Brain Freeze during rag chews

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KI4ODO, Jul 9, 2016.

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  1. M0PHE

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    Indeedy. Write it down and hang a word behind. If you hang behind you won't make the mistake of incorrectly anticipating what's coming.
  2. KB0TT

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    For ME , I write down pertinent numerical data ..... I am NOT a savant .....

    All important spots of a QSO which are needed to be forever remembered , I make notes ....

    For just general run of the mill rag chewing , notes are not always necessary ...

    A person needs to be really proficient to ' comfortably ' head copy .... In other words ,
    know CW well enough so it is really just another language .....

    JMHO ....

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  3. M0PHE

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    As M6GYU is an ex Royal Navy Radio Operator I suspect you may be preaching to the choir :rolleyes:
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  4. VK2WP

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    All good comments, just keep up the cw contacts and as time goes by your ability to copy morse will improve. Have found a combination of head copy and writing down seems to work well.
  5. KB0TT

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    If you noticed ..... I ' liked ' what he posted .. Our strategies are congruent .

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  6. KI4ODO

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    Thanks for the input everyone. Yesterday was a good day for copying. However one rag chew was constantly interrupted by a barking beagle vs a barking rat terrier lol. The other op was polite and understood,,,even sent me a hi hi about it :) I even felt bad after the frustrated scream of "SHUT UP!!" They gave me the sad look,,,and ended up getting a treat for being quiet lol.

    The responses have been helpful and encouraging, thanks a bunch! I'm just gonna stick with it. Plus I realized looking at my log that I havent been on the air quite as much as I thought. Life gets busy. I'm going to try to get back to my (at least) 2-3 qso's per evening, most evenings like I was doing back in the winter and spring. That should help too.
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  7. KI4ODO

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    Last night was much much better. I re-read these posts, then got on the air for some good rag chewing. One was cut short politely, one was rubber stamp, and a couple of others were a little beyond rubber stamp. I slowed down just a tick, remembering that this isn't a race, it's for enjoyment. Thanks for the advice :)
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  8. VK3KTT

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  9. KB0TT

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    Any source of CW is good .....

    One thing I might tell you is that , when in Dayton ( 2003 ) , I signed up
    for ' FISTS ' ....... They asked me how I was going to pay for the membership ....

    I told them that I learned morse 25 years before they started THEIR club .....

    MY fault ! I thought that it MIGHT be a FREE club .......

    Everyone today is out there to make MONEY on the CW thing these days .....

    My mistake .... Shame on ME .....

  10. KB9CFH

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    If you need practice at work or where you can't use a radio, try CW communicator. ( CwComm ) by MRX software.
    MORSE CODE over the internet with out a radio.
    Also if you are into maritime operations and need some practice off ship try SUPERALDIS 3 .
    It CAN be used as a computer to computer program. It just doesn't have any help files.

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