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Jim's 25wpm Morse Class! This from Jim:
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Beginners CW - GB2CW 25wpm week 2 report

Well, to say I’m thrilled would be an understatement! A big thank you for all the interest in learning CW at 25wpm in my sessions on the repeater GB3NB on Tuesday evenings 8-9pm.

Last Tuesday we had 10 join in and I have heard of several more who were listening. So how did everyone get on? Firstly, we added five new characters D E X and 7 3 to last week’s list of C N Q 5 9 and then worked on a few examples of those letters combined to make familiar phrases you might hear on the CW end of the amateur bands, like CQ, DE, DX, 599, 5nn, 559, 73. These are all very common in CW QSOs, so if you listen you will certainly hear them, and hopefully recognise them! This is you reading morse off-air at 25wpm… who thought?

The whole point of this series of lessons is the get enough skill that you can, by Easter, feel confident that you will be able to tune the CW end of the band and not feel like a ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’. It is only going to be possible if you do the hard yards yourself, which means doing plenty of practice in between the weekly Tuesday evening 8-9pm GB3NB sessions. So that could be listening on the bands, but should also include using an App or PC program to put the characters on repeat (at 25wpm) and make it so that its instinctive what the letter or figure is, without counting dashes or dots… its simply sound recognition. For some it may be 15 mins a day, or better still two or three times a day. Investment now will pay off hugely later in the course, because as we progress you will have more letters and figures to cope with.

Your homework is to plug those characters and phrases into your software of choice and listen… a lot! Also, just to sense that this can produce results, spare a moment to check out the CW end of the bands and see if you can detect any of those items from the lessons.

Look forward to seeing you next week and hope you can encourage each other to keep going, even when it feels difficult. By this time next year you will be able to use the CW ends of the amateur bands, if you give up now, you won’t!

73 de Jim
g3yla
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BOOTCAMP is Sunday April 19th.
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If you wish to attend, I shall start taking bookings and making a list. I am tempted to start with Pike, but I don't think we have anyody with that name?
Email me to reserve a place in the torture chamber! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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 dm3az

MARCONI DAY
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As usual Marconi Day takes place at the Caister-on-Sea Lifeboat Station. The date is Saturday April 25th. For those that don't know:
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IMD is a 24 hour amateur radio event that is held annually to celebrate the birth of Marconi on 25 April 1874. The event is usually held on the Saturday closest to Marconi's birthday and in 2020 it will be held on 25th April, Marconi's birthday.
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Although predominantly a CW event, for obvious reasons, SSB and Data are also used. We normally have 2 stations running simultaneously, both using the Call GB0CMS. There is a schedule for operating, so if you wish to book a time, please contact steve G0KYA, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will book a slot for you. We have a fun day, lunch at the cafe, lots of banter and chat and you can go for a walk along the beach, and even go for a swim if you are brave enough!
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Headcopy Class is going well. This week there were three attending with some listening too! It mainly consists of number groups, letter groups, and mixed, but this week I introduced some post codes.That really was very taxing. Remembering a group like that is not easy, being totally illogical. The well known sayings are easier, because if you can copy the first couple of words, you can then anticipate the rest of it and just "follow" the CW to check. This is how you have a conversation on CW. Lots of it is expectation, anticipation and fills as it goes along. Nothing wrong with that!
So, join us at 1000 on Monday mornings and have some fun.

Other classes all started so we are back into the swing again!

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Great to see the support that Paul M1AFQ is receiving at the Club with his Morse in the Computer Room practice sessions. Try it! It really is fun.
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73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.
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