PA3CLQ's Leuke Linken Nr. 400/5


From my PLL Nr 066 18-10-09 and later

If any of you newer and or younger guys want to hear what it once sounded,

like for others to learn the morse code listen to this
code course from the US Armed Forces Institute Basic Radio Code Course from 1942.
It is a compilation of recorded original 78 LP's that were used in the courses back when.
Thought you might all find it interested, I learned from a similar recording in 1965 but still love the sound of the old records.
73, Bob AD5VJ



Received from OM Ad PA2PCH

Hi Jan Pieter,

A nice link for many radio-amateurs

Click after the movie about a sparktransmitter on the arrow --> to walk through the museum.

73, Ad



Nice Dutch web-side at :
73 Timon pa1t




I happened upon
A man of ninety nine keys
Who couldn't open his own door
But named each after a queen

Clickety Clack
Dickety Dee
Rickety Rack
Fickety Free?

For these wobbly things
Don't fit on locks, riddles, or rings
But transmit code
Between keepers of keys

Quacker thin
Silly Old Keys!
None will sing!

Clickety Clack
Dickety Dee
Rickety Rack
Oh he sobbed for one that's fickety free!

Until one night from under his locked door
He heard a key so smooth
He put one ear to the floor
And an eye into the adjacent room

Snippety Snap
Whispery Tap
Drifted a voice so soothe
From an op pumping a key from the moon

The man cried again,
"Oh pity my ninety nine keys
Please dear old man
Give me this key of my dreams!"

"I can't you see,"
Replied NT9K from the room
"The door between us is locked
And no keys can fit through."

"Oh but what am I to do?
I can see the holy key
Where every CQ
Gets an answer across seas."

"Do not fear my young op.
They call me NT9K
~Builder of Keys~
I can teach you how
To make this key of your dreams!"

"Oh NT9K, I may be young yet
But the joints of my hands
Are riddled with stress.
I'm afraid there's no tools
I can wield with my fist."

"Not a problem dear butter,
There's a club with lathes and mills,
Dremels, buffers, and cutters,
That will operate from your heels!"

"Oh glory be!
Finally I'll be a true keeper of keys!
I'll be in SKCC!
A hundred keys for me!"


Rem : guess I only havge 68 more keys to go before i hit the magic number. probably would be closer,

but xyl fusses over the amount of keys and no room to put them. But never fear I am working on it.



Folks, This one features SOTA (Summits On The Air), Polar Bears, the Goats, QRP,

a little SSB thrown in (HFpack), CW, Morse code, APRS, FT-817s & IC-703s, portable antennas and most of all just having FUN with ham radio, Rooster & Peanut and video!
And of course our plans to hike up the mountain were foiled by a Colorado snow storm ...thus us goats never left the barn!
73, Steve ...wGØAT/R&P



(take your time to read)

Get up early in the morning and have a cup of coffee.
It's going to be a long day, so place your Parrot on a
perch nearby to keep you company while you prepare the

Remove Parrot from kitchen counter and return him to
perch. Prepare stuffing, and remove Parrot from edge
of stuffing bowl and return him to perch.

Stuff turkey and place it in the roasting pan, and
remove Parrot from edge of pan and return him to
perch. Have another cup of coffee to steady your

Remove Parrot's head from turkey cavity and return him
to perch, and re-stuff the turkey.

Prepare relish tray, and remember to make twice as
much so that you'll have a regular size serving after
the Parrot has eaten his fill.

Remove Parrot from kitchen counter and return him to
perch. Prepare cranberry sauce, discard berries
accidentally flung to the floor by Parrot. Peel
potatoes, remove Parrot from edge of potato bowl and
return him to perch.

Arrange sweet potatoes in a pan and cover with brown
sugar and mini marshmallows. Remove Parrot from edge of
pan and return him to perch. Replace missing

Brew another pot of coffee. While it is brewing, clean
up the torn filter. Pry coffee bean from Parrot beak.

Have another cup of coffee and remove Parrot from
kitchen counter and return him to perch?

When time to serve the meal: Place roasted turkey on a
large platter, and cover beak marks with strategically
placed sprigs of parsley.

Put mashed potatoes into serving bowl, re-whip at last
minute to conceal beak marks and claw prints. Place
pan of sweet potatoes on sideboard, forget
presentation as there's no way to hide the areas of
missing marshmallows.

Put rolls in decorative basket, remove Parrot from
side of basket and return him to perch. Also remove
beaked rolls, serve what's left. Set a stick of butter
out on the counter to soften - think better and return
it to the refrigerator.

