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Postby w4na » Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:54 pm

hi ive learned all the char except puncuation and ive been on lcwo trying to build my copying skills and im having a hard time. I figured out that i use 11 char speed and 7 eff speed and do good anything faster and my brain overloads hihi .. and only pratice abt 20 mins a day but still wanting to think about the char being sent and messes me all up i guess i just keep at it till it becomes natural i hope... and i send practice cw using my j-38 key i can send good but get stumped on receving ... any suggestions?? i dont want to be a speed demon thanks..
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Postby KC9KHG » Sat Feb 12, 2011 2:15 am

Hi Nathan,
I would say you're ready to get on the air. SKCC has a great Elmer program. Also,check out the K3UK sked page. Just click on the "log in" button once you get to the site,add your QTH,SKCC #,etc... Then just post that you are new and looking for QRS QSOs and people will be glad to help you out. I lurk there quite a bit unless I am looking for Q's.But I always keep an eye out for new operators looking for slow contacts.
Welcome to the forum and SKCC! Hope to work you soon!

73 & fair well!
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Postby Guest » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:25 pm

hi randy,

thanks for the reply but i figured out that when i use lcwo i was using the keyboard and then i decided to write it down i do bad now lol but when i use the keyboard i dont miss any ... no i have to teach my brain and hand to work together lol .. i might try to copy on the wes tomm thanks

Postby k8jd » Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:09 pm

Have you tuned a rig to 7100-7120 kHz lately and tried to copy signals ?
Listening to computer generated Morse is nothing like you hear in a real QSO !
Try listening for a slow station sending a CQ and then try to copy the callsign to start with. After you get good at finding a callsign you can listen to see where the stations are when they send "QTH is..." And so on...
7114 is a good frequency to tune around for QRS QSOs.
73 from K8JD, SKCC 1395, Centurion 18, Tribune 12, Band Endorsements; 160, 80, 60, 40, 30M, 20, 17, and 10M

Ham radio is real Radio, CW is real Hamming!
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Postby w4na » Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:21 am

yes i sure have and we have worked been listening and coping qso's as well and having a blast have had 10 qso so far ....73 see u on the bands
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