I have been keen to continue my journey with CW, the only problem was that I didn’t have a keyer or paddle on the FT-991. After much deliberation and numerous missed opportunities I found a used CT-22 Iambic Paddle on eBay. It was offered at a great price and I won the auction.
After spending many evenings setting up telescopes in my back garden only to find the skies cloud over and spoil an evening of star gazing, a podcast by Prof Brian Cox gave me the idea of looking into radio astronomy. Don’t get me wrong, I have no space for a mini-Jodrell Bank, but after some research I found an interesting article about using a fixed position Yagi antenna and Raspberry Pi to snapshot a slither of the Milky Way each day. When combined, these slivers build up a reasonably good picture of space from the radio spectrum – totally invisible to the human eye. One FunCube Pro+ Dongle later and some Pi software and I start “listening” to radio waves. Now, there is one small problem… I know nothing about radio. Oops.