I was first licensed as WN3CXD in 1976 at age 13. I lived in the small town of Oakdale, PA just outside of Pittsburgh. I soon upgraded to General, Advanced and finally Extra class in the early 80's. Life kicked in and I let my license drop in the mid 90's. I was relicensed in 2002 as KB3KJS. In 2013 I changed my call to N3HEE.
I have always had a love for Morse code or CW. My first rig was a HeathKit HW-16 with just a few crystals. I honed my CW skills by making hundreds of contacts with that rig and simple wire antennas. Eventually my Dad put up a 40 foot tower for me and I had a small triband yagi installed on top. That was the only time in my long ham carreer that I have had a tower and a beam. I didn't know how good I had it back then ! Thanks Dad !
Today my operating consists mainly of casual contesting and chasing DX. I still have an HW-16 that I fire up every now and then just to have some fun. I also like experimenting with wire antennas especially for 160 meters. I have simple wire antennas for all HF bands including a 300 foot horizontal loop for 80,30&17, a 160 meter inverted L with K2AV folded counterpoise and dipoles for 40-10 meters.
Morse Code Instructor
I am a advisor for CWOPS CW Academy. Information is available at www.cwops.org/cwacademy.html
Please check out my web site at www.morsecodemasters.com I developed this site to help people learn Morse code and serve as a classroom for my CW Academy students.
I also have a YouTube channel with Morse code related videos here.
QSL Policy - I prefer LOTW whenever possible. I'm really not set up to send cards however I will send you a card if you absolutely need one from me.
Clubs - Click on the club name below for more info.
PVRC - Potomac Valley Radio Club - Contesting club.
CWOPS #1283 CWT contesting. CW Academy instructor.
SKCC #6594T - Mechanical keys only. Contesting.
NAQCC #0239 - QRP contesting.
Top - Speakers, CW keyboard
Middle - UTC Clock, TenTec Omni C, Heathkit HW-16
Bottom - Elecraft K3/100, MFJ 4726 antenna switch, Watt/SWR meter, Hi-Z RX Antenna Control Box, K42 CW keyboard control box, Yeasu VX-7R, Heil Pro7 headset.
Keys - Begali HST II, Kent SP-1, Kent TP-1, my original Heathkit HD-1410 keyer, Home Brew Cootie key, 1963 Vibroplex Presentation Deluxe, 1958 Vibroplex Lightning Bug, Home Brew Straight Keys. All keys are connected to home brew key switch and are instantly availalbe with any rig in the shack.
Floor -Ameritron ALS-600 Amplifier, Astron DC Supply, Dummy Load, RTR-1A RX antenna switch unit, UPS
Computer - Home brew Intel 4.0GHZ with 16 GB RAM. Three (22, 22, 24 inch) wall mounted monitors.
Studio A - Modern DX and Contest station. Elecraft K3 100W (160-6 meters.) TenTec Titan 425 legal limit amp.
Studio B - Ten Tec Omni C with Remote VFO 243. 100W
Studio C - Vintage Novice Station. HW-16. 80,40,15 meters. Crystal control. My first novice rig.
Studio D - VHF FM station. Yeasu VX-7R (6M - 70CM)
Home Brew Keys
These keys above were inspired by the WB9LPU Simple Straight Key Project. I added a rear contact mechanism of my own design. I also used ball bearings on this key. I made the navy knob using a cabinet drawer knob and large fender washer. This key is super smooth to operate and has a great feel to it. Like my first key key, I have a little over 20 hours into building it. Well worth the time though!
The bottom key is a new design machined out of a solid piece of aluminum and is mounted on a very heavy brass base. The knob was created from a 3D printer.
First Home Brew Key
The key above is from the WB9LPU Simple Straight Key Project. I machined all of the parts in my small garage shop using very "simple" tools. I also had great support from the master himself, Rich, WB9LPU. The key was built over the period of one week and took nearly 20 hours to put together. It feels and looks like a high end pro key! Many thanks to Rich for all of the hard work and effort he put into documenting this excellent project.
Home Brew Cootie Keys
Top Key - Blood Cootie
This key is mounted on a 3.5" x 4.5" x 1" thick blood wood base with wooden finger piece. This Cootie is made from 1" x 1/8" thick aluminum angle stock and hardware obtained from Lowes using simple hand tools and small band saw. I put it together in one afternoon! It works very well and has very smooth action. I installed a switch so it can be switched between Cootie and Single Lever paddle mode. Used with my K1EL K42 keyer this key is capable of being a Cootie, BUG or Fully Automatic single lever key.
Bottom Key - The Heavy Duty Cootie
The bottom key is my newest creation. Mounted on 3/4 inch thick brass base with machined solid aluminum parts and finger piece. Thumb screw adjustments for quickly and easily moving the blade in or out to adjust tension and feel. Weighs about 2.5 pounds. It only operates as a cootie. Very stable on the table !
Torsion Bar Key
This key was inspired by Steve W1SFR. It is a single lever paddle key with a unique "twist". The lever arm is connected to a torsion bar. It is a rod which twists back and forth to act as a spring. The key is very smooth with good action. It feels completely different from a spring or magnet operated key.
Replaced power cord with 3 wire type for safety.
Installed SO-239 antenna jack.
Disabled neon bulb sidetone monitor.
Replaced D1 with 1N4148 to increase sensitivity.
Removed ground from cable connecting D1 to point B on PCB to increase sensitivity.
Replaced R14 with 2.2K 2W resistor to obtain QRP power levels with power level control.
Replaced R49 with 150 ohm resistor to slightly unmute reciever for louder sidetone for better QSK operation.
This holder adapts four HC49/U xtals for use in FT-243 type sockets. Just pull it out and turn it to the next xtal! Use 80 meter
Elecraft K3 100
Ten Tec Omni C
Ameritron ALS-600 amplifier. Used with K3
Softrock RXTXv6.3 (1watt output on 160, 80, 40 meters)
Homebrew 6L6 QRP transmitter
Homebrew VFO/Driver/TR switch box.
K1EL K42 CW keyboard.
Hombrew PC - Intel Quad Core with 8GB RAM and 500 GB disk
Antenna 1 - Fan dipole at 30 feet (20,15,10 meters)
Antenna 2 -Inverted L 160m 65 feet vertical 65 feet horizontal with K2AV folded counterpoise (FCP)
Antenna 3 - 40 meter dipole at 30 feet.
Antenna 4 - Discone at 30 feet for VHF\UHF
Antenna 5 - 300 foot horizontal loop for 80, 30, 17, 12 meters.
RX Antenna - Hi-Z 2-3
N1MM Contest Logger
DXLAB Suite - Logging and DX work.
My Record Book
My WSPR DX record so far is 16295 KM on 500 miliwatts into a slinky antenna in my attic
My CW DX record so far is 6174 KM on 1 watt into a slinky antenna in my attic.
My PSK31 DX record so far is 6129 KM on 1 watt into a slinky antenna in my attic.
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