CWA Beginner – Session 6


Session 6, introduces the letters F and Y. F is the reversed L. Though it sounds distinctly different, some folks have difficulty between the letters the first few times.   (Thanks, Mateo, for sending out the Lesson 6 mp3 file that you can listen to on headphones.)

Welcome, Session 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16

In the official CWOPS Beginner Book, session 6 is divided into copying segments: 

m, w, 3, 6, f, y (five times each)

you, toy, foot, tooth, root, cute, noise, larry, roy, ton, teeth, feet, yet, they, say, ray, hay, your, fair, fare, far, fur, furry, hw?, F5IN, YO1AR, HH5H, NO3M, AA3, U S52R, 1512, 3316, is this fair?, yes it is, the fur flies, she is shy, I say no, she says yes

And sending segments: 

cute, said, raid, stir, him, feet, hw?, F5IN, YO1AR, HH5H, NO3M, AA3U, S52R, 1512, 3316, she says yes, he says no, who is he?, he is will, no he is walt

At the end of this session, we are 17/26ths towards a complete alphabet, though the letters we have learned lead to a lot of creative words like wildfire, furry animals, Curly and Moe (session 9 will give us “nyuk nyuk”), monument and fly fish

For the bonus homework, be prepared to send two groups from the “Sending Segments” and three words of your choice from the letters we’ve learned (they can be your own or from the list). In two weeks, we’ll have everything we need to build a QSO cheat sheet and start sending sample QSOs in class.  When we do, we’ll mix it up the routine a little bit by having you call to another student (while in Zoom), do a simple response, then call the next student.  

W1AW – ARRL makes available MP3s in a variety of speeds based on text pulled from the QST magazine: http://www.arrl.org/code-practice-files    Additionally, they also do on the air runs from the west coast that you can listen to on the air. 

Snoqualmie Falls Wildcat IPA is available at Total Wine and BevMo.  
The Solder and Smoke Podcast Mateo mentioned is available here.  

Sunday’s session 7, will introduce the letters G and P, Numbers and 9, and the / character.  P can be a little tricky because of its timing – dit, hold the key for two dashes, then dit.  (It’s the inverse of X, which we’ll learn in session 10.)   

The slant is even more musical than the character and shows up most frequently in call signs – portable (/P or /M), operating in a different country.  For example, if Bill were operating in BC, he would send WS6Y/VE7.  

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