Main interests are CW on the HF bands using my OLYMPIC TWinlever bug and MagPad
I use mainly home brew equipment in conjunction with a Collins 75A4 receiver .
I used to manufacture Ham gear in the sixties and Mike G4BLH has constructed a web site devoted to my early equipment . If you would like to see how three people who started in a small wooden shed entered the Amateur radio market , go to www.twradio.uk .
The site has many archive photos including our flagship unit the TW Communicator , the forerunner in the UK of the Japanese Black Box .
During my 65 years on the HF bands , I have seen many changes and not all good . When giving a CW report I do not rely on my S meter but give an honest report based on what I hear e.g " by ear ur 579 " . The pernicious use of IMI by European stations I find rude . I also regret the misuse of BK . I was taught that using BK indicated that the other station was able to listen through . Many stations sign BK but they do not respond to an interrupt and , are as deaf as a post QSK wise , Whatever happened to good old K or KN ? . Perhaps signing BK sounds Kool !! .
I am amazed by the apparent total inability of some CW stations to recognise a poor quality signal . They will , give 599 to a signal with a poor note perhaps for fear of upsetting the station they are working especially if it is rare DX . Thanks to modern technology , poor notes are as rare as hen's teeth but , it is sad to hear a station awarding T9 to someone with a note like a deranged buzz saw !! .
T7 Near DC note smooth ripple .
T8 Good DC note .
T9 Pure DC note .
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