All the major work is complete on the tower. Here’s a video of us testing after installing the rotor.
WB4IT Tower Completed: http://youtu.be/tsEneoe5tq8
Log4OM is gaining popularity and the recognition is well deserved. The only reason you’re not using it is probably because you probably don’t yet know about it. See below.
The tower base and guy posts are complete. Four holes at 3 feet deep were dug manually using posthole diggers. 800 lbs of concrete was required to secure it all. The rest of the tower and guy wires will be installed on 9/25/2014 after the concrete sets. Thanks to Marcus, KF4YHP, for his tower expertise and Kyle Washington, KW4AU, for the extra hand. The tower will stand at 70 feet when complete.
Here’s a list of software I use for improving my CW skills.
If you’re just starting out, I prefer Koch trainers that also use the Farnsworth method. Here’s two links for learning the characters:
For improving speed, I have been using the following:
RufzXP is great if you’re looking to improve speed. You choose a starting speed, it sends random callsigns to you, and increases speed if you get the call correct. Speed is decreased as you mess up, so it’s constantly adjusting speed to keep you from getting too comfortable or frustrated. This program has helped me tremendously.
Pileup Runner simulates operating split and managing a pile up. This software is a lot of fun and great to play with when it is lightning outside or people are pretending the bands are dead because some website said so.
Morse Runner is geared toward improving contest skills. You are sent RST + Serial in addition to call sign. Although it is contest oriented, it is still helpful even if you hate contests. It has real world challenges baked in, e.g. QRM, QRN, lids, QSB, etc.