My main interests are CW on the HF bands using my OLYMPIC TWinlever bug and TW EzKe single lever paddle , Icom 736 , KPA500 Amp and a choice of either Multi Band Doublet or Hex Beam .
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 .
The Real Meaning of BK
During my 65 years on the HF bands , I was given to understand , 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 !! .
Lowering of Standards
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 note resembling a deranged buzz saw perhaps , for fear of upsetting the station they are working especially if it is rare DX whatever that is in these days of the cell phone and the Internet. Thanks to modern technology , poor notes are however as rare as hens' teeth .
Honest And Meaningful Signal Reports
The days of meaningful signal reports are a distant memory as are real QSO's , everything is now 599 even if , the station giving this outstanding report asks constantly for repeats of call sign and other info .
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