SCW Apr 22

Stop Press - correction to times

I’ve just noticed in the Guidelines below that cleverly, I’d included a line from the December contest with times.  Per the text of the info, the event will be held on Saturday night from 1100z to 1400z - ie 7pm WA time or 2100 Eastern to 10pm WA time or midnight Eastern... and for our SA mates... somewhere in between!

And to identify whether people are members of PARG, Secretary David has attached an updated list of members to the Logger (head over to the last Worksheet tab) - and David will be able to check and adjust your score when he gets the spreadsheets.

CQ QRS Slow CW Corroboree

The fifth PARG 80m CQ QRS Slow CW Contest will be held on Saturday April 16th from 1900 to 2200 WA time (1100z to 1400z).

The event is called the CQ QRS Slow CW Corroboree, a very friendly and supportive get-together of newcomers and old hands alike from WA and other areas, intended to allow everyone to have a go at CW irrespective of how good or bad your Morse is.

Participants are encouraged to give it a go, even if you’ve never used CW before - the contest will involve very simple standard exchanges, which could even be done using cheat-sheets if needed.  Operating hints for those who haven’t used CW before (or whose keys are getting a bit rusty) are attached below.  It’s all about having a bit of fun in a very safe environment - most participants will be struggling to receive and send, just the same as everyone else!

The event will be held on Saturday April 16th, from 1900 to 2200 hours WA time, and is open to everyone - all amateurs and Short Wave listeners are encouraged to have a go.

Oh, there is also a weekly CQ QRS net on Tuesday evenings from 1700 to about 1900 which starts on 3565kHz and continues with stations calling and responding with Slow CW between 3540 and 3570kHz.  This is for everyone who would like to have a go - further details are also available here: On-Air Practice Sessions

So the Slow CW Corroboree Guidelines and the logging spreadsheet are attached below;  the Guidelines are likely to be updated closer to the event, so please check back just beforehand.  

Also below you'll find the handy dandy CW operating hints page for your reference.  Also, the Bragging-Rights winner of the last Corroboree Gary VK6GAL / W4GAL has posted some very useful hints for participants on his website: - and these are reproduced in the attachment (220328 VK6GAL Notes on PARG CW Event.pdf) below.

If you can't join this event this time, but would like to be advised of future ones, I send out the times by email before each session via a Slow CW Contest email distribution list - and I'd be happy to add any interested amateurs and Short Wave Listeners to the list; for more info go to: or email me at


Mark Bosma
Bowning NSW

David Millett
Secretary & Contest Manager, Peel Amateur Radio Group

From the latest OTN magazine: “The wireless telegraph is not difficult to understand. The ordinary telegraph is like a very long cat. You pull the tail in New York, and it meows in Los Angeles. The wireless is the same, only without the cat.” — Albert Einstein
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