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Independent Telegraph club CQCW invites you to join the club members.

Our organization is still very young (2013), but already unites 541 members / radio Amateurs from about 60 countries of the world (22-12-17) (dd-mm-yy).

About the policy and the rules of the club can be found at our website:

Download and unpack memberlist at:

Sumptuous Award Programma CQCW

Diplomas PROGRAMM "The Great Inventors" is back again & open now as simple diploma program.

E-mail to:  Alexander (ALI) R6CN former RV6ANQ

73, Editor CQCW #239


Beste mede amateur,

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

This mail contains a link which the 35th- 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:

Mist u een DKARS-Magazine kijk op:

Do you miss a DKARS-magazine see:

En tot slot: heb je kopij, een mening, gevraagd of ongevraagd advies: dat kan 24 uur per dag, 7 dagen per week via

And finally, do you copy, an opinion, solicited or unsolicited advice: it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through

73 namens de DKARS
Peter de Graaf
Secretaris DKARS


I will be retiring the old SKCC Skimmer Server this coming weekend.

There is now a newer, more stable server (running on the club's server) that only works with SKCC Skimmer version 4.3 and above.

If you are using a version of SKCC Skimmer older than 4.3, please upgrade as soon as possible.
Download the current version from here:

73, Mark K7MJG


18,000th Members #Newmembers

SKCC has reached 18,000 members as of today 21-12-17.

Member # 18000 is Loren D Hayes Memorial Amateur Radio Club (KE8INN).

This is a new club to which I am President of.

The club was formed in memory of my Dad (K8CGE) who played a big influence into my Ham Radio guidance and he was also 99% CW operator.

He became a SK in 2008.

The club is located in Lisbon, OH and we are planning big things in the future for the club.

We are waiting on approval of our vanity call application with the FCC for the K8CGE call sign.

We plan on using the club during many cw events in and out of SKCC.

Anyone is welcome to join the club and may do so by contacting myself (Randy,N8KQ,#8934S. or Bob Brown, W8ARC, # 8734 at

Thank You all es hope to work you with the new number soon.

If this post is not appropriate here,  Please let me know and I will remove it.
Thank You, Best 73 de Randy N8KQ SKCC #8934S, SKCC Membership Manager

Offering to the group SKCC (09-12-17)

I wanted to offer this to the group instead of to someone looking to make a fast buck (eBay).

I have a Vibroplex Anniversary bug that I would like to sell.

As you can see in the picture it also has the Vari-speed attachment.

The bug is like new condition and I have the original packaging.

I would like to get $200.00 including shipping to your QTH.

Serial number is 100A-559.

Editor nice



A few SKCC members may be interested in downloading a copy of the revised Radio Relay International Training Manual, which is now available on the RRI Publications Page at :

The publication includes a complete list of Q-signals, instructions covering the proper adjustment of speed keys (bugs), and, of course, information on CW nets, radiogram format, traffic and other EMCOMM subjects.
....all available for a small fee of zero dollars. LOL.
Also...some of the newer SKCC members may not have been introduced to the QNI Newsletter, which periodically contains articles that may be of interest to CW enthusiasts.

All of the back issues are available at:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all SKCC members.
73, James Wades, WB8SIW


An Old Radio Story

A very interesting radio story:

French speaking people might want to disable the google translation, others may wish to change English to their native language.
I am amazed at the quality of the translation from google these days, there are a few errors like the radio operator picked up his pickaxe, when the translation of la pioche is "hand key" or "straight key" or as the Italians say "Vertical" to differentiate it from the sideswiper key which is a key that moves horizontally, back and forth.
73, David Ring N1EA SKCC


Nice website at:

Chuck Warren


Ameco CPO

Have an Ameco CPO that to the best of my knowledge has been wire to the schematic and all components check out good when out of circuit.

Tubes have been check with a Superior tube checker and are good.
50c5 and 35w4 tubes in don't produce any thing when keyed but to use the tubes that was in it after i put it back to the Ameco schematic.

A westinghouse 60-22 and 60-17 will produce a buzz or hum as if AC was being fed into the speaker when keyed and the tone control does nothing to change the pitch.

The volume control works great.
Any help getting this CPO going would be appreciated.

Ultimately going to be used as a side tone for some gold dust twins when using the bug!
Jeremy KD8VSQ

Have caps been changed?
Replace all the capacitors, especially the tubular ones.

