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Even though this CW transmitter circuit was published in 1955 in Popular Electronics, it is still legal for today`s Amateur radio operator. Portions of the 40-meter and 80-meter bands are still reserved exclusively for CW operation. As of 2011 in the 40-meter band 7. 025 - 7. 125 MHz, and for 80-meters 3. 525 - 3. 600 MHz are reserved for CW for Hams holding either Novice (no longer issued) or Technician licenses.
Novice CW Transmitter - schematic

That is different than the frequencies given in the article, so beware if you are tempted to throw one together for old time`s sake. The value for XTAL will need to be changed accordingly. Both bands are a bit lower than shown here, so you might need to tweak the tuning elements a tad as well. If you are not a designer, you would be better off just finding a newer circuit that is already configured for the new bands. The beginner in ham radio with a novice license should become active as quickly as possible with a low-powered telegraph (CW) transmitter. Operating this rig as often as he can will give valuable on-the-air experience in handling the code and in correct operating procedure. The best way to learn is by doing. A novice`s first transmitter should be both simple and inexpensive. A good idea is to use the lower frequency bands. There, the new operator usually will find more "rag chewers" and local contacts than on the higher frequency long-distance bands. In the 80-meter band, novice CW operation is permitted between 3700 and 3750 kc. In the 40-meter band, the novice`s territory is 7175 to 7200 kc. Crystal control must be used. The transmitter shown here was made especially for beginners. While it is low-powered, it will give a good account of itself when operated with a good antenna. It does not take up much room, since it is built on an aluminum radio chassis box (Bender Type 145) 7" long, 5" wide, and 3" high....



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