A full week this time with several bits of news.
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First a report from Jim on his class of 25wpm beginners!

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25wpm Beginners CW week7 report
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We have reached week 7 of the 25wpm beginners morse on the repeater GB3NB on Tuesday evenings 8-9pm. This week there were six call-ins plus two apologies for absence. I know some may feel that it is very difficult and become downcast about their form on any given week, but remember this is the early first steps part of the course. This week you were introduced to the letters O, L and I plus , and /

In three weeks we will be doing revision and cementing all the letters, figures and punctuation. This will be the start of a long period of steady gains when you use everything often enough to start recognising things on the bands. I know this seems a long way off, but its coming up fast and soon the CW ends of the bands will start to make sense.

Your job now is to go to work in-between the weekly sessions on GB3NB. You must start to revise the characters in your own time. Please do this as a matter of urgency, because it will shape the rest of the course. Focus on one week at a time, and practice the characters until you are familiar with them, for example using the very fine CW Player software. Here are some notes from a previous newsletter on setting it up.

CW PLAYER

f6dqm.free.fr/soft/cwplayer/en/cwp

This French program by F6DQM is very realistic for simulated QSOs with fading (QSB) and drifting signals etc., but we’re not at that stage yet. The quiz function is where we need to be and allows you to practice a given set of characters.
The window on the right displays the current lesson which starts as one of the many that are preloaded. However, if you click inside the window you can then change to your own list of characters. I suggest you set up a lesson for each week, so lesson 1 becomes CNQ59 and when saved can be used as a random set and it even scores your work and shows you which letters need more practice. Not only that, but as the interaction is via the keyboard, it improves your typing skills at the same time.

So I strongly recommend that you give it a try on your PC and go back through all the weeks so far, creating a lesson for each one. You can also create a combined lesson using all the characters covered, but initially, give each week a go first, separately.

So, before next week, treat yourself to a little practice, try to cover all the weeks so far and if possible allow 15mins per week of characters. This means that you have a mere 3 hours (30mins/day) to cover the 6 weeks of material. This shows how important it is to do regular practice at this stage of events, don’t skimp this bit.

Email me if you have any problems or queries. 25wpm CW from a standing start is never an easy option, but nobody is going to be left behind and Roger has said he would eat his hat if we make this work…. think you know how much I’m relying upon you!

73 de Jim
g3yla

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Many of you will remember Les M0UMH from a few years ago. Les spent couple of years on a longboat on the canals but has now settled in the hebrides, as MM0UMH. However, as he used to be in our GB2CW classes, I thought I would share his email so you can see how his perseverance and practice has paid off.
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Hi Roger.
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Since I received your reply, I have seen VE listed on the internet as "understood" which, I think is the context I heard it in. In other words, the other party to the QSO is using it to say they have understood my transmission.
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"VE ...-. understood, correctly received, German: verstanden" at https://www.eucw.org/op/en/prosigns.html
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I wonder if I was working German stations when I heard it?
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It all goes to add to the fascination of CW anyway.
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I have set myself the target of getting at least a hundred CW QSOs in the log every month in 2020 and am already up to 97 for February. I know that won't seem like a big number to you, but it gives me a target to aim for and keeps me going. CW is the only mode I use now and I can't really see any great skill in just picking up a mike. I've intentionally not configured my rig and pc for data modes at the moment as I fear that it would distract me from keeping up my CW.
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And yes, I have stopped using my "This is my first CW QSO" script (Well remembered you! ) as I felt I could only get away with it for so long. :-) If you check out my MM0UMH QRZ page, you will see that I now blame my dodgy CW on the fumes from the local distillery.
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Life in the Hebrides is very peaceful and when the rest of the world seems to be going to Hell in a handcart, it's rather comforting to be a two hour ferry trip from the mainland and to live on an island with ten distilleries. It also means that I am a little bit exotic to work, especially for IOTA chasers who need EU-008 and a couple of times recently I have had mini pile-ups on my hands.
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Do remember me to Malcolm. I know I was very lucky to have you both teaching me when I took up with CW.

73 Les MM0UMH

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BOOTCAMP Fame is spreading!
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Since Jim organised the piece in Radcom each month, he received this email from over the big pond!
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Hi Jim
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I am Dr. Scott Wright, K0MD and Editor of the National Contest Journal, the ARRL Contesting publication. I am also a RSGB and CW Ops member - a real CW aficionado. I saw your article on CW Bootcamps in the recent RADCOM. These sound intriguing and powerful.
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Would you share an outline of the curriculum so we can promote something like this among contest clubs in the USA?
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I might want to try one in my local community. I am copying two of our local contest club leaders so they can be made more aware of what you are doing also.
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Thank you Scott, K0MD
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BOOTCAMP is Sunday April 19th.
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The mention of the torture chamber did not deter anybody! I now have ten people booked in. If you decide to join them:
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.
Still room for a few more!
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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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Fancy taking a test?

 YOU can do so in absoute privacy. You won't get a Certificate, but it would be great practice in examination conditions.Click on the link and have a read. You will find an MP3 file that you can click on and run at 20wpm. Other speeds are available.

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  https://www.kb6nu.com/can-you-pass-the-old-20-wpm-code-test/

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Headcopy Class is going well.
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Some groups are proving to be difficult, mostly due to memory recall than copying ability. Interestingly when I ask individually to repeat what I sent, normally the last in he list has a job with recall, so I have taken to varying the order and that seems to help. However, it is all good Practice, that Big P word again!
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So, join us at 1000 on Monday mornings and have some fun.
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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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