Okay, so I stink at sending code. At least I’m getting tired of all the mistakes I make. Bumping 30 wpm is trying my code soul. So today I tried out CW Type. Since I already had N1MM setup with a Digi Keyer interface it was dead simple to just hijack the port settings and go to town on the air with CW Type. Learning to discard the sound of the sidetone while typing however, is another matter entirely. I was sitting on our sked frequency of 10127.5 just fooling around and after a bit I heard some QRQ (?) cw and id’d and asked for a QRS. It turned out to be AB4KX and he and I had my very first all keyboard cw contact. He moved to paddles but I was on keyboard. After a while I got the hang of things and it sounded ok. I was sending at 30 wpm which sounded a lot faster than when I have my Logi Keyer set to 30 wpm. In any event I have now got a backup to my paddles and it works well but will require some getting used to but for now I am pleased. I need to make a box that will allow me to hook up my computer interface as well as my Logi Keyer in parallel so when I tire of one I can use the other seamlessly. Ill have to make a run to the parts shop to find the bits and pieces. The 7800 is so heavy and hard to move on its shelf that I would prefer having a box setup so that handling the big rig is not necessary. Now to find CW Read so that I can copy those really fast guys…..
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