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Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KM4KWK, Aug 2, 2015.

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  1. KB0TT

    KB0TT Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    This QSO method describes what I sent earlier in this thread ....

    The FCC did exactly what YOU describe ..... Nothing NEW there with the
    G4FON QSOS .....

  2. KB0TT

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    What you describe IS how the FCC tested in the 70's ( without 500 Q's ) ...

    The essay questions you describe were on the GENERAL class exams ...
    Without exact question / answer pools ...

    'Tis true ....


    ps. I would like to procure copies of the FCC examination papers

    from 1970 through 1979 ..... They SHOULD be around SOMEWHERE ......
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2015
  3. VP9KS

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    I can relate, I had my TECH (WA1WJB) at the time, and was dismayed that Bermuda did not recognize ito_O. My only hope of getting on the air for that 3 year period was to get the VP9 call, or wait until I could go back to the states on leave and upgrade. The code test was no problem, as I recall I did the entire 5 minutes with no errors.:D:D
  4. N7ZAL

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    Yeah, I'd like to see the exams from 1959-1960 because my memory is a bit sketchy. :) Don't remember any multiple choice and remember having to draw and analyze some circuits, oscillators, full wave PS, etc.

    My General code test was a copy of a maritime message with latitudes/longitudes and nothing that resembled a QSO. :)
  5. M0LEP

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    Here, I think multiple-choice exams came in some time in the 80s (or possibly late 70s). I expect the main drive was the expense of getting the old essay-style papers marked...
  6. K0AST

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    I skipped some of this thread, but I have the MFJ Code Tutor and was working with that. however, lately I have really been enjoying an iPhone app called "Morse Toad". Simple, effective, progressive. Don't let the screens bother you, they could have been better
  7. K5UOS

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    I think that is a good site for someone in the 12 to 15 WPM to increase speed. There are others but that is a nice site.
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  8. KB1CKT

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    Is there value to taking a break? I've been at this for a month now, and I'm starting to feel burned out. I copied a practice qso this morning, and came to the sad realization that I can't tell a B from 6, an H from a 5, a 1 from a J and at times an S from anything. Very frustrating! I thought I was doing fine on the ARRL 20wpm files, so I went to 25; but I feel I regressed and am now doing worse.


    I know I still haven't gotten out of the habit of counting, but I just can't hear a difference at 25, let alone faster. It all just starts to blur together. I can "hear" QTH and RIG and THE, but callsigns are too random to hear them as a word.
  9. N7ZAL

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    Counting is OK and you just need to keep practicing. :) You'll get there. :)
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  10. KB1CKT

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    Thanks. Maybe for a few days I'll throttle back, just do 20wpm for a confidence boost.

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