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Author Topic: Where's the slow code for new guys?  (Read 816 times)
KB3IYM
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« on: February 21, 2009, 12:09:31 PM »

I'm a relatively new ham. Although licensed for a number of years I haven't had the opportunity for much on-the-air time.
I'm interested mainly in CW and QRP, but here's the problem: it's Saturday afternoon, the bands are pretty open and packed, but there's not one CW QSO going on at less than 20 WPM. If you want new CW operators they have to have a place to operate. I'm comfortable around 10 WPM, but I can't get a "dit" in sideways!

Ideas anyone?

Tnx.

Craig
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KN1W
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2009, 12:27:34 PM »

Hi there,

This is a bad weekend to try to find slow cw. The ARRL International CW contest is in full force.

Try the WARC bands like 30 meters, no contest on those bands.

You can also try a station that has a pile up and practice copying the callsigns being sent.

Gud luck!

de KN1W
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KC2MJT
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2009, 01:13:10 PM »

30 meters is a good option. You might also try between 7.110 and 7.125. You'll find some experienced ops up there who will slow down to a crawl for you. Throw out ur call and you'll get a bite if anyone is listening.

gud luck and have fun
 73 de Nate
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AI4NS
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2009, 08:32:40 PM »

Go to http://www.skccgroup.com/ and check them out. You can get with them, and plenty of people will slow down for you. Also look at fists.org. They will also go at your speed.

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K3DC
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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2009, 09:03:05 PM »

Our local club, NFARL, has sponsored a CW class over
a period of 6 weeks.  To me, this has been a blessing.  Years ago a dear friend who is like a father to me tried
in vain to get me interested in amateur radio.  Morse
was the road block.  When FCC removed the requirements
another friend got me interested and I'm having a great time with it.  

SSB works for me but with a compromise antenna, sometimes I have to scream in the mike to get some good DX.  When I hike or travel I do not want to lug high amperage batteries just to use SSB.   Not practical nor is it fun.  

I started the class a week late.  It has been a struggle for me to copy the code.  I invested in Code Quick and I'm making much success.  I'm passing many of the tests in the program and finally know all the letters.  I guess for me I need to invest more time than others to get it.  I probably have another month to invest getting my speed up.  My plan is to get my speed up enough so I can use rufz at its lowest setting.  I will then use that to get my speed up to
an even faster level.  

Hopefully soon I can unplug my mic from my 706.  All I need is a paddle, keyer and a KX1 and when I travel I'll be happy!

The class was a catalyst.  I wish more clubs in the ATL are would sponsor a class like this.  The hardest part about learning something new is starting.

73,
ki4ymd
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N2UGB
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2009, 09:19:33 PM »

The other fella was/is correct when he brought up the contest this weekend.

As most weekends have one contest or another going, test-free 30M is a very good option. Also, SKCC has an active group on the old Novice portion of 40M. Check SKCC out for that info.

Most QRP ops are not speed merchants. Capable of high WPMs, yes, but the nature of weak signal work often calls for slower cw speeds.
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W7ETA
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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2009, 09:31:43 PM »

Old adage, "Wherever you go, there you are."

Same holds true for CW at your comfort speed, its wherever you send CQ.  A few kcs above the beginning of the General portion used to be popular.

73
Bob
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KB9CRY
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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2009, 12:40:14 AM »

FISTS
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WU1E
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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2009, 07:23:48 PM »

I also agree that the area around 7.115 is a good place. Definitely give a listen there and send out some cq's at a rate in your comfort zone.
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N4MJG
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2009, 03:57:18 AM »

same here,but hard of hearing using headphone to hear and also only do round 7 or 8 wpm . i took code but had to do send rather than me listen to the code,which is very hard for me to hear !even hearing aid sometime do not help other time it does depend on how i hear.


Jackie
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N7DM
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2009, 06:55:37 AM »

Come on 'up' to 17 meters. There are days I can't buy a QSO. 18.085 to 18.095 is a good zone, 1800 or so, UTC. Call CQ *at your chosen speed*...the few of us around will welcome you with open arms!

73
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WB6THE
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2009, 03:32:37 PM »

Slow code is on all freqs at most times...
CW contest weekends are a bad time to be on. I don't LIKE
contests but that is my very own personal opinion and I
don't interfere with contesters. It does seem like CW anymore
is pretty fast. Maybe because there is no longer a CW license
requirement so the CW ops who are on are all "old school"
guys... experts. I've never been great at CW. I once had an
ARRL sticker for 25 WPM.. whoo-hoo big beal. I'd rather send
CW like the old FCC exam tapes... perfect CW... at 15 WPM
or even slower. Call CQ at a speed that you are able to copy.
Call stations using a speed that you can copy. Good ops will
match the speed of the other station.

CW, whether we like it or not, is an old, dead mode. A bit
like ancient Latin. Nothing wrong about it, just obsolete.
Kinda like "in nominie patris et fillii et spritus sanctus....
or avi maria dominus teco..."   Quis Sum... Nauti Sum...
ALM Latin, level 1....

Just call CQ and-or listen for those stations at your speed
level. CW ops are patient people but once you get very
adept at CW it is also hard to slow down. Yes, really it is.

Send good CW at your comfortable speed and there are
stations out there.

Tune around, call CQ, it is there.

Alan
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W3HR
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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2009, 07:05:18 PM »

Humm, I guess the Novice bands had a useful purpose after all.

Go figure.  Wink

73
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K8ALM
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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2009, 06:51:41 AM »

If not a contest just ask the other op to "pls QRS".  I for one would be more than happy to oblige.

73!
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K9FON
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« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2009, 06:17:03 PM »

Want a slow CW QSO? Let me know. I will slow down for you. I usually am comfortable around 10 to 15 WPM but i can slow down to 5 WPM if so desired.  
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