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Remote Control Ham Station Enhancements

As explained in a previous article, we have been working on enhancing our Remote Control Ham Station system. The upgrades include additional remote client options, better remote networking via the Internet, and better integration with our microHAM system.

Source: Remote Operating Enhancements | Our HAM Station

As part of the fall upgrade plans at our station, we have completed quite a few enhancements to the Remote Operating Gateway and associated client devices in our station. The upgrades include:

You can read more on our Stationproject Blog about our Remote Control Ham Station Enhancements.

We try to do some station upgrades in the fall of each year to maximize our operating fun during the winter months. We always welcome members who want to join in on our projects as a means to learn about station building. More to come as we make progress with our planned projects.

Special thanks to Dave, K1DLM who has helped us with ideas for several aspects of this project.

Fred, AB1OC

QRPGuys Iambic Paddle Build

I’ve been practicing a lot of CW lately and had ordered a QRP guys iambic paddle from their website qrpguys.com awhile back. I went to the CW class on Saturday morning, which got me in the CW mood. After knocking some items off the honey-do list I was getting a little bored on Saturday night so I headed down to the shack and dug out the iambic key kit I had ordered.

I’ve never done any kit building or anything slightly engineer-y until joining the club. I don’t always understand why things work and building kits (even simple ones help me along). This kit didn’t look too hard, although it has a 4 out of 5-star difficulty rating on their website, so I jumped right in!

I made sure I started by sorting out all the parts in an orderly fashion.Iambic Paddle Build  I learned this much from working countless hours after Christmas and birthdays on Star Wars lego kits that are made for children, but built by adults after the kids get frustrated 15 minutes after starting!

I then got to the fun part of soldering. This was different than what I’ve done in the past as I started with soldering all the mechanical parts together by applying a small amount of solder and then checking to make sure everything lined up before putting a lot of solder on. Iambic Paddle BuildI enjoyed this as it was a large area to solder and it didn’t matter so much if my soldering skills aren’t very good! There were only a few electrical components to solder and that part was rather easy, even for my limited skills!

The toughest part of the whole build was assembling the paddles. You can see from the picture there are four nuts (and lock washers) that are to be assembled on the inside of the paddles with very limited space. TIambic Paddle Buildweezers were an absolute necessity – and earplugs for any youth that may be hanging around. After many – and I do mean many – attempts of dropping and picking up nuts and washers I finally got the washers and nuts in place and fastened.

Iambic Paddle Build

I was thrilled to have succeeded and ran out to the car, where my radio is hooked up at the moment and gave it a quick test run. Below is my not-so-professional video which shows my not-so-professional CW skills.

The paddles work well. The black pads do stick together a little when you push on both paddles at the same time, but I am very happy with my tiny QRP paddles! I am thinking of cutting slots in the sides and attaching a velcro band to attach to my leg to keep the paddle in place in the hopes that I could operate it with one hand. Let me know what you think or if you’ve built this kit before.


Jamey (KC1ENX)

Morse Code Goes To Video

MORSE CODE GOES TO VIDEO – compiled by Layne AE1N

Apple uses Morse code flashing light in Obama Interview – BUY IPAD

Donald Duck cartoon: Spirit of ‘43. Cartoon stars Donald Duck – war propaganda cartoon encouraging citizens to pay their taxes when due – Donald gets his pay & is torn between paying his taxes & going to a barroom with swastika shaped swinging wooden doors; he punches the bad guy who slams through the swastika doors & wooden pieces fall into the shape of a “V” (for Victory) with 4 chunks of wood dropping underneath as dit dit dit dah

During World War II, radio transmissions by the BBC started with the first four tones of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, denoting “V” for “Victory”.

For Your Eyes Only: James Bond Movie – Morse clearly heard from the electronic surveillance ship ‘St. Georges’ radio room before an old WWII sea mine hits it & the ship goes down.

In the film Star Trek V, Mr. Scott uses Morse code to inform Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy, who are locked in the brig, that he’s about to blow out the wall with explosives by tapping out the message “Stand Back”.

In the movie Independence Day, amateur radio operators are shown using CW Morse code transmissions to communicate with other continents on the strategy for killing the alien invaders. The invaders were oblivious to the simple dot and dash encoding of the Morse Code. (As in many movies and television programs, the operators showed poor keying technique: they were tapping the tops of their keys, whereas correct technique is to maintain a three-fingered grip on both sides and the top of the key.).

In the Star Trek Voyager episode titled The 37’s the crew beams aboard a 1930’s era Ford truck they find floating in space in the Delta Quadrant. While studying the truck in a cargo bay, the crew finds a radio which is receiving Morse code signals from an alien planet.

Kurt Russell’s Executive Decision the hero signifies he’s still alive on the aircraft by rewiring the plane’s tail lights to send a message in Morse code.

Leon’s Furniture Commercial 1997.

Mickey Mouse. Cartoon Titled: Mickey’s Garden (1935) – he uses call sign W60PU as part of plot & is on his QSL cards. UPDATE: Mickey is working in his garden, which is overrun with bugs; the scene in which the morse code appears is one bug transmitting the signal to attack to all the other bugs – actual code is “CQ CQ OK GA OK GA”.

Morse Code “CQ” on Star Trek The Space Seed.

Morse Code in 1933 King Kong Movie.

Morse code in the Movie Mission Impossible.

S.O.S. Soap Pads commercial 1996.

Stooge Slapstick Savvy: How not to pass your Morse code exam.

The BBC television series Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em features a piccolo duet title sequence melody spelling out the title in Morse (although I have a hard time copying the message).

The BBC theme also highlights the opening sequences of the film The Longest Day

The Morse code during the Jericho television series title sequence spells out different messages in each episode.


Morse Code In The Music

How’s your Morse code ear? Try copying the Morse through the music QRM!

Baby Come Back to Me (The Morse Code Of Love) by The Crests. The primary doo-wop syllables are dit and dot. This song was later covered by The Manhattan Transfer

Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison. It sounds like he says dit dah repeatedly at the end of the song but is actually saying “bit by bit”

Der Telegraph by Welle: Erdball

London Calling by The Clash uses guitar feedback at the end of the song to create the letters “S.O.S.” in Morse code.

Lucifer by The Alan Parsons Project leads off with Morse which is repeated but sometimes overcome by the music

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by The Propellerheads. Morse is used to spell out OHMSS.

One by Metallica. In the music video, Morse is used for the severely handicapped veteran to communicate.

Planet Claire by the B52s leads off with a Morse message (the text of which is actually an automated message from a Canadian maritime automated weather station)

Radio KAOS solo album by Roger Waters. This album includes a number of Morse code sequences.

Radioactivity by Kraftwerk used Morse code extensively in the song.

Sub-Rosa Subway by Klaatu. This Canadian band includes a Morse lyric in their song.

Timber by Coldcut. spells “S.O.S” in the beginning.

Wireless Fantasy by Vladimir Ussachevsky.

For more fun, see the article entitled Morse Code Goes To Video

Layne, AE1N