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Author Topic: Slow code for newbies  (Read 9906 times)
KK4MRN
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« on: May 13, 2014, 05:53:21 AM »

I am aware of W1AW and it's code practice sessions.  But, I want to hear some real code sessions with the CQ CQ CQ, the replies with QTH, name, and RST.  Maybe even a ragchew.  Most CW I hear is fast.

Where are the hams who do or willing to do slow code?  Any specific bands, frequencies and times?

Nothing like hearing real code on the air to listen and learn.


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KC8Y
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2014, 06:49:52 AM »

I agree with the viewpoint, even though I've been licensed over 40-years.
NOT A NEWBIE! 

Haven't used the CW-mode in the last 15-years because of my advancing disability.  I can only operate digital (PSK, Olivia,  RTTY) now, BUT I've figured out a way to do CW (only about 15wpm). 

I'm aware of W1AW code practice, also want to copy slow code QSO's .

Ken KC8Y

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K4RKY
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2014, 07:48:23 AM »

Check out SKCC 7.114MHz some time.
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Rick ^i^
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2014, 08:01:50 AM »

  Correct, 40m is a very active place to find QRS contacts and also rag chewing. I spend as much time as an op is comfortable doing. slow and no pressure....my primary frequencies are: 7050 7110-7112. I operate weekdays 1700UTC/GMT til around 2100UTC/GMT
 Drop an email to me, good on the other ham web-site. 73 from Lane in ohio..de n8aft  sk  ..
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VA7CPC
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2014, 10:54:09 PM »

http://fistsna.org/

FISTS is an organization devoted to new (usually slow) CW operators.  They have a bunch of standard calling / operating frequencies.  Listen there, and you'll hear some slow code.

.              Charles
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KB2HSH
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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2014, 05:59:55 AM »

Check out SKCC 7.114MHz some time.

Beat me to it!  Love having a crystal for 7114 in the Rockmite for that reason alone.

KB2HSH
Springbrook, NY
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KB3TXH
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2014, 07:32:44 AM »

Dan, thanks for being interested in slow code. I wish there were more of us.
I monitor these frequencies mostly,  looking for, and finding some slow code ops.

7.040-7.060
7.110-7.120

This is where I made many of my first 5 wpm contacts.

 Only a small percentage of the QSO's you hear will be that slow though.
The best way to hear 5 WPM QSO's is to initiate one. That almost assures that the person answering you
will be sending at your speed. Not an absolute guarantee, but close.

I still hang around these frequencies because of the many relatively slow code speeds. I think it will work for you too.

I am now sending at  10-12 WPM, and getting more answers, but at 72, I don't think I will get any faster.

Please join us.
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KK4MRN
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2014, 07:35:55 AM »

Thanks for the info.

I just joined FISTS by sending my payment to PayPal.

Those little QRP radios are fun.  I don't have a RockMite, but I do have Two Tinned Tunas transmitter and Sudden Storm receiver.   They are fun to build and operate.  Don't get wrong, I like my HF appliance with its bells and whistles, but nothing like using something you built and know its internals.

Hopefully, I can run into some local hams who do CW and do not mind doing CW with a CW newbie.

Daniel, KK4MRN
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KB4QAA
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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2014, 09:29:21 AM »

Straight Key Century Club (no dues)
http://www.skccgroup.com/
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SKCC Member Operating Frequencies
Suggested calling frequencies in Mhz:

1.820
3.530
3.550 *primary
7.055 *primary
7.120
10.120
14.050
14.114
18.080
21.050
21.114
24.910
28.050
28.114
50.090
144.070

All frequencies are + or - 10kHz.

-SKCC members who use bugs are encouraged to make higher speed calls/CQs 2 KHz above the calling frequencies.

-SKCC members who prefer QRS (sending slowly) are encouraged to make calls 2 KHz down from the calling frequencies.

-The Elmer frequency for beginning operators is 7114 KHz. It's a safe haven for CW newcomers to get on the air. All Elmers or anyone who wants to help are encouraged to monitor the frequency and work the beginners.

And don't forget W1AW has slow code practice
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Morse Code Transmissions

Frequencies are 1.8025, 3.5815, 7.0475, 14.0475, 18.0975, 21.0675, 28.0675 and 147.555 MHz.

Slow Code = practice sent at 5, 7-1/2, 10, 13 and 15 words per minute (wpm).

Fast Code = practice sent at 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 wpm.

Code bulletins are sent at 18 wpm.

http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule
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N3HEE
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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2014, 11:46:23 AM »

If you are interested in increasing your speed and proficiency then check out CW Academy.   I am a level 2 student and have really learned allot.   I  went from 18 WPM writing everything down to copying 25 WPM in my head!  There is a currently a one year wait to get a class but is well worth the wait.  They are looking at ways to increase capacity.  http://www.cwops.org/cwacademy.html
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KK4MRN
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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2014, 06:43:08 PM »

Thanks. 

I joined the SKCC too. #12324

Got my FISTS letter in the mail
And the number is: 16724

73,
KK4MRN, Daniel.
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N7RYP
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2014, 07:30:08 PM »

Hi Daniel,

Can you please contact me via messages here on the forum.

Thanks,

Jeff

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N4MJG
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« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2014, 07:09:44 PM »

Way before the code were just one day it drop ! I have hearing loss on both ears ! so i had to send rather then listen the code because i was having hard time tell between dits and dashes sound each letter or number so on so forth ! i never got a change to do the code atfer i drop out of code ! and now i wanted get back into the code but this time stay with it trying to do 13 wpm if my brain let me my brain can't keep up that fast only if i can copy 13 wpm .

other thing is i'll be at work so i can't do W1AW either

I  belong to skcc 7305 and NAQCC #5233

But it will take me time to get the code down because i'm very slow at it !!

73
Jackie
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K8AXW
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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2014, 09:07:52 PM »

Jackie:

Are you using anything to help you hear the code better?  I have a great deal of hearing loss in both ears.....but one is worse than the other.

At one time I could not work SSB because of my hearing loss.  I found a homebrew project in the January 2005 QST magazine.  It is called The Audio Enhancer.

It takes the output of your transceiver, splits it into a left and right channel.  The Enhancer has filters and an audio amplifier with gain controls for each channel.

The output goes to stereo headphones.  Since I can adjust the volume of each ear I can not only copy code much better but I can also hear SSB.

If you cannot do homebrew (the Enhancer has a PCB available from FAR Circuits) then perhaps you can find another device like MFJ sells.  MFJ also sells an Enhancer that is very good, but much more expensive.

Good luck with the code.

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OK1RP
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« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2014, 08:50:33 AM »

Hello all,

if You want to make slow code QSO with me then let me know please.
I am ready for any kind of speed from almost zero, hi... on 30m or other bands.

73 - Petr, OK1RP
http://ok1rp.blogspot.com
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