Advance Course Notes

Jim G3YLA's class is still going strong! I am seriously worried now about my hat!!

25wpm Beginners CW Week13 report


The onward march continues and there was a magnificent 9 participants on this week’s GB2CW morse on GB3NB at 8pm Tuesday evening. We are well into the final stages of learning the commonly used abbreviations and phrases used in CW QSOs. So I hope that you are all trying your hand at listening down at the CW end of the bands to try out your new skills. It will be difficult in the early stages, but the more you can make time for this, the easier the whole process will become.

The other element of self-help is to go over the characters that you know are still weak or confused; unfortunately we all have those in the early stages, inverted letters etc. You can practice these problems away and that is your other piece of homework. Sadly we all have a lot of spare time during the lockdown, so lets put it to good use shall we?

I am now very close to having a full set of MP3 files of each exercise in the series. When these are ready they will be made available for practice along with the text equivalent version. By next January you will be very glad you decided to put learn morse code on last year’s list , because you should be close to having QSOs at reasonable speed and not totally phased by some bits at 25wpm!

Excellent progress gang, same time next week…

73 de Jim

 Morse sweat

Well, for those of you who would like to try a novel way of sending CW, assuming you are quite happy with your sending at present,try this. You have plenty of time to perfect this, and it could provide you with hours of fun !
This will provide you with some interesting reading, plus you can try and work the Point Reyes station.
I would like to start a feature here called "My Favourite Morse Key". It can be any sort, i.e. straight key, paddle, side-swiper or Cootie, or semi-automatic bug. Let me have a picture of the key, on its own, on your desk, or with you using it, and a brief history and reason why.
You have plenty of time to get this done and I won't start this until I receive at least four inputs. If I don't hear from anybody, then I shall simply discard the idea. It's up to YOU!


BOOTCAMP has had to be cancelled due to the situation. Hopefully we will be able to run one in November. I will keep the distribution list and send another round robin nearer the date.
In the meantime, with self isolation, what a great opportunity to get some practice in. Lots of choice:
All of the above, plus many more, can give a varied amount of practice.
Try a few CQ calls on the FISTS frequencies, nothing quite like a REAL QSO, plus the sending practice too!


Headcopy Class is going well.
EISH5 These groups are just a bit of fun really. It concentrates the mind on patterns.If you have problems with this mix, don't worry too much because it is highly unlikely that they will ever be sent in general covesation. So don't despair, even the most skilled have problems with groups like this.
However, it is all good Practice, that Big P word again!
So, join us at 1000 on Monday mornings and have some fun.

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