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Thread: CW only transceiver?

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Posted: 2012-07-11 13:16
Has anyone bought a CW only transceiver to encourage development of CW skills?

That's where I am. I enjoyed CW from my novice days, but I am very rusty on my CW abilities. So, I bought an Elecraft KX1 and now I am working on my CW skills. One of these days, my ability and equipment will match.
73 Jim

Posted: 2012-11-29 09:55
I just ordered the "PigRig" that was discussed on the "Flying Pig" group on FaceBook. I look forward to building it.

Posted: 2012-12-30 22:30
I just finished final construction of my Pig Rig this morning. It looks pretty good. Might consider finding a 30M transceiver kit soon. Would be nice if I could find a way to adapt the "Micro-Mountaineer" from QST magazine from 40M to 30M.

Incidentally, the Pig Rig is locked frequency. That means it is pretty set at 7030.7kHz.

Posted: 2014-06-11 03:09
Hi Christopher, it has been a while but thought I would check back and see how the Pig Rig is going? I got burnt out trying to achieve my 20/15 wpm goal, so I have scaled back to 20/5 and then will ramp up speed after I get thru lesson 40. Almost there, on lesson 39 now. Anyway the plan is get on the air and enjoy the ride to higher speeds via OPERATING on the air and practice.
73 Jim

Posted: 2017-11-28 15:39
I bought a LNR Precision MTR5B 5-Band Mountain Topper. I love it. Can't wait to use it on the air. I use it to practice code from ARRL. Hope to work you on the air soon.
KK4LBJ - Wayne

Posted: 2018-01-15 02:03
A special Hi to KK3LBJ. I also have a MTR5B, also an LD-11 from LNR. I also have a HB-1B Mk3 from Youkits, and a X1M Pro and a X108G "Outdoor" (the last 2 from Xiegu), so I am rather well equipped for QRP. The HB-1B is a little bigger (not much) than the MTR5B, but it has an internal lithium battery good for about 8 hours on a charge. As K1FUN commented, the MTR5B & the HB1B are CW only - the other 3 also do SSB & whatever the computer can do (PSK-31, etc.). I had to switch to QRP as I live in an apartment & have to use an indoor antenna. I got about 15' of 7/8" Heliax very cheap ($10.00), so I am planning on a magnetic loop to cover 10 thru 80. Incidentally, I have had my ticket since 1970, but almost no CW since 1975, & none since 1981, so you can imagine how rusty I am. My operating goes back to a home-built transmitter built out of a cannibalized ARC-5 TVI generator & an old TV set. I am in my mid 70's, so getting up to speed will take a while.
Gerry, VE4GKS

Posted: 2019-01-28 03:39
Does anybody have pics of their Pig Rig they can post? Intriguing name.

Posted: 2021-04-15 16:56
Hi All. Joined group because I run QRP. I have a Heathkit HW8, a QRPLabs qcx 20 meter rig, and am "relearning CW" the right way.

Posted: 2021-04-15 18:59
Has anyone bought a CW only transceiver to encourage development of CW skills?

73 Jim

My wife (KIPGQ) and I (KI5PGP) bought a KX2 with the intention of only really using it for CW SOTA/POTA. We passed our technician exams two weeks ago and plan our general exams for August. We practice Morse Code every day suing LCWO an hope to be proficient by January of this coming year. SO, I think we are in the same boat as you in regards to intentions. :)

Posted: 2021-04-15 19:10
Hi All. Joined group because I... am "relearning CW" the right way.

Congratulations. My wife and I are working on this as well. We recently started over in the sense that we have decided to head copy at 20 WPM from the start and mimic the recordings at 20WPM. I found that I was going way to slow in order to write the letters down that I was hearing. Instead, I copied the mp3s and text files to my phone using the MP3 practice files tool. Each audio file is using the 5 words per group in 5-minute clips. I select twenty clips for each of the 40 lessons. I listen to each clip once while looking at the text of the letters. I then mimic the same thing using my paddle. Finally, I try mimicking it with the paddle while the recording is playing. I also listen to the mp3s while driving or hiking each day. There is something about mimicking with and without the recording that allows my brain to get past counting the dis and dahs and hearing/seeing/thinking of each letter as a sound/motion of my hand. Good luck. Please share your experiences and tips.

Posted: 2021-05-11 07:12
I am glad that someone has mentioned using paddles. I like this method (here on LCWO) for Learning Morse Code by sound. I've just passed my Technicians test on 4-05-2021. It's a challenge Learning Morse Code I was overwhelmed at the original settings, I've since settled on 20 wpm/5 effective, it gives me time to register what I just heard. I was just thinking I'll try and spend time everyday practicing listening, but to actually send CW, this will take awhile. What is the advantage of paddles over straight keyers? I saw a group on further in this list that is called Slow something, I'm going to look at that group too because I feel so "slow to sample" especially when I move the setting to 20/20 it seemed all run together. looking forward to hear from all of you about how you test key yourselves ? is there hardware that has local or a feedback or testing in the transmit side of learning CW?

Posted: 2021-05-11 16:36
We have settled on 20wpm/12 effective as a starting point to learn a new letter. Then we turn it up to 20/15 before the end of the week. Twice a day sessions starting with head copy, then writing it down, then playing it with the paddles and finally playing the paddles at the same time as the recording. We have liked this pattern. It is going to be slow growth. We bought the KX2 and both the Begali traveler and adventure dual. However, right now it is easier to the downloaded text file and mp3s for our iPhone along with a CW Morse LLC pocket paddle with and Mini Yack. We use a splitter jack that sends audio from our phone and the YACK to our headsets. All of this fits in a small Pelican case and allows us to practice during our hiking as if we are doing SOTA.

Posted: 2021-05-11 21:39
Sounds good Nejedj71. Im going to look those things up.
Thank you for the info.

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