CW is a learned skill mastered with practice. I agree, it's not cheating, but you'll be happier when you can copy by ear.
Originally Posted by KC2SIZ
I think you should be ashamed of yourself.
73, de Gene - AF3Y
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We have no Knights in the Church of the Brass Sacrement, just Grand Inquisitors. And if they get bugged, they will severely paddle!
Originally Posted by WA4OTD
If you have to worry about the cost of HF e-mail, you can't afford the boat.
CW: The mode that accomplishes the most with the least circuitry, the least spectrum, and the least power.
What hath God wrought?
He hath wrought that pounding brass still kicks .- ... ...
A paddlin' or a whuppin'? Sorry guys I cant help but think of the great Governor of Mississippi, Pappy O'Daniell!!
No cw today! It is the SSB DX Contest! I will indeed be copying CW by ear, but it sure is nice to see my callsign on the readout right where I "THOUGHT" I heard it! We need another DXpedition so I can start working them on all bands again! Right now, I am at work. I scored a LDG AT-11 Autotuner kit at the Swapmeet and will be putting that together!
See, Ham's PAY to put things together on weekends, and then, during the workweek, the company PAYS ME to put things together!
Pat that is a great way to go I use a software program for receiving that I purchased works FB 98% of the time till the really sloppy fists come on then most of the CW ops can't copy them either. My program will pull the weak ones out most of the time and I use a microHAM keyer. Your set for all CW contests now watch your numbers climb on the CW confirmed list.
73 de Fred N0AZZ
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Yep, when there's not much QRM/N, fading, and the sending station is sending machine-perfect Morse. Those conditions are rare. Otherwise, the error rate will be high.
Originally Posted by W6GMT
When I was a Novice, sending at 15 to 20 wpm, more than a few stations asked what kind of keyer I was using. I used a straight key.
Originally Posted by G4LNA
I had a very good instructor -- a retired Navy Radioman. I just called him Dad.
Pat, the SKCC Week End Sprint starts 0000Z March 11. Try it out there and see how it works. Most of the folks have pretty good fists, so it should operate OK.
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Now here is a good answer from someone who is oviously not a CW "cop" or CW "purest"!
Originally Posted by W4HAY
Disclaimer: I only use CW for contacts with DX-peditions so I will never hear if someone is deliberately sending "bad code", just to "mess with me".