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Continuous Wave (CW), or Morse code over audible tones. Use this tag for any question relating to Morse code.

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CW speaker and volume control

I'm building a kit for the LNR precision mountaintopper 3 band qrp radio. I'm having problems wiring a panel mounted volume knob and speaker to hear the cw output. I'm new to home brew electronics ...
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What is the origin, history behind “Ben's Best Bent Wire”?

Bens Best Bent Wire My uncle, who was a Merchant Marine in WWII used to tell me this. He was a ham, and said it would develop my fist musically. I was a small child at the time, and through his ...
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Could keying cw with your mouth using a sip-n-puff be as efficient as doing it by hand?

I know Morse code is sometimes used by people with limited use of their hands to interact with their computer. One way is by using a straw connected to a pressure sensor, a so-called sip-n-puff or SNP....
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Can I learn cw at too high wpm? Should I slow it down?

I've been learning to decode cw for a while now, mainly by using the Word training feature of https://lcwo.net . I use this rather than the exercises with random characters, both because it's more fun ...
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CW skimmers and spotting networks?

What are CW skimmers, especially with regard to spotting networks? Are there more than one (of each)? How do the skimmers interface with spotting networks? (Or are they combined into a single ...
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Is there a preferred order for learning Morse code using the Koch method?

The Koch method of learning Morse code is based on the idea that you learn characters at full speed, but a reduced set of characters that is expanded over time, instead of learning the full set of ...
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What gain and power are required for successful DX contacts on 2m/70cm bands in CW?

I would like to practice in CW on 2m/70cm bands when and if there will be a tropospheric or sporadic-E propagation. However I don't have mush space for the antenna. There is a possibility to install 3+...
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Converting WPM to CPM

I'm using an Anroid app for learning CW. In Germany, it's common to define the speed in CPM ("characters per minute", or German BPM for "Buchstaben pro Minute). However, the Morse trainer I use ...
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Why is Morse code still in use?

Why do people still use Morse code? What are its advantages over newer voice or data communication modes?
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Are QRP transceivers only meant for CW communication?

I was just thinking about making a QRP transceiver, but are they only used for CW (Morse code) communication? If it is so, can I modify a QRP for two way audio communication?
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Where can one find recordings of Morse code, generated by humans and not machines?

I need some recordings of CW / Morse code for use in a project. Most of what I find is either nonsense (it just exists for the 'sound of CW', but doesn't contain a message) or is generated by a ...
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What nations still require Morse code testing for Amateur radio license?

Going a bit further I'll ask, for which licenses (all or just for licenses for HF operation) and at what speed (5 WPM, 10 WPM, none specified)? The reason I ask is because every so often I'll see ...
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what am i listening to when i listen to morse code?

morse code signals are only carrier waves, right? so a transceiver transmits a 14 MHz wave, unmodulated, or nothing at all. but i can't hear 14 mhz. i know my radio plays a 700 Hz "side tone"...
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Using a Morse code key with a computer?

Are there standard ways to connect a hand key (straight or paddle) to a contemporary computing device (PC laptop with no parallel port, Mac, Android, iOS device, etc.) for developing or improving ones ...
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Calculating the signal-to-noise ratio for CW (Morse Code) signals?

How is the signal-to-noise ratio for received CW and QRSS CW (and/or other ultra narrow-band DSP digital modes) typically computed? e.g. What noise bandwidth should be used to measure the spectrum ...
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Sunspot numbers? forecast? broadcast on CW/HF

I have vague memories from the early 1990:s of some sort of service that broadcast something related to sunspot numbers, in CW, probably shortwave. I think the world "BOULDER" was in there ...
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Repeater identification ending (CW)

I am just starting to learn CW, and for practice I have been recording and transcribing repeater identifications that I hear. This is what I heard today: DE W9KIC/R BBG What is the meaning of "BBG"?
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Why can I hear Morse when not in CW mode?

I don't "get" CW. I can't understand the chatter on an FM radio broadcast when my radio is set to AM. This makes sense, the signal is modulated using frequency modulation and I am trying to ...
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Why are contest signal reports always “59” or “599”?

I've heard lots of contest exchanges, and the signal report almost always seems to be 59 for phone or 599 for Morse, even when the operator giving the report has to request information to be repeated ...
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What is an Audio Peaking Filter?

What is an Audio Peaking Filter? And how might that be different from an ordinary (narrow) CW bandpass filter, or from tunable audio filters (with fully configurable upper and lower cutoffs)? Does a ...
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If I receive an SOS signal, what is the proper response?

My 5-year old son loves sending out an SOS signal using a toy Morse code generator (wired, don't worry about false alarms for real authorities). He has learned to send the SOS signal and was asking ...
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What is the current state of the art in CW filters?

In the 1970s I made a CW “filter” based on a phase locked loop that detected a specific audio frequency, and this drove an NE555 oscillator: the result seemed at first like a “zero bandwidth” CW ...
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FT450D no cw tx unless ppt is held

FT450D in cw mode does not transmit unless PTT is actuated. "BK-IN" not in display despite pressing function followed by vox/store button.
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Maximum legal QRQ CW speed?

Computer generated and decoded Morse Code seems to be a not-uncommon operating practice in the HF bands. Given this, and that there's no reason why Morse/CW signals can't be synthesized and decoded ...
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I can copy 15wpm how to to continue?

