CW watches on LF and HF were dropped by the Coast Guard on April 1, 1995 which ended the Maritime operations for a group of CW operators, replaced by RTTY and other TNC modes.
Below I added recordings of two actual “SOS” recordings. If you’re a “cw fan”, go and copy them. You will find it a challenge and see why those of us who set those watches stress accuracy, not speed. If you copied a 4 when a 3 was sent in a position report, you just threw your search team off by 69 miles, and most likely souls died.
How did you do? What was the name of each ship, its location, and how many souls on board?
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