Giving Back (On-Air Practice)

One of the unique things about CWops is our commitment to help other hams learn and improve their CW skills. And, though the club is also known for its CWTs, QTX, and CW Open, its CW Academy is what most people judge it and its members by. It is an unprecedented program in the history of ham radio.

The Giving Back program is emblematic of this. Originally intended as a way to provide practice for CW Academy students, the Giving Back program is really open to anyone who wants to enjoy a casual, conversational QSO.

Most Giving Back volunteers get on the air, at 7 PM their local time, and look for opportunities to QSO at a moderate speed (15-20 wpm). During northern hemisphere winter months, they can be found on 40 and 80 meters, and during the northern hemisphere summer months, you will find them on 20 and 40 meters. Typical frequencies are 30-39 KHz above the lower band edge. You will recognize their CQs by the “GB” sent before the “K” at the end (e.g. CQ de K6RB GB K).

Below, is the list of volunteers and the stations they worked last month.

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