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Thread: I wonder how old you learners generally are?

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Posted: 2017-01-13 12:43
I am not so sure if it's suitable for my age to learn such "language".And I am not so good at English so please forgive me if I make some mistakes or this question is not so polite.Thanks

Posted: 2017-01-13 13:42
You are better in English than most English writing people are in simplified Chinese, I am sure.

Congrats with your use of English language.
Answers on your question are interesting and not rude at all.

Posted: 2017-01-13 19:53
My age is 47 :), next month 48. But people think that i am 38 HI. :)

Posted: 2017-01-14 13:43
Thank you very much
I'm rather excited to be replied by you.In my town,even to meet a foreigner is a surprise,maybe like seeing a cow flying.

Posted: 2017-01-14 13:49
My age is 47 :), next month 48. But people think that i am 38 HI. :)
You must be full of juice and have a happy life.

Posted: 2017-01-15 01:50
53. On Vancouver Island Canada. This is my second run at learning CW. I made it lesson 25 before life got in the way, but I'm surprised how quickly my ear is coming back. Good for the brain!

Posted: 2017-01-17 09:51
37 this year. Age does not matter whatever you want to learn as long as you really want it.

Posted: 2017-01-17 11:49
52 this year. Like Tom VE7WLT, it's my 2nd shot.

Posted: 2017-01-22 07:11
53 years 72 de in3aqk

Posted: 2017-01-22 10:38
39. been pickin at Morse for about 3 years.
Got about half the characters down at 5-10 wpm. cant copy off-air at full speed to save my life!
Trying this now!

Posted: 2017-01-22 11:47
I'm 48, but in my mind I'm still 20
(or at 20 was already 48 ?!? )

Posted: 2017-01-23 03:45
I am 53.

Posted: 2017-01-23 14:50
Knowing your replies,I'm so sure that age has nothing to do with CW.Thanks.I'll keep on going.

Posted: 2017-01-23 17:27
Knowing your replies,I'm so sure that age has nothing to do with CW.Thanks.I'll keep on going.

You don't know how long they've all spent learning morse though Iami . . . .

I started in 1967 when I asked my father what morse code was and promptly received a ex-RAF bathtub key a buzzer and a copy of a morse alphabet . . .

Posted: 2017-01-24 08:19
I'm 18:)

Posted: 2017-01-24 15:18
I'm 69 be 70 in April so age dose not mean anything --.../...--

Posted: 2017-01-24 20:12
I'm 69 be 70 in April so age dose not mean anything --.../...--

KE8DUP, You are very welcome Joe, at the crowd learning Morse code.

But you are 'soixante neuf' a respectable age, and just right now started learning the beautiful Morse code, a cultural heritage, so presenting your opinion with emphasis on that age means nothing...unless you don't stop before completing the course.

Depends on your perseverance.

You are now in the position to prove that to the world.

You have now the chance to prove that you are excelling in perseverance due to your age, younger people start and stop unfinished, but you with the wisdom of the elderly want stop before finish, because you have gained the wisdom with your age.

There is a group on this website of guys http://lcwo.net/usergroups/60 that showed there perseverance before.

Just like your 70 yrs old POTUS mr D.J.Trump starting his tremendous job, it can be done at your age.

Look, as a restpoint between your Morse code exercises. at

Will be helpfull, I am sure.

Posted: 2017-01-24 23:56
Hello Iami, i found it!

I am still curious, how old you might be. Nevertheless, don't stop CW, you can do it.

Forty years ago i started the first time, but then gave up. Now i'm 60 and especially with the help of LCWO it seems to work.

Posted: 2017-01-25 20:30
In Old School --... -----
In Real old school LXX
In Millenial 0b1000110

Posted: 2017-01-25 21:51
in pdp-11 assembly octal 106

Posted: 2017-01-26 01:50
Hi there friend

I am 34 and I got my novice ham radio licence when I was 15.
I have been doing 5 mins a day (on and off admittedly) since approx last summer, using a KOCH software trainer.
I know all the characters now, but I am finding to hard to keep up with the 20WPM, but I ham sticking to that speed and not lowering it.
I think i just need to put in more time! more practice!

Posted: 2017-01-26 14:28
Hi there friend

I have been doing 5 mins a day (on and off admittedly) since approx last summer, using a KOCH software trainer.

Hi Dave, You are registered at this web site in 2013 and arrived at lesson 3, so 4 characters done. You report to exercise pretty regularly with Koch, but not at this website I suppose, you did not exercise here last 30 days with Koch.

