DitDit.fm is a podcast celebrating morse code, the CW operating mode and amateur radio. The show is hosted by Bruce Pea, N9WKE, and features conversations with interesting CW operators, offers useful CW operating tips, and encourages amateur radio operators at all levels to get on the air, have fun and enjoy operating CW!
Episode #32 - The Long Island CW Club
We first heard about the Long Island CW Club back in the fall of 2018. After talking with the club’s founders, Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE and Rich Collins, K2UPS, we featured the club in Episode #23 in January 2019. The club (actually it’s a community of CW operators) is so unique and different in their approach to teaching Morse code and CW we thought we’d check in a year or so later to see what they’ve been up to.
CW Traffic Nets
Listen as Carl Davis, W8WZ, explains the National Traffic System, how it works with other networks, and why you need to participate as a traffic handler. This is an interesting and fascinating discussion. Carl shares his unique insight, experience, and information on CW traffic nets you won’t want to miss!
The Key Maker
Steve Roberts, W1SFR, is a key maker in Vermont who produces a unique torsion bar key/paddle. His keys are a delight to the eye and a joy to use. Join us as Steve talks about where the idea came from, making keys, how they are unique, and thoughts about customer service.
Morse Code Ninja
Kurt Zoglmann, AD0WE, created Morse Code Ninja, a very comprehensive Morse code/CW training program using learning theory and techniques not used in other programs until now. There are more than 979 Youtube videos and over 2000 hours of Morse code teaching content available in Kurt’s course. There is something for everyone in this course.
The Ship's Radio Officer
In this episode we hear what it was like to be the ship’s radio officer who depended on and communicated with coastal maritime radio stations. For decades, ships cruised the great seas using Morse code and a key to stay safe and move cargo from one port to another.
Denis O’Brien, N2JJF, served as the ship’s radio officer in the Merchant Marines for fourteen years. Listen as Denis shares his experience of his time at sea, a ship in distress, and the storm he wasn’t sure the ship would survive!
Coastal Maritime Station KPH
There was a time when the airways bristled with Morse Code. There were commercial radio stations all around the world whose business was sending and receiving Morse Code messages to ships at sea. Coast station KPH, located at Point Reyes National Seashore near San Francisco, is one of those stations.
Having just binged about 20 episodes I have to say I love this podcast. Bruce and his guests have a sensitive and personable disposition that shines through the airwaves making CW seem far more interesting than the general public would like to believe.
I love all the origin stories and the varied CW experiences. And since I often find myself wanting to rewind to catch something again I really appreciate Bruce’s episode recap bullet points at the end of the podcast. Thank you Bruce for aggregating this excellent CW knowledge.
I love this show. I’m a 30-year ham that never got beyond the code I needed to get my license. Now I’m getting very serious about CW and this show is very encouraging.
Love your podcast
I am coming back to relearn CW after passing the 5wpm years ago to get the extra. I love to listen the interviews, the tips are helping me a lot!! Great job!!!