Straight Key memory

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by AG6JU, May 29, 2021.

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  1. AG6JU

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  2. W9RAC

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    Think of it as additional practice time. 73 Rich
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  3. K7MEM

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    I have heard guys send CQ for a very long time. They have their computer send a CQ, wait 5 seconds, and then send it again. Over and over and over. I know if I did that, I would zone out and fall asleep.

    My first experience with sending a automated CQ was in 1981, when I used my Commodore 64 with my Heathkit HX-1681 transmitter.

    I have several keyers that will let me send a short message, with just the touch of a button. Most of them have a loop capability. For one, I have a small box that I mounted a dual paddle on. Inside is a TICK-2 keyer chip. The TICK-2 has a single memory that can be activated by a button press. It runs on a single button cell and seems to run forever. I have had a CQ message in memory for 3 or 4 years.
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  4. W7HV

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    Nice. But, if you're using a memory keyer, one could argue you're not using a straight key regardless of how you programmed it, so one could use a normal memory keyer for sending CQ and still use a straight key/bug for rest of the QSO. Either way, the CQ is electronically assisted keying.
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  5. W6MK

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    And many of us who attend to all the many signs of computer-aided Morse Code simply spin the dial.
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  6. W6MK

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    "Many sending CQ" is a clear message not to reply to those "many sending CQ."
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  7. KD1JT

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    Cool, but please don't ever use that for any SKCC activity ... not kosher.
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  8. W7HV

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    What's computer aided Morse? Sending with a keyboard and/or decoding via computer (or rig) certainly is. But there's a range between that and a simple straight key. Personally, I'm happy to work any CW within my preferred speed range, except maybe a little less happy if they have a terrible fist.
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  9. W9RAC

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    I have had a few conversations where the Op. was sending with a keyboard. Very EZ to identify keyboard code its almost sterile sounding. The Ops. I QSO with were using a reader also, since I ask after I identified the keyboard code. I never did understand the purpose of it entirely but did not want to criticize since I did not know the entire story. I carried on with the QSO as normal and without incident. I have a keyboard I have played with a few times (MFJ 452) but it gets boring very quickly. 73 Rich
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  10. W9RAC

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    Just so you know they do have an exception for handicaps. 73 Rich
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