Saturday, November 1, 2014

MORSE EXPRESS; New Products & News

I received this informadabale e-mail this morning from 


News from Milestone Technologies, Inc
(Morse Express, Oak Hills Research, and AMECO)
October 31, 2014


-  Professional Analog Multimeter (VOM)

-  Morse Express 2014 Christmas Key

- Inventory Notes and  Odds & Ends

Professional Analog Multimeter (VOM)

Analog multimeters tend to be either very cheap, amost disposable units
that are just accurate enough to check an electrical outlet or battery
voltage, or very expensive lab-quality instruments that are more than
most people need.  Now, finally, there is an alternative    Elenco Model
M1250 provides professional quality features and reliability at a
reasonable price. One of the most notable features is the 20,000
Ohms/Volt input isolation.  There are some things that digital multimeters
just can't do, and, and there are a LOT of things that are easier to see on
an analog VOM. M1250 23 Range VOM $26.50 at

Morse Express 2014 Christmas Key

Our 2014 Christmas Key is on schedule for delivery at the end of
November.  As always, if you have the 2013 key then the same serial
number is reserved for you in 2014.  If you missed out on the 2013 key
please note that we do have some of them left, even a few matching pairs
of 2012-2013 keys.

Print advertizing this year will be in QST, in the January issue (which
ARRL members will receive before Christmas). And we will send out
another newsletter at the end of November when we can open up the
ordering system.  For a sneak peak, go to   A few 2013 and earlier keys are still
available at:

Inventory Notes, and Odds & Ends

Our friend and colleague Neil Hecht at Almost All digital electronics  is
recovering from a serious illness and is not accepting orders until further
notice.  We have limited stocks at
Please join us in wishing Neil a speedy and complete recovery.

The following Nye Viking Speed-X keys are in stock:

Other key inventories are in good shape, with almost all Palm Radio,
GHD,  Hi-Mound and Scheunemann models in stock:

All of the Oak Hills Research kits and accessories are available at, and we have good stocks of the AMECO products
including the preamplifiers and the code practice ocillators, at

Our web site has been undergoing some emergency maintenance over the
last two weeks but I'm told everything is in good shape now.  Of course if
you have any problems with the web site you can call us on 303-752-3382
between 10am and 6pm MST.  Our office will be closed between
November 17th and November 21st  but the web site and email should be
working during that time and we will catch up as quickly as possible
when we return.  Your patience is appreciated.

As always, pictures and more information are available on the Milestone
Technologies web sites (Morse Express, Oak Hills Research, and

Please use our secure on-line ordering facilities or call
1-877-DOT DASH (877-368-3274) or 1-866-OHR-KITS (866-647-5487)
TOLL FREE to order by phone.  And feel free to call me
personally on (303) 752-3382 for more information about any of our
products or services.

Marshall Emm, N1FN

Milestone Technologies,
Morse Express, OHR, and AMECO.
10691 E Bethany Drive STE 800
Aurora CO 80014
Phone: (303)752-3382

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The A index [ LOW is GOOD ]

  • 1 to 6 is BEST
  • 7 to 9 is OK
  • 11 or more is BAD

Represents the overall geomagnetic condition of the ionosphere ("Ap" if averaged from the Kp-Index) (an average of the eight 3-hour K-Indices) ('A' referring to amplitude) over a given 24 hour period, ranging (linearly) typically from 1-100 but theoretically up to 400.

A lower A-Index generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; a low & steady Ap-Index generally suggest good propagation on the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.

SFI index [ HIGH is GOOD ]

  • 70 NOT GOOD
  • 80 GOOD
  • 90 BETTER
  • 100+ BEST

The measure of total radio emissions from the sun at 10.7cm (2800 MHz), on a scale of 60 (no sunspots) to 300, generally corresponding to the sunspot level, but being too low in energy to cause ionization, not related to the ionization level of the Ionosphere.

Higher Solar Flux generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; Solar Flux rarely affects the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.

K index [ LOW is GOOD ]

  • 0 or 1 is BEST
  • 2 is OK
  • 3 or more is BAD
  • 5 is VERY VERY BAD

The overall geomagnetic condition of the ionosphere ("Kp" if averaged over the planet) over the past 3 hours, measured by 13 magnetometers between 46 & 63 degrees of latitude, and ranging quasi-logarithmically from 0-9. Designed to detect solar particle radiation by its magnetic effect. A higher K-index generally means worse HF conditions.

A lower K-Index generally suggests better propagation on the 10, 12, 15, 17, & 20 Meter Bands; a low & steady Kp-Index generally suggest good propagation on the 30, 40, 60, 80, & 160 Meter Bands.

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