Q. How do you know you are a crappy CW operator?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by VK4HAT, May 30, 2019.

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  1. K4KWH

    K4KWH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am now ashamed of my rustiness on CW. Once I could copy it in my head, only writing down formal messages and QSO's. Well, a group
    (non-amateur) has started up a broadcast net on designated frequencies/channels. I did well to copy the first test messages:(:oops:! So now I have amission: to get back up to par on CW. Once upon a time, I had an absolute ball using my equipment and a buddy's Collins KW-1 transmitter. SO! I'll be back on W1AW and the designated frequency for the agency. I should kick myself for letting it get away from me (ouch, ouch, ouch, OUCH!)
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  2. AE1N

    AE1N Ham Member QRZ Page

    In a contest when a station calls CQ incessantly and does not leave enough time to listen for callers....
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  3. WF4W

    WF4W Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    i just think it's great that you're on the air making CW contacts and doing what you gotta do to make it work! Practice approaches perfection.. .
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  4. KP4SX

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    Go for it. I don't know of anybody who has ever been hurt for weak code proficiency. On air practice is a zillion times better than code tapes and computer trainers. Pity that here in the US the Novice bands are gone.
    K8BZ, KE8FWJ, KN1M and 2 others like this.
  5. VK4HAT

    VK4HAT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was getting quite good, but then did nothing for like 12 months and rx suffered. 10mins of sending and tx was fine. I just need to get out a bit more and use it to improve it.
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  6. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Guilty too. [hangs head in shame]
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  7. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Why not, it's the Straya way mate. Big brass ones indeed! :p
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  8. K5ABB

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    Nothing brings that home like a guy with a two letter callsign calling CQ at 5-6 wpm on top of a weak DX signal on 14006 with a fist reminiscent of a brand spanking new novice.... it's like driving 25 down the fast lane of the interstate. I know that the op has an extra class license, and the right to be there, but PLEASE, there's a lot more QRS action up around 14050 or so. This didn't used to happen years ago, as people (all licensed operators) developed their chops within a prescribed band, and everybody learned together. Folks need to learn to walk before they enter a cross country steeplechase.

    I know, things are different today, and I DO encourage all operators to give CW operating a shot, but use a little judgement about how and where you operate.

    I'm sure this post will irritate some, but I just had to say it.


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  9. KP4SX

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    That's the ticket! If you use it, the speed (and accuracy) develop effortlessly.
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  10. KN1M

    KN1M Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sadly, most don't even try now. I say go for it! If anyone criticizes THEY are the LIDS!
    K4AGO, KE8FWJ, WZ7U and 1 other person like this.

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