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The real spirit !?

Good afternoon
My name is Antonio Carlos Rodrigues (Tuka in dx) I am py2bn ex zz2kos & py2vai.
I'm trying to go back to training the ear to do cw again, because I left aside the cw and focus only on phonics, now I see the bullshit I did so I'm slow to train nocamente training and I would like help from the most experienced friends and maybe we do Some contacts soon.


73 dx, Tuka Py2bn American-SP Brazil


Beste mede amateur,

Dear fellow amateur,
In deze mail staat een link waarop het achtentwintigste DKARS-Magazine is te downloaden.

This mail contains a link which the 28th- DKARS-Magazine is available for download.
De Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society is een stichting die de belangen wenst te behartigen van ALLE radioamateurs binnen het gehele Koninkrijk der Nederlanden.

The Kingdom Dutch Amateur Radio Society is an organization that seeks to represent the interests of ALL radio amateurs throughout the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

De DKARS doet niet aan copyright en het staat een ieder vrij om deze link aan zoveel mogelijk radiovrienden door te sturen.
The DKARS does not copyrighted and any person shall be free to forward this link to as many radio friends.

DKARS Magazine verschijnt 1x per maand en wij stellen het uiteraard op prijs als je ook (radio amateur gerelateerde) bijdrages wilt leveren.
DKARS Magazine appears 1x per month and we obviously appreciate it if you (related radio amateur) to provide contributions.
Namens de Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society wens ik je veel leesplezier nadat je op deze link hebt geklikt:

On behalf of the Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society, I wish you pleasant reading after you click on this link:

Wil je in plaats van een PDF te downloaden het Magazine on-line doorbladeren?
Dat kan ook, ga dan naar deze link:

Want to download the magazine browsing on-line instead of a PDF? This can also go to this link:

73 namens de DKARS
Peter de Graaf
Secretaris DKARS



Mike VE9AA


December 43 page Rag Chew is on the web!

Hello everyone,
The December Rag Chew is now on the web for your reading pleasure.

This issue has some great articles submitted by members.

Be sure to checkout the beautiful wooden bug, the history of the "coffin bug," the scary Halloween bug built by ON7DQ, the several articles on CW nets, the mini DXpeditions for SKS and WES and of course, the upcoming K3Y event plus many more stories.

The Rag Chew can be found at the following link or right off the home web site.

Many thanks to all the authors who contributed to make the Rag Chew possible....thank you, thank you and thank you! If anyone would like to submit an article, story or picture(s) please do!

73, Ted K8AQM SKCC #1629S


Somehow regarding pages 37-38, I managed not to include part of the paragraph at the beginning of page 38.

Here is the complete paragraph as it should have read.

My apology to W1TAG, the author and to the readers of the Rag Chew.

" Your forearm needs to be working constantly, pumping that key down and (with the help of the spring) up. This is not a minor point: Your best defense against “glass arm” (carpal tunnel syndrome) is not to make keying a finger-wrist exercise, but to keep the whole forearm moving. Your wrist should not be on the table except possibly momentarily at the bottom of a downward stroke. Keep it arched. You might think that this will slow you down, but you will adapt with practice, and your speed will be fine. Feel free to over-do this pumping action, and maybe you will find a sweet spot in motion that will best suit you. "

Sincerely, 73




K3Y QSL-Card design

The most recent K3Y card design submissions have been uploaded.

You can check them out here:

There is still time for you to submit a design of your own.

The deadline is Dec. 14th and voting will commence on the 15th.

You can find all the design guidelines & details at the above link, or let me know if you have any questions.
73, Drew - AF2Z, K3Y Planning Group


If you work me with my call PH6SKCC or PI4OTC in january 2017 you received the winning QSL-Card design with this call.

For time & QRG see:

Hope to work you.

73 pa3clq


"Stand Offs" for Bottoms of Sounder Bases (Or Other stuff)

Check out a catalog called "Crazy Crow Trading".

They are an Indian (Native American style supplier of feathers, beads, and junk of that sort-not real Native stuff, but more like stuff a boy scout might use for making crafts).

They have an assortment of different tacks.

Okay, just found the site:

73, Robert Feeney


Good telegraph reading

Hi All,

Beginning at about the dawn of the 20th Century, a man named Bertrande H. Snell worked in both NY and PA as a telegraph operator for NYC, PRR and WU. Starting in the mid 1940's through his death in 1949 he wrote a series of columns for the Syracuse Post-Standard more or less reminiscing about his days as a telegraph operator.

Many of these stories can be seen at this link:

some (many of the same) are also available from here:

Those of you who (like me :-) enjoy reading this kind of thing will I think quite enjoy these stories.

