"Yep! That's the way I unfortunately learned... It's been 30 years and still trying to forget about it.... Learned it in the boyscouts. Like they say, it takes a lot longer to relearn than learn properly the first time."
"Thanks Chuck, you may want to have a look at some of my other videos relating to science and technology. I think there are around 31 or so in my ki4dbk channel. I may have a new one this weekend or so, which shows me checking the…"
"Excellent video and audio Brett, fantastic recording and a lot of fun to see and hear these classic albums in action ! Thanks ! Very well done sir...
I found it very interesting that they chose such a high pitch for…"
"I think it may be possible that Mike Monger - KT2E was a member of SOB, perhaps one of the latest. I can't remember exactly, but I know he was in FOG (number 12). Mike was a great QRQ operator who lived relatively close to me in the…"
"Fred was so right with what he said here, especially the last sentence in this paragraph. I have been trying to pick up the torch and run with it, encouraging others to try out QRQ and see if they find it as fun as Fred did. At the same…"
"Aha...very nice. I could hang with you guys in that (with sending)...especially due to the 80 wpm warmup, only problem is, copying gets to be very hard for me at 70-80 and I doubt I can hang even at 60-65 yet, but who knows? I…"
"Practicing with an unplugged board sounds like a good idea, and it seems like you've got some real dedication to learning touch typing. FB on that for sure.
Funny you would mention how formal training teaches us to capitalize and use…"
"I also want to reiterate that the alledged 50-55 wpm "hump" is in my opinion a very detrimental myth or hoax. It doesn't have to be that way for young or new ops, and also many experience operators report no such 55 wpm speed…"
"So it's been a year after I wrote all that junk up at the top. I still agree with myself on probably more than 90% of it, but the bottom line is this: If you are a CW operator, who is hoping to increase your speed...here is the…"
"This is great stuff Chuck...I think Andrew originally told me about these on the telephone a while ago, and I definitely plan on trying one at some future point, though my old AT board really serves the purpose of providing audible and tactile…"
"Jerry sounds good and so does Bill - N7YT. Even when they were 529 or so into my QTH their 55/60 cw sounded FB. And I even copied a sentence or two from Jerry when I briefly broke in the other day.
Jerry, your shack sounds…"
Been doing CW since 2004, but distractions and obligations in life took me away for several years. But I always enjoyed the faster stuff the best, as I could get my thoughts out at a realistic rate of speed and have better conversations.
What speed do you like to run QRQ CW
Whatever I can get comfortable, relaxed copy (in my head)...and that speed varies from day to day. But lately 45-55 has been easier for me than ever before. Flawless copy is the goal, but holding up my end of a conversation is a more than adequate compromise. This is conversational QRQ CW.
Your favorite key, paddle or bug
Lately I've found that using the bug takes away most of the frustration and stress from sending. I have grown tired of the perfection that paddle sending requires, as it tends to pique my temper, hihi.
Your favorite cw keyboard
The keyboard hardware I use is an old 1980's PC keyboard made by a company called Expo. It had tactile feedback due to mechanical action in the keys, which I like, since I could feel if I was actually sending the letters and words I was endeavoring to send, and with such feedback, I felt I could improve my sending at a more rapid rate. I have been using that keyboard with my FB W5UXH keyer, which was designed, built and coded by Chuck Broadwell.
In the past I used used a DOS program to talk to W5UX and a few times I attempted to join the FOG sked...I believe it was CW500.exe. I also played around with CWType a bit too, but I recall it had just came out around that time, or I had just found out about it. I recall a distinct moment one day of sending some 105 wpm to Chuck AA0HW via those DOS programs, and being amazed at him finding no problem answering my questions fired at him at that mind numbing speed, even when I messed up and shot him a few extra letters occasionally due to performance anxiety.
Your favorite cw sending software
FLDigi, cwtype.exe, cw500.exe, cw101.exe....however, I prefer to cut out the computer when sending on HF and use my W5UXH keyer. And if you haven't tried it, please contact Chuck Broadwell and let him know you'd like to buy one of his keyers. They are the best in the biz.
Your Rig, Antenna and RF Power
Ten-Tec Omni D (series B), 2 Triton IVs, and a Corsair II Antenna is G5RV up about 35 feet.
Your QSK preferences
Full break-in. 1970's era Ten-Tec Solid State...or tube (with QSK circuit).
Your favorite headphones or speakers for listening to cw
What has been your most effective way of training practice, to copy and send qrq cw
QSK/break-in conversation at all speeds with a good friend on HF. Failing that, iCW, and when that isn't available, I listen to recordings of QSK qsos of close friends or acquaintances. People whose conversational style and vocabularies I am certain to run into soon on the air. After training a bit with the .mp3 files, perhaps I'll give myself an edge.
However, the fastest way to learn, for me, is to get on the air and *do it*!
Welcome back Brett - let the fun begin! Hope to hear you on iCW & the air
QRQ of course
I think many of us find it's fun to practice/strive for 60+ but in reality we settle back down to a more comfortable 40 for conversation. At least for me, it's hard to sustain 50-65 for any length of time. Guess I should be practicing more...!
Welcome back, Brett. I got interested in QRQ in 2008 during the great sunspot minimum between Cycles 23 and 24. The lack of sunspots for so long left this Maui ham looking for something interesting to do instead of listening to static on dead HF bands. I stumbled across this website and got to know Chuck, He set up the iCW net and helped all of us get the software up and running. Setting up for iCW looks harder than it really is. Come join us on Saturdays for the on the air net followed by the iCW net. The FOG and CFO groups are still active and as friendly as ever. I have been using Chuck's Icom as a remote station. Not enough sunspots to make it to the Mainland from Maui on 40 and 80 meters at mid afternoon!
Hi Brett! Thank you very much for your interest and the informative comments. I have tried various antenna options, but with the very high electrical noise levels in this area together with the need to keep the installation invisible nothing really worked well enough to attempt contacts. I am now listening with a small MFJ multi-band whip inside the house and reception is passable, but again not usable for two-way communications. Pleased to hear I am not the only one experiencing variations in CW performance from day to day! Internet is perhaps an option, but I will have to get a better and more reliable system going. In the meantime I will try to improve my CW skills :-) 73.
I understand the "crazy line." I've passed it a number of times over the past few years. My gold plated Chevron and dropping $$$ everytime I bump into Pietro Begali with his paddles and keys are two examples. Next step is buying an illuminated display cabinet for the keys / paddles I'm not using at the moment.
Hello! It would be great to work CW with you too, and you may be interested to know I own a Frattini key as well...it is his Semimagnetico, which is like a combination of a paddle and a bug. You are probably familiar with it already, mine is serial number 0080, and he built it for me sometime around 2004-2005. It has a nice feel, but I still need a lot of practice to master it and its adjustment. For hand sending, I typically prefer 25-35 wpm, with an occasional foray to 40 for short bursts if I am feeling confident, but typically switch to a keyboard for 40 and above. Hope to hear you soon...as I am still working on a convenient iCW solution and will probably settle on a hardware/software combination.