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Re: Learning CW

 

Joel,
It will come back fast but you need about an hour a day.
Before I got my novice as I came home I turned on the Drake 2 B and what I did was do the best I could do.
Then later on that night they ran starting fast and working down.
I was doing around 10-12 WPM then at that time W1AW had qualifying runs.
So I did get a few letters from 15 WPM and when they went down to 10 WPM I copied the full 5 minutes and I mailed that paper in and because we were required to only copy a full minute I did the full 5 minutes and 3 errors so they sent me a certificate for 15 WPM
Then they gave you a certificate if you confirmed a 2 way CW QSO for an hour or longer.
BTW,I got on line with a DX 66Mhz and a 840 MEG HD.
I met a guy on line and he started a Code Warrior club.
Then what happened was Vibroplex came out with a Code Warrior bug.
As time went on it died but I still have certificates.
But Joel,You got to make learning CW your priority and let the pixie kits sit.
John who has the NAQRP Club even says he makes at least one CW contact a day.
I did the same and worked W3EEK who was in FL for the winter.
After working him I was on for about 3 hours
BOB
AF2Q
Anyway he turned all rights over to me.
I had close to 500 members on the list then some started saying they have a certificate but it was from Vibroplex
 

In a message dated 8/28/2012 10:15:22 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, caulktel@... writes:

Bob,

Yes I have SOME gear. I have as my main rig a Alinco DX-SR8T that puts
out 100 watts and is all bands, 60 meters included. Then I have all my
QRP rigs, 20, 40 meter RockMites and a Pixie, Tixie and I am
presently building a brand new HiMite 20, and theres the KN-Q7A but no
CW there, so I have numerous ways to get on the air, I just need to
learn the code. The funny thing is, back in 1985-1986 I learned the
code just enough to get my Tech + then promptly forgot it and never
used it. I wish while it was fresh in my mind I would have used it
enough to become proficient. Now that I'm 56 years old I'm having a
hard time relearning it, but I am determined to do it. At least that's
the plan.

Joel

 

Re: Learning CW Joel and others

 

Joel,
Some things I forgot to mention.
When you hear the other station sent QTH,don't even bother to write that down.
Now get ready to copy his City and when you hear the coma dah,dah,dit,dit,dah,dah,forget that and get ready to copy the state.
Most hams just send NC or WA
Use your from of short hand.When you start to hear the sound of small words like rig,the,ant hr.
I can't write script when I copy CW and I can't print fast enough at 25 WPM but i'm able to copy it in my head and I jot down short hand while copying CW.
It takes an hour a day and in a month you should be doing 10 WPM
What are you sending with?
BOB
AF2Q
 
 

In a message dated 8/28/2012 10:34:59 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, beargyrils@... writes:
Joel,
It will come back fast but you need about an hour a day.
Before I got my novice as I came home I turned on the Drake 2 B and what I did was do the best I could do.
Then later on that night they ran starting fast and working down.
I was doing around 10-12 WPM then at that time W1AW had qualifying runs.
So I did get a few letters from 15 WPM and when they went down to 10 WPM I copied the full 5 minutes and I mailed that paper in and because we were required to only copy a full minute I did the full 5 minutes and 3 errors so they sent me a certificate for 15 WPM
Then they gave you a certificate if you confirmed a 2 way CW QSO for an hour or longer.
BTW,I got on line with a DX 66Mhz and a 840 MEG HD.
I met a guy on line and he started a Code Warrior club.
Then what happened was Vibroplex came out with a Code Warrior bug.
As time went on it died but I still have certificates.
But Joel,You got to make learning CW your priority and let the pixie kits sit.
John who has the NAQRP Club even says he makes at least one CW contact a day.
I did the same and worked W3EEK who was in FL for the winter.
After working him I was on for about 3 hours
BOB
AF2Q
Anyway he turned all rights over to me.
I had close to 500 members on the list then some started saying they have a certificate but it was from Vibroplex
 
In a message dated 8/28/2012 10:15:22 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, caulktel@... writes:

Bob,

Yes I have SOME gear. I have as my main rig a Alinco DX-SR8T that puts
out 100 watts and is all bands, 60 meters included. Then I have all my
QRP rigs, 20, 40 meter RockMites and a Pixie, Tixie and I am
presently building a brand new HiMite 20, and theres the KN-Q7A but no
CW there, so I have numerous ways to get on the air, I just need to
learn the code. The funny thing is, back in 1985-1986 I learned the
code just enough to get my Tech + then promptly forgot it and never
used it. I wish while it was fresh in my mind I would have used it
enough to become proficient. Now that I'm 56 years old I'm having a
hard time relearning it, but I am determined to do it. At least that's
the plan.

