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Thread: Do you ever need to take a break?

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Posted: 2018-10-09 16:03
I have been working nightly on LCWO for 5 or 6 weeks. I am on lesson 25, and finding myself growing tired of it. I have memorized all of the letters on send, pretty much got the numbers, but the special characters have killed me off in the listening area. I am struggling, and find myself slogging along at 60 to 70% max, trying to learn , and /.

I'm not enjoying myself. It's no longer "fun."

Should I take a break from LCWO, and just start listening to ARRL files, or something else? What did you do, if/when you ran into a wall, like this?

Posted: 2018-10-11 20:04
I ran into exactly the same thing, and I just cut my training down for a while. Sometimes you need a break from this, for sure! How long do you work on it each night? You could try this- in the morning, do a one-minute drill. At night, do a one-minute drill. Just one. Do this for a few days and see how you feel. It worked for me, and after a while I was back to doing more. There have been many days that I only did a single one-minute drill at night. I think it is much more about the long-term reinforcement of the sounds that correspond to the letters than it is about doing a lot at once. I just got my 20th CW contact on the air and I am starting to relax and enjoy the experience more.

Posted: 2018-10-13 05:00
Stay with LCWO but It is time to move onto words and plain text. Letters are the most difficult. Once these are a "reflex" or for a break, add simiplified call signs. You will find numbers are easy. In plain text you will learn to recognize , and . and figure out ' by context (i.e. don ?? t)

, . and ? will get you through 95% of your on air QSOs.

I also found I improved after taking days to even a week off occasionally.

Posted: 2018-10-13 17:16

Posted: 2018-10-23 22:38
I refuse to force myself to study/practice. For me that will kill the fun and I will stop. Sure it takes me longer, but it is the way that works for me.

Good luck and I'll listen for you.

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