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Ergonomic lighting.
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In a recent email exchange with Darren G0TSM, he sent a picture of his operating position:

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Whilst this might look "cool" - blue lighting is cold - I did some research into shack lighting. I have warm white here but this is what I found regarding blue LED lighting.
The long-term effects may be harmful. Blue light or blue-violet light can be damaging to delicate retinal cells deep in the eye. Additionally, studies have shown blue light is a risk factor for the onset of age-related macular degeneration, which is a progressive condition that can lead to vision loss over time.
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So, be careful in your selection of shack lighting.

 

CW 80m Net
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Norfolk Amateur Radio Club CW Net.
This is an informal net, to enable people to become familiar with operating in a net, netting properly and being short and to the point overs.
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NARC Net: 3545kHz plus or minus QRM.
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THis week, Jim G3YLA was Net Controller and there were seven stations attending. We lowered the speed to 20 wpm to encourage more to join, BUT we had no newcomers at all. This is a chance for you to join a friendly net and have some chat type QSOs. There were seven of us, the usual crowd!
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The Net Controller will call CQ at 8.30 p.m. local time on Monday evenings. Call with just your call sign once until he acknowledges you. The Net meets on 3545kHz
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1 Keep a note of the order. This will be sent.
2 Net on to the Net Controller to the nearest Hz if you can.
3 Keep overs short with brief comments, no waffling, and pass transmission to the next on the list.
4 There is a 2m discussion after the Net on 145.250MHz

 

This is the rota for Net Controller:

3rd May Chris G4CCX

17th May Phil G4LPP

24th May Dick G3WRJ

31st May Malcolm G3PDH

14th June Roger G3LDI

It's straight key night this coming Monday so no excuses!
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The Big P Word.
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These are weekly comments from the local tutors regarding learning CW and why the Big P word is so important to becoming a proficient CW operator.
This week it's my turn and the last one.
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One of the reasons I got interested in CW was because I did a lot of listening on my Dad's old Murphy radio on the short waves. I heard all the Morse there and was inquisitive enough to find out more. I was about 11 then. I made a crystal set and heard a local radio amateur on it at the bottom of the medium wave ( top band ). I went to an exhibition at the Stuart Hall where amateur radio was featured, met Pat G3IOR and was hooked. I wanted to do that! I was about 14 then and joined the local radio club.
The secret to learning Morse is in that sentence above - "I wanted to do that". Obstacles appeared, O levels, piano exams and so on, but I was not letting those get in the way. Bill G3CQE, who was a BBC engineer, taught me the technical, Pat and Bill both taught me Morse and at that age it did not take long. I sat the RAE in May 1956, followed by the Morse test in London in June. I was on the air on August 8th.
Practice at that age is embedded in the phsyche, it's all we did, so one more subject was not a problem, just time consuming! SO, basically, learning anything is much easier the earlier you start. However, the will has to be there to get it done. Yes, it dopes get more difficult the older you are but I have taught pensioners and youngsters alike. If they have the will they will do it. If they don't, they won't. If that's the case, you don't really want to be a CW operator.
However, you won't realise what you are missing. 47% of the amateur spectrum for a start, the ability to have conversations at 25wpm and meet like-minded folk, the myriad of awards that are available, social gatherings with like minded folk and, above all, the pleasure of sitting with a pair of headphones on digging out weak signals from what, to non-CW people, sounds like noise! There is no way of explaining this pleasure. You have to experience it yourself.

There is just one thing to remember about joining the Morse classes. We, the tutors, guide you along the way. We don't give you any gifts or make you any promises that after a month you will be a CW operator. ALL the work is down to you, the person "wanting" to learn. YOU will have to do the practice. We just adjudicate what you have done that week and we can tell if you have done no practice. I have heard all the excuses so please don't make any. You could buy my book, Morse Code for Radio Amateurs. It is very useful and worth while reading. There is a lot to learn in there, but just putting it on your bookshelf will not help!

It really was a shame that the Morse test was abandoned. It has led to a very different radio amateur to the one I aspired to become. The most enjoyable CW event for me was always NFD. I have not missed one since 1954 and it is a shame that the last two Covid years have destroyed that record. I hope some of you newer licencees will consider becoming CW OPS - it's something you will never regret, but the pass to success has to be THE BIG P WORD

73 de Roger,

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The RUFzXP Challenge

This is proving to be more difficult than some of us thought ( meaning me! ) I am having problems in getting above 47 and all attempts this week ended below that figure!

