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On-Air Practice Sessions

To encourage new and old CWers, the Peel Amateur Radio Group holds 80m on-air slow CW QSO exchange sessions on most Tuesday afternoons from 1700 WA time for anyone interested in having a go on CW - both PARG members and friends of PARG.  

So I will usually give initial calls on 3565KHz (CW frequency - offset up by 700-800Hz if you're receiving on LSB) from 0900z using my VK6QI callsign on one of the VK6SR Remote HF stations.  Once the net is going, please find yourself a quiet spot in the 3540kHz to 3570kHz segment and start calling CQ QRS;  as well, please tune around and call anyone you hear at the speed you're comfortable receiving at.  There's usually people who come up well after 1100z - so like fishing, keep calling until you catch a passing listener.

For newbies, operating suggestions are available http://www.parg.org.au/general-information/cw-training/slow-cw--on-air-training and the Operating Hints at the bottom of the page at http://www.parg.org.au/club-activities-an-events/slow-cw-contest/scw-dec21 may help.

Note, that Tony VK6DQ runs the CW practices on 146.550MHz in the Mandurah area from 1900 WA time until around 2000 each day.

I send out the times by email before each session via a Slow CW email distribution list - and I'd be happy to add any interested amateurs and Short Wave Listeners to the list; click here for more info: https://groups.google.com/g/on-air-slow-cw-training-email or email me at mark.bosma@icloud.com.

Catch you on Tuesday arvo/evening I hope!

Mark Bosma
VK2KI / VK6QI
Bowning NSW

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