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Author Topic: Learned something last night...  (Read 408 times)
KF4KLZ
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« on: October 27, 2005, 02:44:18 PM »

Last night was the first time I actually practiced with a code oscillator I got off ebay. It seems that sending is easier than copying..I guess because you know what you want to say and what is coming.  I always thought the other way around...But I guess if you are doing both send and copy, you will learn faster...
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N0IU
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2005, 01:17:39 AM »

I think I just saw the lightbulb go off over your head! You have to be careful once you get on the air since the tendancy is to call CQ much faster than you can actually copy and the stations responding to your call will generally come back to you at the speed at which you are using.

Lesson #1 - Send at the speed at which you can comfortably copy.

Good luck!
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K9FV
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2005, 07:01:39 AM »

One comment on sending fast - be sure it does not contain too many mistakes.  I can send with the keyer set at 20wpm, but have many mistakes as shown by the computer copying the code.  If I move the keyer speed down to 15wpm, then my mistakes are of a more acceptable level for sending.

Best way to learn sending code is to practice sending to your computer with a program to copy the code.  There you can see the spacing is correct for the letters to form a word, with the proper space between words.  You will see you are actually sending a 599 instead of a H99 - easy to do.

73 de Ken H>
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AA4PB
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2005, 08:07:22 AM »

It seems that sending is easier than copying
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People think that until someone else has to copy their sending :-)  Try hand sending code into a computer program if you want a real shocker.

The Navy code instructors used to say that you can't send "good" code faster than you can copy because you can't really hear what it sounds like.
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2005, 09:47:11 AM »

I agree with the Navy instructor.

Everyone starts out being able to send faster than they can "copy" because, as you said, you know what's coming.  But that reverses pretty quickly once you start actually using the code.

Most of us who use code (CW) all the time can copy much faster than we can send.  For me, the switch-over occurred at about 30 wpm, but for some it occurs at even lower speeds.

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