Joel

 

Re: Learning CW Joel and others

Joel Caulkins <caulktel@...>
 

Bob,

All I have is a strait key. What is best key to learn on? Most of my rigs have a keyer built in so paddles aren't a problem.




Joel Caulkins
KB6QVI

Re: Learning CW Joel and others

 

That's OK for getting started but when you hit 10 WPM your going to be looking for more air time so I suggest that tiny PICO keyer kit because it has a small pot on it and it is so much easier to adjust the speed to the other station
Stay on the rig and let the kits sit until you get decent CW speed.
Hey Joel,Back in 1988 I worked all 50 Stated 40 meters 5WATTS and a home made antenna in 3 nights.
BOB
AF2Q

In a message dated 8/28/2012 12:00:19 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, caulktel@... writes:
Bob,

All I have is a strait key. What is best key to learn on? Most of my rigs have a keyer built in so paddles aren't a problem.

Joel Caulkins
KB6QVI
 

Re: ADAM Cases

 

Adam,
Not to long ago you offered the case for sale.
They do make excellent projects but I was thinking if just the top could be maid so that a speaker could be mounted inside the rig.
I just cannot do a factory job drilling those holes.
Just asking
BOB
AF2Q

Re: ADAM Cases

Adam Rong
 

Bob,

Larry can offer this.

Thanks,
Adam

On 2012/9/2 6:21, pileupjunkie wrote:
 

Adam,
Not to long ago you offered the case for sale.
They do make excellent projects but I was thinking if just the top could be maid so that a speaker could be mounted inside the rig.
I just cannot do a factory job drilling those holes.
Just asking
BOB
AF2Q


Re: ADAM Cases

anthony jaen
 

hi adam what does it mean anodized aluminum it says on the case of the crk-10


From: Adam Rong
To: CHINA_QRP@...
Sent: Sunday, September 2, 2012 7:25 AM
Subject: Re: [CHINA_QRP] Re: ADAM Cases

 
Bob,

Larry can offer this.

Thanks,
Adam

On 2012/9/2 6:21, pileupjunkie wrote:
 
Adam,
Not to long ago you offered the case for sale.
They do make excellent projects but I was thinking if just the top could be maid so that a speaker could be mounted inside the rig.
I just cannot do a factory job drilling those holes.
Just asking
BOB
AF2Q




Re: ADAM Cases

Adam Rong
 

Anthony,

The material is aluminum alloy and the surface is processed by anodizing, so the finish is beautiful and durable.

Thanks,
Adam

On 2012/9/2 9:31, anthony jaen wrote:
 
hi adam what does it mean anodized aluminum it says on the case of the crk-10


From: Adam Rong
To: CHINA_QRP@...
Sent: Sunday, September 2, 2012 7:25 AM
Subject: Re: [CHINA_QRP] Re: ADAM Cases

 
Bob,

Larry can offer this.

Thanks,
Adam

On 2012/9/2 6:21, pileupjunkie wrote:
 
Adam,
Not to long ago you offered the case for sale.
They do make excellent projects but I was thinking if just the top could be maid so that a speaker could be mounted inside the rig.
I just cannot do a factory job drilling those holes.
Just asking
BOB
AF2Q





Re: ADAM Cases

anthony jaen
 

ok adam thats sounds good ill just wait for the crk-10 with case that you sent me maybe it will be here on monday and i will understand the pretty anodized finish


From: Adam Rong
To: CHINA_QRP@...
Sent: Sunday, September 2, 2012 10:28 AM
Subject: Re: [CHINA_QRP] Re: ADAM Cases

 
Anthony,

The material is aluminum alloy and the surface is processed by anodizing, so the finish is beautiful and durable.

