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Author Topic: 20wpm  (Read 580 times)
KQ6UP
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« on: June 01, 2008, 05:25:30 PM »

Passed an FCC practice test for 20wpm. It was not multiple choice either. Yes I know this requirement is dropped, but at least I can say I could have passed it if they still required it.  Kind of wish they still did, because it would have been a great sense of accomplishment.

Chris KQ6UP
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W5ESE
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2008, 06:56:29 AM »

> Kind of wish they still did, because it would
> have been a great sense of accomplishment.

Your wish is granted.

Use the ARRL's 'Code Proficiency Program', which
seems to be one of the least well known services
the ARRL offers.

I passed the 20 wpm exam at the FCC in 1978
(it was multiple guess by then), but was inactive
for many years.

After becoming active again, to get my code speed
back up, I listened to the Code practice
transmissions on 'W1AW'. I set a goal of being able
to copy 20 wpm on a W1AW Qualifying Run, and got
a great-looking certificate to hang on the wall of
my shack.

More information on the ARRL 'Code Proficiency
Program' is at:

http://www.arrl.org/awards/#cp

73
Scott
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AE5I
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2008, 10:44:35 AM »

Good work, Chris!

Hope to catch up with you on the air again soon...

GL DX and 73

Tom AE5I
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2008, 10:00:11 PM »

Scott,

Thanks for posting the info on the W1AW certificate.  I wanted to get this certificate a while ago and forgot about it.  Unfortunately I just missed the last qualifying run by a few hours Sad

Take care

Joe N0NS
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AK7V
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2008, 01:56:49 PM »

Congratulations and well done!
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N3DF
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2008, 11:26:51 AM »

In the 1960s, when I came up through the licensing ranks, Novice through Amateur Extra, the W1AW code proficiency program was perhaps ARRL's best known service.

Nearly every would-be Novice, General and Amateur Extra that I knew upgraded his or her code speed by listening to W1AW code practice.  When you passed the appropriate qualifying run, you were ready for the test.  

Some supplemented their code study with a tape or record, but these were often quickly memorized.

Neil N3DF
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Neil N3DF
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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2008, 07:47:34 AM »

I am going to check out the ARRL cirtification as well. I started using CW on the air the day of the rule change LOL. My first HF contact as a "ncg" was using CW, and I have never looked back. I know that during contests, I can operate at 20wpm or slightly higher, but ragchews are still around 15wpm. I am going to take the test and just see how I fare.
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