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Old 28-05-2015, 03:52   #46
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Ever tried to send a CQ by text? Nope... won't work.... nor will your phone 1000 miles offshore.

Yes it does take time to become proficient... like most things worth doing.... and yes it maybe has had its heyday as its no longer used on big ships...

Anyway... now you have seen one that's on a boat..... its an 'industrial grade' Norwegian key that fell orf the back of a ship some years ago.

Meanwhile ... have you received an SMS lately? ... -- ... ? No I haven't either... but some may have..
I'm keen to see your photo. Have another go please.

SMS? Ahh, yes, five today, 15 yesterday. So, yes quite regularly?
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And now has fallen off CF too…
Yup ... tried to send it on my ( not so) smart phone.... I'll have another shot with SSTV...
here we go...
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I'm keen to see your photo. Have another go please.

SMS? Ahh, yes, five today, 15 yesterday. So, yes quite regularly?
Does your phone go 'dit dit dit da da dit dit dit'?

My ( not so ) smart phone doesn't but my previous Nokia did....
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I'm saving up for a Begali but all I have had lately is a hot Madras....
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Does your phone go 'dit dit dit da da dit dit dit'?

My ( not so ) smart phone doesn't but my previous Nokia did....
Yep, really did like that SMS alert tone that Nokia had
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Yup ... tried to send it on my ( not so) smart phone.... I'll have another shot with SSTV...
here we go...
Do you haven hat in your boat?
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Do you haven hat in your boat?
Yup, thats where it is just now ... it comes and goes.... that's a file photo...
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Yup, thats where it is just now ... it comes and goes.... that's a file photo...
god I need to check my spelling before sending.

What do you plug it into on your boat ?
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That plug goes straight into the back of both the IC 706 and 718 .. needs a an 'acc' plug to go into the back of a 710
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You would struggle to get anyone on the other end that would understand morse code. So it's pointless learning it. Not sure why you think it's a shame when it's so obsolete?
I enjoyed doing morse code, and now I might have a use for it, might be fun. And I'm sure I could come up with several reason to know it....

- using morse code with a light to signal another ship in the event of a radio fault
- when aliens attack and have knocked out our satellites
- when zombies swarm over the Earth, and comm lines are either down or overwhelmed
- when.... you get the idea.

On a serious note though, CW is (sort of like sailing, archery and horseback riding) a skill no longer required but enjoyable. All of these things have been replaced by modern tech (planes, guns, cars, mobile phones, internet....), twice the convenience half the fun. But people still do them because they are fun and there is a desire to not see these skills gone forever.

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That plug goes straight into the back of both the IC 706 and 718 .. needs a an 'acc' plug to go into the back of a 710
, cool. I didn't know you could do that. In which case, it's one more tool for use in an emergency.
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Hello to all,
Well, I'm not a CW nut....yes, I know Morse, and yes I use it occasionally (rarely?)....and my best friend is a real CW nut...but, I don't know too many "cruisers" that are CW nuts....

To be clear, CW is NOT obsolete! Not at all!
And, to be clear it has a growing user base....
But, also to be clear, there aren't too many "cruisers" who use it....some yes, but by percentage it's a small minority...


Now, not to take anything away from the discussion of CW (which BTW, I use to make REALLY LONG DISTANCE contacts, of > 500,000 miles....bouncing my signal off the moon), but for those new to HF radio, you may wish to have a look at some videos, where I explain HF Maritime Comms for the average sailor/cruiser, as well as give the basics of radiowave propagation, etc...


Maritime HF Communications...
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ZDo_Jk3NB_Bt1y


HF-DSC Communications...
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ga2zYuPozhUXZX


Icom M-802 Instruction Videos...
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...rC-8QKVyMb4tVr


Offshore Weather, WeFax, etc....
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...zdjTJjHlChruyY



While, I made most of the videos for the average sailor/cruiser, some seasoned hams have also found them helpful....


Fair winds...

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Morse code is awesome! Sometimes when nothing goes through, CW will, even with 5W out. I routinely make 5000 to 6000 mile contacts using 2-5W. The radios are cheap, simple and sip current. I have a Weber MTR the size of a pack of cigarettes that sips 35mA on receive and outputs 5W on 40/30/20m, with full band coverage. You can get a radio as a kit for $125 (Ten-Tec). $50 buys you a Rock-Mite crystal controlled transceiver that you can mount in an Altoids mints tin, just for fun. I'd suggest 3-5W for reliability.. My main rig is the Elecraft K1. I dont't even own an ssb ham radio right now. My Icom IC-M700 if mostly off; 2A on receive.. I can listen to my K1 all day without making even a dent in the battery. There are always people on the air willing to relay messages for you via phone or email..

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99% of my ham activity is CW (not counting Pactor email), but its a special challenge when at sea. For me at abt 18 wpm it takes a lot of concentration and when the boat is in a seaway its hard to maintain that concentration! Glad I don't have to depend on it.

I have often fantasized about being dismasted and having all radios flooded and ruined except for my little KX1 backpacking CW rig snug in its own little Pelican case, ready to save the day. Always good to have redundancy!

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Hello to all,
Well, I'm not a CW nut....yes, I know Morse, and yes I use it occasionally (rarely?)....and my best friend is a real CW nut...but, I don't know too many "cruisers" that are CW nuts....

To be clear, CW is NOT obsolete! Not at all!
And, to be clear it has a growing user base....
But, also to be clear, there aren't too many "cruisers" who use it....some yes, but by percentage it's a small minority...


Now, not to take anything away from the discussion of CW (which BTW, I use to make REALLY LONG DISTANCE contacts, of > 500,000 miles....bouncing my signal off the moon), but for those new to HF radio, you may wish to have a look at some videos, where I explain HF Maritime Comms for the average sailor/cruiser, as well as give the basics of radiowave propagation, etc...


Maritime HF Communications...
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ZDo_Jk3NB_Bt1y


HF-DSC Communications...
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...ga2zYuPozhUXZX


Icom M-802 Instruction Videos...
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...rC-8QKVyMb4tVr


Offshore Weather, WeFax, etc....
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...zdjTJjHlChruyY



While, I made most of the videos for the average sailor/cruiser, some seasoned hams have also found them helpful....


Fair winds...

John
Thanks for the links. Very useful.

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"To be clear, CW is NOT obsolete! Not at all!
And, to be clear it has a growing user base....
But, also to be clear, there aren't too many "cruisers" who use it....some yes, but by percentage it's a small minority"

Seems a little contradictory. You say CW is not obsolete, but then state quite clearly it's virtually obsolete? What do you think the word 'obsolete' means?
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