Hi Chuck. Thanks for the warm welcome. I don't know exactly when i'll be up and running from here. I have a few problems to workout first. I'm in a condo on the top floor(3rd) with 220 other units here. I face a courtyard and my balcony can bee seen my many others. This condo has antenna restrictions etc. so i'll have to run in the stealth mode. We will see what happens..Maybe a indoor 40 mtr loop?? Hope to catch you on the air.73's
Chuck I am trying to promote CW right here in my own home.
I have ordered parts for an interface as described on page
I think you wrote that page. It looks pretty basic. I am not sure where the positive voltage is applied, or what voltage it is run at. Or is the sound card supposed to supply enough power to run the circuit?
73 Pat N6ZEM
Yes I am presently training to improve my QRQcw copy. I use JustLearnMorseCode and MRX, as well as converting text lists of the 6800 most common words by means of ebook2cw. ( I can copy 24-27 wpm (using 41-44 wpm letters) using a computer keyboard. I spent the last two days trying to get CWirc and CWCOM to work on Windows and was just about to sign on with QSOnet when I found your site, which may be more what I am looking for. I would like to be able to head copy 36 WPM without error, and would dearly love QRQ at 50-70 wpm.) I was licensed in 1960 as a Novice and then in 1976 as an Advanced, and 1984 as an Extra passing the 20 wpm code test. I let my license lapse as I went back to school and was recently relicensed in January of 2009. I had a Yaseu FT101 and this year acquired two HW16's in anticipation of working more CW,
I downloaded the newest fldgi, Mumble and Wondershare. Thank you for putting the instructions for installation in a couple of places and formats, as this allowed me to setup and configure these software apps. Can you tell me which IRC channels are hosting qrqcw conversations, and if this setup is also used by others to work code on the chat channels.
I have not been able to make CWirc work in Windows: it needs to have cwirc.so to be compiled in python or delphi so that the xchat that has been ported to windows can pick it up inside of xchat as a recognizable plugin.
I obtained the 6815 most common words from a website. This is a 'magic number' of words, since it is approximately 95% of all words used. (As you are already well aware) word usage varies depending on whether we are talking about all television scripts, or all novels, or all English usage per the big big Oxford dictionary. But this list should be nearly everything.
I have stayed away from chat rooms since 1994 when it became clear that these were largely unregulated or that there could be harm done to my computer. Because of that, it is somewhat difficult to be aware of the logon procedures etc. So I would really appreciate a really elementary list of how to log on and where to go etc. It seems we could open a IRC channel as #qrqcw_mumble and begin qso'ing. Also, I am lost as to where the main iCW website would be as I only found 11 messages on googlegroups. So I need some pointers.
I got out rufzxp again last night. I am at 46 wpm letters and I think I should just practice for about 2 hours per day. It seems that if I go with faster than 46 wpm letters I miss too much, so it may be my brain is breaking down the communication into dots and dashes. Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks for the welcome. I learned of this resource from Bob Carr, W5UX.
Although I'm a member of QRPARCI, I've never actually joined the local QRP society. Perhaps I should someday. My son (AA0BP) and I have participated in some of their Field Day events, and one of their members (N0TN) is a good friend who administered the Novice License exam to my son back in 1983.
With regard to the headphones, they are a recent purchase, so I've only worn them during cool weather! They do a good job of attenuating unwanted sounds from the nearby kitchen, where my wife often has music playing from a CD or radio. I also have a pair of much cheaper headphones (MFJ-392B) that I like a lot because they have individual volume controls for each ear-- I seem to hear slightly better in my left ear.
Hi, Chuck. Thanks very much for the welcome. I will greatly appreciate any advice or tips you or any other QRQ veterans may be willing to pass along. Currently, I'm trying to listen to 40 wpm ARRL code practice mp3's every day . . . just a little beyond my comfortable receiving speed. I keep wondering if "overload" works better than small incremental increases in speed. 73. Rene
Chuck, thanks for the welcome. Yes, I love straight keys (not very QRQ - but they are nice!) I also use a Vibroplex and a Bencher By-1 with a Logikey K-5 keyer. I came across the web site during a Google of QRQ and find it very interesting.
Hi Chuck , Nice to meet you . I wasn't aware of this page until yesterday . Very good information .
Yes I do enjoy part 15 a great deal . My main station is on the LowFER band on 185.298.25 kHz. , running 1 watt input and QRSS60 . I mainly just run it in the winter , but receive regular daily captures out to 1500 miles at night and up to 300-400 miles during the daylight hours . Antenna is a #14 nickel plated wire , run vertical , 42 foot , with a 5 foot diameter top hat . No fancy ground system , just 3 utility company 8 foot used copper plated ground rods all bonded together .
Waiting for an order of a few capacitors to finish up a 30 meter and a separate 40 meter QRP transceiver that I have spent the past few days building .
Looking forward to being more active on QRP once they are completed , hopefully later in the week .
I have never tried CW over the net , so I am going to lurk around for a while and see if I can get the hang of it . Sounds like fun .
I took the old cushioned stereo headphones and swapped the wires on one of the speakers for positive to negative and then wired the plug to monorol.
I belived it gives me a better shot at copying weaker signals, especially because my hearing has been damaged and I have lost most of the higher frequencies. Then again, it may all be in my head, hihi
Many thanks for your kind welcome, Chuck. Yes, the Flex 5000 is much better than the SDR1000 on CW. I would say that the QSK is just about on par with the Elecraft K2.
Was able to follow the video to modify RufzXP to give the 126 common words.
It's strange- my copying speed seems highest when I first start. When I I do additional sessions on the same sitting, it seem to decrease. So far, my highest score is up to 42wpm. But I fear that doesn't last more than 1 or 2 words.