I solely learned to copy cw via a computer program using the Koch - method (http://f6dqm.free.fr/soft/cwplayer/en/cwplayer.htm) I never learned how to send and if it is no big disadvantage, I would ...
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How proper HIHI sounds like?

Recently I've read Zen And The Art Of Radiotelegraphy by Carlo Consoli, IK0YGJ. I must say, it's a great book, and as a new CW operator I've found plenty of useful information in it. What especially ...
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Info on this Bunnell J-38 key

I've been trying to find manufacturing date info on the J.H. Bunnell key ("J.H. Bunnell&Co" is stamped on top of the frame), but it seems to be somewhat unique. Most J-38 keys that I've found ...
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What is NR and a number instead of city and state after my QTH?

I have been a ham for almost 20 years, and when on CW I have always sent my call, name, RST, and full QTH. I have noticed that now many operators send NR 5280 or something similar instead of their ...
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CW: when I supposed to send “E E”?

I'm new to CW and one thing I couldn't figure out is when I supposed to send "E E". Let's say I'm calling CQ and somebody answers me. The QSO is almost over. Should it be ended like this: ...
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Both OOK and FSK used in the same transmission

My gas burning heating unit takes its temperature readings from a 433 MHz thermostat, which is emitting precisely the same data packets in a packet train at some ~100 ms interval like this: 2 x OOK ...
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Last Morse call for Thomas?

What does this mean: CQ de KYHP QTC? K My father-in-law was a radio operator in the merchant marines during WWII — this was his last writing.
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Shaving Quartz Crystal for New Frequency

Back in the 1960s during my Novice days I operated on the 40-meter band only with 4 different quartz crystals that determined my transmitting frequency with my Eico 720 CW transmitter. I had heard ...
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What is the most common CW audio filter center frequency?

For older receivers with a fixed (crystal?) audio filter for CW, what is the usual center frequency of the audio bandpass of the filter? Or cut-off frequency for low-pass CW filters? For newer ...
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Why do some straight keys have a slider that shorts the contacts continuously?

I ended up with an old straight key that has a curious feature: below the main arm that you would tap on, there's an extra metal flange that can sort of loosely pinch an extra sliding lever underneath,...
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What is the decimal in Morse Code?

The ITU's International Morse Code recommendation ITU-R M.1677-1 specifies a "Full stop (period)" as ".−.−.−", however it falls short of specifying a decimal point. Even the examples, though they ...
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Wiring a CW paddle and straight key to a TRS connector?

Some transceivers come with a TRS plug input labeled "key". When wiring my paddle or a straight key for these TRS connector inputs, is there any current standard for which key connection goes to ...
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How does this circuit work? Why is the antenna connected to the output of the amplification stage?

What is the function of the configuration of R1, C3,C10 and R3? How does the LC tank in this circuit work?
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What is the record for the highest non-automated over-the-air CW WPM speed?

Related to this question, but using humans, and in an actual QSO, not lab conditions: Is there a record for QSO QRQ speed? And, if so, what is the record for the highest non-automated over-the-air ...
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How to use a Linux computer as a paddle key code practice oscillator

I'm working on learning Morse code, and I'm looking for a way to use my computer as a practice oscillator with a double paddle key. I'm using a Linux PC, but a Raspberry Pi solution would be cool to. ...
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How many new amateur operators can currently use CW?

Given that it is no longer a license requirement, are there any current statistics available on what percentage of licensed amateur radio operators still learn Morse Code to some degree of proficiency?...
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Dominant speeds of Morse Communications

5 wpm is easy to learn and better than nothing in emergency. Speed Morse Coding is fine for "sport competition" I am trying to find out which is the typical speed for what I call "conversation" and ...
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Single or Dual Paddle Key?

I want to eventually use a CW paddle and built in keyer in my Yaesu FT-890. What are the merits of each style. Single or Dual Paddle. Does it make any difference if I start with say a dual paddle then ...
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Is this strange Morse signal type common?

I, just as a hobby project, am writing a program for decoding Morse code. I am not a ham, but generally interested in radio and programming. I have a first version of the project, but it failed to ...
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Problem recording morse with sdr#

I have a problem with recording SWS-morse using SDRSharp and RTL-SDR. I want fixed gain, not audio automatic gain control. The problem is that all signal but the weakest will cause the recorded audio ...
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Are there well-known methods that can help improve my CW copying speed?

I've been having a hard time getting my Morse Code copying speed above 7-10 words per minute. Are there any techniques I can use to improve my skill?
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What does QSL mean in a CW conversation?

When the other party sends QSL, do they just want to know whether I received the previous message and expect RR or ...
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How does keying a CW transmitter work?

In my handbook it talks about keying the transmitter to produce the dots and dashes. Does this mean that the operator is turning the transmitter on and off, or does this mean that the key is turning ...
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If I send periodic SOS and nothing else, what would be the response by hams and/or government?

TL;DR: If I blast out a periodic SOS, what rescue action should I expect? Similar to if I activated an EPIRB, or something less? This question is inspired by If I receive an SOS signal, what is the ...
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What was the origin of the Morse code abbreviations “hi” and “es”?

In Morse code, hams use "hi" to indicate a laugh, and "es" to mean "and". Where did these abbreviations come from? Both being all dots, they are short and easy to send and easy to recognize, but why ...
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Will I get cleaner keying by keying the oscillator, or interrupting the amplifier B+?

One of my goals as a new ham is to homebrew my own transmitter (using vacuum tubes, aka valves). Initially I'll stick with CW for the transmitter, though over time I might build an AM modulator or ...