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Author Topic: What does the CW test include?  (Read 477 times)
DITTYBOPPER
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« on: September 29, 2005, 06:06:10 AM »

Does the 5WPM test include Special Characters and numbers? Also, can you take the CW test and start transmitting or do you have to have a license first. I am also new to all this, but learned CW in the AF.
Thanks in advance for any replies.
Anthony
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N3EF
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2005, 07:34:00 AM »

  From the VEC manual:

Making a CW test is not as easy as making a written exam. A Morse code test must be at least five minutes long and contain all 26 letters, numerals 0 - 9 and certain punctuation (period, comma, question mark and slant mark) and CW operating procedure signs (AR, SK and BT). It is very important that your code exams meet this criteria as well as being exactly 5 words-per-minute. Your 5 wpm telegraphy examination should be ("Farnsworth") character spaced at 15 words-per-minute. ("Farnsworth" spacing involves lengthening the spaces in between the characters which are sent at 15 wpm. The longer spaces causes the net transmitted speed to be 5 wpm.)

  And you must have at least a Tech license to get on the air.
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AD5X
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2005, 08:09:28 AM »

You'll generally find the "/" as part of one of the calls sent at the beginning and end of the test (you'll get two tries at copying the calls).  And you'll usually only find the AR and SK right at the end of the test.  Focus mainly on letters and numbers, though it is good to be comfortable with "," and "." and "?".  And learn to drop characters you don't quickly recall.

Phil - AD5X
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DITTYBOPPER
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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2005, 02:37:28 PM »

What is a "passing grade" for the CW test? what %? Thanks for all of the great info.........I can copy letters and numbers at 10-15 easily, but I have never send CW or had to copy special characters...
Anthony
Saint Augustine Florida
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N3EF
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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2005, 03:53:37 PM »

  You must answer 7 out of 10 multiple choice questions about what you have copied or have one minute of solid copy which would be 25 consecutive characters.
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N8UZE
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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2005, 04:22:14 PM »

The multiple choice format has been discontinued.  The VECs decided to make it consistant across the board as a fill in the blank test.  You must answer 7 out of 10 correctly OR have a string of 25 characters in a row correct.  It pays to know the numbers, punctuation, and prosigns as these are counted as if they were two characters.
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KE4DRN
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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2005, 05:30:22 PM »

hi anthony,

You can get on the air as long as there is a control operator for the station present.  The control operator will be responsible for you when you are operating the station.

73 james

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