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Author Topic: Icom 718 for code practice?  (Read 3614 times)
KG6WNG
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« on: May 31, 2014, 03:16:35 PM »

I'm learning CW and am wondering if there is a way to use my transceiver as a code practice oscillator while practicing sending with a straight key.

Thanks,
Kim
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AA4PB
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2014, 03:52:06 PM »

It should be the same as most Icom radios. Set the CW key type for straight key. Set the breakin to OFF. Now when you press the key you will hear the CW sidetone but as long as you don't manually key the PTT there won't be any RF output. Connect a dummy load if you want to be sure you have it working correctly.
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KD8IIC
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2014, 04:04:06 PM »

  I have a 718 as well and it does work fine as a CPO after you get into the Quik Set menu and turn the BK-IN to OF, the other settings are SE, semi break-in, and FL for full break in. These last two settings will indeed key the transmitter but the OF setting requires you to implement and foot switch or other arrangement to turn on the transmitter.
 I like to use the rig in OF to drill my sending to warm up before getting on the air, it really does help to get the brain and hand working in the right order and after awhile the characters do indeed become second nature to you.
 Wish you much success with learning Morse and hope to work you on the air sometime soon at your comfort zone speed.
  73 from Lane de n8aft  sk  ..
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KG6WNG
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2014, 04:11:11 PM »

Thanks so much to you both. Since I've never operated with CW this is all new to me. I couldn't really make sense of my 718 instruction manual as it relates to CW. Thanks for clarifying for me.

Kim
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KD8IIC
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2014, 02:31:11 AM »

 Just let us know if we can help you further. 73.
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