A few years back I really wanted to get on HF. #The only barrier to this was learning CW. #This is a task I did not enjoy. #(It was hard justifying this much effort on something I thought would never be used again #-- in my mind it was like having to learn the alphabet all over again.) #Needless to say, I learned the code, passed the test and the rest is history.
Thinking back I remember using a practice key while I was listening to the tapes. #Found it was a lot harder to send and receive. #Several folks offered to practice sending and receiving over simplex 2 meters. #Unfortunately I didn't have the equipment to do this. #(All I had was a Kenwood mobile 2 meter radio and an MFJ practice key)
In retrospect, if I could have found a way to rig up my 2 meter radio to send and receive code I would have had a lot more fun. #Would have likely learned it much quicker.
Does anyone have any kits or tricks that would allow others to do what I wasn't able to figure out? (Hook a practice key up to my 2 meter mobile or HT)
May be a way to breath new life into a fine, established Amateur Radio mode of operation.
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