Amateur Radio Classes
CW Beginner Course
The Kitchener-Waterloo Amateur Radio Club (KWARC) is pleased to offer a CW Beginner’s Course to teach Morse code to hams and help them get on the air with CW.
WHEN: - Starting at 7:30 pm Tuesday September 17, 2019, running until Tuesday December 3, 2019, except for KWARC Club Meeting Tuesdays.
WHERE: - St John Ambulance, 250 Gage Ave, Kitchener
ELIGIBILITY: - This course is open to anyone who wants to learn Morse code, and is a KWARC member. To enable individual attention, the class size is capped at about 10 paticipants.
REGISTRATION: - email firstname.lastname@example.org expressing your intent to enroll
COST: - FREE for KWARC members. (Normal membership is $36.)
WHY LEARN CW:
CW is a more efficient mode than voice in terms of distance per unit of power transmitted, so it enables you to work DX more easily with 100 watts or QRP. QRP portable operations are more successful with CW – you almost feel like you are running a barefoot rig at home. CW lets you talk to non-English speakers, or those with heavy accents, more easily. Many of the most exciting contests are CW. And CW connects you to the history of telegraphy, both in radio in the first half of the twentieth century, and the original telegraphers sending telegrams over wires.
GOALS OF THE COURSE:
Individual paticipants’ goals may vary, but everyone will learn Morse at a level where they can pass the 5 wpm Canadian Morse Code Qualification Examination as described in Section 5.2 of Radiocommunication Information Circular 3 (RIC-3). Everyone will become comfortable with the normal content and structure of a CW QSO on the air. Individuals may attain higher code speeds and may want to go to different levels of depth on some of the following:
- How do I increase my speed using on-air or online tools?
- How do I send cw with a straight key, or paddles, or a bug, or a sideswiper, or even a keyboard? (I’ll bring these in to class for people to try.) Should I bypass the straight key and learn on an iambic paddle with a keyer right off the bat?
- How do I connect my logging program on my computer to my transceiver to send Morse?
- Other questions arising from things they’ve heard or read.
STARTING DATE: Tuesday September 17, 2019
PLACE: St. John Ambulance Facility, 250 Gage Avenue, Kitchener