Nice night for 20, 30, and 40

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Good DX on 20, 30 and 40 - Just worked Easter Is, Madagascar,  Antartica, and Germany.
What I think is impressive is this is off a sloper at 55'.
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That's what I get for not reading this forum every night.  Easter, Madagascar, and Antarctica would all be ATNOs for me.

Damn... I didn't even thing there WAS ham radio on Easter Island.  Does one of the moai fire-up a rig from time to time, and get on 20M RTTY?  :-)

Color me jealous,

Peter
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Some day, I'll screw up the courage and energy to get back to CW. I feel like a dolt missing a major mode this way.

Test mode means that Test Signing is enabled. Basically, it bypasses the requirement for kernel mode code modules (like drivers) to be signed with a "real" digital code signing certificate. Signing unambiguously identifies who created the driver package and guarantees that the package hasn't been altered in any way since it was created. When you enable test signing, random kernel mode modules can be loaded.

Signing only applies to 64bit Windows systems and any Windows system with Secure Boot enabled.

That's really all it does.

Peter
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Walt...Sometimes you will hear a DX station send "ATNO?" or "ATNO Only" which is an invitation for only stations who have NEVER worked that DX entity on any band or mode.  It is supposed to be a way to encourage the DX hogs to step aside from the trough and let the little guys add a new one to their list.  Unfortunately it is often ignored because 1) some DX Hogs don't care, 2) Many in the pileup can't even teem to copy "UP," let alone "ATNO!"

Peter...One of the least embarrassing ways to get back into CW is either DXing or CW Contesting.  The exchanges are brief and predictable.  You can S&P and listen long enough that you can get the other person's call correct before you try him.  If you don't copy it all just send '?'  and he will gladly repeat.  And if you get totally screwed up, just send TU and move on!  ha ha.  No one will remember a thing to hold it against you later.  And almost everyone else is sending above their copying speed anyway.  (NOTE to the purists....Yes, the BEST way to improve CW speed is hours and hours of rag chewing.  But DXing and Contesting are the least embarrassing ways.  IMHO.)

Typical contest speeds are 25-35 WPM.  In fact, some studies I have seen say that 32 is just about the perfect sending speed for a contest "RUN" station because it hits the balance between speed and risk of requiring repeats because the other station couldn't copy fast enough.  

I started getting back into it about three years ago after 4 years absent from home station HF (due to difficulty getting an antenna in the air.)  I started on contesting again, sending about 18 WPM.  It only took about two contests and I was back to being comfortable sending/receiving DX/Contest exchanges between 25-35 WPM.  Then spending almost a year hunting the W1AW/p stations on three modes really polished up my CW.  I still can't rag chew much over 18 WPM, but it sounds so SLOW when I send at that speed!  (I NEVER thought I would say that!)  

I learned CQ the "wrong way" in 6th grade by counting dots and dashes and created a "look-up table" mental block at about 10 WPM.  Lots of retraining in 1978 got me past the 13 WPM and General test in front of the FCC examiner at one of their quarterly testing sessions at the federal building in Indianapolis.  Then through contesting and writing a CW Trainer for my wife (using GW-Basic!) I finally got past the 20 WPM in 1986.  Somewhere along there I went from hating CW to tolerating it as a necessary evil, to actually enjoying it in contests and DXing.  The worst part of the "code" is its name.  When we start seeing it as an "auditory alphabet" rather than a "code" then our brains process it differently.  It isn't encryption, it is simply our minds drawing the alphabet with sound, rather than with pen and ink.

Good luck.  Take a shot at it and have fun.  Remember it is only a hobby.  If you mess up no one cares.  (And the ones who DO get all worked up about it....forget about them!)

Ken - NM9P
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Wait....you mean this IS only a hobby? I did not know that Ken (ATNO in a cq).
Peter, ya know what helped me a great deal get cw back? The Koch app for IOS or Android..maybe even Windows but, well, you know. Thanks for the info on test. I ended up having to google and found how to put win7 in test mode so I could load the vac driver for psdr when I was using the 1500.  But that made me nervous as heck that perhaps it disabled all attack preventions.

Pretty much for the very reason Ken mentioned, Koch app is great as you set the speed you want to get proficient at, say 35, and it starts off with 2 letters in random order. Once you get solid recognizing, say, r and m at 35 wpm you progress up to the next lesson which is 3 letters randomly etc etc. As Ken suggested, which I agree with something less than 30 say 28 or 32.

Ken, you mean to say people actually hold qso's still???? WOW. I was lamenting the passage of that form of communications kind of like the loss of the English language now that texting has supplanted it, hihi. I meant that a little ficitiously but at times when I've tried the other end says 73 and moves on. 

Also,, Ken, that’s what sabotaged me getting to 13...the time it took to mentally convert the sounds to an image of ..- or - ..-. then converting that to a letter. I totally concur transform the sound to a letter not a pattern of symbols.
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Gentlemen... Thanks for the encouragement.  And thanks for the excellent idea, Ken, of how to practice in the least embarrassing way possible by participating in a contest S&Ping.  Great suggestion.

When I learned CW back 10 years ago (I've only been a ham for ten years... I'm proud to say I was one of the last people that was required to pass the CW test before it was abolished) I used an old-school program that taught me to associate the CW sounds directly with words/letters. R was the sound br-RAB-bit (dit-DAH-dit) and N was NAH-zi (DAH-dit)... (do you THINK this program originated during  WWII?).  Anyhow, it was surprisingly effective.

For 99 cents I'll get the Koch Trainer and play on my iPad.  Yes, I have an iPad.  No I don't know how to program on it.  Yes, I use it more than my Windows Surface Pro 4, but I use the iPad only for fun.  Never mind that now... :-)

Again, guys, thanks for the suggestions and thanks for the encouragement.  Some day I won't be CW handicapped.

Peter
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Trust me when I tell you, you'll be equally adept with objective C.
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Nice job, Walt.  I only had a few minutes and tried a few times for both Easter Is. and Madagascar. (I think it was 40 Meters) But I couldn't get through the pileup.  It wasn't the best time for propagation and I need an amp!  But I had meetings and other responsibilities, so I couldn't play for long, just hit and miss.  Perhaps tonight I will try again.  Then it is a busy weekend with little time for radio.  (Family gatherings on Thursday & Saturday, and services on Sunday)
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Wow...Had a spare couple of hours today - late afternoon...(3:45-5:15 pm EST)
Worked:  Samoa (15CW), Easter Island (15CW), Suriname (15CW), Turks & Caicos Is. (30CW), Corsica (40CW), Martinique (30CW),  All of them either new contacts on the band, or unconfirmed by LOTW....and there is more out there...everyone must be testing early for the CQWW Contest this weekend....

Ken - NM9P
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I also got Samoa, Easter Island and Suriname on 15 CW, and the Bahamas and the British Virgins on 20 RTTY.  With just a bit of luck I may complete RTTY DXCC and/or 40m before the end of the year.  Those are the only two I have left that are possible with the antennas I have in place.  When I got the 6500 two years ago (right about this time), I had 250 Mixed/225 CW.  Since then I've filled out Phone and all single bands from 30-10.