26 and February 15/16.
Do you have any old equipment from the bygone days of radio? Are you a homebrewer who likes to make nifty low power (QRP) radios or replicas of old rigs? Well the good news is that you can put those pieces on the air in an operating event that will make you feel like you are in another era. That event is called Classic Exchange (CX) and it is held twice a year. The purpose of CX as described in their newsletter is to “Encourage restoration, operation and enjoyment of older commercial and homebrew ham gear.” Some years ago, I heard stations on 40 meter CW calling “CQ CX.” After some research, I discovered that this was a contest for vintage and homebrew gear. It sounded like a great way to get some use from the old rigs I had in my basement. Since then, I have rediscovered the magic of radio and await the next CX event for more of it.
December 31 is SKN or Straight Key Night. It is an opportunity to get out that straight key and make some great contacts with others. Many people fire up their vintage tube equipment and have a blast of the past. Here is a little video from Steve – N0TU, encouraging us to participate in SKN. I hope to get a couple of contacts in, in between family priorities.