Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by AA7BQ, Jul 28, 2015.
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I just visited your page. I'm lost for words.!! I attended RM"A" school at Bainbridge in 1964. I see from your Bio that your old "BUBBLEHEAD". HI.HI. I do not have the "Gift-for-Gab", so I only Work C.W. Have a great Christmas. Fair Seas and Following Winds!! C.U.L. Steve
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howdy....w2de(ed) here..back in the day..7,030 high speed ops..love the sound....classical music to me....wkd 4 rca/was kg1ab/thule. russian cw ops made me feel like a slow poke. hi hi
howdy:ed here/w2de//wanna have fun??ask around for old schematic of W9TO keyer....took 2 months for parts/etc...greatest keyer of my life..this is OLD TIME STUFF then go to w9to old hangout 7,030....high speed guys....play cw like music to my ears....gl
howdy:w2de ed here/cw is classical music to me....way back 50s/60s 7,030 was hi speed group....love remembering....actually built W9TO keyer. never qso Jim...just wish....
As a young person I had an interest at one point in getting my ham license but I definitely let the code requirement scare me off. Now, decades later I finally satisfied that early desire. And guess what? The only thing I'm interested in is code.
I am highly puzzled, however, at how beginners are urged to start with a straight key. That made no sense to me and I jumped right in to an iambic paddle and keyer. It's hard enough learning the code let alone all the practice it takes to send readable characters with a straight key.
But CW...man, that is where it is at.
I don't really understand that either, but no one told me to start with a straight key, it was just what I had and could afford. Rigs didn't have them built in back then, and while they were not expensive I was 13 years old. I used a plastic straight key from Radio Shack.
But I learned to send on my Elmer's keyer too and I never found the SK to be remotely difficult, nor to have really any learning curve, if one doesn't try to go faster than they're ready for.
Kudos to you for being able to learn what is essentially (in my thinking anyway) two skills at the same time!
My thinking is that it's hard enough for some people to learn the code alone without the added complexity of learning to work the keyer as well.
Sort of like learning block lettering before cursive writing?