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Author Topic: CW questions  (Read 407 times)
GEOFFREY
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« on: April 04, 2008, 10:58:43 AM »

I've been brushing up on my CW, but I'm VERY rusty.  What is the protocol regarding this?  Sometimes I'll miss half of what someone says when they're sending.  The last thing I want to do is tick people off and have them cringe when they hear my call.

Is there a place where I can practice, or do I need to keep going over the training program?
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2008, 01:25:56 PM »

"Langsam, Bitte" is the expression that comes to mind.

When I was in Germany and didn't know any German, I used that expression a lot.  Within a few weeks, I didn't have to use it anymore.

The Morse equivalent is, "QRS."  Nobody minds if you send that.

Nobody minds if you miss half of what they send, either.

Just get on the air and use the code.  After 500 contacts, you won't be missing anything and your speed will be greatly improved.

WB2WIK/6
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KC2MJT
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2008, 01:40:33 PM »

My recommendation - there is nothing better than getting on the air to improve.  QRN, QRM, unsteady keying from the other fella are all part of 'learning' to copy. Learn on the air, you'll be happy you did.

If you're missing as much as you say, ask the other op to QRS, I'd be amazed if the other op doesn't slow down for you.  You might consider keying slower as well.  Most ops will respond within a few wpm of the speed you key. Although you might find their individual letters are quite fast, they'll space the letters and words to fit your comfort level. You'll find they're doing you a favor by keeping the character speed up a bit.

I once had a guy slow down to about 5 wpm at a time I was cpying abt 12wpm. 5 wpm is excructiatingly slow once you get above 10 wpm.  He asked if that was slow enough? Instead of taking it as an insult, I responded, 'Yes tnx, but can we finish the qso via the USPS, it might be faster' and he came back at a nice 12 wpm and we had a QSO for over an hour. One of my favorite qsos I might add.

Some guys will always push you a bit, but you'll find your speed increase without even thinking about it.

Good luck. Go ionize some air.

Hope to work you someday.

73

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W8ZNX
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2008, 12:44:30 AM »

Hello Geof

 don't worry
just ask for a repeat
most ops don't mind

yours truly

Mac
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W5ESE
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2008, 08:29:04 AM »

Good advice from all the previous posters.

I'll only add one thing. In general, you will
tend to find the slower activity higher in the
band.

The fastest activity on each band will tend
to be in the lower portion of the CW segment
of the band. Lots of DX chasing in that portion
of the band, too.

The more casual, slower areas will be at about
50-65 KHz above the band edge. Alot of slow
activity around 7050-7065 KHz on 40 meters, or
3550-3565 on 80m. On 40 meters, you can also
look in the old Novice band between 7100-7125
KHz. I still find some slower activity there.

30 meters has slower activity between 10120-10130
KHz.

On 20 meters, there isn't as much slower activity,
but again, look higher than 14050 KHz.

Hope this helps.

73
Scott
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K0CBA
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« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2008, 07:47:30 AM »

I can't say as I am an ARRL fan but their on-air code practice is a great tool for getting or keeping your skill level up.
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N6AJR
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2008, 10:51:58 PM »

try a contest or two.. easy exchange and the contesters will appreciate your participation, and not as boring as practice.
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