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Does anyone still listen to W1AW code practice/bulletins anymore

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W5INC, May 19, 2019.

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  1. W5INC

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    W1AW code practice and myself go back a very long time and was a very useful tool for me when learning to copy CW. I still listen to it today to sharpen up CW skills and find out what is happening via the ARRL bulletin. 1 thing about the W1AW code practice at high speeds, every once in a while I get "blocked" when a semi colon or the @ sign in an Email address is sent via CW. Of course some crazy callsign from who knows where, gets thrown into the mix and that is another stumbling block at times.

    So does anyone else listen to W1AW code practice or recieve the ARRL's daily bulletins via CW or digital?
  2. W5TTP

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    Yes, I listen to the W1AW code practice and most bulletins. I sometimes miss a bit here and there, but I find that the on air copying helps me keep semi-sharp! Another source that I enjoy is K6KPH. Receiving is pretty poor from my current apartment location. So, I do resort to several remote sdr sites using my tablet. A guy has to do what a guy has to do.
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  3. KQ9J

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    Not on a daily basis, but I often put the 18 wpm bulletin on while I am in the shack doing other things. I can usually copy it in my head without too much trouble since it's perfect CW.
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  4. KQ4MM

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    Many times a week, and the intentional QRM on 40M most days makes it even better real world practice, its also a somewhat good prorogation indicator as well
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  5. W7UUU

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    From time to time. I get really weary of the endless sending of "periods" - NO ONE in the real world of ham radio sends a period on CW - I know ARRL is just sending automated reading of articles - but I just wish their algorithm would substitute BT for "period" to sound more like an actual QSO :)

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  6. N2EY

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    I do. Frequency marker, propagation indicator, and classic machine-generated perfect code.

    "How is someone supposed to know how to play a song they've never heard played properly?"
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  7. KA0REN

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    Yes, use it to keep my speed up !
    Vern Ka0ren
  8. KA0REN

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    Yes, use it to keep up my speed and increase it a bit .
  9. K7TRF

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    Yeah, I'll tune into a W1AW code practice or bulletin session a lot of times when I'm working on rigs on the bench either as a fairly reliable signal for testing rigs or just running in the background as I work on other rigs. It definitely seems to help keep my code speed and head copy up to just listen without trying to formally copy everything.
  10. WA4KCN

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    Yes I do. Many times later in the evening on 40 meters W1AW may be the only signal heard. I have a flex with the Maestro. I may carry the maestro into the bedroom and fall asleep listening to the music of Morse code coming from W1AW. How wonderful. I also donate annually to the W1AW fund.
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