So may be you are using another program G4FON or
LB3KB "Justlearnmorsecode".

So conclusion: You can't purchase Morse proficiency, 4 characters in 4 years average means that proceeding in this pace you will finish this course after 36 years from now.

You didn't exercise with 20 wpm, that is the character speed. The effective speed determines the spacing (thinking time) between characters.

Put that on 5 wpm, possibly the faster progress may stimulate you to finish what you planned to do.

Posted: 2017-01-26 17:19
Age here is 48. I passed my Novice in 1986 so I guess that would have been 16 I have not used cw since shortly after that. I have a renewed interest and I am half way through the lessons at the time of this posting - I am still slow (18/5) but I am sure I will improve with practice

Posted: 2017-02-01 16:27
Hi! I'm 24. I got the license 4 years ago and now trying to improve my speed and skills.

Posted: 2017-02-03 15:22
Hello...greeting from jakarta.
I'm 48. just starting with K&M today :)

Posted: 2017-02-06 21:30
At 64, I'm finding that it's my powers of concentration that have waned with the years. I find myself halfway through an exercise and thoughts of 'what's for tea?' come into my head.
Happens at work too, so I guess it's not the morse itself.

Posted: 2017-02-11 12:34
Hello, I am 74 years old and I passed my novice license at 13 wpm in 1973. It seems i may have alzheimers or some sort of mental problem,none of this makes sense to me. I will try more often and see if that helps. I want to run QRP cw when i can.

Posted: 2017-02-14 20:56

Posted: 2017-02-15 19:31
21 !

Posted: 2017-02-18 10:39
41. I am trying to get my kids into HAM. They are 10 and 9. Great to see you all on here. Esp those under 40. Just sat in a presentation that we need to focus on Elmering in newbies if we expect the profession to survive.

Posted: 2017-02-19 02:15
62. Although my wife claims I act like a 12 year old.

Posted: 2017-02-20 20:03
52! Starting today to upgrade my licence.. :-)

Posted: 2017-02-21 04:56
32 :)

Posted: 2017-02-21 13:40
52! Starting today to upgrade my licence.. :-)

+Thats really old, 52 factorial, can't believe that.
Roughly 3E76 years old.

Posted: 2017-02-21 17:41
BrusupCW you passed my score in "words"

Congrats. BTW I am 24 yrs old young.

Posted: 2017-02-21 22:22
59 here .. just beginning the cw learning process. Studying for my extra at the same time, so I have to be careful splitting my time, but becoming extra licensed, I wanted to complete the whole process by learning cw as well.

Posted: 2017-02-22 05:55
I am 65 1/2 was at a solid 15 wpm at one time, now I am having a hard time telling the difference between the / and the = sounds. I am sure you will get it just like I will...Good luck, and its no big deal if you miss a few letters..we all do.

Posted: 2017-02-23 15:22
56, 57 on May 10

Posted: 2017-02-25 04:29
67 here. Just upgraded to Extra in January. Now its time to learn cw. I really started after passing the test. I'm on lesson 10.
My Dad, who is 94, and still drives to work every day, is my hero and example of how to think and be young.

Posted: 2017-02-27 11:47
My age is 78

Posted: 2017-02-27 13:04

Posted: 2017-02-27 20:49
87 going on ... never mind. Just passed Tech, not yet posted on ARRL.

Posted: 2017-02-28 02:02
Hola, tengo 16 años!

Posted: 2017-03-06 05:53
I'm 20!

Posted: 2017-03-08 14:32
Wow, all those yougsters!. I am jealous. I am 58 years of age and have no second chance to learn it as young man, so my perseverance must do it. Not very talented so it will take time. Remember: quitters never win and winners never quit!

Posted: 2017-03-08 18:12
Tengo 18 años/I have 18 years old

Posted: 2017-03-11 20:48
Passed Tech. KI7LCB

Posted: 2017-03-16 10:28

Posted: 2017-03-17 04:21
65 now. Spent a lot of time when I was 16-17 and did not get anywhere and gave up. It is easier now with the tools like LCWO. 73

Posted: 2017-03-20 17:59
Okay, I'm going for the record. I'm 83, and was able to get Tech & General together in Nov. 2015, followed by Extra in 2016. On the theory of "Use it or Lose it," I decided to start CW about 3 weeks ago. The first two letters came pretty easily. The third was difficult, but I can do 90% regularly. The 4th letter is my new challenge.

