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Tips for new or aspiring CW Ops

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by W9RAC, Oct 9, 2021.

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  1. KD7ICW

    KD7ICW Ham Member QRZ Page

    In this video (made by one of my favorite bug ops, Lynn-NG9D, his channel is here at - At about the 3:30 mark, Dan, K8QBS sends "QRX AS" as he gets his Speed-X bug plugged in and ready and then sends some very beautiful Code, give a listen!
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  2. AI5DD

    AI5DD Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I use KN most of the time with standard QSOs, I use BK mostly with POTA (Parks on the Air) QSOs and some other events because they are very short exchanges.

    73 de AI5DD
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  3. KB3HXG

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    W9RAC, I also want to say thank you for starting this subject off. As a low time ham just learning procedure, and just learning Morse (Vale), this type of information is priceless.
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  4. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

    KN is rather silly and very un-necessary in real world application...
    Seriously, when have you Ever had or heard someone break in to an ongoing CW QSO / conversation???
    Yes, on fone bands it's rather common occrance for someone to break in to join but not CW.... ;)
  5. AI5DD

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    That's true :)
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  6. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Just a data point, I worked a DL8 station at lunch today on 14.011 and every go-round he used KN :)

    Don't sweat the small stuff... .it's ALL small stuff

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  7. N8RKD

    N8RKD Ham Member QRZ Page

    K8QBS is no slouch, either
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  8. PU2OZT

    PU2OZT Ham Member QRZ Page

    In my small World, stuck between taller buildings with a STL on a balcony, many times hearing KN helps me staying clear, because I am unable to hear both stations, nor to copy third party QSOs.
    So, YES to KN for me, maybe I'll use it too when able to ragchew, which will take... years.

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  9. W9RAC

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    Joe I hang out on 7058 in the mornings, if not in a QSO likely listening so if you get time drop me a line or call we will get some practice in. 73 Rich
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  10. W9RAC

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    Yes BT let's the other Op. know you are still alive while trying to think of something to say. Sometimes several.:eek: , I do use it for subject change also. 73 Rich
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