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ATTENTION PLEASE:  If you are DX answering my CQ, PLEASE send MY CALLSIGN AS WELL -- otherwise:

1) It is not legal and it will not count as a QSO
2) I cannot be sure you are calling me and are not in a split DX operation
3) I cannot be sure you got my difficult DX Callsign correctly as VK5EEE and not VK5EE
4) I like to be reassured you have my callsign correct, at the start of QSO

Please use correct calling procedure similar to VK5EEE DE YOURCALL KN

VK Ham? CW Op? See VKCW.net for many CW activities and Calling Frequency 7050.0

I do not QSO with Decoders but use True Human CW OP see QTT

Pls do not give me 5NN - 5 Nothing Nothing - I want a REAL REPORT :-)

A foundation of Amateur Radio is experimentation and accurate measurement

QTT - UFT#728 - FIST#1124 - HSC#1437 - SKCC#15007 - RCWC#982 - CWOPS#1714


77 = CW Forever = Long Live Real Human CW and Wishing You Many Happy CW QSO

>>>> OT Jean ON8RA/5T0JL taught us NO SPLIT, NO 5NN, NO DCW <<<<

About VK5EEE

I love CW or "Morse" in particular. I learned it when around 8 years old from my Grandfather in Adelaide who did not know it by heart but knew what it was when I showed him CW coming out of the radio. He gave me the code with all the "dots and dashes" written out. I used to tune in to ship-shore communications, Interpol and others, and those coastal station auto CQ loops such as VVV VVV VVV CQ CQ CQ DE VIS5 VIS5 VIS5 QSX 4 6 8 12 MHZ K or whatever, each time it came around I'd write down a few more dots and dashes on my paper and look it up and work it all out. I've always been autodidactic, I usually don't need a manual to figure things out. So I learned it the hard way, all alone, at that young age. I was proficient above 20WPM by the time I was 11 years 11 months old and on board a Greek Chandris Lines passenger ship RHMS S.S. Ellinis (callsign was SWXX) leaving Australia to Europe in 1975 with my Mother, when most people were coming to Australia, she was emmigrating out. I had already probably over 20 WPM skill and knew all the telegram, weather report, calling frequencies, emergency and other radio procedures of ship-shore communications. So when I immediately set off for the radio room and called out "Sydney Radio" when hearing VIS come out of the radio, the Chief Operator on duty looked out, saw no one, then looked down and saw this small skinny little boy, amazed, he turned the dial... XSG XSG "Shanghai Radio" I called out... he came rushing out, grabbed me, sat me on the operator seat, tuned in a WX report asked me to write it down... it was easy, I filled the page or two without a single error, he immediately dragged me up to the Captain. Being Law-at-Sea he turned to me in English after hearing about the "miracle" from Chief R/O Manolis, and said "I hereby designate you Radio Officer, Rank of Apprentice, in my powers as Captain. Starting tomorrow you will have an 8 hour shift every day, and you will receive the officers uniform and R/O stripes with Apprentice rank. For the next 5 weeks I must have been the world's youngest ships R/O and probably the world's youngest ships officer. I still love CW to this day. For the full R/O story please see here.

Note that I do use other modes on occasion, rarely SSB, FM, and more frequently Pactor -- HF data communication mode.

Photo: me as R/O aged 12 years '75

I eventually got my amateur radio license back in around 1981 on arriving in England from Europe (after having lived in Austria and Germany) as G4OJW. I was very active in the 80's and early 90's until it all ended in disaster in Sudan, where I was abducted and tortured by the regime on suspicion of being a spy -- mostly because I knew Morse and had radio gear and operated as ST2/G4OJW, later ST2A and ST2AA and ST0K all from Khartoum and with the permission of the Head of Licensing of the Ministry of Communications, Abu El Gassem, but without being issued any documents. What gear I had along with almost everything esle was lost, and I spent some 13 days incommunicado, part of which time I was tortured. On top of this, my gear in England, including my beloved IC-735 were stolen while I was away. My first rig was a DX-100-U valve transmitter, sadly I'd lost that too prior to getting the IC-735. I guess all this put me off Amateur Radio as radio communications had also been my business that I set up in Sudan importing ICOM equipment and doing commercial radio station sales and installations, before being abducted yet a second time this time for 24 days, in 1998, some 5 years later. This time I was not tortured directly but indirectly, I had had to observe others being tortured, at least one to death. I was put on a plane out of Sudan with everything confiscated or stolen, my business, money, belongings. I looked like the "wild man of Borneo" not having had a wash or shave in over 3 weeks. I guess this is why I forgot all about radio, until just recently, after some more extremely difficult experiences here in Australia, I remembered this great hobby and service called Amateur Radio.

