Well, Jim, I think that reading comprehension should be a skill we try to master before we tackle Morse Code. For example, here is the very first line of the OP's thread: Yet, it seems you overlooked it. Here is your advice: Hmm....do you really think he tried using cw readers with his computer that couldn't copy CW? He already tried what you have suggested to no avail. I think that we should take some time to read the posts before we embarrass ourselves on an international forum by posting advice that makes it look like we only read half the question. Now, how do you feel? All I did was express what I felt should be a quality of a ham radio operator, as you did. This time you are on the other end of the stick. At least you are better suited to take it, being a 'real ham' and all. Scott is a new ham (like months new) and has less than 50 posts here. Let's let him get used to us a bit before we release the hounds, K? Oh, and just to set the record straight, I do not condone or respect the 'I had it rough so I am going to make it rough on others' attitude. I am sorry to hear that you may have been a victim of it. The best thing we can do is to break the cycle and try to make learning as easy as possible for those truly interested. Me too! That's why I started teaching! The ARRL video SUCKS! I teach without videos so my students can interact with me while I am teaching. In more than 5 years I have had no one fail an FCC test and some of my students are now Extras. My success rate is due to the fact that I try to make learning easy, not a hazing ritual. I remember my school teachers giving me such crap about the way I learned because they thought I was lazy. I taught myself how to do math in my head, yet my teachers were adamant about me writing down my work. What a bunch of BS. Along with the subject matter, I teach test taking. Test taking can be mastered. I was the first person in the history of our Local to get over 100 percent on our 5 year final exam, thanks to extra credit. I just took my exams for my cycle endorsement and got perfect scores on both the written and the rider's test. I NEVER fail tests and get perfect scores on about 25 percent of them, regardless of the subject. I also teach people how to memorize things, like formulas. Much to my own teacher's behest, I also teach people how to do math in their heads. I got ridiculed in school because I didn't like ball sports. I got good grades and loved to tear apart radios and stuff. It's not that I was a wuss, the fact is that I was into motorcycle racing and later on, martial arts and ended up becoming employed in the construction trades. To this day I HATE ball sports. If people would have just let me alone I may or may not have become interested in them, but NO WAY now. I remember being teased and thinking about what idiots my tormentors were for loving to chase balls. Most of the jocks were not good in school so I immediately associated sports with low IQs. If someone would have taken the time to truly Elmer me about a sport they really loved, I would bet the farm my take on ball sports would be much different.