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Code Class

Posted 03 May 2005
Updated 27 Oct 2005

Week 1
Nov 1- 5
Week 2
Nov 8-12
Week 3
Nov 15-19
Week 4
Nov 22-26
Week 5
Nov 29-Dec 3
Session 1
Tuesday
Session 1
Tuesday
Session 1
Tuesday
Session 1
Tuesday
Session 1
Tuesday
Session 2
Thursday
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 |  Preamble  |  Getting Started  |  Code Sessions  |  Exam Info  |  More Cram Sessions  | 



Preamble

Welcome to the Code Class sponsored by the K4TQU Repeater and The Ol'Geezer Group. My Name is Max, and my call is KC4GZX. The Code Class will be held on the 147.375+ Repeater at 7PM each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night for 5 weeks, starting November 1. During the week of Thanksgiving we will hold a relaxed schedule. If you can be here, please do so, if you're out of town, no problem, you'll only miss practice sessions. The goal is to be ready for the Code Exam Sessions held Dec. 4 at Gainesville and Dec. 5 in Athens.

Answers and additional session material are available on our webpage. Simply type in WWW.QSL.NET/KC4GZX. Click on the red KC4GZX callsign to go to the Home Webpage. Click on the "Code Class" link near the top of the lefthand column.

If you are taking the class please Email me at the address below and let me know. If you have questions, problems or comments please send an Email if you're unable to communicate on the repeater.




Getting Started

The Ultimate Goal is to pass the Code Test by demonstrating your ability to copy Morse Code. You do that by copying 25 consecutive characters correctly or answering 10 fill-in-the-blank questions. Learn to copy the code first. Don't allow yourself to be distracted. Put your Code Key in the back of the closet. Don't try to convert signs into dit-dahs as you drive. Don't whistle Morse Code to each other over the repeater. You can learn to send code after you pass the test and get on the air. Don't get distracted, you've got to pass the test first!

Try to do 30 minutes of practice each day. Don't do more than an hour of practice each day. The hole in your head will only accept so much, and you will look silly with code hanging out of your ear!

Use a smooth rolling pen or pencil, the quicker you can write the character the quicker you'll be ready to copy the next one. Keep all of your code sessions in a spiral notebook.

Write 5 characters in each group and 5 groups per line. If you miss a character, just put a dash at that position. You can come back at the end of the session and fill-in missed characters. This is a very difficult habit to overcome and the one that causes us to miss the most characters. Our brains are always screaming, "I know this one. Gimme a second. Gimme a second." The important thing is not to miss the next 3 or 4 characters trying to decipher the one that you missed.


Code Sessions

The first two weeks are devoted to learning the 43 characters the FCC requires to be on the exam. These are the 26 characters of the alphabet, the 10 digits, 4 punctuation characters and 3 procedure signs(ProSigns). All the code on this page uses the ARRL-Farnsworth method of 5 Words-per-Minute sent at 15 Words-per-Minute character speed.

Click on the Link on the left side of the table to listen to the 3 minute Drill. The Drill repeats 5 characters in each group and 5 groups per line. To see what was just sent, Click the Link on the right to bring up an answer page.

Drill: Here are the characters for each 3 minute Drill. Listen to the sound then say the character as you write it down. Don't you dare utter any Dit Dahs. Hear the Sound,   Say the Character,   Write it down.

MixMaster: This is random groups of all the characters in the current session. Listen to the first MixMaster, then check your answers. If you are stumbling or hesitating on certain characters then go back and do the Drill for those characters. Repeat these steps till you can copy 90% of the characters correctly.

MixMaster Review: This is random groups of all the characters in the current session plus all the characters in all of the previous sessions. Listen to the first MixMaster Review, then check your answers. If you are stumbling or hesitating on certain characters then go back and do the Drill for those characters. If the characters you are missing are in another session, then go to that session and do the Drill. Repeat these steps till you can copy 90% of the characters correctly.

Turbo Round: ( Optional ) This is 7 minutes of (7 WPM/15 WPM) random code. Again, 5 characters in each group and 5 groups per line.

If you feel everything up to this point is way too easy, then listen to the first 3 or 4 minutes of the Turbo Round, then check your answers. If you are stumbling or hesitating on certain characters then go back and do the Drill for those characters. If the characters you are missing are in another session, then go to that session and do the Drill. Now, listen to the entire 7 minutes. If you're able to copy 85-90% then you're doing great! If you didn't do so well, do a little drill on the characters that seem to be giving the most trouble. In either case, at this point, give it up. Go watch TV for a while. Let your brain relax and assimilate. Don't try to copy the Turbo Round more than twice. We're not going for speed. We just want to stress your brain enough to make clear which characters may still need some drill.

