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RaRa XARC CW Group
Come Learn CW or Hone Your Skills

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Tuesday night, 9PM CW Practice Net
(info below) 

Upcoming Meetings:

(to be announced)


RaRa XARC CW Group is a joint project of the Rochester Amateur Radio Association and the XRX Amateur Radio Club to help fellow hams learn Morse Code and promote CW operation.

All are welcome to join – anytime. Start when you are available and progress at your own pace. It is not a class but a group effort.

To join, please contact:

Tim Brown, WB2PAY,,

Bob Karz, K2OID,, or

Forest Shick, WA2MZG,

The goals of the group are:

– Help fellow hams learn Morse Code

– Develop CW operating skills

– Teach CW etiquette

– Increase code proficiency

– Develop new CW Elmers

Our group has three levels of proficiency:

– You are a BEGINNER if you have no Morse Code skills or
   you can receive less than 5WPM (Words Per Minute)

– You are an INTERMEDIATE if you can receive 5 to 15 WPM

– You are an ELMER if you can receive over 15WPM

Learning methods are tailored to members’ needs:

– In person

– Over the air

– On the computer


As presenters and topics are available there will be more monthly meetings.

Previous Meetings:

– March 2019:

      QRP kits (Download Slides)

– November 2018:

      CW The Original Mode (Download Slides)

– December 2018:

      Your First CW QSO (Download Slides) (Video Link)

Tuesday Practice Net

Every Tuesday night, 9PM CW practice net:

– Initial checkin on the XRX repeater: 145.29MHz, PL110.9, analog FM

– Then QSY to 50.250MHz USB for Net Checkin

– Finally, change modes to CW

Typical QSO's are practiced.

Instructions are given at the beginning of the net on USB.


Name Call Sign Email
Bob Karz K2OID
Tim Brown WB2PAY
Peter Fournia W2SKY
Bill Hopkins AA2YV
Larry Lavery WW2J
Ned Asam W2NED
Joe Rowe AG2Y


Common CW Abbreviations (PDF)

Just Learn Morse Code (software)

So You Want to Learn Morse Code (AA9PW)

Morse Code Course (The Ham Whisperer)

W1AW Operating Schedule (ARRL)

Code Practice Archives (ARRL)

North American QRP CW Club (NAQCC)

Straight Key Century Club (SKCC)

The International Morse Preservation Society (FISTS CW Club)

Having Fun with Morse, Getting Started with CW & Getting on HF Bands with Any License (K8ZT)

Improving Morse Code Proficiency Tricks of the Trade Overcoming Common Problems   new!

Last revised: 08/15/19 08:32 AM

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