Boot Camp & CW Conference

ECWARC Boot Camp, Witham, Essex (Next Bootcamp October 2022)


The hall will be arranged to give maximum space between each attendee. For your own safety and the safety of others, please stick to your own table-groups and maintain social distancing where possible. Face coverings are a personal choice but please note that the event is held entirely indoors.

Hand sanitising products will be available in the toilets and on the tables. Both areas will be cleaned before the start of the day. We advise you to carry hand gel with you at all times and regularly gel your hands. We also request that you refrain from sharing equipment with other attendees (Morse keys, keyers, pens, books, gadgets, etc). Please maintain social distancing of at least 1m (3 feet) when queuing for food, at reception and during the talks.

If you have covid, have covid symptoms, or have been ‘pinged’ by the track ‘n trace system please DO NOT ATTEND the event. If you develop covid symptoms (or feel unwell) while on site please let a member of ECWARC know immediately. The safety officer will be on duty from 08:30 and will be introduced during the welcome session.

The doors open at 08:30 for registration. The meetings begin at 09:00 please be sure to arrive in plenty of time to register. The day finishes at approximately 16:30. To secure your place at Boot Camp will require a non-refundable payment of £10. Places are filling up quickly. To check availability, please contact tony at


If you are new to Boot Camp, here’s a video about our 2017 event. (video courtesy of Essex Ham)

Your main decision is the group you want to work with.

We have four tables:
– Up to 10 wpm
– 10 to 20 wpm x2
– 20+ wpm

Within each group, the aim is to show you how to progress to the top of that group. Note that at times all groups are combined for a number of talks and group Morse activities. If you feel your group is too fast, too slow or you just fancy a change, you are free (and encouraged) to move table at any time during the day.

This is quite an intensive day. If you become tired or don’t want to do a particular activity, you can opt out. Have a coffee, operate the live station, supervised or not supervised as you wish. We will also have the fun and very popular High Speed Morse Contest. There will also be someone to talk to about setting up your Morse station and operating techniques.

Finally, what to bring? All of the following:
1. Morse key with 3.5 mm jack or a suitable 3.5/6.0 mm adaptor
2. Headphones, same jack requirements.
3. Writing pad and pencil/pen
4. Name badge with callsign (if you have one)
5. Plastic cups will be available. If you prefer something more solid, please bring your own mug.

We will provide coffee, tea snacks and a lunch of hot sausage rolls. Bear in mind we are only taking a 30-minute lunch break.

This is going to be a very enjoyable and rewarding day. You will be able to put faces to names and call signs and meet new fellow-enthusiasts. But, most importantly, you will have a clear picture of your Morse strengths and weaknesses and know how to fix and exploit those to improve your operating speed and technique.

You will also be able to obtain information and answers about things that puzzle you: should I use a paddle key? What are all those different types for? How do I set up my straight key? What is the correct procedure for contesting? Which is the best Morse software? And many more.

The venue address is:
3rd Witham Scout & Guide HQ
Rear of Spring Lodge Community Centre
Powers Hall End
Essex CM8 2HE.

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