G4NSJ – Morse Code – CW


A few months ago, early 2020, I had my first CW contact in almost 40 years! I’m enjoying the key once again and brushing up on my speed. I’m now listening, and sometimes calling CQ, on 28.058MHz. This is the FISTS novice frequency for slow Morse, (QRS) contacts. You don’t have to be a FISTS member to join in.

Why the 10 metre amateur band? Because it’s normally free from interference, it’s a wide band with plenty of room, and it’s great for local as well as DX contacts.

Hi-Mound Manipulator MK-701

I’ve just bought this key (above) from a friend of mine. It’s a Hi-Mound Manipulator MK-701 with single a paddle.

Below is my Iambic keyer for the above key, assembled and waiting to be mounted in a box. .

CW Iambic keyer

And this one (below) is a Czech army issue straight key from the early 1950s. I use both keys, it’s nice to have a choice!

Morse Key


I’ve just acquired this lovely WT 8 AMP MkII Morse key, shown below. Thanks Tony! Although this is a very basic key, it’s lovely to use. Do you like the MDF base? I might change it for polished oak.

Key WT 8 amp MkII


Don’t be frightened of Morse code and don’t believe that it’s an outdated mode which is no longer used. Morse isn’t difficult to learn and it’s very much alive and kicking! It’s a great mode of communication which can often get through during noisy or difficult HF band conditions which can render SSB unusable.

I’ve just taken delivery of a Datong D70 Morse Tutor, pictured below. I had one of these decades ago, and it was an invaluable aid to learning the code. Now that I’m trying to get my speed up, the D70 is again invaluable.


Dating D70 Morse Tutor

Interesting Frequencies.

Take a listen on 3881kHz. FAV22 Is believed to be a French Military station. M51 transmits on 6825kHz. They are both good for CW practice. The Slow CW UK group use 3555kHz for around 10 WPM contacts.