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Long : 4.30664 E (004° 18' 24'' E)                              
Lat : 52.05249 N (52° 03' 09'' N)

QTH locator : JO22db
ITU Region 1
ITU Zone: 27
CQ Zone: 14
DXCC zone: 263

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Country:
The Netherlands
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Welcome to the PD3TRU & PC4Y webpage

 A SUMMARY

 

Map showing my location in The Netherlands (Europe)

 

Glossary of terms of the above Solar-Terrestrial Data. In brief: High SFI (> 100) and low K (< 4) are providing for good HF DX conditions.

 
Number of countries (entities) worked

My career started as a wireless officer. I have done that from 1965 - 1974, serving on board freighters and passenger liners like the s/s Statendam and the (old) s/s Nieuw Amsterdam. So 'wireless' is rather familiar.

come inI did my N exam in 2011. My call sign then was PD3TRU. The first QSO with my legacy and vintage YAESU FT-7 was on april 23rd 2011 at 09:15 UTC with F8CSL. A memorable day to reach the middle of France with only 10 Watts in the antenna. It was my first QSO after I stopped being a 'sparks' 37 years ago. A true adrenaline boost. On March 5th 2014 I successfully passed my F exam. From here on my call sign is PC4Y. I have chosen PC4Y for a reason: my first ship I worked on as an independent R/O was the KNSM m/v ATTIS with call sign PCVY.  For nostalgia reasons I just added one dot to the V and made it a 4 in CW language. The button below gives access to the F study I did with the help of the VERON ham radio club and the very useful help from PA0WV.

F-exam issues HAM-Radio.nl 

Some four or five spots in the above map are incorrect, like the one in Alaska and the one in the Gulf of Guinea. Apparently these guys have their coordinates incorrect in their QRZ.com account. It didn't help to adjust their locator coordinates afterwards.


Ask Dave

Clicking on the above button gives access to a series of interesting
HAM Radio topics and answers from Dave Kesler KE0OG

My logbook is updated in HamRadioDeLuxe with daily updates to LoTW, QRZ.com, eQSL, HRDlog.net and QRZCQ. LoTW clearly gives the most QSL's but no QSL cards. eQSL gives nice electronic QSL cards and QRZ.com is giving disappointing results w.r.t. QSL's. Some figures: On 1 March 2017 I have made 5169 QSO's from both the PD3TRU and PC4Y call signs. I received 1692 QSL's from LoTW (32,7%), 1465 eQSL cards (28,4%) and 966 confirmed QSO's from QRZ.com (18%).

Some of my latest activities during the past months.Latest days now on top as per request from many visitors J

Saturday 21 July 2018.
A new flag has been added in my visitors page: Bahrain.

I don't recall having had a QSO with Bahrain though. So it must have been a random visit to the site. Nice.

Friday 20 July 2018. I know, I know, I know......it has been too long. I have been away for two weeks on holiday and thereafter lots of other activities kept me busy. I have been in the PI4HAL shack though. And....I have now reached the vintage age of 71. A few QSO's have been made, but nothing spectacular. DX conditions are still up for improvement. And we had a DARES event at the SAR in Katwijk last week Saturday.

Monday 18 June 2018. Installed Ham Radio de Luxe version 6.4.0.846 with no problems. Made only a few QSO's in the weekend.

Sunday 10 June 2018. It has been a while! Have been away now and then and have been in the PI4HAL shack. Nearby thunder forced me to disconnect my antennas and garden activities had a high priority as weed was overtaking my flowers and so on. So almost no radio activities from my home QTH.

Monday 14 May 2018. Installed Ham Radio de Luxe version 6.4.0.840 without any hassle.

Wednesday 9 May 2018. Spent the day o/b de ss Rotterdam in the PI4HAL shack together with 6 others, 5 of which have been working on the vertical antennas that needed to be replaced including the coax connectors. Florian PB8DX was the lucky one to go all the way up, but he is absolutely not afraid of heights.


The PI4HAL team on the bridge of the ss Rotterdam on May 9th 2018


Florian PB8DX fixing the coax connection on the port side vertical at a height of approximately 65 meters.

