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cheat sheets

Posted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:34 pm
Cheat sheets for a “basic qso” for a newbie cw operator…
I think. Name, QTH, RST, possibly my rig, and power …. Anything else… after that just a ragchew… Am I missing anything else???
is there a format I can copy from if different??
hope to work ya soon
SKCC #5596

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 1:47 am
by W5ALT
Hi Scott,

Most QSO's start out following a simple format. That's nice since at first you don't know how long the band will hold up, if you'll be able to copy the other person's fist, etc. If you follow the expected format, you both know what to expect while getting the basic info across. Once you get past the basic info, then ask a question, make a comment, and start chewing the rag if you want.

The basic format I was taught is as follows (fill in your info, of course)


Once you both get past that, you'll know if you can copy good enough to continue, etc.

GL and hope to CU on the bands,

Walt, W5ALT

Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:32 am
by NT9K
Hi Scott, here is a link for you to check out:

Your novice accent is a good read at:

Scripts are good, no matter what your skill level. I still keep a sheet of scripts handy with a page full of stuff that I can fall back on if I need to. I suggest having several lines of scripts. Have an opening line like Walt showed you. However, I would also include another version of that opening line, but add your SKCC number on the first go around to get it out of the way. I never send commas, a pause will do just fine. Thats the joy of it, not everyone follows the same script. Over time, you will learn bits and pieces from lots of operators you hear on the air. Hear something that you like, write it down on your script.

I have things on my script for my rig, my qth, my wx, my key or keys. I often use my scripts to practice sending with. I also type up my scripts into text files and play them back in G4FON for head copy practice. Its always better to practice with material that you will actually be using on the air.

I use hamscope and practice sending from my scripts to the computer. If the computer can copy you, anyone can. Why, because its a known fact that computers don't copy cw well unless it is good clean code. Both G4FON and Hamscope are free programs that I recommend to all my students. Give them a try and use them with your scripts!

Re: cheat sheets

Posted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:52 pm
by G0KZZ
KC2NTV wrote:Cheat sheets for a “basic qso” for a newbie cw operator…
I think. Name, QTH, RST, possibly my rig, and power …. Anything else… after that just a ragchew… Am I missing anything else???

Antenna :wink:

Ohhh, and most importantly... SKCC Number!

Regards, Mark

cue cards

Posted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:29 am
by k8jd
Yes when I was a new novice I would go blank when someone answered my CQ, so I came up with a 3 X 5 inch "cue card" with a basic QSO starter like this;
His call_____ DE WN8AFS, RRR
your RST is ____My QTH is Livonia, Mich, My name is John.
HW Copy ? his call_____de WN8AFS K
Once I got this start I had less trouble describing my one tube XMTR and Hallicrafters S38D RCVR and Dipole etc....etc....

Posted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 4:51 am
by kb4qqj
I still use a cheat sheet too. I make my own note pads and across the top i have all the needed info along with numerous club numbers.
If I'm talking to someone in the room while sending i can quickly look at the cheat sheet when I get lost.