VBand is a simple device which enables sending of code over the internet for two or more operators. I have just bought the little adaptor ($30) hoping to give myself more practice in addition to the wonderful LCWO. Curious to know if other LCWO members have done the same?
We have a CW study group in Denmark with several members, from newbies to former profesional telegraphists. Many of us, me included, have used VBand with interfaces made by one of our members.
It has been a very good way of training off air, without having the stress and worries that a newbie can have on the radio. So pure CW, without QSB, QRM, QRN and background noise.
The purpose should be only training I would say, and one should plan to go on-air also, to learn handling the above mentioned natural obstacles that are associated with the radio, through correct use of filters... One step at the time... But I like Vband as a no-stress environment for the beginner.
Actually I have "spoken" with a lot of VBand users through my interface, and a bunch of them are not even radioamateurs. I don't really know how they have come across CW then, but maybe it's a way for us to inspire them, to get a license, and join us on-air also. Bonus!!
There's an Internet Protocol called Morse Over IP and there are clients that support this protocol for Mac Os and Windows, which I haven't tried because I use Linux. There used to be a client for Linux but it's no longer maintained. A Debian developer built a version for me circa 2019 and it did work on a previous version of Debian (receive only because I didn't have a key to connect).
oc: At the moment I try to avoid it as it looks to me like a proprietary solution that could be achieved by other means.
What do you mean by a proprietary solution? what do you mean by a proprietary solution? You don't need to buy their interface, mine is an Arduino Micro and 5 lines of code. You can also use an old USB mouse as an interface for your CW key :-)
VA7MMP: Curious to know if other LCWO members have done the same?
The first year of my CW training was only on vband. I was probably a little afraid of making mistakes "on-air", and so it took me a very long time to set up an antenna for local QSOs here in Denmark so thumbs up for vband