Sunday 29 April 2018. Worked GM0HCQ/MM the Royal Research Ship James Clark Ross in the 30 meter band. Operator Mike. Near Cape Finisterre.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/dd/RRS_James_Clark_Ross.jpg

Sunday 15 April 2018. Joined the MRD (Maritime Radio Days) for quite a few hours spread over the day. Made a nice number (24) of QSO's in the 20, 30, 40 and 80 meter bands. Good to meet old friends in the air. Yesterday I did the same on board the PI4HAL together with two other guys. Conditions were very moderate then so we were less successful  with the QSO number. But we had a lot of visitors to whom we could tell the story of the Titanic catastrophe; the very reason for the Maritime Radio Days.

Sunday 8 April 2018. Successfully installed version 6.4.0.806 of Ham Radio de Luxe software. Version 6.4.0.805 which was released the day before was believed to have a trojan. It was thoroughly tested and no trojan was found. So - to be absolutely save - the new version 6.4.0.806 was released. Windows Defender didn't like it at first, but I installed it anyway. I have had no problem so far.

Friday 6 April 2018. Spent the day in the PI4HAL shack with my old colleague on board the ss Nieuw Amsterdam Harm de Haan PD2GG. Again we exchanged a lot of memories. I worked the Skanti HF transceiver on the dipole antenna in USB mode (20 meter band) and Harm worked the FT-1000 in CW mode, in the 20 and 40 meter bands using the GPA 50. The other transceivers were temporarily out of service due to 'work-in-progress' on antenna cabling. Two young boys from Belgium were stunned by the abilities of working Morse code.

Wednesday 4 April 2018. Have been off the air for some time. Did have some problems with HRdLuxe after I had deinstalled an old version of MS Office, including MS Access. I then installed the new version MS Office 2017 (including MS Access) but when I started HRdLuxe it said the database MyLogbook could not be found or it could not connect to that database. As I had many other things to do I parked the problem for the time being, but I didn't make any QSO's as a result of that. Today I spent some time trying to solve the problem. I made a new database, imported the backup of my logbook and it looks as if it works. I didn't get MyLogbook back into work though. The new database is now BertLogbook. Haven't found out why MyLogbook could not be retrieved or connected. Well anyway I made a few 20 meter band QSO's today, so I am back.

PC4Y Z60A 2018-03-11 12:03:58 20M CW 14.04500 REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO

Above LoTW confirmation of my QSO with Kosovo; the newly added DXCC

Thursday 22 March 2018. Spent the day o/b ss Rotterdam in the PI4HAL shack. Made a nice number of 20 and 30 meter band QSO's amongst one with 3C0W (Annobon Island, Gulf of Guinee) and one with PJ5/SP9FIH (Saba/St Eustatius, Dutch Antilles). And there was a nice number of visitors.

Saturday 17 March 2018. Russian DX contest. Made a humble number of QSO's in the 15, 20, 40, 80 and 160 meter bands. Only in CW. Quite busy but no problems getting thru. The log was successfully uploaded:

Russian DX Contest 2018
Callsign: PC4Y
Entry: SOAB-CW-LP
Reported QSOs: 50
Received at: 19.03.2018 05:46:47 UTC
Log is successfully submitted.
Thank you for participation in RDXC-2018 and for your log!
RDXC Robot

PC4Y*        SOAB-CW-LP  valid        19.03.2018 05:46

Monday 5 March 2018. I finalized the upgrade of my two PC's to have the Window10 O/S. Received a new TQSL certificate from LoTW and reconfigured my HRdLuxe including the upgrade to version 6.4.0.794. Had to retrieve upload codes and what have you, but it was all in the backup.

Saturday 24 February 2018. Within the regional DARES group we had installed and configured the newly developed and configured Winlink system. Today was the day we tested it with a dedicated DARES Radio Mail server (RMS) and some 6 or 7 testers. The testers worked from their home QTH, three others went to the DRCC in Leiden to check the RMS. At the end we were very enthusiastic as all worked fine, including working thru digipeaters.

Monday 5 February 2018.

A nice new flag from Burkina Faso was added to my flag-list, now showing a total of 121 flags from all over the world. I don't recall to have had a QSO with someone in Burkina Faso though, but that is irrelevant. It again shows our hobby allows to have worldwide contacts without the hassle of travelling.


Wednesday 31 January 2018
. Last week the FT-1000 was successfully connected to HRdeLuxe. So (almost) everything in back into shape in the PI4HAL shack. Remaining to-do are the digital mode configurations in the HRdLuxe programmes. Today we welcomed a group of 20 youngsters and three teachers to get a demo on how to make a voice QSO over the radio. They need to be prepared if and when they will have a QSO with the ISS in the week of 28 May. It was an interesting gathering.

