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Author Topic: CW in Spanish?  (Read 438 times)
KC6NKF
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« on: October 16, 2008, 08:53:59 AM »

I am trying to learn Spanish, but speak very slowly, and feel quite self-conscious about it. But I also send and receive CW slowly (10-15 wpm). Therefore it would be perfect to have  CW QSOs in Spanish. But how do I call CQ in order to attract someone that wants to have a Spanish QSO? (I operate QRP on 40 meters...)

Thanks! Roger, KC6NKF
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KN1W
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2008, 09:58:11 AM »

All contacts in my experience start always in english no matter what part of the world. Hams were taught in there respective countries to use simple english for cw, It is like learning the morse code abbreviations, hpe cuagn, de, tnx, etc.... It is easier for them to carry on with the contact using "morse english". Only the most experienced hams are able to carry a conversation in their language outside the standard QSO.

Leaving the above stuff aside, I try to make them switch to spanish by using GRS "gracias" and some spanish words like hola, GRS will be recognized and the other ham will start testing the waters to see if you really speak their language or at least you are trying to.

In my experience, the number of spanish speaking stations that like ragchewing is very small compared to the US english speaking stations, It is truly a dx. Look aroung 7030 in the evenings, there are some cuban stations around those frequencies.

Just be aware of the famous "DE" You will hear this on almost every sentence and your brain will expect a call sign after that. This is still a problem with me when copying spanish.

Hopefully you will get more replies to your question from more hams, I am very interested in this subject.

de KN1W
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K7KBN
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2008, 02:10:27 PM »

I did a lot of hamming in high school, using the Spanish I was in the process of learning, and using Morse code which I had already mastered.  There are a few different sound patterns you'll run into en Español (and I hope that n with the tilde over it comes through).  Like Español, or señor.  That letter is sent as --.-- (DAH DAH DI DAH DAH).

There are a few places on the 'net that have the different letters for the variety of languages out there.  I do pretty well with Spanish, and with Japanese - where each sound pattern represents a syllable rather than just a letter.  That's fun!

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Pat K7KBN
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Pat K7KBN
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2008, 07:28:18 PM »

Roger

If you want to practice CW in Spanish, I am willing to help you.
My speed is also between 10-15WPM, it would be fun...who knows...maybe we can have our own Spanish CW net with 1,200 members and you would be the control net, hihi
QRP to QRP, from MI to CA and in Spanish??? Sounds like fun! Smiley
Check my profile on QRZ.com
Pablo
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