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Ralph E. Taggart

The items you will find linked to this page reflect my own interests in Amateur Radio. Don't expect all sorts of bells and whistles on these pages, as I am too busy with new projects to take the time to create a flashy website. I have constructed these pages to provide the most information possible with the smallest possible time investment.


Almost all my operating in recent years (decades!) has been done using low power (5 watts or less) - what is know in Amateur Radio jargon as QRP. If you run a search on the Web using QRP, you will discover innumerable sites devoted to the topic of low-power operation.

Slow Scan Television

One of my major interests over the years has been slow scan television (SSTV), which I have been involved with since 1967. The pages linked below reflect a variety of topics in this area.

CW (Morse Code)

Morse code, known as CW in Amateur Radio jargon, is the oldest and most fundamental of all the ways we can communicate using radio. This mode of communication remains extremely popular, despite the availability of many methods for communication by voice, different forms of television, and a host of exotic digital communication modes. There are lots of reasons for this continued popularity:

Back in the January 1995 issue of QST I presented a simple project that lets you use your computer to send and receive CW. My CW Homepage describes the computer interface and allows you to download the latest version of the software to run the project. The interface has appeared in the last few editions of the ARRL Handbook and is an ideal project for both the new-comer to Amateur Radio or the seasoned CW operator. The page also includes links to a few other CW/Morse-related pages.

English-style Straight Keys   

Even when I rediscovered CW, as was never a great fan of straight keys as they seemed a very tiring way to transmit code! That was until, almost by accident, I discovered large continental or English-style keys. Properly used, they are a joy to operate and most are darned attractive as well!

Home-brew Vintage Radio Gear

Once I started running with the straight key guys, I also encountered lots of fine vintage gear on the bands. Although I haven't gone completely retrograde, I did embark on a modest project!

 Boat Anchor Buddy

Restoring or duplicating vintage tube-type transmitters is a popular activity with some amateurs.  If you actually want to put such equipment on the air, there are numerous issues that arise in attempting to interface the new/old transmitter with an existing receiver or transceiver. Here is a project that makes it simple!   

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