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Author Topic: CW, Speedkey operators from the US Navy  (Read 4385 times)
KE5SBZ
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« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2009, 11:12:58 AM »

GD I would like to hear more about the RMA School. On some of the other forums the Army guys have posted that it was about 6 months long. As a graduate of ETA school I have a little understanding of the way USN ran things in the middle 60's. On another topic the only reason I became a ham was they dropped the code test. Now I am trying to learn the code.

73 KE5SBZ Eddie
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CORALMAN
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« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2009, 03:33:05 PM »

I attended RMA school in Bainbridge Maryland in 60-61. Can't remember how long it lasted, but six months sounds right. I know, I was there before and during the entire winter of 1960.
Already knew how to type, so went right on thru code,  basic electricity and electronics school. Next stop was Sidi Yahia Morocco.  We had to pass 22 wpm to graduate.
I'm not a Hamm, but I still practice with my vibroplex original with a tone generator (realistic)
Get the ol leg bouncing to keep time, and I can move right along. The most memorable times I remember sending code in the Navy are. The many SOS's I copied and relayed. The many tense times when sending important messages during the Cuban Crisis. And most of all, the times I worked other radiomen on several ships or shore stations. Some were very good, and it was almost as we could read each others minds.
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AE4RV
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« Reply #17 on: December 17, 2009, 03:47:23 PM »

CORALMAN - You ever think about becoming a Ham? It's more fun than a tone generator. Just saying.

Have enjoyed this thread, salute to all.
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K7NNG
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« Reply #18 on: December 17, 2009, 05:44:01 PM »

I went to radio school in San Diego 1956. Was transferred to NIMU and qualified in 1957 on board NIMU for speed key, license #013. Operated at NPO, NSS, NPG as shipshore op for several years. Retired RMCM 1989, and still copy 40ish.
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KA8VIT
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« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2010, 08:11:18 AM »

Just saw your post.

Thought you might like these video clips...

http://ka8vit.com/codvids

http://ka8vit.com/subqso

73 - Bill KA8VIT


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Bill Chaikin, KA8VIT
USS COD Amateur Radio Club W8COD
WW2 Submarine USS COD SS-224
ka8vit@ka8vit.com
http://ka8vit.com
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KE5SBZ
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« Reply #20 on: January 05, 2010, 08:35:45 AM »

I enjoyed the clips. I served on the USS CUSK SS348 late 68 and early 69. Most of the radio room was gutted for the equipment needed for the mission. All the CW gear went into storage.

Eddie KE5SBZ
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W5UX
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« Reply #21 on: June 18, 2010, 10:17:00 PM »

Got my speed key ticket in the mid fifties aboard the U.S.S. Mt Mckinley.

W5UX
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N4KZ
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« Reply #22 on: June 27, 2010, 01:21:01 PM »

If one is proficient with iambic keying, there is no reason to switch. But my own personal experience is that I send more accurately with fewer mistakes with a single lever paddle. Hence, I switched and am glad I did. But that might not be your experience.

73, N4KZ
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K2PHD
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« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2010, 11:06:02 AM »

Can an old fresh water sailor from the USCG join this conversation. RM1 who got his speed key ticket in 1962 when CW was still a practiced craft. Served in the early 1960s. Still use CW on 40 and 20 meters but hands are getting as old as I am.

K2PHD (Doc)
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K7KBN
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« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2010, 03:29:16 PM »

Can an old fresh water sailor from the USCG join this conversation. RM1 who got his speed key ticket in 1962 when CW was still a practiced craft. Served in the early 1960s. Still use CW on 40 and 20 meters but hands are getting as old as I am.

K2PHD (Doc)

You owe me a new monitor and keyboard.  Also a noseful of Pepsi!   Grin

Sounds like we're from the same era, Doc!

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Pat (ex-RM1 USN ZBM1)
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Pat K7KBN
CWO4 USNR Ret.
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