20 WPM by March 1... or die trying!

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KK4NSF, Jan 1, 2019.

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  1. W9RAC

    W9RAC Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    So my goal was 20 wpm, solid head copy and sending by the end of the winter. How did I do? Well since today is the first day of spring that must mean winter has ended. Im close........ I can copy 20 wpm if its good code, and I can send at 20 respectfully. I do not feel I have made it yet however. I can still struggle with marginal code OR lots of transitions letters to numbers and back unless repeated. SO, its 20 wpm by the end of spring! 73 Rich
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  2. KJ4VTH

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    I was up to 1WPM by March 20. :)
  3. M6GYU

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    You are expecting far, far too much of yourself too soon. Good morse is easier to read than bad morse and morse with or without QRM/QRM. If you didn't learn to read numbers/letters together then that too will be hard(er). What you describe is the same for most people when they start listening to real morse as its sent & heard on the air with QSA.QRM/QRN. You will get used to it and you will get better.

    You may of course find it a little more useful if you use a pen and paper to copy down the letters/numbers you didn't miss - that way you may be able to guess the missing letters and thus the word.
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  4. W9RAC

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    Well you may not have realized that when I started my goal I was at 16 wpm already, so I was trying to add 4 wpm and head copy. But as it turns out you are correct anyway, since I did miss the goal. Ill keep on track and work on the numbers a bit more. Only a couple of numbers, 2/3 and 7/8 I have a issue with instant recognition between them so yes those need work. I'm using a pen/pade now to make notes but can generally copy most in my head. At slower speeds of around 17 I am 100 percent most of the time with it all. Sometimes Ill have to look a the notepad and Ill see a word I have written down but did not recognize it mentally. Thankfully no test this time so at least I can be on air having fun also. Thanks for tips, 73 Rich
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  5. W9RAC

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    Well if you started a ZERO then you have already doubled your speed, Id say thats pretty respectable. 73, Rich
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  6. KJ6TAR

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    Congratulations on the progress! It seems like you met the base condition of your goal and now you are modifying based on your progress. I wish I was doing as well!

    I can only copy code sent at optimum speed (between 10-15 wpm) with some extra space between characters. As soon as the code is too slow I revert to counting dits and dahs. If there is no space between the characters my brain lags. I am still aiming for a QSO by July.
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  7. WB5YUZ

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    I alluded to this earlier in the thread, but nothing builds speed on CW like operating CW.

    My speed had deteriorated a little, but an enforced idleness has seen me on the air more than usual lately, and my speed popped right back up, and is still improving.
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  8. W9RAC

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    Im on a couple of hours a day, sometimes I even throw in a bit of computer cw listening at 21 wpm in addition. I may get to a solid 20/21 but that will be my max. I have a available neuron shortage at 68. But I am having a great time QSO on CW for sure. 73, Rich
  9. KA2CZU

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    did you ever make it to 20? 15?
  10. KK4NSF

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    I'm right at the edge. 15wpm is easy now.... and I can get 80% at 20. BUT there is still some work to do. 25 still seems doable, but not by April 1. Thanks for asking

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