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Episode #21 - The North American QRP CW Club (NAQCC)

9/27/2018
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The North American QRP CW Club (NAQCC) is the world’s largest organization of it’s kind with thousands of members in over 140 countries around the globe. All of the organization’s events are operated QRP and CW mode. Paul Huff, N8XMS, the NAQCC president talks about the club, it’s many activities, events, free membership, and the wide variety of of challenging and fun awards it has to offer. Spend a little time with Paul and discover all the great things this club has to offer!

Duration:00:26:03

Episode #20 - Pay It Forward

7/19/2018
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Amateur radio has a long tradition of giving back and Elmering new radio operators. Anyone who has ever received the generous and patient attention from an Elmer is ever so thankful and appreciative for that help. John Merkel, AJ1DM, is a shining example of the spirit of giving back and paying it forward. His volunteer activities include teaching tech classes, being a Volunteer Examiner, actively participating in fox hunts and special events, and donating time to introduce kids on Indian...

Duration:00:40:16

Episode #19 - The Straight Key Century Club

6/22/2018
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There are several organizations that promote Morse code and the CW operating mode. One of the very best is the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC). The organization officially began on January 2, 2006 and currently has over 18,800+ members worldwide. The SKCC offers one of the broadest assortments of awards, contests and activities available from any organization for every level of CW operator to participate in. Ted Rachwal, K8AQM, is a member of the SKCC board and editor of the "Rag Chew",...

Duration:00:34:03

Episode #18 - Gettin' Schooled!

4/25/2018
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Tom Parish, KB5RF, had the rare opportunity to take all three CW Academy courses in a twelve-month period. He began his Level 1 course hardly knowing anything about Morse code and completed the advanced Level 3 course twelve months later as a skilled CW operator capable of sending and receiving Morse code at 20+ word-per-minute. Listen as Tom shares helpful insights and experiences as a CW Academy student and follow him along on his unusual and intense journey to learn Morse code!

Duration:00:55:02

Episode #17 - Alpha Antenna!

3/27/2018
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No matter if your operating QRP or QRO, having the right antenna for the job depends on what your target is. In this episode, Steve Deines, N0TES, owner of Alpha Antenna talks about targeted antenna deployment, getting the best out of your antenna, and learning code in the dark!

Duration:00:55:20

Episode #16 - Better Ways To Learn The Code!

3/16/2018
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There are many ways to learn Morse code. People often take the leap and try learning on their own. That what Roland Simmons, K7FOP, did... until he found a better way! Roland is an avid SOTA activator who had been packing not-so-light gear to peaks in the great northwest. His SOTA partner showed him an LNR Mountain Topper he would be using on the activation they were doing that day. Roland realized he could hold an HF radio, wire antenna, key and battery in one hand, and it was infinity...

Duration:00:27:06

Episode 15 - Grab Your Gear And Go!

3/7/2018
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Cabin fever making you crazy... had enough of winter!? Spring is almost here, it's time to check your gear and head out into the fresh air. Find a comfy spot, throw a wire up in a tree and get on the air. Chris Bravo, W4ALF, talks about the joy of going portable. He'll discuss basic considerations, recommended antennas, when you should sign with a /P or /QRP and a few other things that will be handy to know when you're out in the field operating QRP CW.

Duration:00:48:29

Episode #14 - The Other Side Of The Mountain

10/25/2017
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It takes two hands to clap... to wings to fly... two to tangle... and two amateur radio ops to make a QSO! It's fun to read about field operations and look at images of hams doing amazing things in amazing places (like driving your Jeep down the side of a mountain). It's also fun to daydream about hauling your gear to some never-before activated mountain peak and bringing back the image of you holding your SOTA flag high above your head and a log full of QSOs. We all enjoy reading those...

Duration:00:31:11

Episode #13 - A 112 Year HAM Legacy!

10/11/2017
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There probably is no other piece of HAM equipment more ubiquitous than the Vibroplex key. For more than a 100 years, hundreds of thousands of Vibroplex keys have been produced and used on ships at sea, by railroads across continents, militaries and countless amateur radio operators. The most well known Vibroplex key being an odd-looking contraption called a 'bug'! Scott Robbins bought Vibroplex in 2009 and spent the past eight years breathing new life into the company while continuing to...

Duration:00:40:16

Episode #12 - The CW Op's Guide To Contesting 101

9/25/2017
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If you're a CW op looking for something new to do, contesting maybe just what you are looking for. There are literally hundreds of contests each year. Some are big and some are small. Either way, contests are a great way ops can take their CW skills to the next level and have a ton of fun at the same time. Anthony Luscre, K8ZT, holds an Amateur Extra license and is one of the best QRP contest ops on the air today. He was first licensed in 1983 as KA8NRC and has been a QRP operator from his...

Duration:00:31:27

Episode #11 - Point The Beam... Crank It Up... Let It Fly!