Be aware that they were made from interpreted scans and sometimes words were incorrectly converted.

73, Chris Hausler SlowSpeedWireGroup

Pete Spotts


AWA museum TV interview today (17-11-16)

Hi All,

Part 1

I went down to the AWA museum yesterday on the usual Tuesday work day to continue working on their new telegraph display.

While there I was told that the local Fox outlet in Rochester was going to come to the museum early this morning and do a number of short sequences on various exhibits at the museum live during a local morning show "Good Day Rochester ".

I was asked to help with telegraph portion of this program if possible.

I decided to do it even though I had to get my fat butt out of bed at 4 AM in order to get down there in time :-)

Last summer I had wired up and installed the instruments on the four wire desk at which I am operating during the interview for the grand opening of their new telegraph office, the Davis Wolf Office, named after Stu Davis and the family who donated Davis' collection to the AWA.

Anyway, the following link takes you to the page where all of these short segments on the AWA museum are available for viewing:

If you scroll down the page, the telegraph segment can be viewed by selecting "Antique Wireless Museum Part 3".

It ran live about 7:30 AM this morning.

I do not know how long this page will be available.

The other segments are fun to view as well. Enjoy!

73, Chris Hausler

Part 2

small j-36 bug.

My favorite bug is the Vibroplex No. 6 also known as the "Lightning Bug".

I was paging through the December issue of QST when I saw a short mention of what the vendor calls the "QRP J-36" (bottom page 36).

The Lightning Bug was manufactured under license by a number of vendors for use in W.W. II, including Lionel, under the military moniker "J-36".

The advertised product is a half scale but fully functional replica of a J-36. I have not seen one of these "in the flesh" and frankly as I already have several real Lightning Bugs, including a couple of Lionel J-36's, I don't plan on acquiring one but based on the video included on their web site if you need a small bug (maybe for traveling) it might make an interesting acquisition.

I does have a circuit closer switch. The site is:

About $135.00



Part 3

Bunnell's web page is a little hazy as to whether they currently have those reproductions of the miniature instruments in stock or whether you are just getting on a want list should they produce more.

I bought one of the small sounders a little over a decade ago (of all the telegraph sounders, "real ones", I've ever bought, this was by far the most expensive, I hang in on my Christmas tree each year as an ornament.

It does work, at about 150 ohms, but as you might expect the sound is "tiny" :-) The link is:


73, Chris Hausler SlowSpeedWireGroup & MorseKOBGroup

Miniature Telegraph Key $295.00

Miniature Sounder(150 Ohm) $305.00

Miniature KOB (Key & Sounder) $545.00


The Term "Speed Key"

It is my belief that the term "Speed Key" is a term purely from the radio boys, and not from Morse Telegraphers.

Do you agree with this?

On the railroad, semi-automatic keys were called "bugs" or "Vibroplexes."

I never heard the term "speed key" until I got around radio people.

Same goes for the term "call sign," which I believe is part of the radioist's vocabulary.

But in Morse, we always said "Office Call" or "Telegraph Call," certainly not "call sign."

Did anyone ever hear the term "Speed Key" used by Telegraphers?

73 SW & -- abram burnett SlowSpeedWireGroup


Hi Abe:

I agree."Speed Key" originates with military terminology.

It is most closely associated with the Navy, which required that one obtain a "speed key" certificate before he was authorized to utilize a bug on a Navy radio circuit.

The "speed key certificate" was typically obtained by demonstrating under examination that one could send acceptable code using a bug.

The term "speed key"was typically not used by Morse operators.

The same applies to office calls.

I never heard a telegraph operator refer to an office call as a "call sign," but perhaps others have different experiences.

Thanks, 73, Jim Wades


Didn’t Bunnell use the term Speed Key in advertisements for their sideswiper?

Or did that start after wireless?
73, Mike Cizek WØVTT


Hello, In 1888, Bunnell introduced his double speed (sideswiper) key to help telegraphers avoid a "glass arm" (today called carpal tunnel syndrome).

The original sideswiper, Style G, did not have spring tension adjustment.

Most photographs show the style W, with a spring tensioner.



73 Jan PA3CLQ


Hello fellows,

here a photo of Pepe's cootie.

I've used a cork covered base and a cork fingerpiece.

Most parts are Brass.

Tension can be adjusted with two magnets.


73, Durk/ PA3BYW SideSwiperNetGroup


73, from the town at the rivers "De Bergsche Maas" and "De Dongen" Geertruidenberg (800+ years city rights) at: 51.702211N 4.853854E

Your Editor Jan Pieter Oelp PA3CLQ



My simple website about Gigantic DF-Antennas

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