I’ve come to the realization that it is much more interesting to practice CW by listening to real live stations. Lately I have been tuning around the bands to find a QSO or station that is transmitting somewhere near what I think I can copy. Often times I am not able to copy very much but ever once and a while I realize that I have written down a small word (or two) and maybe even a callsign or name.
Tonight while surfing 40m, I came across W1AW’s slow code practice session. This was great. I was actually able to copy multiple sentences. It was much more fun than using a practice application that spits out random strings.
If you are interested, I’ve posted the current W1AW operating schedule. You can find the original (and updates) on the ARRL website.
|6 am||7 am||8 am||9 am||1400z||Fast Code||Slow Code||Fast Code||Slow Code|
|7 – 9 am
10 am -12:45 pm
|8 – 10 am
11 am -1:45 pm
|9 – 11 am
Noon – 2:45 pm
|10 am – Noon
1 – 3:45 pm
|1500z to 1700z
1800z to 2045z
|Visiting Operator Time|
|1 pm||2 pm||3 pm||4 pm||2100z||Fast Code||Slow Code||Fast Code||Slow Code||Fast Code|
|2 pm||3 pm||4 pm||5 pm||2200z||Code Bulletin|
|3 pm||4 pm||5 pm||6 pm||2300z||Digital Bulletin|
|4 pm||5 pm||6 pm||7 pm||0000z||Slow Code||Fast Code||Slow Code||Fast Code||Slow Code|
|5 pm||6 pm||7 pm||8 pm||0100z||Code Bulletin|
|6 pm||7 pm||8 pm||9 pm||0200z||Digital Bulletin|
|6:45 pm||7:45 pm||8:45 pm||9:45 pm||0245z||Voice Bulletin|
|7 pm||8 pm||9 pm||10 pm||0300z||Fast Code||Slow Code||Fast Code||Slow Code||Fast Code|
|8 pm||9 pm||10 pm||11 pm||0400z||Code Bulletin|
I think I am making some respectable progress. It’s hard to find time with two kids and a full-time job but a few minutes of practice here and there really does pay off.
73 for now!