The conditions were fine on 160, 80 and so so on 40 m. Here are our results:
With help of my son Oliver SA5ODJ we finally could assembly the first of the JK2015 antennas.
Here just on ground at 2 meters height. Below the nice flat elements showing good element design with no sag.
The complete antenna on ground. We did this to find the optimum balance point for the boom to mast plate.
Then time to assemble onto the tower mast.
It is common knowledge among trainers and researchers that it seems to take 10 000 hours to be best in many areas like music, sports etc and I guess CW is closely related to this empiric fact.
So we need to practice. There are many methods on CW – here is a new one I discovered made by NO5W – “the Pileupnetplayer”. I just started a session on Dayton 2017 and here are the results compared to the best in class (at least those who there ).
At top you see the best player at Dayton an bottom my scores.
To be able to work high rates on contests there are several techniques. Popular is of course SO2R but there several methods to accomplish this. Jose CT1BOH suggested the 2BSIQ technique which is quite attractive.
The fundamentals are:
1. Send TX on radio A and listen with both ears on radio B.
2. When you end TX on radio A you get stereo mode and hear both radios in the ears.
3. When you start TX on radio B back to both ears to radio A.
All this done automatically w/o tilde button.
Here is a video demonstrating it. There is no CW side tone sound as you always listen to other radio for callers while sending CW on the other radio.
More about this technique from Joses material: http://www.qsl.net/ct1boh/2bsiq/?tube=.