I just learned Santa received the K7FD wish list & his workshop is busy putting last minute touches on my shiny new
UPS (Unusual Polar Sleigh) delivery is scheduled for Christmas Eve - stay tuned!
CW will never be the same!
Build the straight key!
All it takes is a Red Rooster silicone oven mitt (available from kitchen stores or Amazon), 2 brass brad contacts, mono plug, and a 2 conductor cable. Punch two holes, insert brads, solder it up, and you're ready for action!
Simply slip your hand inside Red's beak and flap away for flawless dits and dahs!
Key clucks optional; chirps and birdies guaranteed! Works best at the crack of dawn.
Makes a great club project.
Red says, "Time to think outside the 21 piece bucket" - build one today!
Experts in Murphy's Law: Shack Monkeys!
Shack mascots Snowball and Keno take a late night turn at the controls. They're responsible for throwing monkey wrenches into my projects, repairs, & restorations!
The radio room sports Elecraft gear and a handful of Ten Tec fine plastic radios but occasionally an import will sneak into the line up. I recently bought a mic for SSB but still struggling to get past 5 wpm. Who knows, maybe I'll get lucky and the FCC will take pity on us disadvantaged op's that just can't master phone. Until then, I'll remain on CW.
One of my latest acquistions is pictured below. Although unconfirmed, it appears to be a rare Sapphire Scarab, a bug rumored to be recovered from an ancient Egyptian tomb.
BTW, this bug never sends 'periods' for a break in the text but rather the correct prosign BT
And no shack is complete without a miniature 3" Curious George lunchbox spy radio, right?
Contrary to popular belief I did not get my ticket from inside a cereal box. I was licensed the old fashioned way, in front of a mean and nasty FCC examiner. And I do mean...mean.
After barely graduating from Oregon State University, I worked a series of odd jobs most of my working life and the occasional even one along the way. Now retired, I share the shack and a 100% pet-free environment with my XYL Annette N7SG; 2015 marks my 48th year of continuous brass pounding. My other interests are few but include RV'ing, cartooning, dropping my Cooper S into 3rd gear, and jamming on my electric guitars. I am a firm believer in all play and no work. I avoid gardening at all costs.
Field Day, overnight shift.
73zzzz, John K7FD
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