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Mar 31 09 2:04 PM

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So you say you're not satisfied with your CW skills. Maybe you're just learning the code (WELCOME!); or perhaps you're a veteran who is stuck at a certain speed level and you want "to bump it up a notch".

Let me begin by saying that there's no supremely easy way to accomplish this. By that, I mean that accomplishing your goal will not necessarily be difficult; but there's no easy way to do it, either. By "easy", I mean there's no magical pill you can take; or some magical tape you can listen to, or "method" like sleep learning that will make this a snap of the fingers cinch.

It takes practice and patience - a lot of patience. The biggest enemy you will have will be yourself; as you slam yourself for not accomplishing your goal as quickly as you think you should.

The best practice, of course, is getting on the air and making QSOs, especially in a contest. Devote a weekend to a contest and you will be amazed at how much your code speed will have increased.

But what if you're just learning; or you hate contests? What if you'd like to try and increase your code speed while you do other things? Then I have a possible solution for you; at least it's something you might want to try.

Go and download the Koch Trainer program from www.g4fon.net. Install it on your computer (if you don't already have it) and familiarize yourself with the program. The neat thing about the Koch Trainer is that it will allow you to create your own code practice CDs.

I just made myself a CD of random words at the 35 WPM speed in a session that lasted an hour - this will just about fill up a CD. It's easy to do and here are the steps:

1) Start Koch Trainer and set it up for the speed you want.

2) Go to the "settings" tab and input how long you want your session to last.

3) Go to the file drop down and select "record audio file".

4) Hit the "Common Words" button to start the session.

At this point the code practice session will begin and will last however long you have chosen. The Koch Trainer program will generate a .WAV file of your practice session and will store it wherever you directed your computer to store it.

Next, go to Google or whatever search engine you choose and type in "free WAV to CD converter". You will get a plethora of links to choose from. Personally, I use a free program called AllMusicConverter. What you need to do is convert the .WAV file to an .mp3 file. Once you've converted it; burn it to a CD using Windows Media Player if you have a PC (don't know what you Mac users use) and viola'! You have a code practice CD that you can listen to on your way to and back home from work. You can also put that file in your iPod or your Palm Pilot or whatever mp3 player you might have and you can listen to code practice anytime your heart desires.

73 de Larry W2LJ (struggling to become one of those QRQ guys)
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Apr 4 09 3:00 PM

CW operation is a combination of timing, being familiar with what you are doing, a love for the process, as well as many other of the same traits which determines if you will be successful. Almost the same guide lines we find in other pursuits such as music.
Many years ago I was given some instruction about success in music.
Simply put "if you fail to practice even one day you will notice the difference. If you miss more than one day, everyone will notice the difference". There is no magic involved or devices which alter that fact.
The modern gear and "gismos" in use now to help in the task of learning to be a "great" CW operator are not useful. In my opinion, it is a process of practice, practice, and more practice.
Except for contest periods when everyone is using computers and other aids you don't hear very many "good fists" on the air.
Hams are not even required to know anything about CW to get a ticket.
I feel that the new regulations are a mistake. However, to each his own.

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Feb 19 10 2:31 PM

Listed here are W1AW code practice transmissions for the dates and speeds indicated. The files are in MP3 format, playable using Windows Media Player, RealPlayer or your favorite MP3 player.
Each file has two links. The first link is used for streaming audio -- click on the link to have the player play the code practice as it receives it. The second link is used principally to download the code-practice file to disk for later playback. (In Windows, right-click on the link to the file you want to save to get a menu of options.) Not all MP3 players will treat the two types of links differently, and some players may not work on one of the link types.

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Sep 2 10 5:17 PM

I remember a  game we played when I was a kid. Everyone was lined up in a row.
Someone would write down a thought and whisper it to the one who was at the end of the row. One by one then the thought was sent down the line of players. It was curious how the sentence was changed as it made it's way to the end of the line.
Sometimes, one of the mean boys would change the sentence on purpose. Very seldom was it an exact match when the original phrase was compared to the phrase that survived to the end of the line.

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Oct 6 11 5:34 AM

CW operation is a combination of timing, being familiar with what you are doing, a love for the process, as well as many other of the same traits which determines if you will be successful. Almost the same guide lines we find in other pursuits such as music.
Many years ago I was given some instruction about success in music.
Simply put "if you fail to practice even one day you will notice the difference. If you miss more than one day, everyone will notice the difference". There is no magic involved or devices which alter that fact.
The modern gear and "gismos" in use now to help in the task of learning to be a "great" CW operator are not useful. In my opinion, it is a process of practice, practice, and more practice.
Except for contest periods when everyone is using computers and other aids you don't hear very many "good fists" on the air.
Hams are not even required to know anything about CW to get a ticket.
I feel that the new regulations are a mistake. However, to each his own.


-w8eeo

Yes, cw the only skill left in ham radio. Hope to wrk u sometime on 20m w8eeo. I'm on mobile most every afternoon.


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Oct 7 11 7:44 AM

Howdy zeke.

14.020 - 14.063 in the afternoons most days from 1800Z ~ 2200Z from my truck mobile.

tnx fer rply om cul de ku5q

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