The group photo of the class in the lobby of the main deck.

Monday 22 January 2018. My second QSO with the independent republic Kosovo celebrating their 10th anniversary. Still needs to be listed as DX. And QSL cards still goes thru an OH station. But good progress is being made. Keep up the good work! On Saturday 27 January Ham Radio de Luxe sent out a newsletter, announcing Kosovo to have been added to the DX list!

Thursday 18 January 2018. Another enjoyable day in the PI4HAL shack together with Harm PD2GG. Upgraded one PC to Windows 10 Pro. The other PC is due for next week. We had gale force 10 on board making the ship tilt with some 2o. But all antenna's survived this heavy storm and some nice QSO's were made, all in the 20 meter band and a few on VHF.

Friday 12 January 2018. Frede PA2FM joined me today in the PI4HAL shack. The FT-1000 was missing and is away for the CAT update. So I used the Skanti and Frede the IC-765. Conditions were still poor. We also met some nice visitors who showed interest in the ship's history.

Thursday 4 January 2018. A day in the PI4HAL shack with Karel PC3W and Bert PA1BE. Lots of visitors as it is still the Xmas holiday period. Quite a few kids were told about Morse code and tried (and sometimes achieved) to send their names in Morse.

Saturday 30 December 2017. It's been quiet these past few weeks. But I have given de local QSL manager in our Veron office about 500 QSL cards to be processed and I have been working on the PI4HAL newsletter for January that I have sent out just today. And I moved my daughter and her partner from an apartment to a beautiful detached house and I had my grandson (9) over for a couple of days. So little time for the hobby. The year is coming to an end and plans are to be made for the coming year. The FT-1000 transceiver in the PI4HAL shack needs an EPROM with a new firmware version if we want the CAT to work. So Wil PA0WBS has that already planned. And now we are getting ready for the infamous 'olieollen' and champagne and not to forget the even more infamous fireworks.

Friday 8 December 2017. Worked the PI4HAL shack with Harm PD2GG. We used all the transmitters, not simultaneous though. The Skanti worked fine on the 80 meter band, but the IC-765 didn't work on that band using the sloping long wire. Harm used the FT-1000 which we still haven't been able to connect to Ham Radio de Luxe. HRdLuxe support suggested to contact Yaesu. And the FT-897 was used on the 2 meter band. The ship is literally lighting up like a Christmas tree. The ship is packed with beautiful Christmas trees on every deck.

Wednesday 6 December 2017.

MFJ 816

My MFJ-816 arrived today and I immediately installed it. I just wanted to see what power goes into my antenna. I guess I will have to read the manual first as when I tried it on the 80 meter band it showed a forward power of over 300 Watt. That cannot be right as my RIG only has 100 Watt maximum. I'll come back when I have more info.

 

A new flag was added to my flag counter: Antigua and Barbuda. I was there just one year ago during our Caribbean cruise. Nice. The flag counter hadn't changed for well over one year.

The previous one was Panama. Now 181 flags have been collected!


Thursday 30 November 2017.
Spent the day in the PI4HAL shack with Karel PC3W and Harm PD2GG. Tried to get to work the newly obtained FT-1000 with HRdLuxe using the received CAT cable. Didn't succeed. The FT-1000 wasn't in de RIG list of HRdLuxe. There were the FT-1000D and the FT-1000MD MkV, but both models couldn't be used. There was a connection but the frequency on the HRdLuxe radio screen kept jumping up and down the bands and the FT-1000 locked and couldn't be tuned anymore. Sent out a support ticket to HRdLuxe. We'll see.

Weekend 25 & 26 November 2017. Joined the CQ WW DX contest during the weekend. A few hours spread over the two days. Worked all the bands. Conditions were fair. And it was a zoo. Nice. I have made my 5600th QSO  since May 2011.

This contest where you give the RST number and the CQ zone number has a psychological advantage over contests that require a serial number. No one can see how many QSO one has already made, where as when a serial number is given the # QSO's is obvious. This has often prevented me from joining in hours later than the beginning of the contest as then already serial numbers up into the hundreds are given, where I start with 001, which is kind of embarrassing. Most of my working life I have had so called competitive jobs e.g. sales, consultancy with billable hours and alike. So I guess competitiveness sneaked into my radio hobby.

Logs received from all participants:
http://www.cqww.com/logs_received_cw.htm

On Sunday morning, 26 November 2017 I joined the MARAC sched on 3,555 kHz CW. PI4MRC was leading the sched. There were four other participants, one from Germany.


