VK2WI Morse Practice Transmissions (3699 KHz)
The content of the Morse transmissions from VK2WI on 3699 KHz is now generated by a programmable controller. We have expanded its memory by adding additional word space. Originally this unit had storage of 1100 words which lasted a bit over 2 hours. This has now been extended to over 2700 words which will take almost 6 hours to cycle through allowing more variation in the transmissions.
These transmissions are continuous except for during the Sunday news broadcasts, when it and most of the sites beacons are shut down automatically to minimize interference to the broadcasts and those listening to them.
A (PDF) file of the new text
is available for downloading. The
content of this file is actually very interesting as it details the
development of the Dural facility itself.
Morse Practice Transmission (3550 KHz)
Many listeners may not be aware that in addition to the VK2WI Morse practice beacon transmissions on 3699 KHz, there is another regular morse practive broadcast. This occurs on Thursday evenings under the callsign VK2BWI. It can be found on a frequency of 3550 KHz commencing at 2000 hours local time.
With the demise of Allan VK2ADB in Feb 2009, Ross VK2ER from Orange is now the sole VK2BWI operator.
The transmitted Morse text includes practice with figure groups and callsigns. Speeds vary from 4 wpm, up to about 20 wpm, in standard and farnsworth mode. Callbacks are taken after the broadcast, which last about an hour.
So, if your Morse is a little rusty, or you would just like to learn CW, why not tune in to the VK2BWI 80 metre broadcast on Thursday evenings, on 3550 KHz, at 8pm local.
Ross would appreciate help from other operators to cover the work load and possibly reinstate the Tuesday evening broadcast. If you can help please use one of the following methods to contact Ross. Call him on air during his Thursday callbacks, advise in the VK2WI Sunday callbacks, ring our office on 02 9651 1490 and leave a message for him, or send a message to the news email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This information was provided by Ross