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What Characters do I need to Know?

Aug 2nd 2013, 23:00

WB5EMX

Joined: Mar 15th 2013, 21:23
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This is a two part issue. First of all, I would like to see a complete character set that would be all a CW Operator needs to know. This would include not only the Slant Sign, but a backwards Slant Sign as well. The occasion may present itself when I want to send some Net Address via CW, and a \ may be required.
The W1AW practice files do not include such characters, as they are usually (if not always) from QST. I'd like some MPG files with all characters I should be expected to know. 10 WPM would be a fine starting speed (IMHO).

There are files on this web site describing all kinds of net procedures, and what each symbol means (i.e., AR). If you are receiving CW and typing on a keyboard, do you just type AR?
Thanks!
73,
Bob
WB5EMX
Aug 14th 2013, 17:59

N1TA

Joined: Nov 9th 2000, 00:00
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Hi Bob,

This question is a bit more complicated than it might seem. It would be nearly impossible to compile a list of the "bare necessities," since they will be different depending on your activities. Here are a few points to get you started:

- You won't need backslash. If you're referring to a web site address, you'll never need one.
- The big ones for day-to-day (non-net) stuff tend to be AR, K, BK, and KN. Each one has it's own use, so it's important to learn the differences.
- Certain prosigns are run together, while others are sent as separate letters. Generally, this point is ignored in the vernacular, but be sure your ear recognizes both "BK" and "B K", "AR" and "A R", etc.

The absolute best first step is to read ON4UN and ON4WW's "Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur". You can find it here: http://www.arrl.org/operating-ethics. Once you've finished reading it, convince others to read it too.

There are also websites online that offer CW practice, including prosigns and special characters. The first that comes to my mind is http://www.lcwo.net. You can even adjust the speed.

If you will be active with nets, you'll use others characters more often. Which ones? That depends on the net, the specific activity of the net, and the "flavor" of the NCS.

73,
Mike N1TA
Contest Branch Manager & CW Enthusiast
Sep 3rd 2013, 13:32

WB5EMX

Joined: Mar 15th 2013, 21:23
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Mike: Thanks. Was hoping to get a response from the likes of you!!
Bob, WB5EMX
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Sep 4th 2013, 16:14

W0BTU

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Here's an updated IARU Morse character set, including "@" and others. Courtesy of VK1OD.
http://www.w0btu.com/files/misc/international_morse_code.pdf

If you get a Server Error while downloading that, go to http://www.w0btu.com/files/misc/, scroll down, and click on that file there.

73, Mike
www.w0btu.com

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