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Reviews Categories | Ham Software - Other than logging | CW Freak.NET Help

Reviews Summary for CW Freak.NET
Reviews: 1 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $free
Description: Morse Code speed practice and competition
Product is in production.
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NI0C Rating: 5/5 Sep 21, 2013 09:13 Send this review to a friend
Great for speed practice  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
CW Freak dot NET is a code speed training program developed by JI0VWL.

It is similar to RufzXP in that randomly selected call signs are presented to the user for copying practice or competition.

The program contains three modes: Practice A, Practice B, and Competition.

Practice A sends call signs at a single speed setup by the user; Practice B will increment or decrement speed in user selected steps according to performance. Speeds in the practice modes can be as low as 5 wpm.

In Competition mode, 25 call signs are presented to the user, beginning at 25 wpm and incrementing in steps of 2 wpm until an error is made. When an error is made, the speed is reduced for the next call sign- the speed decrement is determined by how many characters were missed. If the user is good enough to copy 25 call signs without error, he/she has reached a speed of 73 wpm, and the program continues until an error is made. A score is calculated, and may be instantly uploaded to the CW FReak dot NET lists for monthly, yearly, and all-time competition.

There are enough differences between this program and Rufz to make it a worthwhile addition to one's speed practice and competitive fun.

Probably the biggest difference is that (in Competition mode), the program always starts at 25 wpm, so someone working their way up to the high speeds must copy the lower speeds first. You don't get to start the program at stratospheric
speeds and get lucky. As far as I can tell, CW Freak does not penalize one for poor keyboarding skills. (In Rufz, your points decay away if you don't enter the callsign immediately.)

It is a very user friendly and simple program, and effective for improving speed and accuracy.

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