ROBERT W CARR
Bob, How did you become interested in qrq cw ?
I became interested in qrq after hearing the qrq code practice from w1njm. Also hearing the "Fast operator's group" on forty meters.
What are the methods that you used to train for improving your qrq cw skills. Which method(s) seemed to work out best for you?
I have over two hours of qrq conversations recorded and play them back at different speeds using a recorder with variable speed playback.
I use the RUFZ program for playing common words at high speeds.
I spend from one to two hours a day on copy practice. I limit my typing practice due to potential carpal tunnel syndrome. I try to use all methods. Progress is so slow that I can’t tell which one is best. Another one of the methods I use is to copy text from the http://qrqcwnet.ning.com/
site and paste it to the cwtype program; for example the article Fred wrote for FISTS. Also I use the article from Tom W4BQF for cw practice. With the free software cwtype, I can vary the speed. Sometimes I carry a pocket size recorder when away from home. Sometimes I re-record a tape to get the desirable speed.
What equipment are you using to perform qrq cw sending and copying?
Rig is Icom 756 pro2, Ameritron Amp. and IBM Model M. keyboard. Antenna is G5RV. Power 400 watts.
What would be your dream list of the ultimate qrq cw equipment setup ?
Older Ten Tec equipment with legal limit.
What advice would you give to someone who is interested in qrq cw and wants to improve?
Find a qrq op that will work with you. Don't give up. Eventually it will come to you.
Anything else you would like to say about your personal experience in qrq cw ?
I have met some really nice folks in qrq, three of them in person.
KC4BEB Tim, W9FCX Lyle and W4BQF Tom