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Thread: Effective speed in Morse Machine

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Posted: 2019-08-29 09:31
I'm learning the Morse code about 3 months and I'm in the last lesson (40).
My settings is 20/5 in all the lessons.
When I'm practicing in MorseMachine I've never achieved more than 6 effective.
Today I've made an experiment and I've returned to Lesson 1. The effective speed was just 9 (no mistakes and the fingers on the letters). I can't make it faster. That means I will never succeed a faster speed.
Next time I'll try copying on paper.
Any thoughts about that ???

Posted: 2019-08-29 11:16
First of all: congrats that you completed the course 20/5.

Of course you will be faster.

What you do with lesson 1 on Morse machine is measuring your reaction time from ear, via brain to finger, after typing the character you get the next one, not earlier during typing.

Decoding a stream of Morse code works different.
You print a character while listening at the same time to the next. That is parallel processing.

What you have to do now is
1. stop using Morse machine
2. follow the recipe that I published in

Do the recipe like nonagenatrian proposed with lesson 40 only, not with lower numbered lessons.

Posted: 2019-08-30 08:16
Thank you for the advice.
I suppose, you think that closing the "gap" the way
20/6 20/7 20/8 isn't easier than your proposed method?

Posted: 2019-08-30 10:17
No, after closing the gap from 20/5 towards 9/9 you have finally real Morse code. You can use it everywhere.

From there on go up 10/10. 11/11 and so on, when you like it. That will happen automatically in daily practice.

Speed x/y with x not equal y is not Morse code, it is simply a temporarily aid in learning the code.

Posted: 2019-09-06 22:31
I started at 25/4 to prevent me from counting dots and strokes. Finally I reached 25/7 which works fine for me. If I follow the advice and lower to 12/7 to work upwards from, my brain starts counting dots and strokes again. So I set parameters to 20/7 which is the lowest number that allows me to type letters "automatically", but I am a little uncomfortable as I understand that real code is different.
Am I just too impatiently, or is there another approach I just do not see?

Posted: 2019-09-07 15:06
When you arrived at lesson 40 with speed 25/7, you can proceed with exercising lesson 40 with the same writing speed of 12,6 wpm in order to close the gap as soon as possible.

that keeps you at the same writing speed = avg brain processing speed.

exercise lesson 40 only and go to the next line of this tab;e when you reach one time 90 percent.

Posted: 2019-09-07 17:33
Ok, that makes sense to me. That is how I will do it.
Thank you very much !

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