The Art & Skill of Radio-Telegraphy

-Second Revised Edition-
William G. Pierpont N0HFF

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Chapter 17 - Common Errors and What To Do About Them


Both in sending and receiving errors are sometimes made.

Good operators make very few if any while sending, but "errors" do occur both during sending and especially while receiving under various adverse conditions.  These make it necessary for us to keep in mind letters that may be mistakenly formed or because of poor conditions appear to sound alike:-

Specific errors that are  often repeated show us where we need to give special practice.  If we tend to confuse two characters, we can eliminate it by hearing them one after another until their differences in rhythm become obvious to us.

When we look over our copy and find non-sense or obvious missed out areas, the correction can often be made simply from examining the  context.  (This will  generally not work for numbers, scrambled letters or call signs, where there is no repetition to help out.)  Normal procedure when you catch yourself making an error while you are sending may be handled something like this: -

 (The pause will indicate to him the problem.)


The Art and Skill of Radio-Telegraphy-Second Revised Edition-
©William G. Pierpont N0HFF