Im a huge proponent of CW - it is an incredible mode that allows the passing of information accurately, quickly, and with minimal power during poor conditions. I tell newcomers to immerse yourself in code and it will come easier... but last night I lost my patience. I heard a chap calling CQ - very slowly - like 2 wpm slow. Ok, so I respond to him at 5 wpm (that's the lowest speed on my rig's keyer) with increased spacing trying to slow it even further. He can't copy - keeps sending QRS QRS QRS. I tried to send my call 6 times as slow as I can go - still - "QRS". I felt bad but I had to leave the frequency but I thought about it all night - had I discouraged this new guy by not sticking with it? I tried to get him to copy my call for nearly 6 minutes - was that enough? Does he think I'm one of those guys who wont slow down? What do you guys suggest? How do we help those who have the ambition to get on the air and immerse themselves in code but are, quite frankly, not ready to be there?