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    Ok, I passed the Technician class test Saturday. The next step is the code test. The problems is I have no idea where to start learning. Any ideas?

  • #2
    http://www.nu-ware.com/

    I passed my Tech and the written for General. I only have a few months left to take my Morse Code before the general test expires. (have to pass both within 12 months) I've played with the free demo on NuMorse and liked it. I really need to buy the full version and get cracking.

    ps.. Congrats!!

    pps... remember that your call sign is the equivalent of your real name and address. Be careful about posting it on websites.
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    • #3
      Congrats!
      This is how I learned code, I tried all the freeware but Code Quick is worth the $
      http://www.cq2k.com/
      salvo

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      • #4
        Thanks for the product sugestions guys. I'll look into them tonight.
        I passed my Tech and the written for General. I only have a few months left to take my Morse Code before the general test expires. (have to pass both within 12 months)
        There was a guy at the test in the same boat as you. He had passed all three writen tests and was taking the code test. He had a problem with the tone of the code and didn't pass. His general was due to expire in a couple of weeks. He would then have to take both the general and extra tests again if the code couldn't be taken again.

        [ 02. June 2003, 09:57: Message edited by: AHSGA ]

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        • #5
          just make sure you are learning the sound dit dah not . _ if you dont learn the sound you will be slowed down .
          when you start copying and you miss a letter just put a peck on the paper like : d i a p .l e when your all done you will be able to figure out that it was diapole pretty easy .
          you have to either copy x minutes of code or answer a mulitple guess question . so if you got a lot of it you may be able to guess stuff its going to be a general type message , my name is , i live at , i have x type of anttena , the weather is ..
          "He who feels no pride in his ancestors is unworthy to be remembered by his
          descendants" Major David French Boyd, 9th Louisiana Infantry, Confederate States army

          <br />\"may your trails be crooked,winding,lonesome,dangerous,leading to the most amazing view.<br />may your mountains rise into and above the clouds\"<br /> e.a.

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          • #6
            For my General test, I studied at 18-20 wpm, was able to copy 15wpm about 90%. I sat for the 18wpm test, got 50% of that. When the General/Advanced 13wpm test came about, it seemed sooooooooo slow...I got 90% because I got nervous since "this was the big one" and missed the first question.

            I listend to the 5wpm exam as I relaxed outside the test room. It was excruciatingly slow.

            Learn the characters as quickly as you can, even if the spacing is extreme between characters (I think this is the Farnsworth method). Then, you are accustomed to the sound of the character, just that they come more quickly.

            I used the Code Quick and W5(something/Something). Code QUick was great. Caveat, if you go to install on another computer, you have to call for a new password/i.d. (at least in 1998). A PITA, but it keeps people from copying the CD and giving it away.

            Tim
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            • #7
              Learn the characters as quickly as you can, even if the spacing is extreme between characters (I think this is the Farnsworth method).
              I believe another way to say it is "21 WPM characters with 5 WPM spacing". This works VERY well. Once you have this down, reduce the spacing. The KB6MT lesson series is one of the best examples of the Farnsworth Method. It's a set of tapes that will go along with you on your drive to work. Quality study time instead of cursing other drivers.

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              • #8
                Same situation here, passed the Tech no-code then took the general, and passed it. Now have to get down to learning the code at 5wpm and study for the extra. Got to get working the code every day. Yep, gotta do it now!

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                • #9
                  Congrats OM,

                  When I learned the code, I just listened and listened and listened. For sure don't memorize the dits and dahs in your head, but listen to the sound.

                  Work code on the air. So what if you make a mistake or two (or twelve). Work it! Get to the point to where you do not have to write down the characters. Then, begin to listen to the sounds of the words. Then you will get real speed. When I used to work code I never abbreviated anything either. The more letters you use the quicker you recognize them.

                  Of course, it has been a while since I worked anything. My rigs are sitting here doing nothing. Hopefully in the near future I too will get back active, and maybe work you there.

                  The main thing is just don't give up if you want to learn the code. You hit barriers and level off points, but you can do it.

                  73's

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                  • #10
                    I got a program called Morse Cat to help me learn the 'sound' of dits and dahs. The program is a Windows program, allows you to chose the Farnsworth method, set speed, practive sending (mine uses my joystick trigger to send code!), etc.

                    The main thing is to get used to how a dit sounds verses how a dah sounds. Get the copy down, then work on decoding.

                    I'm currently a General working on Extra Class.

                    www.GeorgiaMilitia.com/SignalCorp.htm

                    [ 04. July 2003, 12:02: Message edited by: Fire Marshal ]

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                    • #11
                      Argh!

                      I have a month and a half to get this done. My poor little brain is going to melt!
                      Killing for the sake of honor is no longer allowed in our decadent society<br /> more\'s the pity, as it would greatly improve manners.<br />- - - - -<br /><a href=\"http://www.cloud9photography.us/\" target=\"_blank\">Airplane Pictures</a><br /><a href=\"http://crankylabs.com/gallery\" target=\"_blank\">Cranky Labs Image Repository</a><br /><a href=\"http://www.a-human-right.com/\" target=\"_blank\">A Human Right</a><br /><a href=\"http://www.olegvolk.net\" target=\"_blank\">Oleg Volk Photography</a><br />- - - - -<br />I\'m Amish Bill, and I approved this message.

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                      • #12
                        I'll second using the KB6MT lesson series tapes. I used the ARRL tapes back in late 70's and they didn't use the Farnsworth method. I then had to re-learn the code with the KB6MT method. It was the best thing I ever did. I got my Gen.back in '77,my Adv. in 81 and decided to get the Extra in 2000. I used to take KB6MT tapes with me in the car and listen everytime I had the chance.

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                        • #13
                          There is a neat CW player you can type practice QSO's into. Look at www.perso.club-internet.fr/f1orl/index.html. Best of luck on the CW.

                          RBL

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