CW is far from dead

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by W4WVW, Jun 25, 2020.

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  1. W4WVW

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    A lot of "boutique" key/bug/paddle makers are having trouble keeping up with demand. I'm seeing refusal to accept new orders and/or long lead times.

    Hoping to work some of you on Field Day! Look for me on 20m CW!
     
  2. W5ESE

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    Hope it represents new people giving it a whirl and not just OT's stockpiling 15-20 keys.
     
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  3. W5UAA

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    Field day is an excellent day to demonstrate CW (... Morse Code... whatever...) is not dead. A minute after 1800Z this Saturday, select your tightest filter (~50hz) and tune from 14.000 Mhz up.
     
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  4. K1SZO

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    CW is dead, long live CW!
     
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  5. W4WVW

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    I'll be running battery power on my FT-818 (2.5 W) w/300Hz filter. Back in the 80s FD really helped boost my speed.
     
  6. N8AFT

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    Too bad Palm Key is outta business.... :(
     
  7. W5ESE

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    Agreed, but there are still many small paddles around.
    Look at American Morse Equipment
    http://www.americanmorse.com
     
  8. W4WVW

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    See my "Entering the Bug World" post. We'll see how long it takes. I can wait.
     
  9. W5BIB

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  10. WA9FZB

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    CW is often the only way those of us with low-power or compromise antennas can enjoy ham radio. Yeah - I know that the digital modes also work, but they are not as "conversational" as CW. I want to "talk" with the operator, not their computer. . .
     
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