CW Maritime Radio Event

Maritime Radio Day will take place in mid-April, with activity — all on CW — centering on International Naval Frequencies, 1,824; 3,520; 7,020; 10,118; 14,052; 21,052, and 28,052 kHz. Maritime Radio Day is held annually to commemorate nearly 100 years of CW maritime wireless service. Register online. Continue reading

93-year-old WWII veteran still taps out Morse code

We might live in a world where knowing how to write code is gold, but for 93-year-old Merle Taylor there is only one code: Morse code.

Taylor learned Morse code at 20 when she signed up to help Canada and the war effort. Her war-time job was to teach it to the pilots through the British Commonwealth Air Training plan. Continue reading

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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K4M Special Event Samuel Morse in Arroyo, Puerto Rico

The team of the Radio Operadores del Sur (Radio Operators of the South-ROS) are going to activate Special Event Station K4M commemorating the 157th anniversay of the first telegraph communication by cable in Latin America. This historic event was done by Mr. Samuel F B Morse on March 1st, 1859 in the city of Arroyo, Puerto Rico.

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History of the Morse Key

Since the first Morse telegraph systems were introduced, an enormous variety of Morse keys or telegraph keys and keyers have been constructed.

From Straight keys including the Camelback Morse key, to automatic Morse keyers such as the Vibroplex, their development has seen many new innovations, and enormous changes in style.

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