I do hope you decide to try for yourself. If so, please send your wpm score to Jim G3YLA by Thursday evening latest. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Morse Classes for winter 2020 are going well. However, at a recent meeting of tutors the following was decided:

GB2CW Tutor Meeting April 12th 2021-04-12

A Zoom meeting was held today of all the GB2CW tutors in the Norwich area to discuss the future of the various classes in the best interest of the students. Classes as they are at present have been going since first initiated way back in 2007. Yes it was as long ago as that, although then we did not have as many tutors as we have now.
We discussed lots of options and have come up with the following suggested changes in the arrangements.
First of all the GB2CW year will run from October 1st until May 31st each year. The summer break will enable both tutors and students to have some down time to do other things. Holidays and gardening usually interrupt the schedule anyway. This is not to say that there will be any relaxation of the Big P word!

Starting October 1st 2021, this will be the proposed new schedule: Times are all local.

Mondays 1000 – 1100: Head Copy with Roger G3LDI. This will encompass a wide range of copying ability. i.e. 15 – 25 WPM.

Tuesdays 1000 – 1100: Higher Intermediate Class with Chris G4CCX 20 – 25 WPM

Tuesdays 2000 – 2100: Lower Intermediate Class with Jim G3YLA 10 – 15 WPM. Jim is proposing to make this change in the next couple of weeks.

Thursdays 1000 – 1100: Intermediate Class with Chris G4CCX 15 – 20 WPM

Thursdays 2000 – 2100: Advanced Class with Malcolm G3PDH 25 – 30 WPM

Fridays 2000 – 2100: Raw Beginners Class with Phil G4LPP which will be for just beginners, those knowing absolutely nothing up to 10 WPM
(not sure when Chris was planning his speed change from I am planning to change mine from when Jim says he’s ready to change !) Phil.

 

The following table, submitted by Jim, shows it in much better form:

 

Morse classes

 Morse classes

You will be in the appropriate class until the tutor suggests that you change to the next level. It will be entirely up to the student how long he spends in any one class. This is dependent, of course, on the Big P word. No progress can be made without practice.

Sending Techniques.
Without Bootcamps, it is impossible to ascertain the technique of the individual, whether it be straight key or paddle. To that end it is proposed that we hold Zoom classes online to advise on sending techniques. You should have either straight key or a paddle and a keyer / the side-tone on your rig, available. Sending practice will hopefully take place once per month with tutors taking turns. This will not happen until the autumn so please watch this space.

Real QSOs will be run on the air for one – to – one practice, times and freqs to be confirmed.

NARC Net.
Some people have been nervous about joining the Club net because of the speed at which we run, normally around 24 – 27 WPM. It is proposed to drop this to 20 WPM from the start of May this year to encourage more to join, so please do consider that.

If you have any input, suggestions etc., please do let us know. You can send comments to : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Report from G3LDI, the Bad Cop, on the Monday Headcopy session. 145.250MHz 1000 local time.

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This week, the usual three attended, Phil G4LPP - always early, Chris G4CCX and Les G0DFC. We had a variety today including scientific words, cut numbers, Dotty groups, call-signs with a number tagged on the end, and QSO format. I deliberately left of the starting signals this week to impose an extra stress factor. It was all good fun however. Phil seems to think there are several listeners, but I am not sure about that. If you are listening, please call in! It's all great practice! Lots of variety there and a lot of laughs, especially with the EISH5 groups!
You will be most welcome. It's rapid fire stuff to keep you mentally alert!
73 de Roger, G3LDI
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Report from Jim, the Good Cop, on his 25wpm session. GB3NB repeater 2000 local time Tuesdays

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Lower intermediate GB2CW Tuesday 27th April 2021

 

The Tuesday evening lessons on the repeater GB3NB at 8pm for the lower intermediate group (speeds around 10-15wpm) was attended by Dave, G0ELJ, Paul M1AFQ and Stephen M6KYF.

We mainly covered abbreviations and samples from QSOs which contain much of the impenetrable parts of a CW contact. The learning of these mysterious phrases will unlock 90% of most QSOs and allow you to enjoy the CW segments of the bands whether as a SWL or operator in QSO.

The homework was to get some practice time in on the bands and if possible have two QSOs to report by next week’s lesson.

73 until next week
de Jim
g3yla

 

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Morse with Anubis - Tuesdays 1000 on 145.250MHz. Thursdays on GB3NB 1000 local time.

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GB2CW Report 29-04-21

Thanks to Phil G4LPP for taking my Tuesday Class.

The Thursday session ran at the slower speeds of 15 - 20 wpm. Phil G4LPP and Tony G0OOR were listening to gain keyboard typing practice, and three other students called in. They were Stephen M6KYF, Peter G4PNF, and David M7BLX.

