Jim Johns
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  • Tioga, TX
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iCW Question
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Is it possible and/or acceptable to connect to iCW in listen-onlymode? I wouldn't want to create confusion by connecting andnot being able to respond if someone asks. I figure that I'm notready to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chuck Broadwell, W5UXH Feb 26, 2015.

Is there a way to download the MP3 of Last Nights CFO Net?
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Much of my time is spent off-line on airline flights and in offices where I can't stream audio or video.  I'd like to take along copies of the CFO Nets in MP3 format to practice but the home page…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chuck aa0hw Feb 29, 2012.

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Ken K5WK left a comment for Jim Johns
"Thanks for the note.  I will be silent for a while, trying to learn what this is all about.  I am not quite sure why I joined, other than looking into something new.  I will likely be the least prepared member.  I am sure I will…"
Mar 9
Jim Johns left a comment for Ken K5WK
"Kenneth - You will enjoy the 9A5N paddle. I picked one up at Dayton a few years ago and it is my day-to-day paddle. (I use my Chevron paddle for special events.) I particularly like being able to easily adjust the pressure required to actuate the…"
Mar 9
Jim Johns posted a photo

Slide Rule Paddle

This is shack art, created by Jeff, K1NSS (dashtoons.com) for Jim, KA0IQT.
Mar 5
Jim Johns posted a photo

KA0IQT QSL Card

New KA0IQT QSL card designed by Jeff, K1NSS. Key is my Chevron paddle.
Feb 5
Jim Johns replied to Chuck aa0hw's discussion Our Ning website host has raised their fees.
"Chuck - I'd kick in $100 toward the fee, however it appears that you have taken down the donation link on the QRQ homepage. Surely there must be others in the QRQ community who can manage to donate a few $.  If many people kick in, the…"
Oct 6, 2016
Jim Johns replied to Chuck Broadwell, W5UXH's discussion Combined Keyer / Keyboard / Decoder
"Chuck - Thanks for the pointer to the Fubarino SD. It has been a while since I checked into what's new at ChipKit. Ordered a couple from Microchip Direct and they are a nice, small form factor board. In your notes, you say; ". . . so the…"
Jun 30, 2016
Marc Veeneman commented on Jim Johns's photo
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9A5N Iambic Paddle

"I've been comparing the 9A5N paddles to the finest I found in my 1 year quest for a mistake-proof key. Runners up were: #4 Hamco Scotia, #3 K8RA single lever, #2 Bencher Hex & Bencher Mercury, #1 Schurr Profi II. But the 9A5N likes me best…"
Dec 21, 2015
Ron Smith commented on Jim Johns's photo
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9A5N Iambic Paddle

"Looks to be a very nice key.  No moving parts should hold setting a feel very well.  Nice. Ron N7RD"
Jun 9, 2015
Chuck Broadwell, W5UXH replied to Jim Johns's discussion iCW Question
"Sure Jim, just set your login name to something like KA0IQT-Listen-Only, then others will realize you do not intend to communicate. You can always use the text message feature to say hello etc.  Have fun. Chuck"
Feb 26, 2015
Jim Johns posted a discussion

iCW Question

Is it possible and/or acceptable to connect to iCW in listen-onlymode? I wouldn't want to create confusion by connecting andnot being able to respond if someone asks. I figure that I'm notready to swim with the big kids, but would like some additionalpractice copying QRQ CW. Thanks in advance. 73 Jim KA0IQTSee More
Feb 26, 2015
Jim Johns posted a photo

9A5N Iambic Paddle

I bought one of the 9A5N Iambic Solid State Paddles at last year's Dayton. The paddles use a MEMs device and do not move. They are adjustable between 10 grams and 50 grams of pressure using a pushbutton on the side of the paddle. I like my paddles…
Feb 14, 2015
Jim Johns replied to Chuck aa0hw's discussion CW KEYBOARDS from the days of yore
"My first keyboard was the Heathkit Ultra Pro shown in the photo.  I usually used it when acting as Net Control for a CW net in Colorado in the early 1980s.  I'd preprogram the net preamble so that I could get my paperwork ready to run…"
Apr 12, 2014
Chuck aa0hw replied to Jim Johns's discussion Is there a way to download the MP3 of Last Nights CFO Net?
"Just added another CFOnet recording to the download list: CFOnet 7 from 2-28-2012"
Feb 29, 2012
Paul E. Genaw commented on Jim Johns's photo
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1937 McElroy Bug