Posted: 2017-03-22 17:53
Hi dear YL`s and OM`s i´m 61 .
I'm currently by Lession 40 and Tempo 18/18 and so about by 75 to 80% correct characters. It's really very hard to get ahead. But I don´t let loose! Keep going !
73 de Frank

Posted: 2017-03-29 02:33
60 ...and trying to learn the right way this time...at 28 I was up to an adequate 15 wpm...then took about 30 years off

Posted: 2017-04-03 00:47
74 going on 75. learning is a life long activity. anyone who wishes and puts in the time can do it.

Trying to get my base station up so I can CW all who will respond.

73 to all

Posted: 2017-04-11 14:19
57 and just starting out after meaning to for 51 years since I was 6!

Posted: 2017-04-22 17:31
70...Been CW ham and USN navy radio op since '59. Consistent ragchewing speed max is around 30wpm but have been trying to master really high speed..Its a very,very different world. Have gotten to 45wpm on 25 single words test but jump to 60 and its like trying to copy RTTY by ear!! I think lots of practice will slowly get me there...Still, I'm happy to find there are still things I am pretty good at and can still learn...

Posted: 2017-04-23 10:59
I am 71, took the amateur radio exams in 1971, passed all technical. Always find morse difficult. Forgot morse. Now trying again and slowing coming back.
Good to see youngsters learning.

Posted: 2017-04-23 20:59
I'm 33. Not sure whether I'll get even decent in CW. Feels like my brain isn't capable of processing it as it should. Hope something "clicks" at some point...

Posted: 2017-04-25 16:54
basically 27

Posted: 2017-04-27 05:05
I'm 37. I got my novice when I was 12, but forgot the code in the 25 intervening years. Working to get it back

Posted: 2017-05-01 22:05
I'll be 64 in Aug this year (2017). Licensed in 2011 so not many years as a ham. I thought at lest I should learn CW. I put it on back burner for a while and now have started practicing again. Was up to 20 characters. Back to 7 or 8 at 10 WPM. Try to learn the music instead of the dits and dahs. Slow for me but I'm trying.

Posted: 2017-05-05 20:01
Ha I'm the youngest here at 17. Currently working on my license.

Posted: 2017-05-06 16:44
I am 75. My possibly too ambitious aim is to head-read at a wpm rate equal to half my current age. At the moment I can sometimes - with a bit of luck - achieve a wpm rate of one third my age. A lot of any success I have had is due to much practice with Fabian's excellent convert-text-to-mp3 file creator. I convert prose taken from a novel. Highly recommended. Thanks again Fabian.

Posted: 2017-05-06 18:54

Posted: 2017-05-11 10:51
I am 58. I have learned two foreign languages up to fluency in the past. I practice daily and I see progress being made. With perseverance and discipline I am confident to get to a reasonable result in reasonable time (end of the year?). Important to have faith, I suppose ;-)

Posted: 2017-05-11 12:13
I am 74

Posted: 2017-05-16 18:35
i am born in 1941

Posted: 2017-05-17 10:25

Posted: 2017-05-27 14:43
I'm 44.

Posted: 2017-05-29 09:25
I'm 81 it is in my opinion very good for the brain, 73

Posted: 2017-05-31 17:44

Posted: 2017-06-08 09:02
46 - startet CW in 2012.
Really impressive to see youngsters still interested and learning CW as well as experienced OM's (new to HamRadio/CW).

Never Stop...
es 73 de Alex, DK4FT

Posted: 2017-06-09 01:50

Posted: 2017-06-09 14:57
46 - startet CW in 2012.
Really impressive to see youngsters still interested and learning CW as well as experienced OM's (new to HamRadio/CW).

It is PERSEVERANCEthat counts not age.
CW is a cultural heritage.

Posted: 2017-06-09 18:07
I'm 59, learning cw for the first time.

Posted: 2017-06-15 00:11
I'm 59, learning cw for the first time.

You need more practice nor more hope.

Buy an mp3 player and make up some morse files . . . .

Posted: 2017-06-17 16:28
Thanks, cb, that's something I would never have thought of.

Posted: 2017-06-23 21:46
Not quite the oldest B.O.F. here at 67

Posted: 2017-06-24 06:42
I am 58 and trying to learn CW for the 2nd or 3rd time. Passed the 5 WPM General test long ago, but didn't use it, so I'm starting over

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