Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W5INC, May 19, 2019.
I listen to the CW ones a few times a month....
Take a deep breath, Dave. The period has exactly one more dah than BT, so there not using a lot of extra time BT
Well it's not supposed to sound like an actual QSO. There are plenty of "actual QSOs" on the air to listen to.
I use commas and periods during QSOs, as do many of the random folks I contact. Maybe it is a different world on the left coast...
Pretty much the same here. Usually that the radio on and copying stuff in my head whilst doing chores around the slum hovel.
I use commas all the time. But I don't think I've ever once used a period in a QSO.
Since I'm not a League member, CW practice sessions are the only way I can get QST articles.
Good idea but please join. It would help out.
When the League starts providing services that are actually helpful, I'll be the first to swipe my card for a membership.
Well ok but certainly you must believe some good comes from headquarters. You are taking advantage of W1AW and the news transmitted.
I think it is a best practice to focus on what headquarters is doing that you like. Is it not true hams will find what they are looking for in our leadership organization.
W1AW has been sending limited proper punctuation for many decades. (Limited in the sense that stuff like colons, semicolons and parentheses were omitted.) Consider that you're interested in possibly sitting for the T2, I'd think punctuation would be right up your alley. Wish we could still copy CW press and weather bulletins from coast stations -- plenty of non-limited punctuation therein, including open and close parens.
Those sending CW from a computer commonly send less limited punctuation as well.
What did throw me was how F. A. Bartlett, W6OWP, long the originator of ARRL's "West Coast" qualifying run transmissions, had a classical perforator/tape-transmission setup such that terminal punctuation was word-spaced away from its preceding word. (That's right: In his CP runs, my previous sentence would have ended "word .") Trouble was during my five-year stint in Seattle as AK7M, reception of W1AW's CP runs was just too hit or miss. Guess now that I can hear them even on 160 in the daytime, maybe now's the time to push past 30 up to 35...