It was the first time that Peter has attended the Thursday morning class, and all students had a very good session.

We practiced plain language, CQ calls, QSO format, and number groups.

Hopefully the slower speeds on the Thursday session will attract some more students, and encourage others to move up from the other classes.

Look forward to meeting you on the classes.

Class times for Morse with Anubis are

Tuesday 10am - 11am 145.250 mhz FM simplex
Thursday 10am - 11am GB3NB repeater

73 de Chris G4CCX

 

 

 

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Morse with Doctor Phil.
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Report from GB2CW beginners class, Friday evenings at 8pm on 145.250MHz.

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Week 26

 

The beginners’ CW class effectively re-started under the new regimen with the previous attendees having moved on to faster climes. The class ran on Friday 25th April under the revised scheme whereby word speeds will not exceed 10 to 12 wpm. Normally only 10. Each character will still be transmitted at 14wpm as before as this aids character recognition and speed progression. I am pleased to report that the class had two attendees, both named Ian and both from Lowestoft so a change from having 3 Daves previously !!

Ian G0WHX and Ian G0RRI are both returners to CW hoping to improve their speed and QSOs. They have been active on the FISTS frequencies but at relatively slow speeds.

We ran at character speed of 14 wpm and overall speeds between 8 and 10 wpm We covered numbers, punctuation, short sentences, QSO locators and short QSO segments. Both participants were doing well with 90 to 100% copy of the material.

I look forward to hearing them again next week and also would welcome any others to call in. Raw beginners can also be catered for in this session.

 

73 and good CW de G4LPP / GB2CW

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Phil's email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Email him if you wish to join in.
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By the way, Phil is a GOOD cop, so you will be treated kindly!
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Report from the Executive Club, Malcolm G3PDH - Thursdays GB3NB 2000 local time.
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THere was no advanced class this week due to the Club Championship Data contest.
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73
Malcolm

 

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The CWOPS CWT activity periods are still as popular as ever.
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With the time change for BST, the CWT periods are now 1 hour later than we have been used to over the winter. The 1300 session had poor propagation but there were 10 locals taking part. the 1900 hour saw 11 locals with some of us watching NARC at the same time. The 0300 session was understandably down with just five stations.

If you aspire to join CW OPS, prove your worth with a few >20wpm QSOs, chatty ones, and you can get in! It is a lot of fun operating in the CWTs, and terrific practice too.
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A New Slow Speed CW Contest for Europe

The K1USN Radio Club, in conjunction with CWops, are planning to expand their existing and popular weekly Slow Speed CW Contests, held on Mondays at 0000-0100 UTC, to include a second one for the benefit of budding European CW contesters. This will run from 2000-2100 UTC every Friday beginning on February 5th 2021 and will share the same rules and format; it will also be fully supported by the N1MM contest logger. There is no formal log submission; instead participants are encouraged to upload their QSO totals and scores to the 3830 reporting website - easy! See www.3830scores.com

 

These contests will be conducted at 20 wpm or less and are aimed at CWops Academy students and any other novice CW contesters who are not comfortable with normal contest speeds. Everyone is welcome to take part and is a great opportunity for established CW contesters to come on and help encourage our new ops. Please see www.k1usn.com/sst.html for rules, easy to follow instructions and lots more.

 

If you're new to CW contesting or are experienced and wish to help please join us if and when you can.

 

73,

GW0ETF & G3WZD (CWops)

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The link below is to FAV22. THis is a military station on 3881.00kHz and runs at varying speeds with groups of letters, numbers, punctuation and procedural signals. It is on 24/7 so take a look It is well worth the practice.
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https://www.r-e-f.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=715&Itemid=444
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Another freq to check is 6.825MHz.
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If you look up this link in Google Chrome, it will translate into English for you.

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The following comes from Tom DF7TV. It could prove quite useful practice for both receiving and sending. CLick on the link and have a read.
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In January/February 2021 I started to do some experiments to increase (1) accuracy and (2) speed in Morse Code copying(receiving) and sending at speeds above 25 wpm. I have prepared several files containing common English words to assist the training. The main idea I had was to keep the setup and exercises as close as possible to real world conversational QSOs.

My actual setup for exercises is shown at:
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https://www.qsl.net/df7tv/morse-code-training.html

 

I would like to know what you think about this way to improve Morse Code proficiency.

Thank you for your comments!

73
Tom DF7TV
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'Turn your difficulties into opportunities'
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Email me with input, queries, keys, paddles, classes and so on. Hopefully I can help or know a man that can!
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73 de Roger, G3LDI GB2CW Coordinator. May the Morse be with you.

 

 

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