Does anybody send from a keyboard and read by ear.

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by 2E0LPL, Apr 11, 2019.

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  1. KB9BVN

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    Heck no
  2. W9RAC

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    Ill never have a skill remotely close to that. At 25 ragchew I might copy 75% provided it was not technical stuff. Still not nearly good enough to consider a conversation at that speed. I'm probably maxed out at 21 ish which still needs some perfection. I can get lost at that speed depending upon the other OP's sending ability. I have spend months cramming trying to become non dependant upon a pen/paper and use head copy only and am close but still needs a tweak. I am now working on being able to switch between a single lever paddle and the bug. Old dog, new tricks or something like that. 73 Rich
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  3. W9RAC

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    that's good Dave, real good what you did, that's fine, real fine. Ain't that right, he did real good everybody.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2019
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  4. N7KO

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    If one is using a computer to send and copy CW, is it really CW, I would think it would be more like ritty or some other form of electronic communication that uses Morse .

    To me it is learning to head copy and hand send Morse that makes it enjoyable, pure CW.

    Even better when you can do it from a simple transceiver that does only CW that you can carry is a small box of some sort. I like to go on a bike ride, and when I get to my destination throw up a wire and start copying and sending CW. I am not fast I am at 15 to 18 WPM but this is what I enjoy. I like to just make some casual contacts, experiment on antennas and enjoy the moment. 73,
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  5. WF4W

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    I've been remoting in to my system for a few quick QSOs during breaks at work - my only option is to send via KB (well, send via RS-ba1) and copy by ear. While at home I only send by hand (unless it's a contest where I let N1mm do it for me...)

    As long as you CAN do it if you NEED to do it, it doesn't make a difference how you send it - copying CW by ear is the true skill
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