A new photo every day for a year in 2023

Picture No 8

I’ve had to cheat for todays picture, I used my iPhone to take a picture of the camera that I’m using to take the picture for the Blog.

The camera that I’m currently using to take the pictures for my Blog is an Olympus OM-D E-M1 a Micro Four Thirds Digital camera, the lens is a 12-40mm f 1:2.8 PRO lens.


A new photo every day for a year in 2023

Picture No 5

In picture No 3 and 4 we discussed the four traditional different modes of communication. Below is a picture of a mode switch on a transceiver. Transceiver is term used for a radio that can transmit and receive as opposed the radio your radio that you listen to Radio 4, which is purely a receiver.

1980’s 2M all mode Transceiver showing the Mode switch with LSB, USB, CW, AM and FM positions. To the left of the Mode switch is the microphone socket.

This Blog is also supposed to encourage me to take better pictures with a digital camera, instead of relying on my iPhone. What I have noticed is that before I took the picture I should have cleaned the subject matter !.

It’s only day five, hopefully my Blogging and picture taking will improve, well that’s the hope.

A new photo every day for a year in 2023

Picture No 4

Yesterday we spoke about Morse code. Morse code is one of the ways that radio amateurs communicate with each other. Morse code is often referred to as CW or Continuous wave. Another method that amateurs communicate with each other is using a microphone. There are three methods of communicating using a microphone and they are;

Single Side Band (SSB) split into either Upper Side Band (USB) or Lower Side Band (LSB)

Frequency Modulation (FM)

Amplitude Modulation (AM)

I’ll describe CW, SSB, FM and AM in more detail in future Blogs.

Icom hand microphone

A new photo every day for a year in 2023

Picture No 3

Some of you may or may not know that I have held a full UK Amateur Radio licence for over 40 years. I’m going gradually to talk about the hobby in my Blog and start to create a webpage about my interest in Amateur Radio.

Today I’m going to briefly cover Morse Code.

Morse Code what is it ?. Morse code was invented during the 1830’s by Samuel F.B. Morse. Morse Code uses an arrangement of dots, dashes and spaces to represent letters of the alphabet, numbers and punctuation marks. Below are two examples of Morse keys. The key on the right is a straight key, you press the black knob up and down to send the dots and dashes (or dits and dahs). The key on the left is a paddle key, you press the left red paddle to get a dit and the right red paddle to get a dah.

Two Begali Morse keys. On the left is a Begali Simplex paddle key and on the right is a Begali Blade straight key.

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