Andy’s Morse Code Key

As a licensed amateur radio operator I have made friends in some rather distant places. Most of them I will never meet in person – have an eyeball as we say in the radio world. One of these friends in a distant land is Andy Nechawsky who resides in Ukraine and possesses the call sign UU1CC.

Andy’s trade is that of a book illustrator. In addition, he is fluent in Morse code, English, Spanish, Ukrainian, and probably Russian. I’ve yet to have the pleasure of hearing his voice or his fist (the sound of him sending Morse code).

When Russia invaded Crimea in 2014 Andy was very concerned for his safety. He feared Russia would, among many things, seize his call sign, UU1CC, and there would be nothing he could do about it.

Me? I could only trust he would come out of this okay. My trust, it seems, was well placed.

Nineteen months passed and nary a word…until this morning when his photo and a message appeared on Face book.

When Andy comes to mind I first recall his photo I‘m sharing with you. It’s a telegraph keyer used for sending Morse code, fabricated from a computer hard drive that would no longer serve its original purpose.

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2 thoughts on “Trust

  1. Thank you a lot, Scott, I’ve been so pleased to find your kind words here.
    We’re o’k now, living here in the city of Lviv, Western Ukraine. I have no a big, overseas capable antenna, just a balcony whip, but I’m still on the air, for sure. Now I’m about to finish my very new QRP tube transmitter and plan to publish the article on that on my

    Merry Christmass and 16 tons of a best wishes to you and yours.

    p.s. My spanish shouldn’t be considered as “fluent” – in fact, the only phrase I know is “solamente pocas palabras” ))



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