How-to's and Interviews

Ken Smith

In his first interview with Ken Smith (W9STG) around April, 2017, PG Jellison (W9RTO) discusses Ken's early experiences in ham radio (audio only).

Ham interview 2017 W9STG Ken Smith - W9RTO PG Gellison.wav

On October 27, 2017, Ken muses about ham radio the way it was in the 50s and 60s with PG.

Ken Smith Ham then and now 10-27-17.wav

Below is an audio-only version of Ken Smith demonstrating the letters, numbers, along with the period (.) and question mark (?) in Morse Code. We also have the video version linked below.

Ken Smith demonstrates CW 10-27-17.wav

A different, and possibly the best way of learning code is the Koch-Farnsworth method. Using this system, you listen to the code for each character at about 20 words per minute. There is a pause between each character making the effective speed for beginners at around 5 wpm. You listen to the sounds with no visuals. As you become better, you shorten the pause between each character. If you're serious about learning code, here is a great site that could help: Click here to be taken to the AA9PW site. Close that page to return to our site. There are great apps for your PC, your Android, or your IOS devices to help you learn and get up to speed, as well.

Now, here's Ken's audio file with visual feedback. You'll see the character and the code in print, along with the keyed character. Great way to get the feel for code and what it sounds like for the curious, BUT again, do not try to learn it this way. Learn the sound and rhythm of the letters and words instead.

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Ken Smith on Ohm's Law and Electronics-Kit Building 10-27-17.wav

Ohm's law states that the current through a conductor between two points is directly proportional to the voltage across the two points.

In the audio clip here on Oct 27, 2017, Ken describes Ohm's Law and about radio and kit building in the 60s. Some of you should remember Heathkit.

Note in the graphic that I=Current, V=Voltage, and R=Resistance.