LIDS CW Boot Camp

LIDS is delighted to announce the date of our first Morse code ‘boot camp’ as Saturday 16th April to be held at the Memorial Hall, Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 8NY.

A boot camp is ideal for those who have started learning Morse code but would benefit from a whole day immersed in CW to help them improve.  The day will start at 10am and there will be a mixed programme of concentrated practice to boost copy speeds, sending techniques using straight keys and paddles, and even live QSOs!!  There will also be lots of tea breaks along the way to help unscramble our brains.  We will aim to finish at 4pm but it will really be when everyone has had enough.

There is no charge for the boot camp itself but attendees will need to make their own transport arrangements.  There’s no private parking at the venue but there is free parking in the side streets.  If travelling by train then it’s a 25 min taxi ride from either Bristol Temple Meads or Bristol Parkway.  Refreshments will be available throughout the day, and you can either bring a packed lunch or there are cafes and supermarkets within a few minutes walk from the venue.  There is also a pub just over the road…

We’ll have an HF station set-up on the day to give the MX0LCW club callsign an airing with our new-found skills and there will also be talk-in on 2m FM.

If you would like to attend then please email g7agi@lidscw.org with your name, callsign, email and mobile number. It would also help if you could let us know your current standard (be honest!) and your expectations from the day.  There are 12 places available and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, with places reserved for those that completed the Doodle survey.  Further updates and joining instructions will be sent out to participants via email.

Sadly we couldn’t find a perfect date to accommodate everyone but if this one is a success then there will certainly be more planned for the future and we will try to move the venue around the country too.

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