James (Jim) Barrett, K3CKT, Silent Key.

It is with great sadness that we announce that:
Our good friend James Ivan (Jim) Barrett, K3CKT, has become a Silent Key.
James Ivan (Jim) Barrett, K3CKT, passed away in his home (Takoma Park, Maryland) on March 7, 2019.
He was 88 years of age and would have been 89 in June of this year.
He has been running the SOWP and the SSN nets for many years on a regular basis.
Jim will be greatly missed.
Our deepest sympathy to James Ivan (Jim) Barrett's family and friends.


Kees van der Werf, PA3DEB, Silent Key.

It is with great sadness that we announce that:
Our good friend Kees van der Werf, PA3DEB, has become a Silent Key.
Kees van der Werf, PA3DEB, passed away at age 68 on April 7, 2019.

Obituary notice by his old friend Durk, PA3BYW:
I first met Kees in the early 80's on 3553 kHz which was a hangout for CW-men in the Netherlands and in Belgium then.
Kees has Always been CW fan, ever since he was licensed. We became friends and I frequently visited his house in Feanwâlden.
As Frisians we often made a CW QSO in Frysk which is very unusual.
We lose a dear friend.
Hij had nog zoveel plannen. Het mocht niet zo zijn.
( He still had so many plans. It wasn't allowed to be) R.I.P.)

Kees will be greatly missed.
Our deepest sympathy to Kees van der Werf's family and friends.


PA3CLQ's Bunnell Double Speed Key on wooden base, click to enlarge picture. A group of Radio Amateurs using Morse code have established several informal radio nets to promote the use of the sideswiper, so called "cootie" key. These devices have a single horizontal lever with contacts on either side. The operator forms dots and dashes by pushing the lever to either side. Code from the sideswipers can vary from 5 to 30 words per minute and are much less tiresome to use as compared to vertical lever hand telegraph keys. Listen to the mentioned nets and you will find a nice sounding Morse code. All sideswiper users are warmly invited to take part in our nets. At other times, sideswiper aficionados can be found on the recommended calling frequencies.


Calling frequencies:
80 3566
40 7033
30 10121.5
20, 15, 10 xx055
17 18088
Intercontinental Sunday 1500, 1600 UTC 14055 or 21055 AA7FV, CN8YR
USA 40 m Thursday US ST period (1): 8 PM / Fri, 0100 UTC 7044 AA7FV, KA5TJS
US DST period (2): 8 PM / Fri, 0000 UTC
USA 30 m Thursday US DST period (2): 8:30 PM / Fri, 0030 UTC 10121.5 AA7FV, KA5TJS
USA 80 m Thursday US ST period (1): 8:30 PM / Fri, 0130 UTC 3568 AA7FV, KA5TJS
EU 80 m Sunday EU ST period (3): 2000 UTC 3566 F5LAW
EU DST period (4): 1900 UTC
Region 3 20 m Sunday 0900 UTC 14055 JL1MUT, VK7CW
Region 3 30 m 0930 UTC 10121.5



QRG = frequency (kHz).
NCS = Net Controlling Station.
Region 3 = Asia - Pacific region.
(1) = US Standard Time (NOV-MAR).
(2) = US Daylight Saving Time (MAR-NOV).
(3) = EU Standard Time (OCT-MAR).
(4) = EU Daylight Saving Time (MAR-OCT).


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