Yaesu FT-1000 in the PI4HAL shack

Thursday 23 November. Worked the PI4HAL shack together with Karel PC3W. The shack is now the proud owner of a FT-1000 transceiver. In comparison with the IC-765 we both felt it to be an improvement. We worked Surinam and Bonaire in the 15 meter band. The FT-1000 still needs to be provided with a CAT interface to HRdLuxe, but we were told this is going to happen next week.

Tuesday 21 November 2017. Had a few 160 and 80 meter band QSO's CW to Sweden and Ireland. And a 60 meter band USB QSO. Heard J5T (Guinee Bissau) in the 20 meter band, but the pile up was immense.

Tuesday 14 November 2017. Made some nice CW QSO's in the 160, 80, 60 and 40 meter bands. Conditions seemed favourable.

Saturday 11 November 2017. I worked 4U1ITU (ITU HQ in Geneva) in the 40 meter band and HRDlog.net added one up in the number entities worked. Apparently 4U1ITU is a separate entity. Nice.

And I modified my TNC-X for Winlink usage. The three LED's that need to go thru the little holes in the front panel had been cut too short when I assembled the unit, resulting in the LED's being hidden behind the front panel. So I finally bought myself three new LED's to replace the others. Then there is the cumbersome task to remove the old components, trying to remove the solder tin to get open holes for the new LED's to be put in. If I only had a solder tin sucker. Well in the end it all worked out fine and the TNC-X is lighting up like a Christmas tree.

Friday 10 November 2017. Worked my FT-7 with 10 Watt in the 20 meter band with YU1INO. Was given 569 and he wasn't any better J
Just wanted to see if the 'old lady' was still working. The frequency isn't very stable I am afraid.

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November 2017. Joined the Ukrainian CW contest. Made quite a few QSO's in the 20 and 15 meter bands. Very busy, but good conditions. Here www.urdxc.org you can see the list of participants who uploaded their logs (updated every evening).

Wednesday 1 November 2017. Another day on the ss Rotterdam, but this time in the shack PI4HAL, together with Piet PE0TPD and Wim PA3CUJ. Hadn't seen them for a while so we spent the morning talking. Had a few QSO's with the Skanti transceiver, but nothing spectacular.

Tuesday 31 October 2017. Today and yesterday I labelled yet another 400 QSL cards to be presented to the QSL bureau. So I have now labelled QSL cards to all parties whom I had QSO with in 2017 (until now).

The beauty of printing the labels from HRdLuxe is the advantage of getting them printed in the right prefix order and multiple QSO's with one station are printed on one label.

Today I heard Japan and Kuwait in the 20 meter band. Hadn't heard Japan for a long time.

Saturday 28 October 2017. Spent the day on board the ss Rotterdam; not necessarily in the PI4HAL shack, but mostly 'touring' the ship with a group of neighbours who wanted to see the ship. The PI4HAL shack also had a visitor group from Veron A21 branch in the east of the Netherlands.

The Veron A21 group on the port bridge wing of the ss Rotterdam. Henk PA0HPV on the far left; Hans Remeeus PA1HR in the middle. It was a busy day on board; I have never seen so many people on board; visitors, hotel guests and alike.


The group neighbours on board the ss Rotterdam

Real-time position Space Station

Real time tracker

I have applied for a registration at NASA to get an e-mail when ISS passes over my own QTH with a workable angle. I have already received a few e-mails telling me the ISS will be passing, but it was mostly at night. There will - no doubt - be next passes within a more 'acceptable' timeframe. 

The following frequencies are currently used for Amateur Radio ISS contacts (QSOs):    Voice and SSTV Downlink: 145.800 (Worldwide)
    Voice Uplink: 144.490 for ITU Regions 2 and 3 (The Americas, and the Pacific and Southern Asia)
    Voice Uplink: 145.200 for ITU Region 1 (Europe, Russia and Africa)
    VHF Packet Uplink and Downlink: 145.825 (Worldwide)
    UHF Packet Uplink and Downlink: 437.550
    UHF/VHF Repeater Uplink: 437.80
    UHF/VHF Repeater Downlink: 145.80

Call Signs in Use

The following call signs are available for use on the ISS:

  • Russian: RS0ISS
  • USA: NA1SS
  • European: DP0ISS, OR4ISS, IR0ISS
  • Packet Station Mailbox: RS0ISS-11 and RS0ISS-1

Other call signs may come into use as the station and crew change.