9/11/2017
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Cody Codianni, KC2LSD, holds an Amateur Extra license, is a FISTS North America Board Member and manager of the FISTS North America club call, KN0WCW. He has achieved DXCC on numerous bands, including the very challenging 160M DXCC in 2017. Not only has Cody chased DX and accumulated a large collection of awards, he has also been the DX operator, operating occasionally from South America. Cody is a very experienced CW operator with a unique perspective about operating in the continuous wave...

Duration:00:31:58

Episode #10 - Fox Hunts and Metronomes

8/28/2017
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All of us have most certainly began our CW adventure with the basic QSO. But after you have mastered the QSO, you're ready for another challenge. If you're a little competitive, like developing your operating skills, and just want to see if you've 'got game', a QRP Fox Hunt is just the event you are looking for! Oh... and it's also a total blast!!

Duration:00:39:42

Episode #9 - 0 to 20 WPM in Nine Months

8/14/2017
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Many amateur radio operators share a common experience. They become interested in the hobby, get licensed then, for any number of good reasons, take a break from their radio activities. Sometime later (sometimes years later), amateur radio catches their interest again and they jump back in. More often than not, when people come back to amateur radio they do amazing things... and Richard Carpenter, AA4OO, is a great example of someone doing amazing things! Richard was first licensed in 2000...

Duration:00:35:56

Episode #8 - Mind Melding With A Morse Code Instructor

8/1/2017
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Anyone who has ever tried learning Morse code would leap at the opportunity to have a 1-on-1 session with an experienced, highly regarded instructor who has taught scores of successful CW operators. The problem is, they're not that easy to find. And even if you do come across one, your odds of winning the Power Ball or busting a 1000 QRO operator pile up are better than your chances of getting some quality alone time with a highly sought after code instructor. Well, you just won the lottery...

Duration:00:34:15

Episode #7 - "The Bedtime Story Net" & Statue of Liberty

7/20/2017
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Emily Saldana, KB3VVE, was first licensed in 2011 and currently holds an Amateur Extra license. She is both a SOTA activator and chaser, actively participates in National Parks On The Air where she has achieved 53 national parks so far, was a member of the second team ever allowed to activate the Statute of Liberty and has soloed and operated from the Appalachian Trail numerous times. Emily is a member of a Search and Rescue Team (Cumberland County SAR Team 400, Carlisle PA) where she holds...

Duration:00:35:12

Episode #6 - Bedsprings and QSOs

7/7/2017
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Stan Levandowski, WB2LQF, was first licensed in the early 1960s and currently holds both an Amateur Extra license and Commercial Second Class Radiotelegraph Certificate. He has been doing more with less for over 50 years. He is a dedicated low power enthusiast who operates 100% CW using only simple wire antennas. Besides publishing articles in QST, QRP Quarterly and a number of club and amateur radio organization publications, Stan has a popular Youtube Channel where he provides many...

Duration:00:36:10

Episode #5 - CW Immersion

6/28/2017
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In Episode #5 we talk with Chris Bravo, W4ALF, who was first licensed in 2014. In 2015 he decided to learn Morse code. He pulled out all the stops and took a deep dive approach to learning the code and developing his CW skills. Chris' 'full-immersion' process utilized a comprehensive list of Morse code and CW learning resources he used and later compiled into a free book, "The Road to CW" (links to a free copy are available on the DitDit Resource page). After mastering the code in a...

Duration:00:48:51

Episode #4 - Nothing But Net!

6/13/2017
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In Episode #4 we talk with Henry Koenig, WD8Q. Henry is a CW gentleman. He's exactly the kind of CW operator you would hope to have your first QSO with. Henry became interested in amateur radio back in the 1950s. He discovered CW nets after being away from amateur radio for awhile as an effective way to dust off his CW skills and redevelop speed and technique. Henry went on to graduate from the Maryland Slow Speed Net Training Class where he learned how to handle and manage NTS traffic. He...

Duration:00:26:20

Episode #3 - Sweat Through It!

5/25/2017
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In Episode #3 we talk with Chris Del Plato, KQ2RP. Chris is a very prolific CW operator and all around good guy. He's very active in numerous online amateur radio groups and posts regularly on his own website. He has accomplished QRP DXCC on 8 bands using simple wire antennas. Chris shares a lot of great insights and advice about learning Morse code and operating CW. Both new and seasoned CW operators will enjoy this conversation! Hosted by Bruce Pea N9WKE.

Duration:00:29:08

Episode #2 - CW From The Mountain Tops

5/22/2017
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In Episode #2 we talk with Steve Galchutt, WG0AT, who has been a licensed amateur radio operator for more than fifty years. He is a well known CW operator and popular SOTA activator. Steve shares some thoughts about learning morse code, operating CW and sitting on mountain tops with a radio. Hosted by Bruce Pea N9WKE.

Duration:00:26:37