QSO:


Exam Info

Athens, GA

    1st Monday of each EVEN-numbered month at 7:00 pm - Except Holidays
    Location: Athens Radio Club shack, 2095 W. Broad Street.
    Contact: EDWIN FUQUA, N4VA (706) 354-1727 (M-F 9-5) or
    (706) 540-1088(Cell) After Work hours only.
    E-mail: edwinfuqua@yahoo.com

Gainesville, GA

    1st Sunday of EVEN-numbered months
    at Johnson High School, 3305 Poplar Springs Road
    Contact: ALFRED WESTBROOK, KT4VP (770) 965-4901
    Email: kt4vp@arrl.net

Stone Mountain, GA   Alford Memorial Radio Club

    ARRL / VEC
    2nd Saturday of ODD-numbered months at 8:30 am
    at Stone Mountain United Methodist Church, 5312 W. Mountain St.
    Contact: BOB VARONE, W4ETN (770) 978-3179
    Email:bvarone@juno.com

More Atlanta Area Amateur Radio VEC Exam Locations.

General information for exam sessions.

Procedures for exam sessions are very similar. All of the sessions are walk-in, no pre-registration is required. You should arrive at the exam site at least 15 minutes before the exam is scheduled to start paperwork processing.

Please bring two (2) forms of identification. One that includes a picture of the applicant on the ID, like a drivers license or a student ID. The other form of Identification needs to be proof of your Social Security number.

Parents should provide some form of identification for non-driving minors. Social Security Card or number will be needed. Other forms of acceptable ID include passports, library cards with photo, or School Student ID.

If you are coming to upgrade your license, bring your IDs and both the originals and photocopies of your current amateur license and any Certificates proving credit from previous exams that you have taken. These will be needed to show completetion of prior exams for your upgrade.

There is an administration fee for all of the tests of about $10.00. It might be more or less depending on the VE Group running the test.

All needed forms will be supplied by the exam teams - it will not be necessary to bring an FCC form 610. Pencils and scratch paper are provided at most of the sessions, but you should probably have one pen or pencil of your own. Calculators are allowed, but you must be able to show the examiner team that the memories of any programmable calculators have been cleared before the exam starts.

Good Luck! -ARRL-GA.ORG


Note!

A group of KARC club members are starting a Slow Speed CW Net, starting November 17th at 7:30 pm EST. If you are in the Atlanta area and would like to listen the net will begin by coordinating on the KARC repeater 146.880 - HF freq/bands are being looked at now. Everyone is welcomed, if you are outside the area just listen around the bands for these guys and jump in.









Week 1 - Session 1
Drill Answers
Letter A Letter A
Letter B Letter B
Letter C Letter C
Letter D Letter D
Letter E Letter E
Number 1 Number 1
Number 2 Number 2
Prosign . Prosign .
MixMaster Review 1 MixMaster Review 1
MixMaster Review 2 MixMaster Review 2
MixMaster Review 3 MixMaster Review 3
Turbo Round 1 Turbo Round 1


Week 1 - Session 2
Drill Answers
Letter F Letter F
Letter G Letter G
Letter H Letter H
Letter I Letter I
Letter J Letter J
Number 3 Number 3
Number 4 Number 4
Prosign , Prosign ,
MixMaster 1 MixMaster 1
MixMaster 2 MixMaster 2
MixMaster Review 1 MixMaster Review 1
MixMaster Review 2 MixMaster Review 2
MixMaster Review 3 MixMaster Review 3
Turbo Round 1 Turbo Round 1


Week 1 - Session 3
Drill Answers
Letter K Letter K
Letter L Letter L
Letter M Letter M
Letter N Letter N
Number 5 Number 5
Number 6 Number 6
Prosign ? Prosign ?
MixMaster 1 MixMaster 1
MixMaster 2 MixMaster 2
MixMaster Review 1 MixMaster Review 1
MixMaster Review 2 MixMaster Review 2
MixMaster Review 3 MixMaster Review 3
Turbo Round 1 Turbo Round 1




Week 2 - Session 1
Drill Answers
Letter O Letter O
Letter P Letter P
Letter Q Letter Q
Letter R Letter R
Number 7 Number 7
Number 8 Number 8
Prosign / Prosign /
MixMaster 1 MixMaster 1
MixMaster 2 MixMaster 2
MixMaster Review 1 MixMaster Review 1
MixMaster Review 2 MixMaster Review 2
MixMaster Review 3 MixMaster Review 3
Turbo Round 1 Turbo Round 1


