Monthly Archives: July 2016
I was rolling across the 40 Meter band one night and hit a nightly net called the OMISS NET (Old Man International Sideband Society) and there was a busy back and forth between stations making a call sign and signal report in a very orderly way on 7.185 MHz LSB. So, I tuned up (off frequency) and when they called for “check-ins” I threw my WT8WV call sign in and they called me back and the next thing I knew I racked up 14 new states in about an hour or so! The next night I added 10 more states! They have nets on most of the HF frequencies and can be found on their website.
OMISS, or Old Man International Sideband Society, has been operating list-type awards nets on the General Amateur bands since 1981. Want to get your WAS quickly? This is a great place to get it done. Do you like to work lots of stations for unique awards? We have several challenging awards to work for, each with an attractive certificate to hang on your wall. Do you like contesting? We hold an annual QSO Party and invite the whole Amateur community.
The real cool thing is they use a free software program called NETLOGGER (see info on Netlogger below) that is an online logging server that shows in real time who has checked into the net and available to be contacted. When it’s your turn, you call who you need and make the exchange with them. Then as you listen someone might want to call YOU to get your state! Slick as a whistle! For a one time cost of $7 you can get your own OMISS Number (i.e. 10722 is assigned to me) and you log in with it each time for a speedy check-in process and it is also tied to numerous awards you can get.
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Tags: Amateur Radio, Contesting, Ham Radio, HF, KA8LJO, KB8FIR, Monongalia Wireless Association, Netlogger, OMISS, Operating Practices, Spence Graham, Spencer Graham, Spencer W. Graham, Spencer W. Graham II, Station accessories, W8MWA, WT8WV, WVUSWG
This program G4FON Koch CW Trainer has been a joy to play with and learn from. I am wanting to increase my Morse Code speed skills and this is a perfect way to do that! I am wanting to get back into CW but have gotten rusty from not practicing for years. I seem to be stuck at copying about 7 words per minute. My goal is 20+ words per minute so I can help rack up more points at Field Day events! The key, I have now found, is to HEAR letters at 25 words per minute… but at a longer spacing between them when received, and then begin shortening that spacing time over a period of practice sessions.
I have it set to send the individual letters at 25 words per minute (wpm). I am starting at the time between those letters at 10 wpm. I started with two letters and would copy just those two for a few minutes in one minute drills. Once I get to 90-100% copy, I add another letter! I practice about 15 minutes each night, if I can. I am halfway through the alphabet now and having a ball. It is easy to download and configure… you’ll be instantly surprised at how much fun it is!
Tags: Amateur Radio, Contesting, CW, DX, Field Day, Ham Radio, HF, KA8LJO, KB8FIR, Monongalia Wireless Association, Morse Code, Operating Practices, QRP, Spence Graham, Spencer Graham, Spencer W. Graham, Spencer W. Graham II, Station accessories, W8MWA, WR8S, WT8WV, WVUSWG
I know, I know… we have QRZ and eQSL and LOTW (Logbook of the World) and Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) and Netlogger and N1MM and… blah, blah, blah. An old fashioned paper QSL card is still sweet to hold in your hand and to enjoy the real memory of a fun contact. Especially if it’s a DX station from a far away land toward DXCC or the last state you needed for WAS.
They aren’t as expensive as you think. For simple black and white cards you can buy 100 cards for about $12… my color card above cost about $30 for 100 of them. I got mine from Cheap QSL’s on the internet and they sent the proofs the same day and shipped them out the same day! Most folks are migrating toward electronic QSL’s these days. I predominately use Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) Logbook for my main logging software but also upload my logbook to eQSL, QRZ and LOTW every couple days of logging, however if someone requests a paper card I will oblige. Sooooooooo… if I do that once in a while I’ll have about 65 cents in the effort by the time I add postage. Below is a Special Events Station I worked and got this electronic QSL a few days later…
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Tags: Amateur Radio, ARRL, ARRL.ORG, Contesting, CW, DX, Ham Radio, HF, KA8LJO, KB8FIR, Monongalia Wireless Association, Morse Code, OfficialSWLChannel, Operating Practices, QRZ.com, QSL, Spence Graham, Spencer Graham, Spencer W. Graham, Spencer W. Graham II, Station accessories, TQSL, W8MWA, WT8WV, WVUSWG
When this Manitoba farm girl joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, she proved to be such a whiz at Morse Code that she was assigned to instruct the air crews. Now almost ninety-three, Merle still practices her dots and dashes every day, claiming that Morse Code keeps her mind sharp.
Merle Taylor of Lochaber, Nova Scotia, wrote to me after reading my column in The Senior Paper, a newspaper widely distributed to seniors across Canada. (If you haven’t seen a copy yet, email me for more information).
We exchanged copies of our books – I sent her my wartime novel, Bird’s Eye View; and she sent me a copy of her memoirs, Until the Cows Come Home.
When my husband and I travelled to the Maritimes recently, I was determined to meet Merle in person. We found her still living on the farm she operated with her husband Fred since 1946, about thirty kilometres south of Antigonish.
After serving lunch to us, Merle took me on a farm tour in her electric golf cart. I loved hearing her stories of life in the air force, and in the decades since then.
Tags: Amateur Radio, CW, DX, Ham Radio, HF, KA8LJO, KB8FIR, Monongalia Wireless Association, Morse Code, Operating Practices, Spence Graham, Spencer Graham, Spencer W. Graham, Spencer W. Graham II, W8MWA, WT8WV, WVUSWG