I have been at the radio game for a long time. Within the last year or so I found out just how long because I was forced to calculate just when I was licensed to support an article I wrote for the Novice Historical Page here: http:\\www.novice.bappy.com which shows an approximate license date of spring 1959. Time flies! Mostly, during my radio careers and hobby days I had been a phone operator with an interest in contesting and DX’ing. During most of my time operating I was little interested in Morse. All of that changed when I met another Ham equally interested in improving CW operating skills about 18 months ago. Since then we have kept a 1 hour per day schedule, mostly on 20 meters, for the express purpose of polishing our skill set.
During our practice sessions I sorted out how to use pro signs and correct CW procedure from what little I could recall reading in an ancient ARRL publication called “Operating and Amateur Station” edition number 40 or 41. Copies can be found on the net here: http:\\www.n4mw.com/ARRL/arrl04.htm. Mostly it was by guessing and listening to others. Recently however, a very nice publication came available from authors ON4UN and ON4WW called “Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur” which I will place on this page as a .pdf. It addresses most issues that one might encounter in any operating situations and gives in depth looks into conventional contest protocols as well as newer digital techniques. Being an old dog and always mindful of my shortcomings I found it to be a wonderful read and a true “Keeper”. It can be found here:Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur
Thanks for reading. Best, Chas W7MAP/5