I was 13 years old when I got my Novice ticket in 1978. Back then you not only took a receive test but you also had to do a sending test. If you don't already have one of those tapes or something else like it to learn the code invest in it. It is much easier and quicker to learn the code by hearing it rather than translating from a book to doing it yourself.
Good luck & hope to work you on CW.
Andrew said it all.....
CW is the mode!! Love it!
73, Chris NF2C
So true. That happened to me too. I would be in the bedroom listing to the CW in the heat vents. And elsewhere. It was everywhere.
Originally Posted by KU0DM
73 de Bob - AB8MA
One time when my grandpa (K9MMS) was visiting he was in the room right outside of mine and I was still in bed sleeping in, suddenly I heard these wonderful tones coming into my room... It sure woke me up. I was trying to figure out what they were and I thought he was trying to send a message to me.
I listened and he was sending random letters and numbers. I finally got out of bed and went outside into the other room and found him on the computer messing around with a code game!
Hi W4INF, I am YB0YUF (Farrah) from Indonesia. Learning CW is more like listening to the mucic you love. Loving it and keep practising it daily always by yourself and with CWers. Keep progressing and never stop loving it. - yb0yuf@yahoo com - email@example.com GL. 73
VERY well said Farrah!
And welcome to the forums!
True freedom is having a 3rd choice.
Hey I have been learning code as well, any suggestions on a first key.
There are so many to chose from that I am lost.
I dont know if it makes a difference but I run a newer rig (ic 7000).
Any Info would be much appreciated.
I wish we had a CW course in my area but since the code was dropped so were the classes.
73 de KB3LAZ
In lieu of achievement we have mediocrity.
Never heard of one. I know E4/OM2DX back in December was mainly CW, but they operated a little bit of Sideband. That was a sweet one in the log, BTW!
in fact, some DXpeditions are CW only.
In fact (Don't get me wrong — CW's my favorite mode still!!!), I've known a few of the smaller DXpeditions to be SSB only — the 7P8 DXpedition last year, and the upcoming one this year to 7P8, VP8GFF earlier in February (I think that's the callsign), and the last 1A4A.
Probably some of the contest-DXpeditions for the CW contests are CW only, but those are usually negated by their SSB counterparts.
On the other hand, almost invariably will DX be easier to hear on CW. I've never heard a big DXpedition louder on SSB than on CW, unless they were operating ONLY SSB at the time. CW is also fun, and is something like 8 or 10 times as efficient as SSB.
I operate SSB only if I absolutely have. Otherwise, it's CW allll the way.
!@#$%^&* those TI9KK guys for not operating more CW. I got them 20 SSB only!
73, de Brennen KI4PRK age 13
Last edited by KI4PRK; 02-27-2008 at 05:32 PM.
Reason: misleading sentance
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