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Author Topic: Novice Style CW Operation?  (Read 8741 times)
N6PG
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« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2014, 05:41:01 PM »

I think I had more fun as a novice class ham than at any other time. ( WN3RQV )
 
I would love to get back to that level of enjoyment again. Even if it meant using crystal controlled transmitters.
  The down side for me  is, I don't like short, contest like, QSO's. So maybe this is not for me.

I built a qrp rig and it's like going back in time. Lots of fun. I wish I had time/space/money for a Heathkit!
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K5MYJ
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« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2014, 04:17:22 PM »

Part of the problem today is that the Novice ticket was eliminated then the requirement for CW was eliminated.

The Tech ticket is now the entry point. Any Tech can try CW in the General CW segments.

But without SLOW CODE activity they just don't seem to try much. We need to get Novice style activity going again.
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Bob Macklin
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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2014, 12:00:27 PM »

I am learning CW, and I check the Novice bands which I believe is 7.100 - 7.125 on 40 meters for slow code.  And I do hear it.   For me, I can do code around 17 WPM, it is the spacing that has to be slow for me like around 10 WPM.

Straight Key Club has their Elmer frequency on 7.114 MHz.   Some CW Elmers may listen on 7.112 MHz as well.
http://www.skccgroup.com/membership_data/opfreq.php
 
FISTS - GET YOUR FEET WET ACTIVITY DAY
Scroll down on this web page:
http://fistsna.org/operating.html

The activity will be held on the Third Sunday of every month beginning in September, 2014. Operating times will be 0000Z-23:59Z. Suggested Frequencies: 3.558, 7.110, 10.110, 14.110, and 21.110. Dates for 2014: Sept 21st, Oct 19th, Nov 16th, and Dec 21st. Suggested items for exchange are: Name, QTH, FISTS#, RST. Remember these are the minimum items and you can exchange whatever you want because this is not a contest.

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W3TTT
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« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2015, 01:39:01 PM »

A little medium speed code practice can be had at my streaming station:

http://w3ttt.listen2myradio.com

73,
Joe W3TTT
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WA2EHV
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« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2015, 08:33:39 PM »

I'm looking forward to the Novice Rig Roundup next month.  I'll run my old S-108 and my homebrew 6C5-6L6 rig.  I like to lurk around 7110-7120 using my bug, and am very happy to QSO at any speed from 20 wpm down to 5. 

http://novicerigroundup.com/
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N2EY
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« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2015, 02:39:57 PM »

I have to ask:

What is meant by "Novice Style CW Operation" in this context?

When I was a Novice, (1967-68), "Novice Style" meant:

1) Speeds from 5 to about 15-20 wpm. (We were all trying to get our speed up above 13 so we could upgrade!)

2) Crystal controlled transmitters running low power (75 watts DC input, maybe 50 watts output on a good day).

3) Long responses to CQs and tuning the whole Novice band listening for answers after a CQ, because most of us had a very limited selection of crystals.

4) You could tell the new Novices from the more-experienced by the tendency to spell everything out. It took some folks a while to realize that

"RST 599 599 IN PODUNK PA"

says exactly the same thing as

"YOUR SIGS ARE RST 599 RST 599 BT MY QTH IS PODUNK, PA"

5) Complete exchange of callsigns at every turn-over, because Novice receivers tended to drift, and pauses to allow slow manual TR systems of several switches to be thrown.

I was glad to put a lot - but not all - of that behind me.

What's the definition?

73 de Jim, N2EY
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K5MYJ
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« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2015, 06:04:22 PM »

Jim,

There is a bunch of people that want to get old Novice rigs operating in the manner we used them in the 50's an60's.

http://novicerigroundup.com/

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Bob Macklin
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« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2015, 08:08:47 AM »

Jim,

There is a bunch of people that want to get old Novice rigs operating in the manner we used them in the 50's an60's.

http://novicerigroundup.com/



I know - I even had a little input to that activity. I hope to participate!

73 de Jim, N2EY
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K5MYJ
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« Reply #23 on: January 13, 2015, 08:30:23 AM »

Jim,

We do hope you can participate. We need more people like you.

We are trying to spread the word.

I would like to see it go beyond a contest. I would like to see regular Novice style and SLOW CODE operation is what is left the last 40M Novice segment.
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Bob Macklin
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N2EY
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« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2015, 02:28:20 PM »

Jim,

We do hope you can participate. We need more people like you.

We are trying to spread the word.

I would like to see it go beyond a contest. I would like to see regular Novice style and SLOW CODE operation is what is left the last 40M Novice segment.

We should put the link in our signatures.

http://novicerigroundup.com/

73 de jim, N2EY
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« Reply #25 on: January 13, 2015, 07:33:13 PM »

I was a novice in the scouts (1year), we used a xtal oscillator with a one tube pa on another breadboard (the rig was all breadboards and surplus parts). It did about 1 watt out on 40m.
We used a Heathkit reciever that a couple of other guys in our troop built.
We all made a few contacts with local hams who gladly sent us a card confirmation, thus getting our merit badges for ham radio.
Our merit badge qualification was a three part year long effort.
First, study for the FCC test, pass and recieve a novice license.
Second, build a reciever and transmitter (a team project).
Third, make at least one card confirmed on-air contact with the rig.
We all made contacts, and all qualified.
License lapsed, and I didn't get another till 1987. Now an advanced class. Still do CW when I have the time. My gear and speed have improved abit. My best speed as a novice was about 8wpm. Now, it's about 30.
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K3STX
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« Reply #26 on: January 13, 2015, 09:12:29 PM »

I would like to see it go beyond a contest. I would like to see regular Novice style and SLOW CODE operation is what is left the last 40M Novice segment.

Why SLOW code? When I was a Novice we were clipping along at 20+ wpm. A variety would be best, too slow will turn people off.

I thought there was a "boatanchor" CQ frequency of 7056 kc, is that not essentially What you are talking about?

Paul
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K5MYJ
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« Reply #27 on: January 13, 2015, 09:44:27 PM »

In my case I am 80 years old and I have a hard time at 10WPM.

This group is using 1950 and 1960 vintage Novice equipment and some want to operate in the recent Novice segment.
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Bob Macklin
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http://novicerigroundup.com/
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