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Author Topic: New guys ... do us all a favor ...  (Read 8713 times)
WA4FNG
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« Reply #30 on: June 30, 2012, 08:53:55 AM »

I really like to help out the new CW ops and don't mind at all slowing down to any speed they can copy. I only have two suggestions. If you can only copy 5 or 10 wpm -- then call CQ at that speed. I worked a guy recently who claims to only be able to copy 5 wpm, but insisted to try sending at 15 wpm with much difficulty. Also, try to operate in the parts of the band away from DX and busy segments. For example, on 30m try to stay up around 10.120, or 14.050 etc. Also, check FISTS for more help and suggested frequencies where you can find others that are working at slower speed.

Don't give up -- just keep practicing.

73, Milt WA4FNG
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W7KKK
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« Reply #31 on: July 01, 2012, 10:11:54 AM »

I used to teach CW in the Army for a short time before they assigned me other duties as an instructor.
Not every one can send. Some people just have no rhythm at all or so it seems.
I found those that typed, had a music background or similar took to it pretty easy.
Of course this was with a straight key in the 1960s.
Today a keyer and paddle help but even then some are not great at it.
Never considered myself as much of a CW op except while I was a Novice. We certainly did not use it in the Army much.
I still like to play with it once in awhile but I am slow at it.
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