Regular chasers will be aware of the struggles I’ve had with keying on activations over the past few weeks. The issue is intermittent; sometimes I can operate normally without a problem!
This morning I abandoned 20m CW after just four contacts. Apologies to the many chasers who had assembled on frequency! The issue, when it occurs, is that the dah lever starts adding a dit when released. I do not know why this might be happening. Suffice to say it makes CW operating impossible!
I had wondered in the past if the Cube had gone into an iambic mode. I don’t recall in detail, but in the past I think I’ve gone through the menus and reset that setting. I can’t remember if it worked or not!
I haven’t reset anything from this morning’s activation, but now back at the holiday cottage, I’ve just tried it and it’s all working fine. That may indicate a bit of damp getting in?
Anyway, wonder if anyone else has encountered anything similar?
I’ve had a similar issue in a different paddle. In my case they keying would act up when the contacts were set closely. It turned out that with it held in my hand so that the whole thing moved a bit during use, inertia caused contacts to close when they shouldn’t. Maybe try opening up the spacing a little?
Mine left me with just one side working, removed the battery and fixed it. It was RF getting into the cube and locking it up.
changed my wiring layout and filer fitted on both ends of key wire and its fixed. Had been going on for months.
Cheers Sean. I think I’ve got some at home so I’ll give that ago. Probably also need to make more use of the 5 metres of feeder cable to get away from the radials. Embarrassingly, I assumed mechanical issues in the paddle or software issues in the Code Cube - but failed to even consider that RF stuff…!
One of the things that had confused me, was the paddle working correctly when I programmed my call and summit reference into the Code Cube, but not when working through the radio. That rather confirms it’s a RF issue! I set up this morning using the feeder to put more distance between my operating position and the feedpoint as I mentioned above, and the problem did not occur.
I still wasn’t able to operate CW though as I think some damp got into the Code Cube resulting in it being stuck on a speed far above the upper speed setting! Now back inside a warm cottage, it’s all fine again!
The issue of the dah paddle sending dah-dit was indeed established as being that of RF, and was easily solved by fully utilising the 5 metres of feeder cable length to get well away from the feedpoint of the groundplane antenna.
That just leaves the issue that remains, that cause my sent letter L to be interrupted. When I try to send .-.. (L) what actually results is .-. . (RE). I’ve not noticed this annoying problem when sending any other combination - just that in the letter L!
If you’re not sending the letter L iambically (i.e. while holding the dit paddle, stroking the dah paddle during the first dit) then you must be forming the dit dah dit dit sequence another way, e.g. A-I, R-E.
Perhaps you are doing R-E and [inadvertently] leaving a gap.
IMHO I think it’s worth learning the iambic six: C, F, K, L, Y, Q; plus R makes seven.
[Ensure your rig’s keyer is in Mode B]
Slow the wpm right down to get the finger/thumb action right - 60 minutes tops!
Thanks guys, some good suggestions to work through there. I did enter dot dash dot dot but it appears on here with an extra dot! If I go to edit, it appears correctly. If I remove one dot, then the public view loses two of them! Weird.