Computer Sending..

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by N7BKV, Nov 21, 2018.

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  1. N4UP

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    Maybe. But for me I do make a distinction between conversational CW where I just use a paddle, and contest CW where the keyer macros make things more efficient. It is not fully automated, you still have to know which button to press and when ( hi ). The key ( forgive the pun ) to CW in my view is the listening and decoding between the ears.

    I also operate CW mobile, with a paddle so I can drive and send CW at the same time. Macros wouldn't work there for me, too much of a distraction.
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  2. M6GYU

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    Don't take my reply too seriously Peter. My humour doesn't always appear as intended. ;-) - Any way the guy who I heard sending macro after macro whilst QSOing wasn't called Peter!!! ;-)
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  3. W9RAC

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    I bought a MFJ 452 a few years ago, I thought it would be neat to play around with, waste of money.The novelty wore of in 10 minutes. I can touch type from learning in High School but its really no fun like I thought I may be. The best use for it I have found is to use a stored CQ in the programed memory and let it loop the call. It does require a scientific degree to program it, mostly because of the lack of instructions/wrong instructions. 73, Rich
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  4. N2UHC

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    Usually whenever the other station sends periods.
  5. WB2WIK

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    And spells out words that real CW ops never spell out.
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  6. W5BIB

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    The real fun of a keyboard for me is using it along with a straight key/bug, or cootie while employing the Farnsworth Method.

    I set it at 20wpm & use my left hand (I'm right-handed) to insert a letter or two, every now & then, during a QSO. It can help develop your "fist" when using a manual-key (straight key/bug/sideswiper) with the right hand, matching the speed & character formation of the keyboard.

    Set it at whatever speed you're comfortable with, & have fun. You'll be surprised how quickly your manual key sending can become indistinguishable from that of the keyboard (even more effective if you have a "reader" to monitor your sending).

    I only use a "buffer/memory" to send CQ's (when the bands seem dead) & the "5nn TU" contest reports.

    Running Low Power (15 watts) or QRP, I usually make my QSO's by answering/calling someone. I do the CQ thing mainly to check the to see if/where I'm being heard.

    I use an olde Heathkit HD-8999 keyboard. - YMMV ;)

    At any rate,... Just have fun. :)

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    Last edited: Dec 7, 2018
  7. KJ4VTH

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    Rag chew or contest? I know a few good CW ops (a whole lot better than me) who will listen by ear and send by keyboard during a contest, only using the key to send fills.
  8. W5BIB

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    I'll use my keyboard in a contest to send my call & the "5nn TU" response. I have my call in a memory, but, when sending it,... I keep one finger on the "STOP" key so I can stop in mid-call if I hear the contest station working someone else. (Don't want to cause QRM !) ;) - ALL of my copying is %100 by ear.
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  9. W9RAC

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    I do not have a reader and am not a contester. I have been working on head copy now for about 3 months trying to get to a solid 20 wpm. Im at about 18 now but not solid, so I hope to get to the 20 by the end of the winter. I did use the keyboard as a trainer as to your code should sound as you mentioned but for on air its not for me although I am using a ZN key with keyer now. I started out with J-38 thirty years ago, did the bug for a year or two and now messing with the keyer. Im a low skilled op compared to most who are at 20+ wpm but I always have a great time. 73 Rich
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2018
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  10. W5BIB

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    That's, what it's all about :D - Different "strokes" for different folks ;)

    dit dit
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