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Author Topic: CW Reader and TEXT TO CW  (Read 1028 times)
NN2X
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« on: June 17, 2011, 05:05:31 PM »

Although a Ham Operator who passed the 20 WPM 2 decades ago, I would like to get back into the CW Mode, however, would like to expedite the process

I seen many CW encoders and decoders devices, I would like your recommendation..

Here what I have

I have a Kenwood 590S, and a QRO 2500DX AMP,

Here is what I am looking

Is any products that is one stop shop, meaning Text to CW converter and CW Reader all in one that interfaces with my Kenwood 590S, through possibly the USB interface...?


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AD4U
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2011, 05:42:25 PM »

From my personal experience testing several of these things (I don't own any) they are very dependent on "hearing" properly sent and spaced CW.  In other words they won't decode someone sending with a poor "fist".  QRM and QRN also greatly impair their ability to decode CW.

On the other hand, if you find a strong signal being sent by a computer or a keyboard with no QRM or QRN, they seem to work quite well.

Dick  AD4U
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KB3LIX
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2011, 10:30:43 PM »

Lots of decent software out there to do that,
but obviously requires a computer.

Never used any "devices"

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VA7CPC
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2011, 10:36:38 PM »

"One stop" :

. . . Ham Radio Deluxe / DM780 has (I think) both CW "read" and CW "write".

For CW "write", you may need an interface - e.g. the W3YY interface:

http://www.w3yy.com/fsk.htm

Another alternative would be "CW Get" and "CW Type".  I use CW Get, and like it.  Reviewed here:

http://www.w3yy.com/fsk.htm

The previous post is right -- you need a pretty strong signal, with a pretty good fist, to get good decoding.  But the combination of CW Get and your ears can do a lot. 

            Charles
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