What makes a good portable CW paddle?

What makes a good portable CW paddle?

Richard G3CWI of SOTABEAMS has released a 3 minute video looking at the differences between a paddle designed for portable use and a fixed-station paddle.

The purpose of the video is to give some hints on the features to look for in a good portable CW key.

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LoTW Password Checking Change Causes Problems for Some Users

An upgrade to the password-checking mechanism that authenticates Logbook of The World (LoTW) users has caused log-in problems for some clients. Under the system in place prior to approximately 2300 UTC on September 19, the LoTW log-in system ignored the case of any characters in a password when checking for a match, storing them all as lower-case. The new system is case sensitive, however. While passwords once were randomly generated, the ARRL IT staff recently implemented a new LoTW password mechanism that lets users choose their own passwords. Under this new system, when users first log in, their passwords are encrypted.

Some users with mixed-case passwords attempting to log in were rejected, however, because the system had stored their passwords as all lower case. A subsequent modification allows the system to accept a user’s mixed-case password and changes the stored password to the user’s mixed-case specification. The issue also can present problems for applications, such as logging programs, that employ a user’s credentials to access a LoTW account.

Users who encounter trouble logging in to LoTW are being asked to enter their passwords in all lower case. If that doesn’t work, contact the LoTW Help Desk or explore other methods available for LoTW.

Any LoTW users who logged in before this modification was made — at around 2300 UTC on September 19 — had their passwords stored in lower case, no matter which case they used in entering them. These passwords now must be entered as lower case. Users who changed to a password that includes mixed-case letters must continue to enter that password in mixed-case letters.

ARRL apologizes for underestimating the extent to which the lack of password case sensitivity in the previous LoTW authentication mechanism was going to cause problems for so many users.

“RF Seismograph” Improved to Better Reflect Band Activity

The Scanning RF Seismograph, a real-time HF propagation-monitoring tool developed by the MDSR Team and Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW, now can show both combined band noise and activity and just band activity. The RF Seismograph, which covers 80, 40, 30, 20, 15, and 10 meters, is a project of the North Shore Amateur Radio Club (NSARC). Continue reading


2017 RST Special Event

Members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA) will be active the entire month of March 2017 from several different locations in Alaska, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Greenland using all NCDXA “RST” fixed station callsigns KL7RST, VY1RST, VE8RST, VY0RST and OX7RST to further promote Amateur Radio in northern North America.

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Logbook of The World to No Longer Accept Contacts Signed by TQSL Versions Earlier Than 2.0

As of 1400 UTC on January 16, 2017, ARRL Logbook of The World (LoTW) no longer will accept contacts that have been digitally signed by versions of TQSL earlier than version 2.0.

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Historic QSO completed on 630-meters

Steve, VE7SL, and Roger, VK4YB, completed the first two-way QSO between Canada and Australia on 630-meters using JT9. This is also the longest two-way QSO in amateur service on 630-meters ever completed (confirmed). Continue reading


How to build a Hex Beam Antenna

A good you tube video from Cliff N4CCB on building a hex beam for portable use. Continue reading


VE7QCS Is Heading Out

Fellow CHR member Chris (VE7QCS) has his bags pack and is heading out on his next adventure.  I have posted the URL on the menu pane on the right if you would like to follow the places he’s going to see.  Chris’s trip is not ham radio related it’s a travel blog only.



Ham Radio Videos


Came across some ham radio promotional videos.  Have a look. Continue reading


Chance of geomagnetic storms

A solar wind stream traveling ~550 km/s is expected to engulf Earth’s magnetic field during the late hours of Sept. 11th.

Its arrival could spark polar geomagnetic storms and high-latitude auroras on Sept. 11th and 12th.

Visit http://spaceweather.com for updates.