Saturday March 23rd.
Here is more information.
Class Title - Morse Code Class
Class Description: From out of the past and into the future! Morse Code (CW) is more popular than ever. All it took was for it not to be required. CW is great for QRP work, gets through when voice modes fail, has its' own parts of the bands, and lets Technicians work more of the HF bands. And that is just the beginning. Any way you do it CW is just plain FUN! We have audio and video instructional material that is easy to hear and fun to learn with. Different techniques are used and presented since there is no one "right" way to learn this, so you will learn no matter how hard you used to think it was or how hard someone has told you it is. And you will have fun doing it. After all if it was not fun, Hams would not be doing it in record numbers.
All classes feature audio and video presentations. Code will be taught in groups of different letters and numbers each week along with common words.
We will be using speeds of 5 Words Per Minute and 15WPM. (We may even go a little higher near the end).
You must supply your own key and oscillator or keyer. You can use a Straight Key, a Bug, or an Iambic Keyer (paddles). Remember an Iambic Keyer does not work with plain code oscillators but needs some electronic component to do the code generation, Many radios have built-in keyers that can be used with paddles in practice mode. For suppliers we recommend you look at the products on the MFJ website http://www.mfjenterprises.com to see pictures and manuals to find what you need. For purchases our recommended vendor is Ham Radio Outlet in Atlanta http://www.hamradio.com. If you call just ask for Mark and let him know you are calling about stuff for a class at the West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Group. (It probably won't get you a better price but he will talk nice to you.) Of course you can buy higher quality keys from Vibroplex and others for more money. Some are in the $100's so it just depends on what you want. I suggest you learn first and use second and then upgrade third.
You will learn to send and receive Morse code, So the oscillator or keyer you use must have a speaker. It is OK to have one that works with headphones also, but it must have a speaker because at times you will be sending to everyone else. You will also get handout materials with links and schedules for practice, etc.Please bring paper for notes and copying code by hand which is the way you will start. You may use a pen or pencils as as you prefer.
Each week you will receive a CD with review and practice material. The final CD will have the full set of Letters, Numbers, Punctuation, Abbreviations, Most Common Words and more.
There is a registration fee of $15 for this class.Please contact Bev123 via email and INCLUDE your phone contact information for additional IMPORTANT details
Of course there is not an FCC test anymore but you will learn how to get a proficiency certificate.