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Post by Jocose » Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:03 pm

Cool find! One of these days I'll get this icon for the shack.
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Post by Jocose » Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:25 pm

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Here is my Junker Straight Key. Pronounced - Yoonker-

I dont know much about this key except that they are supposedly Genuine Military Surplus and that many CW Operators give them high remarks.


Durangopipe Steve would certainly know more.

The outside has been repainted but no big deal.

The action to this key is unbelievable, much different than the Bencher staright key.

I love it.

CW FOREVER

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Jo
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Post by durangopipe » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:53 pm

Jocose wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 4:25 pm
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Here is my Junker Straight Key. Pronounced - Yoonker-

I dont know much about this key except that they are supposedly Genuine Military Surplus and that many CW Operators give them high remarks.


Durangopipe Steve would certainly know more.

The outside has been repainted but no big deal.

The action to this key is unbelievable, much different than the Bencher staright key.

I love it.

CW FOREVER

73

Jo
Wow!
Absolutely pristine.

Gorgeous key, Jo.
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Post by durangopipe » Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:36 pm

Here’s a comment on the Junker key from Marshall Emm at Morse Express up in Aurora, Colorado. Marshall knows more about keys than anyone I know. (I bought my NAT paddles from him, at his house, a long time ago when I was working in Denver.)
“Marshall Emm” wrote:The keys may show some signs of use-- typically 7/10 or 8/10 on the appearance scale-- but they are in perfect working condition (10/10). The Junker key is built like a tank, and with its heavy steel base plate and cast aluminum cover it is ready for HF combat.

This is one of the great keys to use-- precision machining and a very unusual "click-stop" adjuster for contact spacing (except JU1W) and a large thumbscrew for lever tension adjustment. It's located abaft the left trunnion bearing, but actually raises and lowers a little platform beneath the spring! The contacts meet perfectly and are machined hard silver for long wear and high conductivity. These clever arrangements provide for a smoothness of operation that seldom attained with other keys.

Electrically the key has three connections, with matching silver contacts at the rear so that the key can be used for make/break keying as well as the more usual on/off keying. In other words, the contacts at the rear will be held closed (for a receiver muting circuit, etc.) until the key is pressed, opening the rear contacts and closing the front ones a millisecond or so later. Simple but foolproof T/R switching, with built-in QSK! Note that the rear contact is not connected as supplied, but you can open the key up and connect it if you need it. See the "detailed photos" for details. Connection is made via "wire sockets" on the back of the base-- you insert your wire and tighten a screw to hold it securely. There's also a cable clamp to hold your cable neatly in place.

The Junker key weighs 2-1/4 pounds, so it will defiinitely stay where you put it. The base measures 7-3/4" by 3-1/4" and it's 2-1/2" tall to the top of the cover. The top surface of the knob is about 2-1/2" above the table, a good median height for either American or European style keying.

The original "Junkers" were the militaristic land-owning aristocracy of Prussia in the early 1800s and the name has become something of a "power name," used in English to refer to "landed aristocracy." This aristocratic key, however, was invented by Joseph Junker, a German Naval Radio Officer in World War I (he was decorated in BOTH world wars). The first patent for a Junker key was issued in 1920, and the Junker keys are still in production, representing continuous refinement and development over the intervening years.

The Junker key is a delight to use, as well as a significant piece of radio history. If you order by phone, please ask for the "YOON-ker" key-- there is nothing junky about the Junker key!
You’ve got a winner there, Jo.
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Post by durangopipe » Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:08 pm

Trigger Warning: Ham Radio Porn Ahead

My bequest from my Elmer arrived yesterday.
Oh My!

I'm overwhelmed.
I'll just post photos for now, but if there are any questions, ask away.



W9KV Homebrew 6L6 Transmitter (30W input, nominal 17W output)

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Bird Thruline Wattmeter with Slugs and Millen Grid Dip Meter (1.7-300MHz)

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My shack is full of things Jim gave me while he was alive. I have his straight key. The massive, ceramic feed-thru insulators and ceramic DPDT switch I use to ground my doublet came from Jim, along with the Johnson ceramic spreaders on the doublet feed line. All of my "projects" have parts from Jim's parts bins.