Week 2 - Session 2
Drill Answers
Letter S Letter S
Letter T Letter T
Letter U Letter U
Letter V Letter V
Number 9 Number 9
Number 0 Number 0
Prosign AR Prosign AR
MixMaster 1 MixMaster 1
MixMaster 2 MixMaster 2
MixMaster Review 1 MixMaster Review 1
MixMaster Review 2 MixMaster Review 2
MixMaster Review 3 MixMaster Review 3
Turbo Round 1 Turbo Round 1


Week 2 - Session 3
Drill Answers
Letter W Letter W
Letter X Letter X
Letter Y Letter Y
Letter Z Letter Z
Prosign BT Prosign BT
Prosign SK Prosign SK
MixMaster 1 MixMaster 1
MixMaster 2 MixMaster 2
MixMaster Review 1 MixMaster Review 1
MixMaster Review 2 MixMaster Review 2
MixMaster Review 3 MixMaster Review 3
Turbo Round 1 Turbo Round 1




Week 3 - Session 1
Practice Answers
QSO 1 QSO 1
QSO 2 QSO 2
QSO 3 QSO 3
QSO 4 QSO 4
QSO 5 QSO 5
MixMaster Review 1 MixMaster Review 1
MixMaster Review 2 MixMaster Review 2
MixMaster Review 3 MixMaster Review 3
Turbo Round 1 Turbo Round 1


Week 3 - Session 2
Practice Answers
QSO 6 QSO 6
QSO 7 QSO 7
QSO 8 QSO 8
QSO 9 QSO 9
QSO 10 QSO 10
MixMaster Review 1 MixMaster Review 1
MixMaster Review 2 MixMaster Review 2
MixMaster Review 3 MixMaster Review 3
Turbo Round 1 Turbo Round 1


Week 3 - Session 3
Practice Answers
QSO 11 QSO 11
QSO 12 QSO 12
QSO 13 QSO 13
QSO 14 QSO 14
QSO 15 QSO 15
MixMaster Review 1 MixMaster Review 1
MixMaster Review 2 MixMaster Review 2
MixMaster Review 3 MixMaster Review 3
Turbo Round 1 Turbo Round 1




Week 4 - Session 1
Practice Answers
QSO 1 QSO 1
QSO 2 QSO 2
QSO 3 QSO 3
QSO 4 QSO 4
QSO 5 QSO 5
MixMaster Review 1 MixMaster Review 1
MixMaster Review 2 MixMaster Review 2
MixMaster Review 3 MixMaster Review 3
Turbo Round 1 Turbo Round 1


Week 4 - Session 2
Practice Answers
QSO 6 QSO 6
QSO 7 QSO 7
QSO 8 QSO 8
QSO 9 QSO 9
QSO 10 QSO 10
MixMaster Review 1 MixMaster Review 1
MixMaster Review 2 MixMaster Review 2
MixMaster Review 3 MixMaster Review 3
Turbo Round 1 Turbo Round 1


Week 4 - Session 3
Practice Answers
QSO 11 QSO 11
QSO 12 QSO 12
QSO 13 QSO 13
QSO 14 QSO 14
QSO 15 QSO 15
MixMaster Review 1 MixMaster Review 1
MixMaster Review 2 MixMaster Review 2
MixMaster Review 3 MixMaster Review 3
Turbo Round 1 Turbo Round 1




Week 5 - Session 1
Practice Answers
QSO 1 QSO 1
QSO 2 QSO 2
QSO 3 QSO 3
QSO 4 QSO 4
QSO 5 QSO 5
MixMaster Review 1 MixMaster Review 1
MixMaster Review 2 MixMaster Review 2
MixMaster Review 3 MixMaster Review 3
Turbo Round 1 Turbo Round 1


Week 5 - Session 2
Practice Answers
QSO 6 QSO 6
QSO 7 QSO 7
QSO 8 QSO 8
QSO 9 QSO 9
QSO 10 QSO 10
MixMaster Review 1 MixMaster Review 1
MixMaster Review 2 MixMaster Review 2
MixMaster Review 3 MixMaster Review 3
Turbo Round 1 Turbo Round 1


Week 5 - Session 3
Practice Answers
QSO 11 QSO 11
QSO 12 QSO 12
QSO 13 QSO 13
QSO 14 QSO 14
QSO 15 QSO 15
MixMaster Review 1 MixMaster Review 1
MixMaster Review 2 MixMaster Review 2
MixMaster Review 3 MixMaster Review 3
Turbo Round 1 Turbo Round 1





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