Thank you for creating a great learning tool. I’m just starting to learn morse and I understand that it’s best to try to learn to copy characters at a target speed of 20wpm. However, I have a question regarding the best way to increase the effective speed. I find it hard to use an effective speed of 10wpm just starting out.
Let’s say I start lesson 1 with the effective speed set at 5wpm. I then increase that to 8 and then 10. However, when I go on to lesson 2, to get used to the new character, I go back to 5wpm to begin with, and then increase when comfortable. Is that a good way to do it?
Or, should I go through all the lessons first at 5wpm and then repeat them, slowly increasing the effective speed?
Thanks for your advice.
John – W6KJL
If you've been doing this for 5 days, and aren't almost through the course, then you probably aren't one of the people who get to 25wpm in 2 weeks.
So, be ready to spend some time learning this. . .
Lots of people give up when they find it's going to take a few months
- some because they don't want to spend that much time
- others because it just becomes boring not making much progress
There is lots of advise out there
what's good for someone else might not be good for you, so watch out !!
It's generally better to try 15wpm minimum character speed if you can manage it, because it will help you to hear each character as a single enitity.
If you DO have a high aptitude - you can wiz through learning it all at a good speed first pass . .
. . else you need to go as slow as you need to make sure you are making SOME progress.
Try to go too fast and you will give up.
My advise is always to listen to lots of good quality morse
e.g. music files on your cellphone - use queueing time
and not to do too much speed checking.
I also recommend that people not making much progress check a range of audio frequencies in case your ears work better at another frequency - BUT
my advise will probably only suit slower learners ( which is who this forum is for IMNSHO )
let us know how you get on anyway . . . I'm always interested in how people are doing.
good luck - enjoy