Does anyone still listen to W1AW code practice/bulletins anymore

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W5INC, May 19, 2019.

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  1. F8WBD

    F8WBD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I do...when conditions are favorable. Actually much like copying "press" during the golden age of commercial Morse radio.
  2. WF4W

    WF4W Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    It is such a useful tool that I wish others would use to learn CW. I personally do not use i
    So I accidentally use periods too often when working remote. I type what I want to send into the RS-ba1 CW keyer box and kick myself when I use a period instead of BT -- when I send by hand i never use a period - I use commas but no periods. hmmm... why all the hate on periods? same CW weight as a comma...
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  3. WB2WIK

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    I tune to it almost every day M-F at some point.

    Propagation indicator, like a beacon.

    I do copy the bulletins, playing it in the background while I'm doing other stuff, pretty often.
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  4. KR2C

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    I listen to the code practice. I do a bunch of cw yet I'm not all that good yet.

    One thing that I noticed, if I listen to the fast code which starts from fast to slow, it seems that I can copy 15, 13 and 10WPM much easier than if I start with the slow code that starts slow and progresses to faster.

    Kind of weird.
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  5. KA8NCR

    KA8NCR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Definitely. It is one of the less boring transmissions on ham radio.
  6. N4NYK

    N4NYK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Absolutely, it's good practice and I think it's great that the ARRL continues these transmissions.
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  7. N3PM

    N3PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes. One radio on W1AW, another on some BCB station. Keeps the mind agile.
    Mike N3PM
  8. NY7Q

    NY7Q Ham Member QRZ Page

    I do, at least once a day.
  9. NA1S

    NA1S Ham Member QRZ Page

    Most definitely, its good practice as I work on getting back up to speed for CW after a long time off.
  10. AF2Z

    AF2Z Ham Member QRZ Page

    Maybe the period sounds more repetitious than the comma-- it can become annoying if there are a lot of them.

    I listen to public domain texts converted to Morse audio for copy practice some times-- mostly fictional works with a lot of dialog. Even worse than periods are quote marks, especially when apostrophes are used for quotes: di-dah-dah-dah-dah-dit. That will drive you nuts in short order. I now strip out all the punctuation in such texts and replace periods, commas and paragraph separators with multiple spaces for pauses. That sounds more conversational.

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