I thus had my licence reissued and also converted to an Australian Advanced Class License under the Reciprocal Agreement, and thus since June 1, 2015 I am VK5EEE -- a funny callsign, but not necessarily very practical in marginal conditions... was that EE? EI? A small crash of static and an E goes missing!

Currently I'm humbled by the generosity and kindness of various Amateurs who have in many ways assisted me to get back on the air with loans of equipment, gifts of unused gear and help in errecting antennas... especially members of the Port Adelaide Radio Club, VK5APC. As my health recovers and I'll be able to work again, meanwhile this hobby has brought me many new friends and motivation, in this strange and unknown land that changed so much since I left it some 40 years ago.

Meanwhile, if you're DX you may be surprised at the current temporary set up: from June 3 until June 19 it's a 40m/15m + 20m dipole at only 2m above ground, since June 20, the 40/15 m dipole  is 4 meters above ground and 20m average only 3 meters up. Since December 2015 I also have dipoles for 15/17/20/30m up 8m broadside to S.E. Asia and Europe. The next antennas planned are an LA1IC Sloping Inverted L and hopefully a quad loop. I put out a great signal on 40m around Australia since a low dipole is basically omni directional and NVIS, but with it I already managed to work the Caribbean and Europe as well as Thailand, Japan and often USA at early morning USA time. It sometimes needs significant patience though for the operators at the other end, so thank you for those great QSOs!

I always try to check into the 43 year old CW Net on Sundays on 7025 from 2330-0130UT, this net was running when I was a young SWL though I don't remember having found it back then. I was probably too busy listening to School on the Air, VIA on 500kHz, and the many ship and coastal stations on HF. I'm a member of FISTS #1124, VK-QRP-Club #880 (though currently not myself QRP due to poor antennas), HSC High Speed Club #1437, UFT Union Francais de Telegraphistes #728... I encourage all CW lovers to join at least one of more CW club and to be as active as possible on the bands. His Majesty King of ThailandThere is so little activity in Australia on CW that most of us know each other by name. Since October 2015 I edit a monthly column "CW Today" in the monthly Australian Amateur Radio magazine. I was pleased to work all 3 CW operators in VK8 in one single day and my first QSL (having lost all my old ones and logs) on my wall is from VK8AV, and my second is from HS0ZJF - a country I love very, very much. Thailand has been a home to me for a great many years and His Majesty the King HS1A (photo r.) an inspiration to millions.

We suffer terrible QRM from high powered SSB intruder "pirates" from Indonesia in the CW portion of 40m in the evenings and through much of the night. Ultra Pico KeyerOn the left is a photo of the very affordable CW auto-CQ beacon and keyer "Ultra PicoKeyer" for my Bulldog mini-paddle from K9LU (each costing only around $30).

Asian stations and DX, when you hear a CQ from VK5 on 40m in the evening or early morning, and you are not sure what those dits are in the static, it's probably me :-)

I've already made many friends in the first few weeks back on the air. Last night I had a QSO with JA1NUT Shin running 500W to a 3-ele Yagi on 40m CW, pointed this way 589 even with my dipole currently only 4m in the air, and receiving me 579! And lo-and-behold, see how small the world of CW is: another new friend of mine Tim VK3IM is in Shin's blog, you should read this article about Tim. I once worked a K station using CW while mobile on his motorbike. And look at the wonderful home brew antenna Tim had on his car, which put out a great signal, perhaps only 2dB down from a 30ft vertical! Amazing. On the right is a photo of Tim VK3IM/M years ago when he used to operate CW on his way to and from work, an hour in the car each way.

And now some advice and help for those who don't yet know CW and would like to consider learning it, and also those who already know it -- we can all improve and test our speed and accuracy:

* The best CW learning/practice site for sure: www.lcwo.net

* CWCOM even without a license communicate WW in CW

* Join FISTS the International Morse Club

* Join the VKCW Network (only for CW ops in Region 3) - I founded this network for CW operators.

* I have published a number of articles on CW in the national Amateur Radio magazine for 9 months before resigning membership due to dissatisfaction with the conduct and direction of the Wireless Institute of Australia, and you will surely find these articles informative and interesting. (See here)

* Don't QSO me if you're going to give me 5NN, dishonest report, and no other info. Read this page by our Elder OT Jean 5T0JL, aged 88, for a great explanation of the reasons. We are Radio Amateurs not button pushing machines, we like HUMAN CW, if you're using a decoder, please stick to the data bands and stay off the CW exclusive band, it's for CW, not Digital CW!

It doesn't matter how you SEND CW, be it straight key pump, electronic paddle, or mechanical bug or sideswiper or computer keyboard... what matters is how you RECEIVE CW -- brains & ears are best !!!

73 & 77 - Long Live CW and wishing you many happy CW QSO!

