QRP Rigs and Octopus Sex

A couple of lines from a recent eBay listing for a Super RM QRP rig.

3 , the use of high -quality audio op amp to do the second active filter , and its very low noise floor , excellent amplitude-frequency characteristics greatly improved listening experience octopus .

4 , the power upgrade to 4W (D882 output ) , while the use of American ring kit (FT37-43 and T37-2) two each , so that the ” octopus ” with more remote communication capabilities , greatly enhance the ” octopus ” utility sex !
I mean….really? Everyone knows that octopus sex robs a QRP rig of significant power and can create unwanted QRM at the input connector.
Geez, someone should talk to these Chinese engineers about the potential of hurting wildlife as a result of their careless design innovations.
72,
Steve, W1SFR

A Most Amazing CW Telegraph Key Site

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Tom, W1TP is in our club, The Green Mountain Wireless Society. As a leading authority on cipher machines and the Enigma in particular, he gave a most excellent talk about the Enigma Machine at our last meeting. I had occasion to view his site lately and if you ever wanted to see an incredibly comprehensive collection about telegraphy and all of it’s many facets, look no further.

http://w1tp.com

http://enigmamuseum.com

4 Gram Straight key

Well, I added a small paddle thinking it would be cool as a swiper, but alas, the travel is too much to my liking. It sort of works as a paddle, but there are better alternatives out there. I decided to make it into a straight key so added clear rubber bumpers. It really works great now and just holding it down on any surface, the travel of the lever is just right. Had a few QSO’s last night to try it out and it works great. Please don’t ask me to make one for you though….:-)

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Nano Straight Keys

Well I just made this key yesterday and it turns out it makes a great straight key used on its side. My thought was that it might make a great sideswiper, but I need to do some work on the lever itself before that happens. I also makes a passable single lever paddle once you get used to the relatively long travel of the lever.

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I did a search for “nano” keys and found

W4PAL straight key