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Author Topic: What was the fastest code test ever???  (Read 560 times)
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« on: October 28, 2006, 06:46:07 AM »

In a discussion with a person I am elmering this question came up. Searched around and could not seem to find this information here or anywhere else on the net.

The question is, what was the FASTEST that the morse code test has evern been in the US?

What years were that?

Can you quote a source document(s) (preferably on line)?

Do you know what the fastest test has ever been in Canada?

Other countries?


Thanks

Eric
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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2006, 07:19:39 AM »

The fastest code test in the US was 20 WPM and it began in 1951. In 1951, the FCC eliminated the old Class A, Class B, and Class C licenses, and added three new classes of licenses Novice, Technician, and Amateur Extra. For the Extra class, there was a 20 wpm code test both sending and receiving plus basic and higher level written tests on theory and regulations. This lasted until April 15, 2000 when the 13 and 20 WPM code tests were dropped.

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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2006, 08:10:35 AM »

Thanks for the information. For some reason, 20 wpm seems to be the common answer you get from people, but most cannot attribute a source.

Your reply inspired me to do some more refined google searchs in a Canadian context. It looks like 20 wpm may have been the highest for Canadian hams (and going down since then), but higher for other services:

http://jproc.ca/rrp/nro_ww2.html
Telegraphists ... regular course ... transmitting and receiving Morse at 22 WPM.

http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/epic/internet/insmt-gst.nsf/vwapj/comments_e.pdf/$FILE/comments_e.pdf
"Canadian Commercial Radio Operator’s license issued in 1948 when one was required to copy 20 wpm for 5 minutes without an error."

http://www.ve3atc.spruce.ca
"I sweated on the 20 WPM code test and missed a few characters..."

http://www.iosphere.net/~sullivan/Radio.htm
"Once you passed the 18 wpm tests you were excused daily morse practice."

http://www.kwarc.org/extra1.html
"va3dg Go back to the system we had, i.e. an Amateur Class with 10WPM code and an Advanced Class with 15WPM code."


Other confirmation from V*'s appreciated.


Eric
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2006, 12:02:54 PM »

For the US, the history of code test speeds is documented in "The Art & Skill of Radiotelegraphy".  This is a available as a free download courtesy of FISTS.
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2006, 01:23:55 PM »

Indeed the fastest amateur radio code test in the US was 20 wpm.  The fasted commercial test, for the First Class RadioTelegraph License, was 25 wpm, I believe, so would actually be the answer to your question, as phrased. The 2nd class required 16 wpm.  

Numerous military and civilian government radio schools required different "tests" to graduate from them.  Even then, I believe the fastest was 25 wpm for the test.

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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2006, 10:29:21 AM »

Thanks to all those who responded, looks like 20 wpm is the answer (at least for US / Canada).

BTW, the URL for "The Art and Skill of Radio Telegraphy" is at:

 http://www.qsl.net/n9bor/n0hff.htm

You can download the pdf of an older version, or order the paper version when the next version prints.

Very intersting reading.

Eric
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