Thanks,
Adam

On 2012/9/2 9:31, anthony jaen wrote:
 
hi adam what does it mean anodized aluminum it says on the case of the crk-10


From: Adam Rong
To: CHINA_QRP@...
Sent: Sunday, September 2, 2012 7:25 AM
Subject: Re: [CHINA_QRP] Re: ADAM Cases

 
Bob,

Larry can offer this.

Thanks,
Adam

On 2012/9/2 6:21, pileupjunkie wrote:
 
Adam,
Not to long ago you offered the case for sale.
They do make excellent projects but I was thinking if just the top could be maid so that a speaker could be mounted inside the rig.
I just cannot do a factory job drilling those holes.
Just asking
BOB
AF2Q







Two new Youtube videos about KN-Q7A and speaker microphone

Adam Rong
 

All,
 
Speaker mic evaluation in field by JL1KRA (new!)
 
VR2BLQ and VR2TPM 2-way QSO both using KN-Q7A assembled kits
 
Enjoy!

--
Thanks,
Adam Rong, BD6CR/4

Re: Two new Youtube videos about KN-Q7A and speaker microphone

Adam Rong
 

Sorry for typo. Should be VK2BLQ and VK2TPM near Sydney Australia.
 
Thanks,
Adam

On Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 10:08 AM, Adam Rong <rongxh@...> wrote:
All,
 
Speaker mic evaluation in field by JL1KRA (new!)
 
VR2BLQ and VR2TPM 2-way QSO both using KN-Q7A assembled kits
 
Enjoy!

--
Thanks,
Adam Rong, BD6CR/4




--
Thanks,
Adam Rong

Re: Two new Youtube videos about KN-Q7A and speaker microphone

Joel Caulkins <caulktel@...>
 

Adam,

Is there a low mic gain problem with the new speaker/mic? I want to buy one of the new ones because I'm not happy with the one I put the speaker into, but the transmit audio on mine seems to be just fine. I think these little rigs need plenty of transmit audio. I did a test with a guy the other night and he said my audio sounded the best when I was close talking the mic and speaking pretty loud. Maybe a small preamp of some sort would be good.

Joel Caulkins KB6QVI



Re: Two new Youtube videos about KN-Q7A and speaker microphone

Adam Rong
 

Joel,
 
The speaker microphone has the same microphone part with the original microphone, so I don't think you will get a more sensitive one.
 
The primary concern of a microphone amplifier is that it may over drive the mixer, although you will feel easier to speak to the microphone. Also, if you really need to modify it, you will need to modify the 8V output to 8VT (8V for transmit mode) so there is no unnecessary feedback during receive mode.
 
Thanks,
Adam

On Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 10:21 AM, Joel Caulkins <caulktel@...> wrote:
 

Adam,


Is there a low mic gain problem with the new speaker/mic? I want to buy one of the new ones because I'm not happy with the one I put the speaker into, but the transmit audio on mine seems to be just fine. I think these little rigs need plenty of transmit audio. I did a test with a guy the other night and he said my audio sounded the best when I was close talking the mic and speaking pretty loud. Maybe a small preamp of some sort would be good.

Joel Caulkins KB6QVI






--
Thanks,
Adam Rong

Re: Two new Youtube videos about KN-Q7A and speaker microphone

Joel Caulkins <caulktel@...>
 

Okay, thanks Adam, that's what I needed to know.

Joel Caulkins KB6QVI



OT: Open Source Hardware and Makers

Adam Rong
 

Folks,
 
Recently, CQ magazine has a MAKERS series by Matt Stultz, KB3TAN. The most recent article is about Open Source Hardware. Open Source Hardware is very popular here in Shanghai, Shenzhen and other major cities in China, and I have participated in some of their workshops in the past a few months. The Chinese magazines like Radio Magazine and Practical Electronics introduce a lot about maker projects and Arduino related projects.
 
Although we focus on ham radio kits, we also have interest in Open Source Hardware and Makers' kits, and we have connection to good suppliers and developers. I would like to hear from you if you are interested in this part, and what is your expectation from us.

