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Thread: Code learning speed

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Posted: 2016-03-03 22:24
Is there a way to slow the code learning for newbies?

Posted: 2016-03-03 23:16
There's a Menu item called "Change CW Settings"; as well as changing speeds, you can set a custom set of characters as well.

Posted: 2016-03-06 13:45
in general it is advisable, as I found out, to try and practice with a high character speed because this is what will create the imprint of the letter sound in your brain -I personally prefer something between 20wpm to 26wpm- and give a bit more time to yourself to press the correct key by adjusting the effective speed -I am changing the speed between 5,6,7 while I am getting more accustomed to the sound of the characters.

Posted: 2016-03-07 09:35
Here are my settings:

Char Speed: 25wpm
Effective: Start at 8, work toward 11.
Tone: 750Hz
CW Player: HTML 5
Prefix: Off
Start Delay: 3 seconds
Group Length: Random

These settings give about 15 wpm "real speed." Starting a lesson at 8ewpm is a good place to begin. Slowly ramping up to 11ewpm (15wpm "real speed") is quite the challenge, but I found it essential to developing a reactive response while copying. You have to get to a point where you don't think about it... Your hand just types or writes the letter when you hear the sound. 25wpm is fast enough that listening to individual dots and dashes is really impossible. It is more about internalizing the "rhythm" of each letter.

Initially I tried some other settings with a slower effective wpm. This was really impacting my ability to copy later lessons. I had to start over. Here is my new plan, and that one that is already giving me tangible results copying CW on the air:

0) Start by just listening. Lots of listening. Begin to pick out the new letters, get use to the flow. I don't start trying to copy until I can "listen" at full speed (25wpm/25ewpm). Set the lesson to 5 minutes, and play. Repeat liberally.

1) Don't go to the next lesson until you can copy 25wpm/15wpm "real speed" (that's ~11 effective wpm when using random group length). You may have to start at a slower speed, but you're trying to develop ear->brain->hand reflexes.

2) Don't go to the next lesson until you can copy 5 minutes of the above at 90% accuracy.

3) It will take many attempts to build speed. Pace yourself, and prepare to be in it for the long haul.

4) "Over learn" - Or - try to do much better than 90%. Don't just squeak by.

A more experienced person might be able to offer better advice. That's all I've got to give at the moment. Good luck, and keep with it!

Posted: 2016-03-07 15:35
I think Ryan gives very good advice! It's good to set the character speed quite fast; I think it helps you hear the rhythm of each letter, and makes it more difficult to count the dits and dahs.

You need to reduce the amount of mental chatter - e.g. "I just heard 4 dits, so that's an H" - and then your speed will increase.

I'm working on cleaning the rust off my morse copying, so have now set the character speed to 30wpm, but still start at low effective wpm. I also aim to listen regularly to normal 25wpm and higher speeds.

Have a session of 10 minutes just trying to pick a few letters out at much higher speeds, and then go back to your "normal" practice speed.

Personally, I don't use the same training methods every day, but that's where this site is really good - you have lots of variety to choose from. Keeping the training varied makes it more fun, which in turn makes it easier to come back to every day.

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