I'm not trying to be snarky but it is called a "transceiver" not a "code practice oscillator" (CPO). If you use it as a CPO you should connect a 50 Ohm dummy load to the antenna terminal. I believe that Radio Shack has, or use to have, 50 Ohm 1-2 Watt non-inductive resistors. Just wire then across a connector and plug them into the antenna terminal.
Originally Posted by KB3YLI
But it's also pretty easy to build a separate CPO for learning CW. There are dozens of CPO drawings available on the internet. For example here is one, at http://hamslife.com/?p=18, that uses parts that are available at Radio Shack. You can get a little pre-drilled prototype board at RS. There are many more just like it on the internet.
When you finally put it on the air, you will need a lot of patience. When you are very low power, it often takes a bit of work to make a contact. I have a HW-8, HW-7, and 40 Meter Vectronics TX/RX for QRP work. They are a lot of fun to use, but they are often a lot of work. Just don't get discouraged when no one seems to be answering. Sooner or later you will be heard and someone will give you a call.
73, Martin, K7MEM
Ash Fork, AZ
In my area, it seems that every pickup truck or SUV comes with one or more dogs. It's so common that I can only assume that the dog(s) must come with the vehicle. So logic tells me that, if you want to keep the truck for a long time, go for the multi-dog option. Otherwise, if the dog dies, you have to buy a new truck. I have five dogs (4 dogs as of 4/4/2013, RIP Katie), so I'm set for a few years.