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.

ECWARC Newsletter 19

posted 22 Nov 2017, 01:46 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

ECWARC Newsletter 19 is now available to view.

ECWARC Activity Week 2017

posted 10 Nov 2017, 03:30 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

The next ECWARC activity week will take place between Monday 13th and Sunday 19th November 2017. We will also be using the club call GX1FCW.  

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.

Boot Camp 2017 - Delegate comments!

posted 24 Oct 2017, 07:51 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club   [ updated 25 Oct 2017, 07:36 ]

*Enjoyable, interesting and in my case challenging day M0VLL

*Thanks for all your hard work, you covered loads G3XVL

*I thoroughly enjoyed myself and confidence boosted no end G4EUW

*I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and non-competitive spirit of the group exercises M0ICH

*It was well worth the 155 mile journey and really great to spend the day with fellow

 CW enthusiasts M6KET

*a great day, informative and enjoyable G0JYI

*Thanks to ECWARC for putting this event on, so much work behind the scenes G0DFC

*I appreciate the efforts you all made to organise the Bootcamp G3XLG

*very successful M3NQA

*thanks for a good educational day chaps 2E0HXE

*a truly great CW boot camp G0CWZ

*thanks to ECWARC for an interestingly challenging day Rick.

*What a great and enjoyable day!

*Thanks to all who provided the tuition and lectures, and the chef!

*I travelled 55 miles each way for the day, but it was well worth it.

*The mix of CW practice and lectures was about right.

*The tips about sending and setting up keys were extremely useful G0STR

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

ECWARC Newsletter 18

posted 7 Jun 2017, 01:35 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club

ECWARC Newsletter 18 is now available to view.

CW Boot Camp 21st October 2017

posted 22 May 2017, 02:42 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club   [ updated 25 May 2017, 03:44 ]

The Essex CW Club (ECWARC) is pleased to announce that the results of our Boot Camp survey make it clear such an event will be very welcome.  It has been decided therefore to go ahead.  The date will be Saturday 21st October 2017.

Some of the areas of strongest interest recorded were Morse progression, contest techniques, twin paddle operation, and RSGB testing.  Many respondents also listed supervised on-air operating for the novice.  We will cover all these areas and others as well.

The response indicates that we will have to limit the number of places.  If you wish to be included, please register as early as possible your intention to attend and list your areas of interest in order of importance.  We are requesting a minimum donation of £7.50 on the day to cover the cost of hall hire, refreshments, etc.  Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.  Our email is

This promises to be an exciting and informative event.  We have some excellent speakers and operators who will answer all your questions, give demonstrations and tuition, and help you to achieve your goals in CW operating.  You will also have the opportunity to meet many other like-minded enthusiasts in what promises to be a first-class seminar. We look forward to seeing you!


3rd Witham Scout & Guide HQ

Powers Hall End




National Field Day 2017

posted 9 May 2017, 02:33 by G4ZUL Essex CW Club   [ updated 11 May 2017, 08:06 ]

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 3rd/4th this year.  It starts at 1500 GMT (4 pm local time) Saturday June 3rd and concludes 24 hours later on the Sunday afternoon.

The QTH is the same as for the last few years:

Back Road,


CM9 8TP.

Grid:  94081107.

Entrance is through the gate opposite Old Hall Lane.

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.

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