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Sunday, 14 July 2013

It's cheating - I know!

Well,

This weekend is the IARU HF World Championship:

http://www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-championship

and propagation hasn't been that bad; there have even been some openings on 10M.

Now, my CW is simply rubbish. I passed the Morse exam when I was 19, then I spent a few years going things like getting a degree and a job - I didn't use the Morse for many years - not that the test even began to prepare you for on-air CW...

Anyway, here's a screen shot of me working LY0HQ in CW:


I am using Logger 32 (http://www.logger32.net/) - this is my preferred day-to-day logging program. It includes a CW machine for sending CW using a simple interface between a COM port on the PC and the KEY jack on the radio, my interface is made like this:


Then also on the screen you can see I also run CW Skimmer at the same time:

http://www.dxatlas.com/cwskimmer/

This monitors the audio from the radio that's being fed into the PC soundcard. It's a really neat CW decoding application - you can use it with narrow radio filters to focus on a single signal or it can decode multiple signals over a wide bandwidth - very neat.

I also have a monitor of "antenna cam" on the screen too - primarily just because I can!

Anyhow, that's how I go about cheating and working CW. Cat's not impressed:


Good though egh?

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