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Author Topic: sending cw  (Read 570 times)
KG4URF
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« on: July 12, 2003, 10:03:22 PM »

does anyone know of software that will let you practice sending cw without going on the air?
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K1ZC
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2003, 08:18:58 AM »

Most radios will let you do that; there is usually some type of control that will engage the sidetone without activating the transmitter.  

Also, try CW Communicator (Free!!) from the following link:

http://www.mrx.com.au/d_cwcom.htm

and on this link about 3/4 of the way down you can find instructions on how to interface a straight key to your computer:

http://www.mrx.com.au/images/cwcom_help.htm

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WA9SVD
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2003, 01:12:44 PM »

Many Kenwood radios will let you practice sending if you choose a mode other than CW (such as SSB) and key the radio.  It's a (not always well documented) feature.  At least, that's how the TS-680 and TS-790 work.  Newer models may be different.
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N8UZE
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2003, 07:47:37 PM »

Newer Kenwoods let you do the same thing.  Most brands and models of radios are like this as the sidetone generation is tied to the key down lines not to the transmission lines.
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W5HTW
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2003, 09:17:35 PM »

For example:  If on the Icom 706 you turn off the "BRK" symbol on the display, when you work the paddle or key you will not be transmitting, unless you also press the PTT switch on the microphone or an external manual or foot switch.  If you are using the breakin feature of the 706 it won't transmit under those conditions.  I believe most of the radios have a similar feature.  Just turn off the QSK/semi-QSK mode and you have a very expensive code practice oscillator.

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K0RS
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2003, 02:26:00 AM »

Many contest logging programs have a practice mode.  Usually it works like this:  A station calls you, you retun the callsign (correctly, BTW) and give the station his contest report.  Then, he (the computer actually, of course) sends your reprort and you log it.  Then another station calls, etc.  You can vary the speed, and some programs can actually detect your speed and gradually increase to challenge you.  Great fun...
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