The CWOPS Open September 5th

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The CW Open for 2020 is now just around the corner. This year might be a record setter for both participation and for QSO counts. If the weekly CWTs, ARRL Field Day, the IARU contest and more are any indication, it should be CW Open – 2020
a great time. Hopefully the propagation will also be favorable and the bands will be filled up with GLOBAL signals from all three ITU Zones.
As in the past, the CW Open is scheduled for the first weekend of September. The three sessions are as follows:
Session Date Time
1 Sept 5 0000 – 0359z
2 Sept 5 1200 – 1559z
3 Sept 5 2000 – 2359z

We all probably have more time on our hands this year, so hopefully participation will be up for all three sessions. However, should your schedule not allow three session participation, please jump in for 1 or 2 sessions. It is also a great time to start thinking about putting your 2020 teams together. The website has been updated for 2020 (Thanks Theo – SV2BBK), so if you have your team feel free to get it registered. Just follow the instructions on the CWOps web site on the CW Open drop down.

The rules this year will be the same as for the 2019 CW Open. The only change for 2019 (that will remain for 2020) will be the elimination of the 100 QSO rule to qualify for a Regional award. It has always been easy for Region 1 and 2 to qualify for the awards, but the propagation makes it hard to impossible for Region 3 to reach the old 100 QSO minimum. With that award qualification rule once again eliminated the Region 3 disadvantage is gone!

I am also very pleased to report that ICOM will once again be the CW Open Awards Sponsor. If you have previously won one (or more) of these trophies or plaques you know they are really outstanding. I have not yet been so fortunate but will be trying to qualify again this year.


25wpm Beginners CW GB3NB Tuesdays 8pm


In the high summer months when folk are taking holiday and the weather attracts everyone to be productive outside, I think its only fair to give a free pass from turning up each week for CW practice.

So, the 25wpm sessions on the repeater each Tuesday are suspended until September, exact start date to be confirmed later. Even though its holiday time, practice can still happen, so just idle away those deckchair hours listening to fast CW and try to head copy the occasional word, phrase or callsign. Doesn’t matter if you cant remember it, just try to get the idea that you can read CW without writing it down, it unlocks so much down the line.

Until the autumn sessions begin…

73 de Jim


This also now applies to other courses, but if the weather is inclement they may take place. They will be intermittent however, as we all have other things to do.

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Listen to the Grumpy Old Man's net at 0830 on the day in question and a decision will be made then. We all lead busy lives in the summer but QSO tuition can take place at any time when appropriate people are available. In the meantime, keep up the practice!

73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.