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Author Topic: Interested in learning and using CW  (Read 393 times)
KD7UCP
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« on: December 08, 2003, 03:02:07 AM »

Greetings:

I am a No-Code Tech at this time and am interested in learning and using CW.

I am studying for the Code test and would like to know what is the recommended WPM speed (overall), and pitch that I should practice copying with so that it will be similar to the actual test?

I have been using a 750 Hz pitch and 18 WPM speed (overall).  Do you think I will have trouble with the actual test if I continue practicing copying at this rate?

Also, are there any Internet links with actual sample tests I could practice copying?

Thanks - Jim (KD7UCP)
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NI0C
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2003, 03:36:55 PM »

Others more familiar with current VE practices can tell you the specifics of the exams.  If you learn the code well, you will be tolerant of pitch and speed variations.  I assume by 18 wpm, you mean with Farnsworth spacing to bring the overall speed down to 5 wpm.  

73 and good luck with your exam!

Chuck, NI0C
 
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K5CQB
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2003, 03:19:36 AM »

I used the G4FON program along with practice QSO's on AA9PW's site (addresses below).  I set the G4FON trainers character speed at 20wpm with the word spacing a quarter of that.  I passed my test in about a month.  The main thing is to be persistent and study everyday.  I did thirty minutes a day minimum and sometimes did that two or three times a day.  You will learn it, if I can do it ANYONE can.
73's Jim

www.g4fon.co.uk
http://www.aa9pw.com/radio/morse.html  
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W4YA
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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2003, 05:54:43 PM »

Jim,
There are a lot of CW ops who monitor this forum, and we applaud your efforts and wish you well. Please let us know how you are doing. We all know and can appreciate what you are doing!!!!!

I also endorse the G4FON program.

73, Jim W4YA
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N8IK
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2003, 10:28:31 AM »

The FISTS CW Club can set you up with an Elmer in your area.  See http://www.fists.org/

73 de Ian
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AD6WL
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2003, 02:34:22 PM »

This Article is being reprinted with authorization from the author:

How to Improve Your CW Speed:

You have just passed your code test and now what? You may try listening on the bands and find that the speeds are just to fast for you to even think about trying to copy. This can get very discouraging for a new ham. Many new hams want to operate CW but often find the speeds they hear on the air to be very intimidating. You can just listen to the ARRL CW practice on the air but that gets boring after awhile. There is another option. There is a Yahoo group devoted to QRS CW. This is a great opportunity for new hams to get together with other hams who operate at the same speed and for some of you experienced CW ops to share information with the group and QRS to make contacts with these new hams. I have found the best way to enjoy CW was to make contacts with other hams. After operating QRS for a while you will notice that your speed will start to increase. The website for the group is: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/QRS-CW/.

Here is a list of the unofficial QRS CW operating frequencies. These frequencies are only a guideline as a place for the group to meet and are not part of any band plan. If you hear a slow speed CQ out there then answer the call and enjoy a relaxed QSO at a slower speed.

1.850
3.700
7.124/7.050
10.125
14.050
21.150/21.125
24.8915
28.160

Most QRS activity seems to be on 7.050 & 14.050.

73, Jim
AD6WL
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KG6PIR
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2003, 03:14:02 PM »

I have been learning CW as well.  The one thing I have found to be very useful is the MFJ Pocket Morse Code Tutor.  I have the tone set at 732 and the speed set at 12 WPM.  The one thing I love about this thing is that I can pick the letter groups I want to train on and it is portable so I can train with it at work and when I am driving.  

Hope this helps.
KG6PIR – john
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