Now for some photos... what I wanted all my life, a bug key! The Simplex Auto mechanical bug key made in Australia in the 1940's, thanks to Drew VK3XU:

Hot swapping keys during a CQ call for fun, trying to make them sound the same, tricky:

Fan dipoles up 8m for 20/15/17/30m shown here below (20m is green, hard to see against blue sky, 30m is the inverted vee).
They are broadside to HS-Land and Europe, fortunately both are in the exact same direction from here. LP to EU is FB on 20m

Maybe a clearer view of the 20/15/17/30m dipoles at dusk, photo taken from a different angle:

The next photo shows my low 40m dipole with choke, it is only 4m above ground. Slanting off it is a 30/20m link dipole, no longer used on those bands, as obviously the 8m high dipoles (inverted V for 30m) shown above, are much much better.

Below, we can see the VK5EEE-fan-dipole for 20/15/17/30m in the distance, below it the 40m dipole, and closer to the camera we can see the 300 Ohm TV line dangling from the 80m doublet antenna which goes from the right hand pole in the distance, 9m up, near the end of the VK5EEE-fan-dipole, and slopes down toward us and over our head as we will soon see, to 1.5m.

By the way those low beams are NOT beams, they are clothes drying lines invented in South Australia called "Hills Hoist". Believe me, when I first got here, I hoped to be able to convert it to a beam. But that just isn't possible!

Below left we see the 80m doublet sloping dipole where it meets an interim support pole but continues above our heads...

Below right we see the end of the 80mb doublet sloping dipole which is 1.5 wavelengths long on 30mb and performs mediocre on 80m but very well indeed on the 30mb! It slopes from South to North and coverage is indeed very good NW (Europe SP and Asia) through N (Japan) to NE (North America). I receive very good compliments on my 20m signal from the fan dipole and on 30m from this sloping doublet. That is a potato on the end, at the tip of a short fishing rod, which gives the last bit of the doublet a slight lift (the fishing rod, that is) and the potato protects little children running past on the footpath from losing an eye on the sharp tip of the fishing rod. I'm not sure what the potato does for radiation, but it is a small potato, so I don't think it absorbs much of the signal, and there was no noticable difference with or without the terminating potato!

You can also see that my XYL is DX so the "garden" is a wild jungle and totally uncared for. I just leave it "naturally wild."

And last but certainly not least, the excellent Amateur Radio maps, the best I've ever seen, from my friend Aliy UA6YW. You can see the Asia and Russia maps above my operating position, not shown are other World and Europe amateur radio maps.

And now VK5EEE/M so far only QRV 17m (without "capacitance" hat) and 20m with "capacitance" hat -- I converted a 27MHz helical whip by stripping the winding and rewinding with around 10-11m of closely wound turns, followed by 1-2m of very tight touching turns (copper insulated wire). This makes it resonant at 18MHz. When adding a pruned take-away food aluminium tray as a "capacitance" hat, the resonance is now at 14MHz. However the wind factor is too strong with the added weight and the funky-looking "cap hat", so I need to secure the antenna better to the vehicle.

In the background you can see a dark vertical line, that is my 9m pole supporting the multi-band dipoles which go off to the left out of view behind the house, and the sloping 80m doublet (30m band dipole) which feeder can be seen to the right and sloping down toward the camera, passed another supporting pole, and out of sight behind the camera where it ends on a fishing rod just 1.5m tall terminated by a small potato, as mentioned earlier. The potato is still surviving, but remains to be seen what happens in the summer heat. I may have to replace the potato at the point at some point.

I am thus QRV mostly on CW as VK5EEE/M mostly on 14MHz or 18MHz . I don't yet have a Morse key for the car so I key QRS using the PTT button on the mic, which works as a CW key when in CW mode.

If you are QRS this is a good practice for you, and I'm happy for the CW company while driving around. Look for me on 14349 CW or 14347 USB where I listen out when /M.

Sideswiper Net

Real CW, real Amateur Radio, real friendships -- check out the Sideswiper nets and join one: www.sideswipernet.org

Sideswipers are double contact keys known as "Cooties" in USA and you make the dits and dahs by moving the single lever left-right-left-right-left and holding it short or long on either side. It is a different way to send CW and produces very nice sounding Morse Code. The keys are very simple to make. Mine is a hacksaw blade but very nicely made with an ebony handle, thanks to Tony VK3CAB for the gift as thanks for my work at VKCW.net.

Another wonderful gift from George VK2DLF as thanks for "getting Morse Code moving in Australia" - the Oz Bug - a unique mechanical bug with some very clever and unique features which will not be disclosed here ;-)

Purchase these amazing bugs and other Morse Keys made by George VK2DLF with German Precision Engineering and expert crafsmanship: www.MorseKeys.com

Latest Antennae see 30cw.net/vk5eee

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