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Your Call Sign
How many years have you been performing QRQ CW
I got interested in QRQ in 2008 after running across this website.
What speed do you like to run QRQ CW
Over the past few years I have been able to get up to 50 to 60 wpm.
Your favorite key, paddle or bug
My Bencher, old Vibroplex bug, and my J-38 from my Novice days in 1957, sit alongside my keyboard. .
Your favorite cw keyboard
I am using a Microsoft ComfortCurve and just got a Rosewill RK-9000 mechanical keyboard.
Your favorite cw sending software
I use Fldigi for iCW and both a K1EL K40 and Winkeyer with C-Typer for on the air QRQ. Recently, I set up Fldigi to key the rig directly using my Acer laptop soundcard audio output. Details are on the website.
Your Rig, Antenna and RF Power
I still use my Ten Tec Omni and Corsair along with an Ameritron AL-811H amplifier used when conditions warrant. I built a homebrew antenna tuner to feed my 80 meter dipole fed with tuned feeders.
Your QSK preferences
QSK is the way to go, especially after using the old Ten Tec gear which does QSK so well. Getting the Omni and Corsair to work with the AL-811H amplifier in QSK mode has been a challenge.
Your favorite headphones or speakers for listening to cw
I have a bunch of headphones around. Most have an audio response that is too wide. A SCAF filter is on my project list.
What has been your most effective way of training practice, to copy and send qrq cw
I use Fabian's program 'QRQ' and the common word files. Another approach I use is to make Mp3 files out of text files ,using Fldigi, to put on my portable Mp3 player. I carry the player around on walks and take QRQ with me while travelling. Recently, Chuck AA0HW, turned me on to 'Mixxx', a great program for working with Mp3 files. I also enjoy iCW nets and one on one chats. Getting set up for iCW is not as hard as it looks.

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QRQ nets

The sunspots have been scarce so not much chance for me out here on Maui to get on the air practice with QRQ cw. I have been relying on Rufz to get my speed up but it would be nice to get some on the air practice. Are there any QRQ nets out there? If not, maybe we could start planning ahead for the new sunspot cycle by getting some operators together who would be interested in starting a net.

Joe KH6/W3GW

Posted on August 17, 2008 at 5:15pm — 3 Comments

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At 3:37pm on March 21, 2008, Chuck aa0hw said…
Hi Joe
Thanks for joining the site and hope we can have some lively discussions here concerning QRQcw etc...
At 10:31am on December 30, 2009, Jim Johns said…
Thanks for the suggestion about using Fldigi. I wasn't aware that this package was compiled to run under non-LINUX OS but see from the video demo on this site that it will run under windows. I've been using ebook2cw with the -q 1 option and it sounds OK but your suggestion will give me another reference point for cw quality. 73 and have a very Happy New Year.

At 3:13pm on January 20, 2010, Ron Peterson said…
Hi Joe - thanks for your comments - and my pleasure to meet you. Yep - 40 meter band condx were wicked on Saturday - I was happy to hear Chuck at all. I too am using a loop (full wave cut for 40 meters). Thus, it is heavily dependent on having the support of the F2 layer. Being your basic "cloud warmer" I don't hear too many stations "well" outside of 300 miles; so am always surprised when that happens.

Thom (K8IF) and I had a nice QSO earlier in the week with very good signals. Thom being in Northern Michigan, and close to the 300 mile ring of my loop, a good signal level is what would be expected. But, on Saturday Thom's signal was at the cusp of the noise floor.

I'm getting the software installed and look forward to joining the group on iCW.

73 es take care,

Ron / WB2JKL
At 11:07pm on April 5, 2010, Atsu said…
Hi Joe tnx fr your welcome words in Japanese. Simple sentense is OK for machine translation but sometimes becomes much harder to understand hi
73! Atsu
At 6:08pm on March 6, 2011, Brett Miller said…

Thanks a lot Joe!!  Thanks to daily practice skeds with my friend Ralph in Chattanooga, TN my receiving seems to be coming along decently and my paddle sending is getting more accurate as well.  Most importantly, I've really been enjoying it.


I heard about you from W5UX and am really happy that QRQ seems to have finally garnered a thriving community and base for communications.  Congrats to Chuck and everyone involved for making this place happen.  It looks like a lot of sharing of good technical ideas goes on here too, which is one of the things that drew me into ham radio in the first place.  73's!




At 4:10pm on April 5, 2011, Jan Hattingh said…
Thank you, Joe! Also looking forward to having good DX conditions again. I have read your excellent guide a number of times before deciding to apply for membership of QRQcw. Not nearly ready for QRQ cw, but with the aid of Fldigi I have also prepared a number of training exercises to help me get there. Once my ability to copy QRQ cw is getting less erratic, the iCW option would be the next step to take :-)

73, Jan ZS6BMN near Pretoria
At 12:59pm on June 21, 2011, Brett Miller said…



In the other discussion you mentioned a 15m sked with Ben.  I've been having a pretty regular qso with Ben an hour prior to the CFO net, and it's really worked well to get my receiving brain warmed up for the net.


I  wouldn't mind getting in on that 15m sked whenever the MUF is up there and solar activity is right.  I know ten was really open a lot about a month or two ago, but I have been so busy with 40 meters that I really haven't bothered to tune up on other bands a lot lately.  Still, I would love to try and make that sked a 3-way every now and then if you and N6SL are up for it.  It would be a unique experience to have such a long distance QRQ contact, at least for me.  I think Ben told me his Kenwood will be out of the shop in early July, so maybe we can do it sometime after that.


A while ago Andrew told me that you were on the mainland, but I didn't know you were going back to Hawaii so soon.  I guess I missed you when you were here.  73



At 1:11pm on June 21, 2011, Joe said…

Great idea, Brett. Both of Ben's rigs are down with his little Ten Tec Scout only putting out about 5 watts. I am going to send him some MRF 454s so he can get the final up and running. We can all meet on 15 or 10 after he gets the rigs going again. In the meantime, I usually monitor 21055 one half hour before the CFO net get together. I will give you a call at 6:30 PM central daylight savings time on 21055 on tuesdays, starting today. Fifteen meters is usually the best band for us. Anyone else interested is welcome to join us.For the CFO net itself, the FOG nets, and the Saturday nets, I use Icw directly or use it to key Chucks Icom.


Joe KH6/W3GW

At 1:38pm on June 21, 2011, Brett Miller said…


Well, at 6:00 PM Central, I've had a pre-CFO sked with Andrew, which lately he hasn't been able to make very often so Ben has been joining me at that time.  However, Ben will probably have a very weak signal until he gets your FETs, so I will email Andrew and ask him if he can make our sked tonight.  If not, I will QSY to 21055 at 6:30 Central and start throwing your call out there.  Even if Andrew meets me on time at 6, we might be able to both QSY to meet you, but I am not sure if he can change bands on Chuck's server.



At 1:55pm on June 21, 2011, Brett Miller said…

Ok, I just heard from Andrew...FB, I'll QSY to 21055 at 6:30 Central and start listening and calling for you.


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