I'm so glad to have these things. Most especially yet transmitter. Every inch of it says, "W9KV."
I miss him.
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Post by Jocose » Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:28 pm

Wowza, that's some nice homebrew.
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Post by durangopipe » Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:34 pm

Got some fancy Vibroplex binding post nuts in the mail today. Put a pair on my Speed-X.
Still can't believe my buddy found this at a thrift store.

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I love photographing this stuff. It's old tech, kinda steam punk - and dare I say, sculptural.
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Post by Jocose » Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:30 pm

durangopipe wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:08 pm
Trigger Warning: Ham Radio Porn Ahead

My bequest from my Elmer arrived yesterday.
Oh My!

I'm overwhelmed.
I'll just post photos for now, but if there are any questions, ask away.



W9KV Homebrew 6L6 Transmitter (30W input, nominal 17W output)

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image


Bird Thruline Wattmeter with Slugs and Millen Grid Dip Meter (1.7-300MHz)

Image


My shack is full of things Jim gave me while he was alive. I have his straight key. The massive, ceramic feed-thru insulators and ceramic DPDT switch I use to ground my doublet came from Jim, along with the Johnson ceramic spreaders on the doublet feed line. All of my "projects" have parts from Jim's parts bins.

I'm so glad to have these things. Most especially yet transmitter. Every inch of it says, "W9KV."
I miss him.
Lots of questions.

This is beyond anything I can comprehend.

What freq (s) does this TX on?

Are the parts available today?

Is there chirp?

I'd love to hear this rig.

I've had a handful of QSO's with "vintage" CW rigs. I love the "chirp" sound and it's fun to turn the dial to zero beat or hit the SPOT button on the KX3 and follow the "drifting" (?) as I listen. ...

I'm on the lookout for an older CW rig, a homebrew rig like this would be great but it's way beyond my ability.

It must be great to have a piece of your Ham past with you today.

Nice stuff and thanks for sharing.
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Post by Jocose » Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:37 pm

Looking at the KFS WebSDR on my phone.....

40 meters is open but I'm just back from a mini Staycation and smoking a pipe on the front porch. Hoping to get on the air for some CW contacts later tonite.

I wish we could do a CPS net of some sort.

UncleBob, are you still interested in amateur radio? You're partially to blame for getting me going in this. I have made contact with Tea-haus with 10 watts before.
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Jocose wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:37 pm
Looking at the KFS WebSDR on my phone.....

40 meters is open but I'm just back from a mini Staycation and smoking a pipe on the front porch. Hoping to get on the air for some CW contacts later tonite.

I wish we could do a CPS net of some sort.

UncleBob, are you still interested in amateur radio? You're partially to blame for getting me going in this. I have made contact with Tea-haus with 10 watts before.
Yep but school supplies and other Bill's keep interfering with radio equipment.
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Post by Jocose » Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:34 am

UncleBob wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:44 am
Jocose wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:37 pm
Looking at the KFS WebSDR on my phone.....

40 meters is open but I'm just back from a mini Staycation and smoking a pipe on the front porch. Hoping to get on the air for some CW contacts later tonite.

I wish we could do a CPS net of some sort.

UncleBob, are you still interested in amateur radio? You're partially to blame for getting me going in this. I have made contact with Tea-haus with 10 watts before.
Yep but school supplies and other Bill's keep interfering with radio equipment.
Cool! But who are the Bill's?

Did you get licensed yet? What rigs are you looking at? Do you have an HOA to worry about?

I can keep my eyes peeled for some deals around the Moonbase if you want.
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Post by Jocose » Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:48 pm

durangopipe wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:36 pm
Here’s a comment on the Junker key from Marshall Emm at Morse Express up in Aurora, Colorado. Marshall knows more about keys than anyone I know. (I bought my NAT paddles from him, at his house, a long time ago when I was working in Denver.)
“Marshall Emm” wrote:...cool info...
You’ve got a winner there, Jo.
Tnx OM

I'm loving this key, I had a 2 hr ragchew with it with a Ham down in California this morning.

