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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. KB3FEI

    KB3FEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I tried head copy once, unsuccessfully. It wasn't sharp enough to imprint the paper.
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  2. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    There's a huge difference between "knowing the code" and being PROficient (capitalization intentional) with it.
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  3. K4KWH

    K4KWH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm serious enough about it that I am on 20 Meters CW at this time. Listening, listening, listening to get back that aural response I once had. Not there yet, but I'm hearing letters and some words. K4NT- something is on now @ around 20+ WPM. I WILL get it back!
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  4. AF2Z

    AF2Z Ham Member QRZ Page

    I wouldn't hesitate to use computer software if I was learning the code today. As it was, I learned years ago using a course on phonograph records. It went very well. I would have gotten an Instructograph paper tape machine if I could have afforded it. Morse software would be even better.
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  5. W2AAT

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    Every year I tell myself that I'm going to participate in the Straight Key activity on New Year's Eve. I think that it would be a great evening to ring out the trusty old J-38 and operate it at single digit speeds. I know that there are other old duffers out there who want to or are doing the same.... Unfortunately, I'm either out of town visiting our kids or at a party and under the wx the next day....

    I don't operate much cw. I do however, listen to others on the band. Seems like very little hand based cw these days. No personality that only comes from a fist....

    I know what you are thinking... "another crabby old timer"...
  6. AF2Z

    AF2Z Ham Member QRZ Page

    No need to wait until Jan. 1st to dust off your straight key-- there is an entire club, SKCC, that uses straight keys, bugs & cooties for their everyday activity. It was founded after the SKN event in 2006:
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  7. W4NNF

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    Three dihs is not three dots, which is where he is now. And we don't make infants learn to waterski to help them take their first step. ;)
  8. W9RAC

    W9RAC Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    That sir is the very key he should follow........ no better way, headphone and all. Everyday, everyday....everyday and some days twice or more. 73 Rich
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  9. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Rob, can you even get W1AW reliably in Queensland? I have trouble sometimes getting that signal here, mostly because of the giant rock right next to the location, coupled with a low angle antenna, makes W1AW seem like rare dx to me.
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  10. K8BZ

    K8BZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I note two good things here. You are making an effort with cw, and you are keeping a log. The elimination of the requirement for both of these basic essentials was bad for the hobby. Every ham who was never required to do either, but is doing both is taking a big step in the right direction. Encourage other to do so and you will be my hero. Keep up the good work.
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