Jim's classes have completed, but he is continuing with revision. That is very encouraging!
Good to see several keeping up with him too.
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Beginners 25wpm CW revision 7th July 2020

 

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The evening class at 8pm on the GB3NB repeater was another revision exercise, but this time we started going over actual QSO formats for complete overs in a CW QSO. The first three overs were covered this week leaving just the saying 73 and goodbye over for next week. The idea is to become familiar with the ‘rubber stamp’ template for a QSO, which is a bit bit more than just 599 and 73!

Over 1: typically the thanks for the call and give a report plus name and QTH.
Over 2: station info like rig, power and antenna
Over 3: extra info like wx details or what the band conditions have been like
Over 4: final with thanks for QSO and 73 plus QSL info if required

All this varies from amateur to amateur, so there is no exact format, but the above is a useful guide to the order in which the QSOs might evolve. There is nothing to stop you having more elaborate conversational overs, in fact this could form the foundations of any free-ranging head copy style QSO.

If you want to try out these basic formats, look for the Practice QSO files on the NARC website, these are in QSO1-4. As well as a receiving exercise, its also good to practice sending these yourself and, if you can, use a reader to monitor what you are sending. After a while you will hear things like this and feel like you can join in, because it is no longer a mystery black art of abbreviations.

Everyone is making great steps, but the clarion call is to practice by listening on the bands to faster morse than you feel comfortable with; getting 60% is a good result and should draw you forward over time.

73 de Jim
g3yla

 

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Night fo Nights cancelled.

Coronavirus has taken its toll of this event too:
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https://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/events_nightofnights.htm
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The KPH staff will be on the air from their home stations for NON on the usual K6KPH frequencies. However, it is not likely that they will make it to EU.

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More details of this and other stuff can be found in the MRHS newsletter No.62
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The CWOPS CWT activity periods are very well attended now, even on the early morning ones, three of us at least turn up.

With lockdown, it is a super time to learn CW, but it does need the Big P word!!
It will soon be time for the CW OPS Open, held on the first Saturday in September. This is a serious contest, with three four-hour periods. It is great fun however, and four hours is not too long, especially in Lockdown!! Take a look on the CW OPS web site.
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www.cwops.org

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"My Favourite Keys"
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I would appreciate pictures of your key or keys together with a head shot so I can compile them for a page on the CLub's web site. Emails to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
I am featuring them here first, so please send them along, together with a mug shot. I AM RUNNING SHORT!!!

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This week it is Peter G4RAV who is featured with his one and only key. It is of course the famous Czech army Morse key, a very nice straight key to own and use. It is very robust, built like a tank and takes quite a bit of getting into, lifting the lid I mean! It took me ages to sort that out. They are still available and are very reasonable to buy.

 

Pete G4RAV

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g4rav 1

 

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g4rav 3
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I could use some more pictures to feature here please. It does not matter if you are not overly active, but just shows what key(s) you use. Don't forget the mug shot too!
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Lockdown Morse is going really well with over 1000 people watching Matt.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWDqg8bCSqM&feature=youtu.be
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Well done Matt! Way to go! About time you did some of the CC contests for the club!

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CW Academy is another source of instruction. It's on line and is run by the CW OPS Club. Details can be found here:
https://cwops.org/cw-academy/
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Headcopy Class is also going well.
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There may be a few times when Headcopy Class has a break for the summer, as other work calls at G3LDI. However, if someone else wants to run it please let me know.
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So, join us at 1000 on Monday mornings and have some fun. GOTA is the accronym to apply here, Get On The Air and make more Qs.
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The lyf so short, the craft so longe to lerne (Chaucer)
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73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.