First QSO with the Begali

was with Hiram who was operating W1AW/4 in Georgia. Actually, it was with John Laney K4BAI, who was using the ARRL Centennial W1AW/4 call in tonight’s 40 Meter QRP Foxhunt. Instead of sending “John” as his name, he was sending Hiram. It was fun to work “The Old Man”, kinda sorta.

The Begali is a sweet piece, and I still have to play with the adjustments some. But where I have it right now, it’s pretty silky smooth. It’s definitely heavy enough to stay put in one place without walking. Once I finally get it where I want it, it will be the primary key.

One thing that surprised me though. They supply a three conductor cable with two male stereo plugs. You have to lop one end off, strip and bare the wires, and solder them in place. Not that soldering is a big deal, but for some reason, I thought the key would come pre-cabled.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP – When you care to send the very least!

Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “First QSO with the Begali”

  • Richard KWØU:

    Thought you worked either a Bengali or somebody in Benghazi….both good catches! I got the station too, on 20 phone. These W1AW sites are a lot of fun, but I wish the League would decide how many points you need to get a certificate. Anyway, interesting equipment.

  • Richard Line KC8HMJ:

    Just looking around, Great site, info etc.

    Rich Line KC8HMJ

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