Copying on Paper - Best Practice?

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KN4I, Aug 8, 2016.

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  1. M6GYU

    M6GYU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Everyone I've worked with in the RN, Military and Civilian, can and did use capitals up to speeds of 25 wpm. Some of the capitals can be made shorter/easier by abbreviating them. E can be achieved by writing C and adding a single stroke through the middle. My J's have always been just one stroke down and curled at the ends. A an upturned U with a horizontal added.

    Practice, Practice, Practice,Practice and bits more practice.

    We also used typewriters when needed for faster stuff or if your' handwriting was so bad no one else could read it. But this takes......errrr? More practice, practice etc.,
    AA7EJ and KA0HCP like this.
  2. K7KBN

    K7KBN Ham Member QRZ Page


    If the other guy wants to know exactly where I am, he can ask. "Bremerton" takes longer and invites repeats.
  3. AA7EJ

    AA7EJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    To extend on your post.

    The best practice to write on paper is when EVERYBODY else can decipher your writing.
    When I CANNOT decipher my own writing it is time for more practice or to take-up basket weaving as a hobby.

    73 Shirley
  4. AA7EJ

    AA7EJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    QSL QSL QSL UR RST 599 599 599 = PSE UR NAME? = PSE UR NAME? = PSE UR QTH? = WHAT SEA? = QSL?...

    EX QTH S N O H O M I S H ....NR MONROE....

    SNO? WHAT?
  5. M6GYU

    M6GYU Ham Member QRZ Page

    I couldn't agree more. During my RN years I had to get used to everyone's handwriting and of course by necessity you wrote as clearly as needed and I'm know that lots of plain language texts were written in long hand as they were read. Coded ones were always recorded using capitals for clarity and for accurate decoding using a KL7 (which some of you may have used).

    But as an amateur you generally only need to be able to read your own writing - which means you can be a bit more untidy perhaps??
  6. KB0TT

    KB0TT Ham Member QRZ Page

    When I copied the 13 & 20 wpm @ the Kansas City ( MO ) office , the

    old HAG was not amused .... She looked @ my CURSIVE copy and answer sheets ... Ho Hum .....

    She had me send for ~ 20 seconds @ 20 wpm speed , then , gave me my Advanced test .....

    Same with the Extra test .....

    Obviously , she was the ' highlight ' of my 425 mile round trip testing session / excursion .....

    Boo Hoo ! ! ! :)

  7. KB0TT

    KB0TT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just HAD to respond ......:)

    When I physically cursive copy >25 wpm , it turns into ' chicken scratch ' ......

    I am glad that I am not the only one .....

  8. KD2RON

    KD2RON Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is silly and snide comments are welcome but it has helped me to spell the letters in the air to help me visuallize the word.
  9. KB0TT

    KB0TT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I TOLD Everyone that you would show up ........

    This thread is like waving a flag in front of a bull .... Right , Jim ? ?

  10. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Best Practice; Blank paper, Sharp pencil.
    Signal Corps HS-16 head set with rubber cushions for weak signal work.

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