Anyone else having a block at around 24 lessons? Putting in / seems to be causing me untold problems.
I an using 20 / 11 or 12 at present. 12 gives me more probs and 11 much less.
Any hints / solutions very welcome.
73 de Jacques G4NEH
This happening is well reported but . .
. . . it might not be a "block" - it might be that your short/medium term memory has reached "full" . . .
To become proficient at decoding morse you need to "learn" ( by repetition ) an automatic link between . .
hear some morse code -> the corresponding characters pop into your mind auto-magically without you needing to think AT ALL.
The process to achieve this is:- hear morse, think of the letter, repeat, repeat, repeat . . . . .
Probably best to run over the 1-20 exercises ( these are not really lessons ) 100 times or more until you don't have to even slightly think of the char
Lots of people say learning morse will take such and such a length of time - on average,
but aptitude is in my view ( and the view of the military ) by far the most important factor.
Aptitude includes hearing issues, ability to concentrate whilst relaxing, general attitude, stress levels at the end of the working day, expectations, ability with letters/words/spelling . . .
and probably a whole host of other factors - like did you learn it wrong(ly) the first time . .
An average Joe shouldn't be surprised to spend a year getting to 20/20 - though many will manage it in less time, some people report 3 weeks or less . .
Also, if you are a student of lower aptitude, probably better not to take too much notice of the QRQ brigade
who probably all have high aptitude, and think everyone is just like them and should be able to do it in a few months.
Don't spend all your time testing your speed - listen to lots of morse ; concentrate but relax and forget passing exams.
Accuracy good; speed - no one cares ( except maybe you ) 20/20 is fine
Don't give up - you'll make it if you don't trash yourself eg unrealistic expectations . . .
FWIW I think hearing issues are the main decider , so it may be worth choosing an audio frequency that suits the response of your ears
no one seems to agree with me . . .
Let us know how you get on . .