>RE: Teaching CW Reply
by K9BAG on March 31, 2009 Mail this to a friend!
I thinlk I can now believe...just read CH7 of The Art & Skill of Radio-Telegraphy, 2ED, by Wm. Pierpont, N0HFF. See:http://n1su.com/c07.htm
Here's what I need to abandon coming from pencil-n-paper grounding and thinking only 100% copy is the end goal. The author seems to be talking to me when stating, "As we have emphasized before we must just let it go <of missed code> and keep on listening <not writing>. If we pause try to figure it out at this point, it will divert our attention from reception...." <Comments mine> Yep, he also could have said "This in Not An Accounting Service!"
Nuf said. Gotta start hearing code differently. Been a worthwhile chat session.
::Very wise. I stress that to everybody. Every one of my code students passed their VE code exams, including the "old" 20 wpm Extra exam, without writing anything down on their papers except their names, and then simply taking the multiple choice test. They all scored 100% without ever writing anything down.
If I were handling emergency traffic and it involved a phone number, an address and a name I wasn't familiar with, I'd write those down. But that's likely about all I'd write down. The rest I can remember just fine, and relate with very high accuracy.
The fact is, most hams will never handle emergency traffic. Real occasions of this are so rare they make headline news.
But the value of knowing how to use code, and operate CW, is very high. A perfect example recently:
I was in a round-table SSB rag chew on 17 meters in the late afternoon when in between transmissions I heard someone sending CW. I transmitted, "Wait, guys, somebody's breaking in on CW," and everyone stood by.
The breaker was Jack, W5FG/MM operating from the high seas off the coast of New Zealand. He reported he tried to break in many times on SSB, nobody heard him, so he tried CW. I heard him fine on CW. He was operating QRP from his stateroom on the Queen Mary II, on a wordwide cruise, using a piece of wire hanging from his window as an antenna. Way too weak to be copied on SSB, but he came through fine on CW; we found out he was okay, and chit-chatted a bit.
This kind of stuff happens pretty often on the ham bands.