 

  Some pictures of my shack

Radioshack information: Registration number at Dutch Administration: 6629107.
Above pictures are from May 2011 onwards.

Antenna:
G5RV junior, best suitable for 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meter bands with an external ATU and ATU extender, sloping dipole. Highest point apporox. 10 meters. Lowest point: 4 meters.
Diamond V-2000 vertical for VHF/UHF (6 m, 2 m and 70 cm) usage. Height of the antenna: approx. 10 meters.
Diamond X30N VHF/UHF (2 meter and 70 centimeter) antenna for field work.
MFJ1022, active indoor antenna for receive only.

ATU and other auxilliary equipment:
MFJ 925 autotuner, MFJ 914 auto tuner extender.
Tigertronics SignaLInk USB to connect the audio from FT-450 to PC and vice versa. For digi modes.
SWR meter
TNC-X modem for Winlink usage
SignaLink USB for Digi modes
Dummy HF antenna
K-PO power unit
13.8 Volt distribution panel  MFJ-1128
West Mountain Radio PWRgate PG40S, allowing automatic battery backup when regular power fails.
90Ah GEL battery system with USB, Neutrik and Anderson Powerpole connectors.

Software:
Ham Radio de Luxe with DM780 software for transceiver control (CAT), logging and digimodes version 6.4.0.846
Winlink 2000
RMS (Radio Mail Server)

Transceiver (RIG):
YAESU FT-450AT
max. output: 100 Watt
All amateur bands, incl WARC and (modified for) all maritime bands
CW, SSB, PSK31 and FM on 28 MHz and 50 MHz.

and:
YAESU FT-60E
output: 5 Watt
VHF/UHF, 144 MHZ and 430 MHz amateur bands.
FM

and:
BAOFENG UV82-HP
hand held for 2 meter maritime, 2 meter amateur and 70 cm amateur bands.
Output 8 Watt
FM and FM Radio bands.

and:
YAESU FT-7900 dualband (2m and 70 cm) transceiver
modes: FM and AM.
Output 50 Watts (2 meter) and 45 Watt (70 cm)
Attached to my TNC-X packet modem to work with Winlink (Paclink) thru the PI8HGL RMS on 144.850 MHz. Try me on PC4Y@winlink.org

and:
vintage YAESU FT-7
max. output: 10 Watt
bands: 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters
CW, USB and LSB only.

Extra receiver:
Vintage SAILOR R-104
MW, LW and SW 80 and 160 meter bands
AM, A1, A2 and USB only.

Straight CW keys (Junker and Kent), a Begali paddle and a HAM Gadgets Master Keyer MK-1 complete the ability to use Morse during the QSO's. Click here for the CQ serenade

HomeI am a member of the PI4HAL association and work the on board radio-station mostly one day per week, using a Yaesu FT-897, an ICOM-271, ICOM-765, a Skanti and/or a Yaesu FT-1000. The station is on board the former cruise ship s/s Rotterdam and is now a hotel/museum ship operated by WestCord hotels.We have a team of about 10 operators and 5 technicians. We are still looking for more operators as it is out ultimate goal to operate the shack every day of the week. So if you are interested please don't hesitate to visit the PI4HAL site (click on the logo at the left) and send an email. Or you can send me an e-mail. HERE you get access to the PI4HAL newsletters (in Dutch).

I also joined the DARES foundation in 2011 and have already done quite a few field tests. I am part of a so called SIGCO team.

free counters

 

Why is a ship called she ? A ship is called a "she'' because there is always a great deal of bustle around her. There is usually a gang of men about, she has a waist and stays. It takes a lot of paint to keep her good looking. It is not the initial expense that breaks you, it is the upkeep. She can be all decked out. It takes an experienced man to handle her correctly. Without a man at the wheel, she is absolutely uncontrollable. She shows her topsides, hides her bottom and, when coming into port, always heads for the buoys. When you see her lying at the berth, you are proud of her like she is your attractive girlfriend.


          me in the shack     | Gerard in the museum | Wil and Karel at the antenna's

Announcement from Agentschap Telecom:

On 3 December 2015 at 00:00 hrs the 60 meter band became available for Dutch hams.

As per 1 April 2017 significant limitations have become effective though.

F

15 watt e.i.r.p.

