I have read through these 18 pages and have learned I am not alone. Been called a no code tech and now at Extra I am no more. I have been studying the KOCH method and The Ham Whisperer and have made a few contacts on cw. Even had one to ask if I was sending via keyboard. No, a Bencher from eBay. I think it was more the radio having a keyer speed than my skills. I became interested in digital soon after going to hf. It seems I was always at the bottom of the pile up being barefoot. But I am the only op in the local group interested in learning cw. I think a study partner would help. My problem now is the noise level on 40 and 80 m at night is so high it's hard to copy most signals. I am hoping that by the time this noise has let up by spring maybe my speed will go up.