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N7OC February Morse Gab Fest

posted Jan 12, 2016, 4:14 PM by Brian Lawler   [ updated Jan 13, 2016, 3:09 PM ]

Based on a program begun by Stan Schmidt N7OC at the Mountain Baker Amateur Radio Club in Washington State, we’re continuing the month-long February operating event that encourages conversation using Morse code. Most operators will use regular CW mode on MF and HF frequencies, but sending Morse tones via FM is fine, too.

Call CQ GAB.

Gabfest is not a contest, so any Amateur Radio band or combination of bands may be used. There are only two required exchange elements:

  1. call signs and

  2. USA zip codes or Canadian postal codes or Maidenhead grids if away from civilization or outside of the United States or Canada.

You need to log:

  1. the date and time in UTC of the start and end of each QSO, e.g. 2016-02-14-1315

  2. the Amateur Radio band, e.g. 80 m

  3. your power output, e.g. 3 W or 55 W or 400 mW

There are four entry classes:

QRPp: 1 W or less output

QRP: 5 W or less output

QRO: more than 5 W output

QROo: more than 100 W output

If you operate in different classes, submit separate logs for each class. Don’t forget to include your full name and email address with each log.

The object is not to accumulate long lists of quick QSO’s. Those are contests. The point is to use your time for gabbing. Gabfest begins at 2016-02-01-0001 Z and ends at 2016-02-29-2359 Z. Spend as much time as you are able during the month of February gabbing in Morse code.

You are welcome to add notes for each contact and a soapbox at the end of your logs.

Deadline: Submit your logs in any convenient format to the Morse Gabfest Honcho:

Bruce Prior N7RR by 2016-04-01.

Note: You don’t need to know Morse code in order to participate in the N7OC February Morse Gabfest. There are computer programs which both decode Morse code and display what is being sent and then you can use a computer keyboard to send Morse. The higher-end Elecraft transceivers come with a computer program which does those things. There is lots of Morse decoding and sending software available1 for free or for little cost. Maybe you’ll have so much fun gabbing in Morse code that you’ll want to learn to decode Morse code by ear and to send it with some device like a paddle plugged into an electronic keyer.

73 and happy gabbing, Bruce Prior N7RR