Boot Camp 27th October 2018

posted 9 Jul 2018, 01:54 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club   [ updated 14 Oct 2018, 06:15 ]

This years’ ECWARC Boot Camp is on schedule for Saturday 27th October 2018. 

Venue address:

3rd Witham Scout & Guide HQ

Rear of Spring Lodge Community Centre

Powers Hall End




The doors will open at 08:30 for registration.  The meetings begin at 09:00 please be sure to arrive in plenty of time to register.  The day finishes at approximately 17:00

Your main decision is to decide which group you want to work with:  under 10 wpm, up to 24 wpm, and 25 wpm up.  Within each group, the aim is to show you how to progress to the top of that group and eventually move into the next group.  Note that at times all groups are combined for a number of talks and group CW activities.

This is quite an intensive day.  If you become tired or don’t want to do a particular activity, you can opt out.  Have a coffee, or sit in on the station we’ll have on the air.  There will be someone to talk to about setting up and operating.  You will be able to use the station yourself, supervised or not as you wish.

Finally, what to bring?  All of the following:

   Morse key with 3.5 mm jack and 3.5/6.0 mm adaptor

   Headphones, same jack requirements.

   Writing pad and pencil/pen

   Name badge with call sign

   Registration Fee £10.00  please bring correct amount (cash only)

Plastic cups will be available.  If you prefer something more solid, please bring your own mug.

We will provide plenty of drinks, cakes, biscuits, and nibbles.  If you require a more substantial lunch, please bring your own.  Bear in mind we are only taking a 30-minute lunch break.

This is going to be a very enjoyable and rewarding day.  You will be able to put faces to names and call signs and meet new fellow-enthusiasts.  But, most importantly, you will have a clear picture of your CW strengths and weaknesses and know how to fix and exploit those to improve your operating speed and technique.

You will also be able to obtain information and answers about things that puzzle and confuse you:  should I use a paddle key?  What are all those different types for?  How do I set up my straight key?  What is the correct procedure for contesting versus regular QSOs?  Which is the best CW software?  And many more.


NFD 2018

posted 6 Jun 2018, 02:37 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club   [ updated 6 Jun 2018, 02:38 ]

Members of Essex CW Club were active during NFD over the weekend of 2nd/3rd 

June 2018 using G4C/P from a new site in Heybridge, Essex.

Equipment used included a K3, manual ATU and doublet antenna. The group  logged in

excess of 800 QSOs.

Operators were G4WQI, G4ZUL, G3XLG, G0JYI, G4PVM, M0ICH, G0DVJ & M0KCP.

Our thanks to all the people that turned up to help setting up and running the station. 

NFD 2018

posted 30 Apr 2018, 08:45 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

ECWARC are pleased to announce that we have once again formed a team for NFD (the RSGB National Field Day event), which takes place on June 2nd/3rd this year.  It starts at 1500 GMT (4 pm local time) Saturday June 2nd and concludes 24 hours later on the Sunday afternoon.

The QTH will be:

Via Daisy Meadow Car park,

Basin Road, Heybridge Basin, CM9 4RR

Grid:  TL870069

The site will be continuously manned by the ECWARC Committee. 

All ECWARC and other CW operators are invited to participate.  You can stop by to operate for a spell, or just to say hello and share a coffee.

For those stopping longer, we will have a BBQ available. Please bring your own food.

NFD is always a fun event whether operating or not.  And it provides a great opportunity to see CW contesting in action and even try your hand.  We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Chris G0EKN S.K.

posted 27 Mar 2018, 01:12 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

We are saddened to learn that Chris G0EKN became SK during March 2018.

All members of ECWARC send their sincere condolences to his wife Stella G0EKP,

ECWARC member 337

Essex CW Club Boot Camp 2017 - video

posted 29 Jan 2018, 08:19 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

Essex CW Club Boot Camp 2017 video is now available via the below link:

RadCom feature January 2018

posted 14 Dec 2017, 00:59 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club   [ updated 18 Dec 2017, 06:07 ]

The January 2018 edition of RadCom features Essex CW Club on Page 88, this can also be viewed via the resources page.

Boot Camp 2017 - Report

posted 25 Oct 2017, 05:42 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

Essex CW Club (ECWARC) held their CW Boot Camp at Witham in Essex on October 21st, and people travelled from all over Southern England to attend.  It was kindly sponsored by Martin Lynch & Sons, who donated two PK-4 Electronic Keyers.

Experience has shown that just undertaking Morse all day is too tiring for this kind of event so the program included a variety of activities to enable attendees to enjoy their day better and to get more out of it.

During the introductory speech, a prize was offered for the candidate who had travelled the furthest.  This turned out to be John/M6KET, who had travelled all the way from Redditch.  He was presented with one of the PK-4 keyers.

Three different CW speed groups were organised, slow, medium and fast.  During the next 90 minutes every attendee was assessed for both sending and receiving.  Each was critiqued on formation of characters, spacing and sending style.  For receiving, speed was gradually increased and many found that this technique helped them to receive at faster speeds.

After coffee the next item was a group session introducing Morse keys.  This included demonstrations on pump and bug keys and a tutorial on how to set them up.  Then a comprehensive talk with slides was given entitled “The Paddle Key” which answered many questions about the different types of key including the touch key, squeeze keying, Iambic A and B, the role of the keyer and good techniques.

At mid-day a second Morse assessment and practice session started with the same speed groupings and ran until lunch at 1300.  ECWARC had also provided hot soup and sausage rolls, so all delegates were well fed.

After lunch a slide-show talk was given on the design and build of a low-cost device to measure the Morse speed of a paddle key, followed by several short talks on various ham software and contesting techniques.

Afternoon coffee was followed by a combined group receiving session in which the speed was gradually increased.  The trick was to stay with it to as high a speed as possible.

With the day drawing to a close, a wrap up speech was given during which the second PK-4 was presented.  One of the seats in use had a sticker concealed underneath it.  The lucky occupant was the winner, who turned out to be Nigel/M0ICH.

Two attendees had their own epiphanies during the day.  Mick/M0GWD achieved his first-ever on-air CW QSO, and Nigel/M0ICH logged only his second HF CW QSO.  They were both delighted.

Every attendee said how much they enjoyed the day and how much they got out of it personally.  The event was voted an outstanding success, and the ECWARC team feel they achieved their goal: to preserve and widen the use of CW operating, and to help raise operating standards.

Founder member Rick G3YEC (SK)

posted 2 Oct 2017, 03:30 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

We are saddened to learn that founder member Rick G3YEC became SK recently.Rick was ECWARC member number 003. All members of ECWARC send their sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Morse Classes Start 7th September 2017

posted 9 Aug 2017, 02:25 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

Morse classes will be starting again at Danbury Village Hall, 7pm, on Thursday, 7th September, 2017.These classes are designed for the complete beginner or, if you have a little experience, we can help to build up your speed and confidence on the key. Instruction is also given on the use of the twin paddle key. Within 8 weeks - if you do your homework - we can get you on the key. Your instructors will be Andy, G0IBN, Oliver, M0WAG and Dean, G4WQI. Just bring yourself, a pen and an A5 size note-book. It's a fun night and you'll be made very welcome. Contact Andy, G0IBN on 01621 868347 or email

Class 1 ECWARC Award issued to Ron DL5CL

posted 22 Dec 2016, 05:02 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

Congratulations to Ron DL5CL, member #77, for being issued with an ECWARC Class 1 operating certificate.

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