John Francis, G3LWI, Silent Key.
It is with great sadness that we announce that:
Our good friend John, G3LWI, has become a Silent Key.
He died on 28 January 2014 at his home in the Isle of Wight.
Our deepest sympathy to John Francis' family and friends.
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 AND NETS.
|20, 15, 10||xx055|
|Intercontinental||Sunday||1500, 1600 UTC||14055 or 21055||K3CKT, CN8YR|
|USA 40 m||Thursday||US ST period (1): 2400 UTC||7044||N6SL, K3CKT|
|US DST period (2): 2300 UTC|
|USA 30 m||Thursday||US DST period (2): 2330 UTC||10118||N6SL, K3CKT|
|USA 80 m||Friday||US ST period (1): 0030 UTC||3566||N6SL, K3CKT|
|EU 80 m||Sunday||EU ST period (3): 2000 UTC||3566||F5LAW|
|EU DST period (4): 1900 UTC|
QRG = frequency (kHz).
NCS = Net Controlling Station.
(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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