--
Thanks,
Adam Rong

Re: OT: Open Source Hardware and Makers

Pete Meier <pmeier@...>
 

Adam,

Personally, I've learned over the years not to "over expect" from any vendor but to enjoy a given quality product they might produce and hope more will follow. My personal enjoyment comes from building. I enjoy the challenge of  moderate to very complex electronics. I don't always keep every thing I build but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy building it or get my money's worth out of the experience. I seek out honesty and vendors that communicate both of which I've experienced from you and that's why I am a repeat customer.  I will watch your company going forward for kits that offer electronic building challenges and some utility or fun factor. I do lean towards ham radio related equipment but as you suggest here, not all kits are necessarily "radio kits". 

Pete WK8S

On Sep 2, 2012, at 10:08 PM, Adam Rong <rongxh@...> wrote:

I would like to hear from you if you are interested in this part, and what is your expectation from u

Re: OT: Open Source Hardware and Makers

Adam Rong
 

Pete,
 
Thanks for your feedback. Building is fun and this is where we are in common. Frankly speaking, a successful kit does not directly come from customers' expectation. Instead, it comes from the designer's creative design and validation, the supply of parts, our work to make it a product for all, and customers' participation and support. However, your feedback does give us confirmation on what is right among many of our potential directions in mind.
 
As many of you may know, I am running this kit business as my side business, and my professional work is a program manager in IT hardware industry. In my professional work, I lead an international virtual team to develop stuffs like laptop computers, PC servers and storages and tablet computers (Pads). Communication is a key part of the program management and I have brought my experience into my side business, and I am quite serious to satisfy all of our customers.
 
Thanks,
Adam

On Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 12:48 PM, Pete Meier <pmeier@...> wrote:
 

Adam,


Personally, I've learned over the years not to "over expect" from any vendor but to enjoy a given quality product they might produce and hope more will follow. My personal enjoyment comes from building. I enjoy the challenge of  moderate to very complex electronics. I don't always keep every thing I build but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy building it or get my money's worth out of the experience. I seek out honesty and vendors that communicate both of which I've experienced from you and that's why I am a repeat customer.  I will watch your company going forward for kits that offer electronic building challenges and some utility or fun factor. I do lean towards ham radio related equipment but as you suggest here, not all kits are necessarily "radio kits". 

Pete WK8S

On Sep 2, 2012, at 10:08 PM, Adam Rong <rongxh@...> wrote:

I would like to hear from you if you are interested in this part, and what is your expectation from u




--
Thanks,
Adam Rong

CRkits Mobile Antenna Products Forecast

Adam Rong
 

Folks,
 
We plan to start seling high quality mobile antenna products later this month. The first offering is 40 meter full length dipole. It is a good companion of both KN-Q7A and CRK-10. The list price is targeted at about 50 USD. Other band is possible and price is similar. We will share more pictures and documents when they are available. Stay tuned.

--
Thanks,
Adam Rong, BD6CR/4

Re: CRkits Mobile Antenna Products Forecast

anthony jaen
 

cant wait adam 


From: Adam Rong
To: CHINA_QRP@...
Sent: Monday, September 3, 2012 3:22 PM
Subject: [CHINA_QRP] CRkits Mobile Antenna Products Forecast

 
Folks,
 
We plan to start seling high quality mobile antenna products later this month. The first offering is 40 meter full length dipole. It is a good companion of both KN-Q7A and CRK-10. The list price is targeted at about 50 USD. Other band is possible and price is similar. We will share more pictures and documents when they are available. Stay tuned.

--
Thanks,
Adam Rong, BD6CR/4



Re: CRkits Mobile Antenna Products Forecast

 

Hi Aam,
Not sure who pointed me to the unun antenna but for us who are antenna restricted I can use this from my 4th floor apartment.
I like to see what is involved in that 50 foot antenna because I use a 65 foot end fed outdoors.
So 50 feet is much easier to fire up into the AF2Q tree.
BOB
AF2Q
 

In a message dated 9/3/2012 7:16:30 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, chickenjoymanok@... writes:
 
We plan to start seling high quality mobile antenna products later this month. The first offering is 40 meter full length dipole. It is a good companion of both KN-Q7A and CRK-10. The list price is targeted at about 50 USD. Other band is possible and price is similar. We will share more pictures and documents when they are available. Stay tuned.