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What would you change about CW protocol?

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KD2RDG, Sep 13, 2021.

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  1. PU2OZT

    PU2OZT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I sure knew that, that it would seem weird, just could not go to bed without asking :rolleyes:
    And maybe even the "?" is unnecessary.

    Anyway....... if could change only one protocol thingy (consider I have some other gripes)

    Obscure, to my quite blank noob CW Code mind, is very relative.

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  2. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    I get it Oliver - "in a perfect world"

    Alas, most of those very obscure Q-codes are largely lost to history


    [Doing CW/Morse since 1974 so I'm not exactly a noob]
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  3. KD2RDG

    KD2RDG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't usually bother with "UR CALL AGN?" It's more efficient to just send my best guess with a question mark at the end. Then they can emphasize the part I'm getting wrong.
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  4. PU2OZT

    PU2OZT Ham Member QRZ Page

    My way too, but how many are able to stress on specific characters? majority using either a keyer, memories, macros, there's no way they could send a different "dah", or I am missing something.

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  5. KD2RDG

    KD2RDG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Advantage: straight key. But even with a paddle and keyer it's possible to adjust spacing.

    I can't deal with the memory/macro crowd. Pretty sure half of them don't even know code.
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  6. OE3IAK

    OE3IAK Ham Member QRZ Page

    As a newbie, I would not have allowed myself to put it this way. But I'm quoting you.
  7. W4EML

    W4EML XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    How often are the cut numbers used. I'm just getting close to having my shack up and running on going on the air. My intention is CW.
  8. OE3IAK

    OE3IAK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Prepare for the use of N for 9 in reports - 599 as 5NN - and T for 0 (Zero). It's handy to abbreviate e.g. 100 Watts as 1TT W.
    That's all I ever encountered, the "ENN" for 5NN ergo 599 is exotic and in my personal opinion should be discarded.
  9. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

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  10. M6GYU

    M6GYU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Unfortunately there lies the problem. Only a minuscule percentage of hams will ever read that thread and the internet is awash with different opinions and guides on cw procedures for hams. Even various country Amateur Radio organisations publicise 'standard', operating practices, which are often different to another country's version.

    There's no practical way you'll ever standardise cw procedures. Just as an example , the current worldwide standard phoenetic alphabet has been around for around for about 70 years yet on the rare ocassions I listen to hams using voice I still hear them using the one based on cities and countries.....Mexico, Italy or whatever....etc., etc., .....
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