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Author Topic: I passed the code exam  (Read 438 times)
KB1JAZ
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« on: March 13, 2003, 12:57:32 PM »

Well, I went last night and passed the code exam.  I was feeling really frustrated with myself at the start of the exam, as I was missing alot of the "difficult" characters (numbers / punctuation).  However we were lucky enough to have a string of 25+ characters.

I am anxious to get on the air and really learn the code.  

KB1JAZ

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KB0FHP
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2003, 11:10:11 PM »

Congratulations!
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KB1FLR
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2003, 08:48:09 AM »

Congratulations! Your exam went the same way as mine.

We are fairly close, as I am in Plainville, MA. What bands do you have equipment for? I would be happy to try a sked if you would like.

73 de Rick, KB1FLR
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2003, 01:59:29 PM »

Congratulations, and you're exactly right: The way to "learn the code" is by using it, and getting on the air to do so.

If you are not a good CW operator after 500 CW contacts, I'd be very surprised.

"You can't teach a kid to ride a bike at a seminar."

WB2WIK/6
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N8UZE
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2003, 08:09:07 AM »

Congrats.

Try some contests too.  It's really frustrating at first because they go quite fast (US stations seem to typically go between 20 & 25 while the foreign ones seem to prefer 25+ typically).  But if you can pick out a letter or two that's a start.  Listen to them several times through and you'll start to catch.  Some people have made a quantum leap in their code ability just by working a weekend contest.  Of course for some the frustration level is too high and it is better to wait to get into a contest until they've brought their speed up by other means.
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