The 2019 QST Key Design Competition

Hams have been building their own Morse keys since the dawn of Amateur Radio, and some creations have become legend. In 2019, QST is inviting participants to submit their best Morse key/paddle designs in the QST Key Competition. Design styles can include straight key, semiautomatic key (bug), paddle, or sideswiper. The winner in each category will receive $250. Only one entry may be accepted per person or team, and the deadline to submit is June 1, 2019.

Entries must include the actual key (it will be returned following judging), as well as detailed drawings, photos, and a written narrative. Winners will be chosen based on ingenuity of design, ergonomics of operation, and overall craftsmanship. The judges' decisions are final.

The key must be an independent mechanical device, not an integral part of another device, such as an electronic keyer. Keys must be the sole creations of the entrants and not available for sale.

Complete details and entry requirements will appear in the January 2019 edition of QST. The digital edition will go live on Friday, December 7, 2018.

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FOC 80th Anniv. Challenge Report

Report from Switzerland: FOC 80th Anniversary Challenge

During the month of May this year, the FOC (First Class CW Operators Club) celebrated its 80th birthday. We at the Helvetia Telegraphy Club used our own website to inform the members of our club about this fact and included a link to FOC website.  Read more about what happened.

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Heathkit® Precision RF Meter™ pre-sales announcement

We have opened advance orders for our newest product, the HM-1002 Heathkit® Precision RF Meter™. This is the first amateur radio accessory and the first test equipment kit Heathkit has produced in over 30 years.

We believe the Heathkit® Precision RF Meter™ is a landmark achievement in RF meters, in both technical features and price/performance. It is most suitable for amateur radio operators and for customers who use RF test equipment.

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80m and 30m bandplan updates

Note the following band plan modifications (*must yet be ratified at the General Conference in 2017), effective 1 June 2016:

  • Introduction of a narrow bandwidth segment with a maximum bandwidth of 200 Hz from 3570 to 3580 kHz.
  • Narrow bandwidth mode segment with maximum bandwidth of 500 Hz extended by 10 kHz now from 10130 to 10150 kHz.
  • The HTC will have discussions about the broadcast of the Morse Code Training broadcast on 3576 kHz and find a solution.
  • The entire report about the topic is available on the HTC internal pages Uska/HTC/Vereine

The HTC Board of Directors   1 June 2016

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We welcome our new HTC members

We gladly welcome the following hams: Juerg HB9DQL #350,  Marcel HB9TWM #HTC 348,  Andreas DL5LC #HTC347,  Hans HB9BQU #HTC346,  Zsolt YO6ZS #HTC345 as new members of the HTC.

We feel certain that our new members will feel right at home in this group and we also hope to see them in person at many HTC events. Within our group we promise them great comradery and lots of "ham spirit".

by the Board of Directors on behalf of all HTC members (December 2016)

 

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Morse Code Proficiency Awards

Congratulations!
 
to the following hams who are among the latest to have passed the HTC Morse Code Proficiency Exam:
 
HB9EGA Marcin 60BpM, HB9BPH Heinz 60BpM, OE7AFI Arnold 80BpM+100BpM - OE1OMA Gudrun 80BpM - OE1EBC Ernst 120BpM - OE1TKW Helmut 120BpM - HB9EFH Angel Diplom+80BpM Morsekurs Luzern, - HB9DBK Hanspeter Diplom 60BpM - Morsekurs Luzern - OP HB9ZCW 60BpM-Diplom, Morsekurs Luzern - HB9KOG Robert 120BpM - HB9DDE Urs 80BpM + 100BpM - OE3VBU Martin 80BpM - HB9DQL Jürg 80BpM+100BpM, - HB9AYR Werner 80BpM - HB9BMD Hugo 80BpM
This achievement confirms first of all that the candidate can concentrate and keep up with the stated Morse Code speed for four minutes without any interruption. At a speed of 80 cpm and beyond, this is a good foundation for being able to conduct a live QSO in practice. To train for keying and receiving in your head, the next recommended step is memory training. Our preferred Morse Code training software, HB9HQX 6.0, offers help in memory training along with much more! Take a look at the program's help files or get in touch with us!

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