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KI4ROV
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« on: November 15, 2006, 06:33:47 PM »

It has been just a month since I received my General license. Now that I have access to some of the band space I would like to know where I can best make contact with other slow speed (5-8 WPM) hams so I can get some experience making some QSOs and most of all get some on air work to increase my proficiency in CW. I have been working stations via SSB in the last monthy, but really want to get more involved with CW. If anyone out there reading this post has any suggestions for where would be a good place to start, please let me know.


Thanks,
Ed
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AI4NS
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2006, 07:15:56 PM »

Look up Fists. They are a great organization that will work with people of all speeds. They have frequencies they hang out on. Also Straight Key Century Club has freqs as well.

Mike
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KA3CTQ
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2006, 05:42:08 AM »

Ed,

Get on the air and send a CQ. I hear a few slow speed CQs on the old novice parts of the 40 and 80 meter bands. I also hear slower code in the General parts too.

There are many who are new to code and are not sending greater that 10wpm. There are also some like me who are getting back into CW and are a bit rusty.

If you want to sked a QSO, get on the fists or skcc reflectors and let it be known. You'll be up to your keys in requests.

One other place is on eQSL. You can put in a request for CW on a particular band that way. I put one out on a Friday and by Sunday morning there were 30 responses.

Like I first said, just send out a CQ. It is the simplest way. We will be listening for you.

73,
Dan, KA3CTQ
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W5ESE
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2006, 06:46:38 AM »

Slow speed operators tend to congregate in higher
parts of the CW segments, and in the Novice/Tech+
segments.

Notice that on December 15, the entire 80 meter
segment and half of the 40 meter Novice/Tech+
segment are being "refarmed" as phone bands for
Advanced and Extra Class licensees.

I would look in these ranges

3555-3580
3675-3725 (until Dec 15)
7050-7060
7100-7125
7125-7150 (until Dec 15)
10118-10130
14050-14065

Also, take a look at the Straight Key Century
Club (it's free!), and their operating
frequencies.

http://www.skccgroup.com/

73
Scott
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WW5AA
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« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2006, 06:27:41 AM »

Ed,

Try 3562, OZK CW net, 8 PM your time. Any speed welcome!

73, de Lindy
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