Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
P.S. Dave's books will be available for as long as hams would like to purchase them.
Monday, March 23, 2009
New to QRP or just been busy with life's little diversions and need up-to-date details on what's hot and happening in QRP gear, goodies, on-the-air activities, clubs and conventions? Check out my new book "QRP Romps!" and you will be "in the know like an old pro" quick as a flash. Various chapters highlight commercially made gear, kits of all types, antennas large and small, and pocket-size transmitters and receivers you can home-assemble in two or three hours time. In particular, the chapter on operating strategies and secrets for successful DXing is beneficial to high and low power operators alike--and easily worth three times the book's cost.
QRP Romps! is $18 (U.S.). Book is available from dealers nationwide. Please visit www.k4twj.com for ordering info.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
The World's Most Unique, Exotic, and Glamorous Keys- New And Old
by Dave Ingram, K4TWJ
- Spark keys
- Double Lever Keys
- Camelback Keys
- Proud Pumpers from the Past
- Far-Out Fun Keys
- Vibroplex Semi-Automatic Keys or "Bugs"
- Classic Semi-Automatic Keys or "Bugs"
- Bugs Beyond Belief!
- Marvelous Miniatures
- Modern Keys, Bugs and Paddles
World of Keys is $18.00. This book is available from dealers nationwide. Please visit www.k4twj.com for ordering info.
- Classic Hand Keys
- Ever-Popular Bugs
- Unusual Bugs
- Exotic Bugs and Keys
- QRP Keys and Paddles
- New Keys and Paddles
Book is $16.00 (U.S.). Book is available from dealers nationwide. Pleas visit www.k4twj.com for ordering info.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
- A replica of Samuel Morse First Key: The Correspondent
- A replica of the Titanic’s Spark Key
- 1880 Chubbock Key
- Gold pinstriped 100 Anniversary Vibroplex Bug
- WB9LPU’s incredible oscillating Rotor Bug
- WB9LPU’s Coffee Cup Coaster CW Paddle—Just sit cup on it and use handle as fingerpiece. It’s a treat!
- N3ZN’s Magnetically Tensioned Paddle key
- Exotic fingerpieces by WB8LZG
- Samuel Morse developed the canvas stretcher-type telegraph
- Transcripts and log extracts from the Titanic event
- Evolution of Western Union
- Story of H.G. Martin and The Vibroplex Company
- Hear recordings of Spark Gap-transmitted SOS messages from MGY-- call sign of the Titanic
- Applications and invites from FISTS, SKCC, more
- Via Web Cam and Internet link (presently under development)
Shipping cost is always a prime consideration, so space and weight are a premium in this traveling display. As such, only the most noteworthy and admirable keys, bugs, paddles, papers, books, CDs, etc. have been included in the display. If interest and funds permit, an optional box of souvenirs, miniature keys, etc. is available to compliment the display. A webcam link with amateurs supplying item/info in display is also being planned.
You pay cost of shipping display case (approx. 28 by 16 by 8 inches and 30 pounds) from previous location of showing/display to your location. Since a representative will not be traveling with the display (unless you invite one of us as a guest/forum speaker!), we emphasize you—the club/organization/society sponsoring the convention/rally/show must be responsible for the safety and security of the display from the time it arrives at your QTH until it leaves your QTH. Do not be discouraged here, however. While several items cannot be easily replaced, the display’s overall value is under $2,000 dollars.
I urge you to assign one person—ideally, one with a high interest in and enthusiasm for keys, CW and telegraphy—immediately accountable for all parts of display. I also encourage you to set up the display in an area adjacent to your convention’s own area/booth/stand so you (or the previously mentioned keys enthusiast) can keep a watchful eye on it. The double benefit here is the telegraphic display will compliment your organization.
Handled diligently and responsibly in the traditional amateur radio manner, this traveling telegraphic display can make your convention an extra-special and always remembered event. Give it a go!
2) I urge you to reserve a spot on the world-touring display’s schedule RIGHT NOW—before it travels past your area. Also, the more near-to-each other areas of showing, the shorter then point-to-point travel and the lower the shipping costs. You reserve a spot by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
A Visual Celebration of Amateur Radio's Favorite Accessory
by Dave Ingram, K4TWJ
This book is well illustrated and is now in its fourth printing. It has withstood the test of time and become a classic and a collectible. Chapters include:
- Famous Name Bugs
- Limited Production Bugs
- Collecting, Restoring, Adjusting and Using Keys
- Hand Key Haven
- Telegraph and Code Apparatus of Yesteryear
- Modern Keys and Paddles
- And Much More
- The Glitz and Glamour of HF
- A Quick Study of HF Transceivers
- Setting Up a Safe and Effective HF Station
- Selecting, Installing and Tuning HF Antennas
- Overviewing the HF Bands
- How to Sound Great and Operate Like a Pro
- The Fine Art of DXing and Contesting
- HF Mobiling in High Style
Book is $16.00 (U.S.). Book is available from dealers nationwide. Please visit www.k4twj.com for more info.
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- HF to Go: The New Trend For The New Times
- Operating Portable: A Plan for Success
- Monitoring World Affairs Via Shortwave
- Mini Rig Mania
- Amazing Antennas
- Accessories Abound! Ideas Galore!
- Alternate Energy Systems
33 Simple Weekend Projects,
for the Ham, the Student, and the Experimenter!
by Dave Ingram, K4TWJ
The picture on the cover says it all. Have you ever wished you had a guidebook for getting a child interested in electronics and amateur radio? These educational and practical projects demand the minimum in skill or experience, and will provide hours of fun. The chapter headings are:
33 Simple Weekend Projects is available from our friends at Morse Express, CQ Publishing and others. Also please visit www.k4twj.com.
I may not be able to reach thru the Internet and hand you a free gift or official Wild Woody WARC Key when visiting my blogspot, but I can show you how to quick-assemble your own miniature key from readily available parts. Remember this is only a fun item. The keys featured in my books are much more elaborate!
To quick-assemble your own miniature key right now? Just grab one of the popular 50/300 ohm TV baluns, a pushbutton from a local Radio Shack and put them together.
- Pop open the balun's case, remove its innards
- Insert a single pole pushbutton of your choice in the balun's hollowed out space for a push-on plug. Select a pushbutton that has a good feel. Purchase a spare perchance you wear out the first one.
- Add short wires between the pushbutton and the balun's screw terminals.
Enjoy a neat palm-size key for portable operation. It is a real fun item and a genuine attention grabber!
Monday, January 01, 2007