Ben - N6SL, source QCWA, photo by Dave Johnson - AD5MH, click to enlarge picture. Ben, N6SL, Silent Key. Ben's homebrew steak knife sideswiper, made in summer of 1948, click to enlarge picture.

It is with great sadness that we announce that:
Our good friend Benjamin J. (Ben) Russell, N6SL, has become a Silent Key.
Benjamin J. (Ben) Russell, N6SL, passed away last Tuesday, May 31, 2016, in Ocala, FL.
He was 88 years of age and would have been 89 in July of this year. Ben was married for more than 60 years.
He started his Ham career in 1946 and as a maritime CW operator aboard ships, as well as WNU in Slidell, LA.
Ben was a pillar for CW nets and for CW. He has been running the US sessions of the SSN for more than 15 years on a regular basis.
Ben will be greatly missed.
Our deepest sympathy to Benjamin J. (Ben) Russell's family and friends.



W6BNB's homebrew cootie key, 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 K3CKT, CN8YR
USA 40 m Thursday US ST period (1): 8 PM / Fri, 0100 UTC 7044 K9TJL, K3CKT
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 K9TJL, K3CKT
USA 80 m Thursday US ST period (1): 8:30 PM / Fri, 0130 UTC 3566 K9TJL, K3CKT
EU 80 m Sunday EU ST period (3): 2000 UTC 3566 PA3BYW
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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