" Very Nice-I have a 1937 MacKey also."
Feb 8, 2012
Jim Johns replied to Chuck Broadwell, W5UXH's discussion PS-2 / USB Keyboard Rosewill Model RK-9000
"Chuck - Thanks for the recommendation.  I picked one up from Amazon and have it connected to my Hamgadgets MasterKeyer using the USB cable.  Works great and built like a tank.  73   Jim KA0IQT  "
Feb 2, 2012

Profile Information

Your Call Sign
KA0IQT
How many years have you been performing QRQ CW
27 Years (Licensed since 1968)
What speed do you like to run QRQ CW
Right now I max out at around 45 WPM but I'm working on increasing my speed by creating MP3 files and listening to them on my phone. Found this group when I searched for QRQ practice.
Your favorite key, paddle or bug
HCD Chevron paddle made by M0AGA. I also have a number of other high performance paddles including a Begali Sculpture, a March (K4QU) R3 paddle and an original N2DAN Mercury paddle.
Your favorite cw keyboard
I'm currently using a W5UXH Fubarino keyer that was constructed by W5UXH. (This is a great keyer with lots of bells and whistles.) Since I don't touch type, I can send with a paddle about as fast as with the keyboard.
Your favorite cw sending software
I'm not using any CW sending software on the air but have found ebook2cw which I'm using to convert ebooks to QRQ CW for practice.
Your Rig, Antenna and RF Power
Ten Tec Orion II HF Transceiver into a vertical antenna (Cushcraft R8.) Ten Tec Centurion Amp (1 KW) when I'm trying to break into a pile up.
Your QSK preferences
Full Break-in.
Your favorite headphones or speakers for listening to cw
Bose QC-15 noise cancelling headphone. I haven't had any RFI issues even at 1KW.
What has been your most effective way of training practice, to copy and send qrq cw
Playing ebooks on my phone when I'm away from the shack. (Usually I'll listen to one of the Radio Boys books converted to CW @ 40+ WPM using ebook2cw.) Otherwise I try to push beyond my comfort zone speed on the air either chasing DX or ragchewing.

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Comment Wall (5 comments)

At 6:16am on December 28, 2009, Chuck aa0hw said…
Hi Jim

Thank you for joining and welcome to the site !

That paddle of yours looks fantastic.
Thanks for the photo...
At 1:08am on December 30, 2009, Joe said…
Welcome aboard, Jim. I 'm also trying to get my code speed up. Ebook2cw does a nice job, but lately I have been using Fldigi to make practice mp3 files to take along with me on my walks. Fldigi creates beautiful cw from text files. I also find the iCW net on Saturdays to be a great source of QRQ practice.

Joe KH6/W3GW
At 12:14am on July 11, 2011, Brett Miller said…
Jim,

I too am always looking around for a display case for my keys, since I usually only have 3 or 4 on the operating table at one time. I have decided to go for it with single lever, and now a Begali Sculpture Mono is on the way to me at this very moment. I have his Simplex Mono, and I like it a lot, but there are some things that aren't quite right and it seems like they affect my sending. I am hoping the simplicity and precision of the Sculpture single lever will provide for easier sending at the speeds I want, with much greater accuracy. I don't really care about sending faster than 35-40 wpm at the most, and most times around 33 wpm is fine, but I want to be able to do so accurately and without great expenditure of effort during long rag chews. I can send fine on a bencher and similar, but find that as I go up in quality the effort to send good code goes down, and proportionately, so does fatigue during long rag chews.

-my 2 cents

Brett - KI4DBK
At 12:18am on July 11, 2011, Brett Miller said…
I had meant to say also, that faster than 35 wpm on the paddle, the preferred sending device is the keyboard, and I don't really have an interest in using hand devices to send faster than about 40 wpm. I don't know if that will change in the future, but the art of conversation with The Morse is best served by the keyboard for me.
At 5:15pm on March 9, 2017, Ken K5WK said…

Thanks for the note.  I will be silent for a while, trying to learn what this is all about.  I am not quite sure why I joined, other than looking into something new.  I will likely be the least prepared member.  I am sure I will have to investigate keyboards in the future.

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