Yesterday in they afternoon Kelly N0VD organize a local ham meeting with the locals. People who where there where: Steve KT0DX, Rob N0RU, Jay W5JQ, Kelly N0VD , PE2MC ( myself), Shel KF0UR, Greg W0CG

Jay W5JQ is a real CW operator. And does not even own a Microphone 🙂 . I told Jay that i allready worked 302 dxcc without even knowing any cw letter. Just F4 and F5 :). Decoding my own call 599 , 73 , tu i can hear. Just because of the sound. They had to laugh about that. On they other hand Greg W0CG told me that he worked Ton PA1CC over 1000 times in CW. I told Greg that i know Ton in person. Ton will also be a operator on PJ2T in the CQWWSSB contest this oktober. You can see that Hamradio is even smaller then you think it is.

Also we discus the new upcomming DX peditions. And what people got to do to set this up.

We all know each other. But never had met in person.



Shel KF0UR showed me his new toy. He inventent a new extended display for his K3. Als the information is shown in a website.

It can log 1200 qso fully automatic.



Expanded Display

80-char. display plus scroll-back

KX3 Rig Control

With Macros and Keyboard

KX3 Logging Screen

At a glance

The RWD-1 is a remote LCD display kit designed for the Elecraft W1 and W2 RF power/SWR meters. The RWD-1 provides fast acting bar graphs to assist in adjusting antenna tuners and amplifiers. It provides more resolution than the LEDs on the W1 and W2 by offering large, easy-to-view digital readouts of power and SWR. The RWD-1, when paired with the Elecraft W1, will provide a battery powered, high resolution, digital power and SWR meter suitable for field operations.

  • Compatible with Elecraft W1 and W2 meters (auto sensing)
  • SWR and power displayed in digital and graphical formats
  • SWR alarm with adjustable threshold
  • Average or Peak power display
  • 100 mw resolution below 10 watts
  • Two formats: Large digits with Forward Power and SWR with fast bar graphs
  • Smaller digits with Forward and Reverse Power and SWR, all with fast bar graphs
  • Battery powered or 11-15 volt DC external power
  • Assemble in 30-45 minutes, all ‘through-hole’ parts
  • Options include a beautiful Lexan cabinet by W8FGU and a 3’ cable to connect to Elecraft’s W1 or W2

Details about Ham Central Terminal

LCD Display The HCT displays text that has been decoded by your KX3 and K3 in CW, RTTY, and PSK modes on a 80 character LCD display. An additional 400 characters can be viewed by scrolling up and down in the display, while new characters are still being stored. The LCD is sunlight readable and has an adjustable backlight for night ops. It will run outdoors for over 20 hours on an internal 9 volt battery.
Keyboard The HCT uses a standard PC keyboard to enable you to send text in CW, RTTY, and PSK modes as well as to control the HCT. The keyboard can be used to create, edit, and store up to ten 80 character messages that are accessed via the Function keys on the keyboard for immediate transmission. These messages can be stacked to make even longer messages. The keyboard can be used to create, edit and store up to ten 80 character rig macros for controlling the KX3 and K3. For example, a rig macro can instantly change band, frequency, mode, filters, power, etc. without touching any controls on the rig.
(Keyboard not included, must have PS-2 connector).
Logging functions The HCT has a logging function with a real time clock to time/date stamp up to 1200 QSOs. The frequency and mode are automatically added by polling the rig. A call sign feature allows you to enter a call sign that not only goes into the log, but will insert itself into a message anywhere you place a “!”, similar to popular contest logging programs. Text can be entered to add QSO details. The log data is exported to a PC in the standard ADIF format using an HCT Utility application. The HCT can be used as a stand-alone portable logging device, with or without a KX3 or K3.
Instant QSY An instant QSY command on the keyboard allows the direct entry of any frequency and mode.
Paddle-only operation (no keyboard) The HCT can be used without a keyboard to send CW, RTTY, and PSK text by using a CW paddle. The decoded text will still display on the HCT’s LCD when a paddle is used, with scrolling enabled using the Mode 1 button. Pre-stored messages can be selected and sent using the Mode 2 button when using a paddle, perfect for CQing and contesting.
On Screen Help The HCT has an on screen Help display that shows every available command in a scrollable list, so you can leave the manual at home.

Thanks guys for the very nice local Ham meeting. Realy looking for the next one.

Marco W0/PE2MC


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