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CW over the internet

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CW over the internet

Any radio hams/ex radio operators/ex radio officers, who are still interested in using CW as a means of communication, but do not want to have to pass a Amateur Radio Licence, to get on the air, nor want to lay out a load of Cider Vouchers for equipment, can make contact with other like minded enthusiast, via a FREE program CWCom. You do not need a morse key, to "transmit"... nor do you need a transmitter or reciever.... it is all done over the internet via your computer.... the Down arrow key is used as a straight key, or you can use the mouse as a Bug Key....
First of all download and install the program from here.... http://www.mrx.com.au/d_cwcom.htm
If yoou have any problems.... send me a PM and I will try to help...
Great fun chatting via CW all over the world, without any expensive equipment or huge rotating beams on a mast in your garden. !
My callsign on there is GEMS  QRV after 2200, (usually)....
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St3
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Re: CW over the internet

i prefer the old way Smiley ill have to dig out my old rotel 240 Wink
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Re: CW over the internet

What "old way" ?
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Re: CW over the internet

Slips of paper rolled up and inserted in to a tube attached to the leg of a pigeon?
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Re: CW over the internet

Smoke signals ?
shalom2010
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Re: CW over the internet

I'll have to try it!! (Ex G4UOL/GD4UOL)
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You could combine it all and use Morse code over the internet using TCP/IP via carrier pigeon at the lower levels for one of the links.
There's an RFC for that somewhere.... Crazy
Edit. There you go: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_over_Avian_Carriers
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Re: CW over the internet

Quote from: shutter
What "old way" ?

i may have read that wrong Smiley
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shalom2010
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Re: CW over the internet

Bring back Doctor Dx with the Commodore computer! (Tried the above program on Windows 8, did not work, sorry)
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OK om - perhaps W8 is too sophisticated.... can you try it using the "compatability mode with XP" in W8, or does W8 not support that anymore... ?
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Re: CW over the internet

Now't to beat the good old photon entanglement interdimensional transmitter.
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Was that before or after the Spark Gap..... I can`t remember... !
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Re: CW over the internet

shutter I tried it compatibility mode. I was able to 'send' with the downward arrow key, but unable to do much else. Used to be able to send over 40wpm,
but with the downward arrow key I'd struggle sending anything! Shame I cannot connect a paddle (which I still have!)
Best 73's !!
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Seemed to recall there was a way of connecting my morse key to my BBC computer years ago, using a simple software program the letters appeared on the screen as you used the key.
This of course has nothing to do with transmitting to anyone else but has got me thinking is there any way a morse code key could be fitted to a modern computer and be used to send morse to someone else with the output appearing on their screen ?
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@ shalom2010.  To connect your bug key to the computer, you need to use a COM PORT... if you do not have a 9 pin COM PORT.... then you can use a USB - COMPORT adapter cable,
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300861783924?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
Cost £5.99 Free Economy delivery.
Comes with a CD driver software, and your computer should recognise it.  
To use a bug key, you need to wire it up to a DB9 Socket....  scroll down on this page for the connections.... Item 12 in the menu...
http://www.mrx.com.au/images/cwcom_help.htm
well worth a read of the whole page, to get the feel of the program and how it works...
You may have to re-configure your COM PORT if it does not work...  ( I have instructions on how to do this ... PM me for them... )
I am using a straight key  see here......  http://nemosphotography.blogspot.co.uk/
GL om... 73 de GEMS sk