When I started this thread, I had some kind of idea in my head that there must be some kind of training regimen or manual that is standard procedure on how to progress from the 25-30 wpm range of copy to the 50s or 60s. I think that was what I was looking for. All the computer OS have manuals and dummy books galore on how to go from basic key presser to computer programmer. When I took taekwondo, there was a path. When I bought numerous Runners Worlds, there were schedules on how to walk, then jog, then run. Systems to go from a 10 min/mile to a 7 min/mile and all was fairly basic information. Only after getting to the upper echelon of your abilities was there need for an individual coach or teacher to tell you what you were too close to yourself to see. I had hoped for a system. I guess the system is just 'immersion'. Soaking non-stop in code. I can do that. I appreciate all the web site references and the frequency tips. The most pertinent response was one that I didn't particularly care for, but it made me think. Why did I want to go 50wpm. Recently heard again about another James Ricks, who also loved CW. I suppose I was wanting to live up to the name. Not going to happen. I share genes with a lot of Ricks'es in this country. A really good chance I share some of his, because I tie genetically with the northern as well as southern branch of Ricks'es. BUT I'm me and I need to be me. If that means I love CW, so be it. I'm hoping to receive a really nice Leonessa this next week. It will switch single or dual function. I have once again partaken of their wonderful service and fully intend, given the chance to wear that sucker out. I will be practicing with oscillator and rig sidetone. Going to be 'reading the mail' as ole Jake used to say almost every time I asked what he had been doing. IN the old days it was a mark of a good ham to listen, listen, listen. Jake did. He 'read the mail'. I'm going to emulate. Funny, he's been gone a long time now, but he is still teaching. So I'm going quiet for a bit. Got a lot of work to do. Not for awards, membership, wall paper, just because I want to do it. Going to do it the old way or not at all. Receiver, key, oscillator. We'll see what happens. Thank you all. 73's, Jim Stick a fork in it.