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Posted: 2015-02-01 02:51
I hope this will be a place for Saskatchewan CW students to discuss our [s]addiction[s] hobby, encourage each other, and maybe offer friendly challenges to help make learning fun.

Welcome to all who join!

Posted: 2015-02-11 18:41
Seems like a good program. I used to know code, but...use it or lose it, and I haven't been using it. So I have been re-learning the last few weeks using the MFJ-418 Morse Code Tutor. Its a great little device as well.

Posted: 2015-03-22 05:12
Hi test User: The Koch method works to get me knowing the letters. However, I'm not sure it's going to be much help in actually understanding Real World(TM) code. I got stuck on lesson 32, went back to lesson 30 for a while, and just today have advanced again to lesson 31. And I've found that it I can't understand properly, it helps to turn up the volume one notch. I also turned the charcte speed UP by 2 wpm to 22 wpm, which makes me listen to the rhythm of the charscters (I can't count dits at that speed). Theeffective speed is still only 5 wpm, but I'm quite flying along

Posted: 2015-03-22 05:18
The greatest benefit of LCWO is that it's free. :)

Another free resource is the Straight Key Century Club, at skccgroup.com. They have several "classic" novels in CW that you can listen to: The War of the Worlds, the Gettysburg Address, and others. I found I can follow Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky at 30 wpm! But I know the poem, so I'm kindda cheating. And I can't follow T.S. Eliot's Cats at any speed. :(

I'm getting to know the code, but it's sllow going. I don't want it to be work; it HAS to be enjoyable, so I am going slower than I'd like.

Posted: 2015-03-22 17:40
Now there's a bit of frustration: I can understand the chracters just as well at 22wpm as I could at 20 wpm. But when I go back to 20 wpm, they sound terribly slow, and it's actually harder to understand them. The error rate is about the same, though, since I have more time to make my usual mistakes.

I'll have to ask if the Farnsworth method is allowed during the official Canadian CW test.

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