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Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KD8ZM, Aug 18, 2019.

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  1. KT0G

    KT0G Ham Member QRZ Page

    I believe part of the problem is listening to machine generated CW for copying practise, such as I have over the last few years. I often times have problems decoding bug or cootie sent code. I can usually catch the SKCC exchange, but any rag chewing and I get lost quick.
     
  2. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    He sent; "Used a keyer for 30 years but now trying my first Bug"
    I am reading on the SKCC (straight key club) forums and reflectors where new club members are converting from years of using keyer paddles to Bugs, and struggling to make the bugs work properly. :D
    They are not taking enough time practicing off-air before launching into QSOs !!!
    I hear high speed DITs, variable length DAHs and fractured words and letters where the op hesitates in the middle of letters and words.
    It's kind of a guessing game to the actual text attempted, but I usually can figure it out :D
     
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  3. N8AFT

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    Seems the vy first place to begin with in using a Bug is to learn HOW to adjust one for the speed you're going to send at.
     
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  4. KD8ZM

    KD8ZM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, it was a joke, but actually, a pun. It would be unreasonable to expect a non-native English speaker to understand a pun in the way it was intended.
     
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  5. KD8ZM

    KD8ZM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great point! Or re-worded slightly, "if you can't adjust your bug down to a speed where you can send good code, then use something other than a bug to send with."
    My opinion is, if you're a beginner, or are handicapped, or are "aged to perfection," or whatever is slowing you down, then it's incumbent on all of us to be patient and QSO with you at whatever speed you can send, even if it's 5 wpm.
    I don't believe we have an obligation to try to copy someone who is sending faster than they're able.
     
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  6. N8AFT

    N8AFT Subscriber QRZ Page

    Well put...
     
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  7. IK4EWX

    IK4EWX Ham Member QRZ Page

    It is not a pun or a joke, really. It is otherwise a pity that there are "hams" that doesnt undestood that
    camaraderie, spirit of group and tradition, international friendship, make you accept the differences, including good and bad cw, as strong qro and little qrp in the noise.
    Up to 20 years ago hams listened drifting, chirping, tight or too spaced cw characters– and they decoded all.
    I think part of the problem is the use/abuse of pc decoders, skimmers and…. FT8 - and sometime a "listening people" without enought ham spirit or without enought CW know how for head decoding.
    I listen many new bugs users on the air, with different cw quality, but all understandable, so all nice for me to qsos.
    Anyway I dont want be unfriendly, and friendly suggest you "bug's critics" to read the annex below article, with a lot of old wisdom.
    73, Ian IK4EWX
     

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  8. N8AFT

    N8AFT Subscriber QRZ Page

    Yer shorts too tight OM?
    Taking a harmless JOKE / PUN far too seriously friend...
    We all get along "over here" for the most part.
    Good natured ribbing and jesting is part of our culture.
     
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  9. IK4EWX

    IK4EWX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sorry.
    Can it be N8AFT, and it wasnt my purpose.
    But I dont like that somebody joke about the hard work that a lot of new bugs operators (great thing!) are making for operating this wonderful instrument that is the bug.
    With the effect of discouraging them.
    In this time of FT8-FT4-skimmers, every new operator of this not easy instruments is a great thing.
    Everybody can use iambic, el key, bug, cootie or straght key.
    At the best permitted by their skills, without anybody making fun of them.
    The problem of setting a bug is not a problem, everybody can see the annex instructions by GM4GZQ to set a bug, or use the old US Army Signal Corps manual.
    Becoming a good bug's operator require time end lot of exercise: some days on the dummy load and many more days on the air making qsos with people helpful ;)
    73,
    IK4EWX
     

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  10. N8AFT

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    Ian; Yer bio page is the Best! Lot of good stuff, people and many real nice Bugs!
     

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