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    hi. i am new. but enough of that

    My question is why Does Morse code get played on the radio at 1:30?

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    What is the station? Is it a translator? If you can give us the location and frequency, that would help.


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    I'll take a crack at the question. I'm an old navy radioman and one of the last generation who learned 'code'. I haven't used it very much in the 50 years since I got out but can still copy at about 10-12 WPM.

    The reason they are broadcasting code is to give the location where Sonic is giving away free milk shakes to old, retired radio geezers who tend to honk their car horns at each other in code. Drives the wives crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by landtuna View Post
    I'll take a crack at the question. I'm an old navy radioman and one of the last generation who learned 'code'. I haven't used it very much in the 50 years since I got out but can still copy at about 10-12 WPM.

    The reason they are broadcasting code is to give the location where Sonic is giving away free milk shakes to old, retired radio geezers who tend to honk their car horns at each other in code. Drives the wives crazy.
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    Got my Novice ticket in 1967.....my CW instructor was a retired Army colonel who wouldn't qualify me for 5 WPM until I could comfortably copy 13...
    Taking the 5 WPM test under pressure at Custom House in Boston was a piece of cake...Same with passing the 13 WPM for the General license (had to do 18-20 with the Colonel...!!)....
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    Is that AM or PM? Are you sure you're not listening to Radio Reloj skipping out of Cuba. They have several time stations all across the band.
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    If it's only at 1:30, I haven't a clue. If it's continuous, you could be getting an image from a nearby airport beacon.

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    I have a related question for anyone who ever copied code.

    While we were learning (me in Navy 'A' school) we would spend several hours per day listening to code and typing it out on a typewriter (learning typing and code at the same time). Each week we would move up by 2 WPM (a 'word' in this parlance means 5 random characters). My toughest speed came at 14 WPM and I don't know why. The Navy took us through 22 WPM and in all that time I missed only one character in our weekly testing but I really struggled at 14.

    Anyone else experience anything like that - civilian or military?
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    Perhaps you have stumbled upon a clandestine spy transmitter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by landtuna View Post
    I have a related question for anyone who ever copied code.

    While we were learning (me in Navy 'A' school) we would spend several hours per day listening to code and typing it out on a typewriter (learning typing and code at the same time). Each week we would move up by 2 WPM (a 'word' in this parlance means 5 random characters). My toughest speed came at 14 WPM and I don't know why. The Navy took us through 22 WPM and in all that time I missed only one character in our weekly testing but I really struggled at 14.

    Anyone else experience anything like that - civilian or military?
    It was explained to me (long ago....!) that the human brain perceives/interprets sound at a certain rate....the 13 WPM requirement for the General Class FCC license supposedly came about as a way to "work through the wall" at ~13-14 WPM...
    That's why my instructor had me copying a SOLID 20 WPM before he'd qualify me for 13!!
    Haven't touched a key in years....BUT...I STILL have the old J-38 brass key my instructor gave me when I passed my General test!!1 A little MAAS metal polish works wonders....but I like to leave a LITTLE tarnish on it....Can't have it looking TOO un-used...!!
    As mentioned in my earlier post.....my instructor was a retired Army Colonel -- Signal Corps.....so...he TAUGHT code....you LEARNED code!! At ease, soldier!!

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