You are getting no oscillator.
David Ring

You dont mention what model of Ameco CPO youre using.
Might it be this one?

All components check out good when out of the circuit. Including the 0.01 uF caps?
Id replace all caps especially if theyre the old wax-paper kind.

For your usage, disc ceramics would work.
I STRONGLY recommend putting a fuse before the ON/OFF switch, one in line with the key, and one in line with the headphones.

73 Mark K3MSB

I've collected a number of old railroad pocket watches and just ran into a unique one I would like to share a photo of.

This one is a 1905 Illinois and look at the engraving on the back.

A sounder surrounded by a wreath....and initials ANP.

This one is not quite railroad grade which brings up my question to the group.

We're Telegraphers required to have inspected time pieces under " time service" rules like train engineers were ? ? RR grade watches had to keep time within 30 secs per week.

This one might do that but was not designed to do so.

I'm thinking Telegraphers had access to WU time sig's every day so a super high grade (expensive) watch would have been unnecessary.

So my question is do you figure this was likely a railroad Telegraphers watch ?

Sure wish it could tell it's story !

Thanks. Jim SlowSpeedWire & MorseKobGroup

RR telegraphers had to carry standard watches just like all other train service employees and dispatchers,,,,,

as well as a watch inspection card while on duty.

Lake Trump.

Thanks for the good info.

I guess then it depends on what the definition of a "standard watch" was in 1905.

I just read that the standards were carved in stone in 1909.

This one meets all but the standard of being "adjusted" (poised to run at same rate in any position).

It has the lever set, 17 jewels, open face, etc.

Guess I need to dig for the standards prior to 1909 to really know if this one met them.

Thanks for your kindly response to my question Ed.


Operators and Dispatchers didn't carry them in Canada.

Guess they thought an office clock was enough.


Could have been Canadian, I suppose..

Here in US I carried a standard watch. ---- One mystery, though; my grandfather was a Timekeeper on a section gang on the Illinois Central circa 1900.

I have his watch, which is a stem-set 17 jewel, so not what would later be considered a standard watch.

Maybe only the section Foreman needed one .... not sure.

Whatever, though, it keeps the best time of all my watches, even the RR Standard ones.
Wonder if your watch might have been a presentation from WU or Bunnell, etc.? .... not intended for use out on the line?
73, Skip Luke

Skip and all -

I'm reasonably certain that only Section Foremen were required to have standard watches.

I'll see if I can find anything on it.

All this talk about standard watches reminded me of an incident --- TThe trainmaster climbed up on the lead diesel on a freifght.

After he got on board, he saw that the engineer had an old-fashioned, wind-up alarm clock propped up so that he could see it.

The trainmaster, known for his short fuse, went ballistic.

He told the engineer thatg he was removed fgrom service, immediately, then had to back down when he realized that there wasx no one available to run the diesal.

Of course, that was not the end of it, though.

The engineer was eventually disciplined.
((Story curtesy of the fireman on board, who made sure that it became known all over the division.

My daughter just came by to read for me and we checked my 1926 edition of the Atlantic Coast Line's rule book, which I received when I hired out in 1941.

The rule book contains a listing of all types of employees required to have standard watches, and Roadmasters were the only MofW employees required to have one.

I In the section dealing with requirements for Section Foremen, it states that Section Foremen were required to have a "current operating timetable in their possession while on duty."

It also states in that sectin, that Section gangs were required to clear the track 15 minutes ahead of passenger trains and 10 minutes ahead of freight trains.

I wonder how they could do that without standard watches?
73 - Warren

In Belgium to the end of the year, closes Telegraph
171 year ago via Telegraph lines connecting Brussels and Antwerp, was sent the first electronic message.

29 Dec here will be sent the last telegram. In the era of Instagram and Snapcat may seem strange that in Belgium so far used this technology of the XIX century. In the UK, where in the 1830-ies was invented the Telegraph, was abandoned in 1982. The US followed the example of Britain much later, stopping telegraphic message in 2006. And even India, the former being the largest user of Telegraph in the world, have abandoned him in 2013.
    The Belgian Telegraph recently was just 10 companies and several individuals. basically, it was the bailiffs who needed a system in which the fact of sending and receiving messages could be legally recorded. In order to send a telegram, you had to call a special number and dictate a message which is then sent in the mail.

