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The Woodrat Show is usually on 3.840 MHz from about 8 AM til Noon, and then again around 3.985 MHz from about 7 PM on.

Enjoy CW, check 7.043 as Woodrats can often be found there...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

the rats are now on 3.988 every evening at 7pm-9pm pacific time.. this site needs to be updated!!

Friday, November 11, 2016

hello from ok falls






just popping in to say alls well in the big town of Okanagan falls. got the new truck and the radios installed

Sunday, December 14, 2014

staying warm in the nest


does anyone still come here

ve7ren here... just checking to see if any of the rats still come on blogger.. I cant believe its been 2 yrs..alls well here in ok falls.. the evening frequency is 3.993 or 3.989.. hope to talk soon

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

J-36 Find

Recently while browsing the QRZ equipment for sale, I found a Army Signal Corps J-36 made by Vibroplex.  It turned out to be a 1941 Lightening Bug which was diverted into the Signal Corps Morse training program early on in WWII.  It has a serial number of 2145 and was used in classroom training.  Its condition is excellent, after a lot of elbow grease for cleaning.



Monday, August 27, 2012

Much Smoke

For last few days the smoke from wildfires across the region (Washington mostly) has settled into our little valley.   Although it is detracting from the beauty of the area, it is creating some  spectacular sunsets.   Last evening the sun was blood red at sunset.   Very striking, but pictures didn't turn out.

Bev and I went out for a short drive and noticed lots of deer out feeding in the hour before sunset.  We drove up the St. Maries River road and on the way back decided to take a count and between there and home we counted 32 deer in groups of two to six.   Mostly fawns and their mamas..  Got a few pictures and here are a couple..



Thursday, August 23, 2012

Reporting on  the latest keying device at the  W7WEL "Rat" station, a Touch operated set  of electronic paddles..
Touch Switch II kit
Q: How do they  work?
A:  Very well!  Seriously, the principle of operation is switches.   Just  like any mechanical switching setup such as a Bencher or Vibroplex set of paddles used to operate a keyer.  Instead of mechanical switches, the Touch Paddles contain two electronic switches activated by touching one of the two pads. (one for the dit input and one for the dah input  on your keyer) ..  Very smooth operation..

Now, for some more info.  The kit is available from Jackson Harbor Press..(Use the link above to gain access to the website)  This was an easy, inexpensive way to get on the Touch Paddle bandwagon!  Here's a picture of mine. As you can see (Click on the picture to enlarge) it is mounted in a Bud snap box and glued to a 4" square ceramic tile for stability.  (Although you don't need to apply pressure to the pads for it to operate.)


Also, there are other souces for finished paddles, just google "Touch Paddles" to find them. 

One of the most popular sites: http://www.cwtouchkeyer.com/
These folks have a nice line-up, surf the site and you'll discover some simple and affordable paddles.

W7WEL - WR #5