Having a new key is kinda like when we got new shoes as a kid, we could run faster and jump higher!
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Post by durangopipe » Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:19 pm

Jocose wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:48 pm
durangopipe wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:36 pm
Here’s a comment on the Junker key from Marshall Emm at Morse Express up in Aurora, Colorado. Marshall knows more about keys than anyone I know. (I bought my NAT paddles from him, at his house, a long time ago when I was working in Denver.)
“Marshall Emm” wrote:...cool info...
You’ve got a winner there, Jo.
Tnx OM

I'm loving this key, I had a 2 hr ragchew with it with a Ham down in California this morning.

Having a new key is kinda like when we got new shoes as a kid, we could run faster and jump higher!
Wonderful! :thumbsup:


I taught today (Jumpstart for at risk college freshman), and it’s pizza and movie night with Mrs. DP.

So very quickly on the 6L6 homebrew:

It was both designed and built by an excellent technician.
It will not likely chirp and it’s crystal controlled so it won't drift.
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Post by UncleBob » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:59 pm

Jocose wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 11:34 am
UncleBob wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:44 am
Jocose wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:37 pm
Looking at the KFS WebSDR on my phone.....

40 meters is open but I'm just back from a mini Staycation and smoking a pipe on the front porch. Hoping to get on the air for some CW contacts later tonite.

I wish we could do a CPS net of some sort.

UncleBob, are you still interested in amateur radio? You're partially to blame for getting me going in this. I have made contact with Tea-haus with 10 watts before.
Yep but school supplies and other Bill's keep interfering with radio equipment.
Cool! But who are the Bill's?

Did you get licensed yet? What rigs are you looking at? Do you have an HOA to worry about?

I can keep my eyes peeled for some deals around the Moonbase if you want.
Dang phone spellcheck...
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Post by Jocose » Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:23 pm

Jocose wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:20 am
Jocose wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:49 am
9 States + Canada

Alaska
California
Idaho
Montana
Nevada
Oregon
Texas
Utah
Washington

100% CW

CW FOREVER

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ONLY 41 more States needed for WAS

HI HI
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Just added Mexico to the logbook.
Never mind

I must have got the call sign wrong. I asked for a confirmation, twice from the station which I thought was from Mexico and today it was rejected. I removed it from the log.

Bummer.

Also I tried getting a Hawaiian station during a contest yesterday, I sent my call a dozen times over the course of an hour and when they finally answered with a ? for the last letter of my call sign it was over for me due to the amount of traffic.

Why are contests always 1000 WPM?

Oh well. The quest will continue.
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Re: ham radio operators?

Post by durangopipe » Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:36 pm

Jocose wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:23 pm
Jocose wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:20 am
Jocose wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:49 am
9 States + Canada

Alaska
California
Idaho
Montana
Nevada
Oregon
Texas
Utah
Washington

100% CW

CW FOREVER

Image

ONLY 41 more States needed for WAS

HI HI
Image

Just added Mexico to the logbook.
Never mind

I must have got the call sign wrong. I asked for a confirmation, twice from the station which I thought was from Mexico and today it was rejected. I removed it from the log.

Bummer.

Also I tried getting a Hawaiian station during a contest yesterday, I sent my call a dozen times over the course of an hour and when they finally answered with a ? for the last letter of my call sign it was over for me due to the amount of traffic.

Why are contests always 1000 WPM?

Oh well. The quest will continue.
Yes!
For it is a quest. :D

You'll get Mexico soon enough. There are a lot of Mexican stations on the air, your antenna is oriented well for Mexico on 40m, and 40m is a good band for you for that distance at night and early morning. Hawaii may be a little tougher until you throw a lobe on your wire that way (should be no issue for you at all when you get your General when 15m is open). If you see spots on 15m suggesting it's open, give a listen with your wire and I bet you'll be surprised at what you hear.

I imagine you know this site, but just in case ...

All of the DX spots

http://www.dxsummit.fi/#/

You can set a filter for the country you want (in thus case Hawaii)

http://www.dxsummit.fi/#/?dx_calls=HI,KH6%20HAWAII,KH6

or the Band and Country

in this case 40m

http://www.dxsummit.fi/#/?dx_calls=HI,KH6%20HAWAII,KH6

or any combination.

