Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KD8ZM, Aug 11, 2017.
I've notice a lot of us who have had the distinction of receiving an OO card now have them displayed in our shacks. Why do you think that is?
There was a time in my Novice days that I had more states confirmed with OO cards than with QSL cards
ARC-5/VFO xmtr .
I have six "good guy" cards from OOs.
I have no idea why. One was basically just a signal report from an OO in North Dakota, for a 160m QSO. That was my "confirmation" on 160m from ND at the time, I had never actually worked anyone there.
(I since have, this was some years ago.)
I've posted these here on QRZ.com before.
I never received an OO report for having chirps or clicks, but back in the day I definitely had them. My first transmitter was a homebrew 6V6 power oscillator, crystal controlled but with no buffering; ran probably 5-6W output (couldn't measure it) and I could hear the chirp in my own receiver. Never got an OO card for that, but then that was also 52 years ago.
Still work Russians on 20CW (and sometimes 40CW) who have amazing chirps; they're using WW2 surplus gear, often battery powered. They're all named Vlad.
Grand Forks, perchance? There was a pretty notorious OO there. He was also known for his drunken harangues on 40m SSB.
Caught an OO once calling a DX station on his transmit frequency when he was repeatedly saying" Listening up 5-10", he sent me a card for being out of bounds on 20, didn't realize he graded my extra exam two months earlier.
Pretty normal QRZ response - you "allegedly " chirp, naturally it is (not allegedly ) the OO fault and everybody is cheering since you are now member of the prestigious old boys OO cards collector group.
Reading "line voltage" won't tell you much, monitoring the DC power to your rig in "high 13 (?) " MAY indicate battery charger instead of solid DC power supply.
Put a cope on the DC power and key your rig FULL power - is it steady on "high 13(?) "?
(You are extra, right, so you know all about measuring voltage).
It would be nice to hear from you with updates.
Makes me wonder just how many of today's OOs REALLY know a chirp and/or click when they hear one.
I do not CQ contest.
So a OO card is the best I can do.
I have 2 cards.....both were received for contacts made during contests (years apart). Same band, but one was CW and one was SSB. What's the multiplier for that?
It never dawned on my that they were both during contests. I'm wondering if a contest to OOs is like labor day weekend is to highway patrol?