5,351.5

5,366.5

s

So the usage of the band is now limited to between 5,351.5 MHz and 5,366.5 MHz with a max power of 15 Watt EIRP. We used to have the band from 5,350 MHz to 5,450 MHz with 100 Watt PEP. So I don't think this band is still very attractive for DX. The full legislation can be read HERE (in Dutch). Want to know how much EIRP is in relation to PEP? HERE you can find the calculator.

On Tuesday 24 November 2015 I saw Andorra station C37N had confirmed our QSO in LoTW completing my 100 DX count in my DXCC Award tally from ARRL LoTW. So I have applied for 'the Certificate'. See below.
 

DXCC
Award
New LoTW QSLs LoTW QSLs in Process DXCC Credits Awarded Total
(All)
Total
(Current)
Mixed 0 0 100 100 100

At the beginning of this year 2015 I had hoped to achieve this goal this year and so I did even well before the end of the year. Of course most of the credit goes to the hams who have confirmed our QSO's in LoTW. Thanks YL's and OM's.

My chances of getting a 200 DXCC credit Award are small as I have worked most of the DX's I can reach with my current station set up. But who knows? Writing 1 March 2018, I have 113 DXCC's though as a few QSO's from quite some time ago have recently been confirmed, like Bermuda, Cuba, Albania, Ceuta and Melilla, and San Marino. So I am still adding to my list. Like the one from ITU HQ.

The following Dutch call signs are also listed in the ARRL tally for 100 DXes worked.

PA0LUX, PA1JIM, PA3MRO, PC4M, PC4Y, PC5ACO, PD0JMH, PD1AKL, PD2J, PE1PRP

On the top of the list is 4X4DK who has worked 394 DX entities! I wonder though how that can be as ARRL says they have listed 'only' 340 DX entities. Wim PA0WV explained me how: in time quite a few entities have disappeared (like e.g. the DDR) and others emerged.

 

See above video to learn more about DX-ing.

Lesson to learn and use Morse code:

 

Much to my surprise I received a 'worked 100 grid squares' award on my old call sign: PD3TRU, which I have not been using since March 2014. The big black dot in the lower left corner is in fact a golden 'Certified QRZ authentic' stamp that my scanner wasn't able to reproduce apparently J.

Image of QSL card with burning ship ms Prinsendam

Click on this picture about the engine room fire on board the m/s Prinsendam/PJTA and the rescue of well over 500 passengers and crew on 4 October 1980 in the stormy Gulf of Alaska. It still took a week for the ship to sink beyond salvage. Listen to the MP3 audio file with the SOS transmissions starting with the transmission of 12 long dashes of 4 seconds each (twice) to activate the Automatic Alarm Systems which ships had installed those days giving an alarming chime in both the radio room and the bridge during times the R/O was off duty. See also this article. I remember to have sailed under captain Wabeke when he was a first mate on the s/s Nieuw Amsterdam/PGGF.

PC4Y as a rookie R/O on board s/s Nieuw Amsterdam (1969)

Click HERE for ancient Morse transmissions from various coastal stations

All about decibels:

 

CW Forever

 

  • You must have at times,
    Thought into the past,
    Where some things go out
    While others last
    What comes to my mind is
    The old Morse code,
    That has weathered the storms
    From any abode.
     
  • To talk with ones fingers
    Is surely an art,
    Of any info you
    Care to impart,
    In most conditions
    The signals get through,
    While the same about phone
    Is simply not true.
     
  • Those dits and dahs
    Cut through the trash,
    Of near by noise or
    Lightning's crash.
    To the sensitive ears
    Of the hams receiver,
    Who records this data
    With ardent fever.
     
  • He knows he's doing
    Something unique,
    (in such poor conditions,
    That's quite a feat)
    To roger the message
    That came off the air,
    These brass pounders
    Sure do have that flair
  • They say Morse ops
    Are a dying breed,
    But don't despair,
    There's always that need,
    That when conditions get rough
    for the new automation,
    Be rest assured,
    There'll be need for your station.
     
  • CW is dying?
    Believe it never,
    This mode will be 'round
    Forever and ever.
    But one thing is sure,
    What we really need,
    Is to relay our knowledge
    To the younger breed.
     
  • To carry the torch,
    Long after we're gone,
    To send Morse code
    Through the air like a song.
    When at last,
    Silent keys pull that lever,
    We can rest in peace,
    It's CW forever.

 

 

 

Written by:
Jim Hatherley, WA1TBY (SK)