Received my Novice license in 1958 and I have been active ever since. In the early 90's I upgraded to Extra Class. I operate CW almost exclusively.
My station consists of an Elecraft K3/100 coupled with a P3 scope for CW operation and a second K3/100 for CW and some limited digital work. AC Log by N3FJP handles my logging needs and various Elecraft software integrates both K3's with the computer. When on digital modes I use Fldigi. Also integrated into the station is a Palstar AT2K tuner which is used with open wire fed antennas.
This is the main operating postion.
For CW keying I use an iambic paddle Model P-2 by K8RA (sk) and a BY-1 by Bencher. For longer ragchewing I use a keyboard. Over the years I have built and reworked several straight keys that I used often. Now, due to health issues caused by aging I can't use a straight key anymore so I rely on either a paddle or my keyboard for CW.
I am an active member of ARRL, NAQCC #3894, SKCC #1540, FISTS #4687 and ARCI #9616. As such I operate a lot of QRP and some QRPp.
Pictured are a several straight keys that I either fabricated or rebuilt and used for a number of years.
Antennas consist of a CF Zepp up 30 feet and a separate 40 meter dipole up 20 feet. Both antenna systems have home made masts that are self supporting.
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