CW Progress

Over 6 months ago I pretended to myself that I was going to learn CW. Just one QSO and then I can call myself a ‘real ham’.

Well I’ve had that QSO now and it seems reasonable to assume that I’ll have a few more now that I’m helping other local hams to learn CW. None of us are any good. I think I top out the speed tables at about 8-10wpm but now that there are a few more locals ready to take to the airwaves then I’m sure I’ll speed up to the target of 12-15wpm by Christmas.

So what? Well here’s the good news. 2m is as quiet as a mouse round here. Even the repeaters are empty so there’s no need to worry anyone with some troublesome sending.

Thursday nights are on air practice nights. Who knows, one day someone may not be part of the group and a real QSO might happen!

Alex Hill, G7KSE, is a regular contributor to and writes from Cumbria, UK. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “CW Progress”

  • warren--k5utg:

    Keep it up–the more you use cw the better yu get and the better enjoyment you will get out or Ham radio—been on cw for 50 plus years–

  • Ernest, AA1IK:

    CW is where its at! Its our heritage, it has snob appeal, and its fun!

    de AA1IK

    Ernest Gregoire


  • Neil w0yse wg2xsv:

    Good for you, Alex. I love CW and have for over 60 years. It is like a second language to me. I have been doing it so long that I can even copy in my head, and that is really when it gets super fun !! Makes Mobile CW workable 😉

    73 and keep up the great effort,

    Neil Klagge
    Vancouver, WA (USA of course…hi)

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