Where can I find slow code to practice copy?

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KV4JW, Jan 13, 2020.

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  1. KV4JW

    KV4JW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Currently enrolled in CW Ops Academy level 1, and I'd like to practice my head copy skills with real code. Where on the dial can I usually find some slow code?
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  2. KC9YGN

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    Keep an ear out on or around 7114. A lot of members of SKCC (Straight Key Century Club) listen on that frequency, including elmers/mentors who will be more than happy to work with you. You can find out more about the club, available mentors willing to help new CW operators, frequencies on which they operate/listen, etc. at https://www.skccgroup.com/ Or just call CQ and ask :)

    ARRL has code practice files available down to 5 WPM. They're in MP3 format and you can play them on any sound player and most web browsers. That's at http://www.arrl.org/5-wpm-code-archive

    W1AW also sends CW at various rates at regular times on various frequencies. You can find the schedule here: http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule

    When I get time I listen around 7114 myself while I'm working in the shop and if I hear someone calling I'll jump in if I have the key hooked up.

    SKCC 18738

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  3. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Look for some friendly local SKCC boys on around 7040 KHz +/-
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  4. K5UNX

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    Since you are taking CW Ops Level 1, they like you to listen to faster character speeds with larger spaces. Be careful listening to "slow code" where everything including the character speed is slow. I just listened to a bit of the ARRL practice files. Sounds like they are higher character speed but spaced out, so that's good. I took CW Ops Level 1 & 2.

    Seems like there are slower QSO's about 7.040-7.060 and a bit above 7.100 or so. Pick out what you can and forget the rest. You will get more and more eventually.
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  5. W7UUU

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

    Sadly, 7.040 for the most part has been taken over by some digital mode. It's seldom usable for CW much anymore.

    7.055 - 7.060 is a good spot for slower code - and of course 7.100 to 7.114 is a GREAT place to look

  6. KI7RS

    KI7RS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Go on reverse beacon network. It will show you people calling CQ, and show their WPM speed. It takes a bit of tweaking to get the filters set up the way you want them. The slow code is usually around 7.055 and 14.055, but it moves around. I know CWops teaches with a paddle, but I find myself using a straight key. I like working SKCC QSO's. http://www.reversebeacon.net/
  7. W5WTH

    W5WTH Ham Member QRZ Page

    7114 (as suggested). I'll listen for you!
  8. WB5YUZ

    WB5YUZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I applaud your attitude. Real-life listening is what makes a good op, with any mode.
  9. N1OOQ

    N1OOQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    SKCC 40m freqs are 7055 and 7120, but can range +/- 5 kHz or so depending on QRM. Good practice QSOs, because they're usually not long winded, and they contain a lot of numbers!

    Yah, Dave, I also lament the demise of 7040. The North American QRP calling freq for years... All digital, all the time now.
  10. KF9VV

    KF9VV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I would be happy to schedule a QSO with anyone wanting to practice slow speed. There is no substitute for going live.

    I can accommodate either Farnsworth or standard timing - just ask!

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