Wipe down counter to remove mashed potato claw tracks.
Remove Parrot from kitchen counter and return him to

Cut the pie into serving slices. Wipe whipped cream
off Parrot's beak and place large dollops of remaining
whipped cream on pie slices. Whole slices are then
served to guests, beaked-out portions should be
reserved for host and hostess.

Place Parrot inside cage & lock the door. Sit down to
a nice relaxing dinner with your family - accompanied
by loud cries of "WANT SOME!" from the other room.

73, Bill NT9K



This appears to be a mobile phone station, although I'm sure it could be adapted for CW operation.
Wes W1LIC #1142

Rem : Wes,
I think that is a CW station, looks a lot like a key strapped to the
knelling mans right leg???



The official meaning of QRJ is,

"I want to book a phone call" but in ham radio it is "Your signal is too weak", perhaps meaning "your signal is too weak; better just call me on the telephone", hahah...
73, Drew AF2Z

Rem : At one point, I think QRJ? meant "Who will pay for the call?" And QRJ meant "XXX will pay for the call."
73, n8cpa

Rem : Anyway, on the Q codes list in that book ARRL defines QRJ as "Are you
receiving me badly? / Your signals are too weak."

QRU? QRV. QRT? 73! Mike ab3ap

Rem : Hi,
I found meaning for QRJ on a page back to 1990 as:
Q: "How many radiotelephone calls have you to book?"
A: "I have ... radiotelephone calls to book."
But recent meaning according to

is: "I cannot receive you. your signals are too weak."
73! Feco, HA8KW #3447

Rem : I have a Q & Z codebook for the Morse- Telegraphy from Morsum Magnificat and that tell me:

QRJ? = how many radiotelephone cals have you to book ?

QRJ = i have .... radiotelephone calls to book .

73, PA3CLQ

Rem : This should keep everyone busy.

Eldon w0szv,

Rem : Yes, true. But - as far as I know -
Q-codes between
- QAA-QNZ are allocated to air services;
- QOA-QQZ are allocated to naval services;
- QRA-QUZ are allocated to ALL but naval services.
In this aspect QNP ("Unable to copy") can have the similar meaning to QRJ ("I cannot receive you. your signals are too weak.").
73! Feco, HA8KW

Rem : About 90 percant of Q signals are not used in Amateur radio and are not applicable to what we do.
When is the last time you had to ask "what is the heading of your vessel in degrees ref to true north "??? :D
John Davidson , QRU? QRV. QRT?



National featured the Kon-Tiki adventure and the NC-173 in a 1947 QST ad

Thor Heyerdahl of Kon-Tiki fame dies at 87: Noted Norwegian explorer and ethnologist Thor Heyerdahl died April 18.

He was 87.

In 1947, Amateur Radio played a critical role in the success and safety of Heyerdahl's 101-day Kon-Tiki raft expedition, which used the call sign LI2B on the amateur bands. Heyerdahl was attempting to prove that it was possible for South American tribes to have crossed the Pacific from east to west to settle the Polynesian islands.

Two former World War II Norwegian underground radio operators, Kurt Haugland, LA3KY, and Torstein Raaby, operated LI2B aboard the Kon-Tiki.

The receiver was a National NC-173.

All ham gear was powered by dry batteries.

LI2B kept a schedule with W1AW and other US stations during the historic voyage.

The gear was soaked upon landing on Raratonga.

In his book Kon-Tiki, Heyerdahl described how the NC-173's maximum operating frequency slowly rose as the unit dried out--finally reaching the frequency of 13,990 kHz,

where the crew had been forced to move its 20-meter operation because of a crystal failure.

The crew used a hand-cranked emergency transmitter to send out an "all well, all well" message via LI2B just in time to head off a massive rescue attempt.

The call sign LI2B was reissued to Heyerdahl's later expeditions of Ra & Ra II.

The 1997 PBS documentary Across The Sea Of Time by ARRL member Charlie Cotterman, KA8OQF, showed Haugland sending CW from LI2B

See attachment pse.

My first reading of Kon-Tiki was an early hardback printing, and there were photos inside, one of which was of the "radio shack", actually more the "radio box".

There was commentary in the book's text on just what the gear was.
Battery op for sure, if I recall the photo the receiver was huge -- turns out to be a National NC-173 --
from Wikipedia.

Not sure of the transmitter.
(I have a Nartional HRO50-T1 which is only a few months older than I's the bedroom radio/heater...keeps things toasty!)
73, Walt.-


Rem : Hello Mr Cotterman and all SS crew.

Many tnx for the emails and congrats for the craftman on ur cootie, FB.

Was reading an article on ARRL site, guess there are the answers abt Kon Tiki stuff. Don't work try a.s.o.

Have a Happy 2010 with many many rare DX´s !

Best 73, Walt.-


73, your Editor PA3CLQ


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