Episode #2 - CW From The Mountain Tops!
Steve Galchutt, WG0AT, has been a licensed amateur radio operator for more than fifty years. He is a well known CW operator and popular SOTA activator.
Steve shares some thoughts about learning morse code, operating CW and sitting on mountain tops with a radio.
Take aways from this podcast:
- Be gracious. The slower op that's trying to work you is trying as hard as he can to make the exchange. Slow down, match his speed, work with him.
- If possible, find a club and ask for help learning and improving your CW.
- When you're just starting out, learn the Q codes and the standard exchange so you'll know what to expect on those first few QSOs.
- One of the big keys to improving speed is being able to recognize words as opposed to just characters.
- Copying CW on paper is a lot of fun. It also allows you to fill in missed items by context.
- Your CW fun will take a major leap up when you're able to head copy.
- Be considerate... listen. Ask if the frequency is in use before CQing.
- Amateur radio is a brotherhood. Being polite and courteous to each other is what it's all about.
- CW is a language. The more you use it the better you get.
- FISTS frequencies, 55 and 58, and the old novice section of 40 meters are good places to find slow CW.
- Don't get discouraged. Take a break if you need to. There are all kinds of resources out there to help you learn morse code and improve your CW.
- Have patience. It's worth knowing another language.
- Above all... keep at it, don't give up!
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