But given the fact that the standard telegram of 20 words is in Belgium 23 Euro 75 cents (plus 90 cents for shipping in Brussels and suburbs), it is not surprising that in the era of unlimited SMS messages to telegrams, it was difficult to compete with modern technology.
    Before the invention of the telephone the Telegraph was the only means of transmitting information over long distances in real time.

Telegraph operators used Morse code.

At the other end of it translated into the ordinary language of first operators, and later a special machine.

Then the text to be printed and delivered to the recipient.

Post offices all over the world employs thousands of delivery of telegrams.

Since the sender should have to pay for every letter, there was a specific writing style, something reminiscent of modern text messages.

For example, the use of the word stop was necessary in order for the recipient to understand where is the end of the sentence.

And because telegrams were expensive, people began to come up more short phrases and abbreviations.
    Famous telegrams
British writer Evelyn in the 1930s, he worked as a correspondent for the Daily Mail and conveyed messages about the war in Abyssinia.

Once, composing a telegram, he demonstrated the ability to handle the word, are typical of this English master of the pen.

Evelyn has decided to put an end to unfounded stories about that in the course of military operations in Adobe allegedly hit a landmine, an American nurse.

He did this with two words, one of which he invented. Nurse Unupblown, according to the writer, which can be translated as Nurse Newsarama.
Brevity sister of talent, in the absence of which could not be accused of Oscar Wilde.

A famous writer once sent his publisher a short telegram with the question of how sale of his book.

All the telegram consisted of a single question mark: ?

The publisher replied equally briefly: !
In the nineteenth century, British General Charles Napier received orders to break the rebel forces that operated in the then Indian province of Sindh (now Pakistan). However, in General greatly exceeded their powers, fully capturing the province.

After which, it was said, he sent the commander a telegram of one word: Peccavi.

In Latin it means I have sinned.

In English the phrase I have sinned (I have sinned) sounds exactly like I took of Sindh.

It later emerged that the author of that pun was an English schoolgirl, sent to the satirical magazine Punch.

However, still it is often attributed to General Napero.
    With the spread of the telephone, the Telegraph became more and more archaic, expensive and inconvenient system.

But cables and telegrams for a long time existed in our lives, especially through cinema.

Not so long ago in Hollywood movies almost indispensable was the scene when the groom or the bride at the wedding read aloud telegrams from guests who were unable to attend the celebration.

Frank Scheer


Hello Friends
As noted during our EU net, here is my brand new Maniflex clone.
This key was made by Alain F5RUJ in Limoges (and also the picture!!).
John, may be you know him, he is a Paraset specialist!
Blade is from a knife, but fortunately Alain did remove the sharp edge!!
It was my first QSO, so it still needs some adjustments, but at first sight feeling is great.

BCNU 73 de Gerard, F6EEQ

I will always regret not buying a Dyna Maniflex as they were advertised twice in "QST" in the Spring of 1980.

Who would ever predict that I would hear the sweet song of the cootie and be seduced by her when I sailed by Gotburg Sweden Radio and heard the sound of the operator sending with the Kungsimport sideswiper!

If men knew about sideswipers in USA, they would lose interest in everything else!

Women would cry from lonliness, no beer would be drunk, football would only be played by children!

73, David Ring
Christmas greetings, just downloaded video on Youtube

73, John M0HTE
Space Weather

From Tamitha Skov, 

"Two Pair of Holes and Spots Boost Activity: Solar Storm Forecast 12-14-2017"

The latest (12-23-2017) Space Weather from Tamitha Skov.

Published on Dec 23, 2017

Although the Sun has been under-performing lately and things have gone quiet, we have another chance for some activity as a mini-solar storm has been launched in the Earth-strike zone and it will be followed by some fast solar wind.... . Amateur radio and emergency responders also get the gift of a boosted solar flux thanks to region 2692, which should help radio propagation. ...

Cheers, Darrel, aa7fv

To all SSN Friends
Season Greetings & Merry Christmas + a lot of Radio Activity in 2018

Jos on6wj & Vera 
Have a nice week(end) gents, BCNU.
73, Yann, F5LAW

By OM Yann F5LAW SideSwiperNetGroup


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

Editor Jan Pieter Oelp PA3CLQ



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