In addition telling you what's on now, those filtered searches will help you see the patterns of propagation - what time the bands have recently been open to what regions.



Contest speeds are high because the serious guys are trying to make as many contacts as they can in a limited time, and also because the exchanges are predictable (and artificial - everyone gets a 599 5nn). If you send a real signal report everyone will think you're nuts.

But they are good practice for digging out a call at higher speeds than you might usually use to converse, and an opportunity to log some DX.
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Re: ham radio operators?

Post by Jocose » Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:59 pm

durangopipe wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:36 pm
Jocose wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 1:23 pm
Jocose wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:20 am
Jocose wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:49 am
9 States + Canada

Alaska
California
Idaho
Montana
Nevada
Oregon
Texas
Utah
Washington

100% CW

CW FOREVER

Image

ONLY 41 more States needed for WAS

HI HI
Image

Just added Mexico to the logbook.
Never mind

I must have got the call sign wrong. I asked for a confirmation, twice from the station which I thought was from Mexico and today it was rejected. I removed it from the log.

Bummer.

Also I tried getting a Hawaiian station during a contest yesterday, I sent my call a dozen times over the course of an hour and when they finally answered with a ? for the last letter of my call sign it was over for me due to the amount of traffic.

Why are contests always 1000 WPM?

Oh well. The quest will continue.
Yes!
For it is a quest. :D

You'll get Mexico soon enough. There are a lot of Mexican stations on the air, your antenna is oriented well for Mexico on 40m, and 40m is a good band for you for that distance at night and early morning. Hawaii may be a little tougher until you throw a lobe on your wire that way (should be no issue for you at all when you get your General when 15m is open). If you see spots on 15m suggesting it's open, give a listen with your wire and I bet you'll be surprised at what you hear.

I imagine you know this site, but just in case ...

All of the DX spots

http://www.dxsummit.fi/#/

You can set a filter for the country you want (in thus case Hawaii)

http://www.dxsummit.fi/#/?dx_calls=HI,KH6%20HAWAII,KH6

or the Band and Country

in this case 40m

http://www.dxsummit.fi/#/?dx_calls=HI,KH6%20HAWAII,KH6

or any combination.

In addition telling you what's on now, those filtered searches will help you see the patterns of propagation - what time the bands have recently been open to what regions.



Contest speeds are high because the serious guys are trying to make as many contacts as they can in a limited time, and also because the exchanges are predictable (and artificial - everyone gets a 599 5nn). If you send a real signal report everyone will think you're nuts.

But they are good practice for digging out a call at higher speeds than you might usually use to converse, and an opportunity to log some DX.
Thank you for the links. I bookmarked them.

The Hawaiian station was WH6R on 7031 yesterday evening.

This has me pumped for the General.
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Post by durangopipe » Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:10 pm

The DX is out there, Jo, even at the bottom of the sunspot cycle.
I just worked ZB2FK, Ernest in Gibraltar on 20m CW.

Just walked out to the shack, turned on the radio and there he was.
We worked on 10m back in 2000!

His current card is awesome (from QRZ.com) ...

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This is the one in my book from 2000...

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I think you'll find that daytime DX is far better above 40m.

Do stay motivated for the General Ticket!
It will open up a whole new world for you.
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Post by Jocose » Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:14 pm

durangopipe wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:10 pm
The DX is out there, Jo, even at the bottom of the sunspot cycle.
I just worked ZB2FK, Ernest in Gibraltar on 20m CW.

Just walked out to the shack, turned on the radio and there he was.
I think my DX spot was the first one posted.

We worked on 10m back in 2000! His current card is awesome (from QRZ.com) ...

Image

This is the one in my book from 2000...

Image

I think you'll find that daytime DX is far better above 40m.

Do stay motivated for the General Ticket!
It will open up a whole new world for you.

(He's running stations right now on 20m at 14008.0 if you're around)
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Re: ham radio operators?

Post by durangopipe » Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:17 pm

I edited my post before I saw yours . . .

He went QRT.
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