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. N7BKV

    N7BKV Ham Member QRZ Page

    ARRL on air code practice.

    AM Schedule:
    1400 UTC (9 AM EST) CW slow Wed, Fri

    Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

    2100 UTC (4 PM EST) CWfast Mon, Wed, Fri
    2100 " " CWslow Tue, Thu
    2200 " (5 PM EST) CWb Daily
    2300 " (6 PM EST) DIGITAL Daily
    0000 " (7 PM EST) CWslow Mon, Wed, Fri
    0000 " " CWf Tue, Thu
    0100 " (8 PM EST) CWb Daily
    0200 " (9 PM EST) DIGITAL Daily
    0245 " (9:45 PM EST) VOICE Daily
    0300 " (10 PM EST) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
    0300 " " CWslow Tue, Thu
    0400 " (11 PM EST) CWb Daily

    CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555
    DIGITAL: - 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555
    VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555


    CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
    CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM
    CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

    This makes for many hours of practice and background listening!

    Have fun!
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  2. W9RAC

    W9RAC Subscriber QRZ Page

    If your working with CW OPs then your likely using a character speed of 20/21 spaced out to a more manageable overall speed. If you listen to the SKCC frequencies, generally on the 50's IE 7050, you're going to hear code being sent at 10 to 15 ish, but its a true 10-15ish. Your 21 wpm characters (farnsworth) will not match up well. You could end up using the dreaded "counting" method. Tune into some higher speed areas, how to find them? Ok this is redundant to many but take a look at the RBN, Reverse Beacon Network.
    So here's how it works, for you as a study aid. Take a look at the frequency and speed. Find a match to one who is best for you to copy. Tune in and copy what you can. Listen in to the conversations as they come. Copy what characters you can. As others have mentioned listening live is a very very big part of learning to copy code. You will not hear QRN/M, QSB and poor sending on the computer, in real life its a everyday thing on air. Get exposed to it now so your not surprised later. The link below is my call, reverse beacon. Take a look at the information it shows, then go to main page and take a look at all those 100's of people calling! Once you learn your code this is where you can go to find QSO's 24/7 at any speed you like. I suggest ou set you page to show North American activity at this point only, also set your list to the max of 100. Enjoy, 73 Rich

  3. K0UO

    K0UO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    That is you answer, Just use the ARRL, they have done this for 100 years , it worked for most of us old timers, free and easy. you can use an SDR to receive it, if you don't have equipment or an antenna.
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  4. AA4OO

    AA4OO XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    What speed do you consider to be "slow" ?
  5. WB5YUZ

    WB5YUZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    It certainly worked for me!

    I often mention the on-air practice I got as helping me achieve code proficiency. However, I sometimes forget to mention the ARRL practice sessions, which really put me over the top. These will also instill in most OPs a very good intuitive feel for what good code sounds like, which is key to sending readable code at ALL speeds.

    Lately, I am using W1AW to try and boost my conversational speed up above 35 WPM, where it has been for many years now.
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  6. K5TSK

    K5TSK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    When I'm looking for a particular speed, regardless of time of day, I turn on the rig. Tune to the CW bands, 80, 40, 30, 20, usually and depending on propagation. Spin the dial until satisfied, then try to copy. Really wish W1AW had extended periods of text from 10 up to 50 or 60 wpm, and used readily available internet available text for checking. I truly believe there are enough of us seeking improvement on code proficiency even now, that it would be used. Maybe not.
    Where do you hang out YUZ?? I'd love to try and copy.
    73 all.
  7. N7BKV

    N7BKV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yep. It's like listening to jazz. Tune in the real deal until your ear enjoys it.
    LMCO got old. W1AW is good, but its like watching a music video instead of listening to a live clarinet player right there on the stage in front of you.

    There are some great ops out there I learn a lot from, like W6JL from southern California most mornings around 7036.

    Even the best ops I will bless with my hash at times when they keep calling and no one answers. Most are gracious and encourage me to practice more. (Duh, I am). And they usually return a QSL card. I love getting them from the best guys out there that have been operating Morse since like the days of Ben Franklin.

    Brian N

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