Very good contact with N1NUH

Had a good contact tonight on 40 CW with Joe, N1NUH, in Middlebury, CT.  Joe sends CW very well — it was easy to copy him.  We chatted on CW from around 0208Z to 0240Z 6/22/17.  Signals were strong and solid all the way.

I was using my old S&S Engineering ARK-4 QRP CW transceiver running 5 watts into my OCF dipole.  The ARK4 has a built-in keyer; I plugged in a paddle and was trying to use it.  I’m very rusty with the paddle; will try using it more and more to develop some proficiency with it.  Here’s the ARK-4.

ARK-4
S&S Engineering ARK-4; 40-meter CW; 5 watts output; built-in keyer (paddle for the keyer, or, straight key); no speaker, phones only.  Notice the thumbwheel switch tuning.

And here’s the paddle — built from a kit by American Morse.

portapaddle

Good contact

Around 8:42 PM EDST, May 30, I had an enjoyable contact with AC4FZ,Wally, in Lillington NC.  Signal strength was good on both ends; we exchanged RST 559.  Thanks for the QSO, Wally; I’ll send a QSL card.

On my end I was using my old S&S Engineering ARK-4 40-meter QRP CW rig with 5 watts out.  Key was the American Morse KK-1B, which I built from a kit.

ARK-4
S&S Engineering ARK-4; 40-meter CW; 5 watts output; built-in keyer (paddle for the keyer, or, straight key); no speaker, phones only.

 

kk1b
American Morse KK-1B straight key

Station status

Currently my main HF rig — the Yaesu FT-857 — is back at Yaesu in California for repairs.  The rig had no power output on the HF bands; had normal output on VHF and UHF.

Sent it back to Yaesu on May 17; they received it May 19.  As of May 29 I still have not heard back from Yaesu with a repair estimate.

I am still operating QRP with the Yaesu FT-817 and the Elecraft K1.