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Thread: Building Up Speed

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Posted: 2022-08-06 20:47
Totally new to this, still on lesson 1. How should I approach dealing with speed? I had to reduce effective speed by adding a space between groups and slowing effective speed so that I could write the characters along with the exercise. That worked, I even found that I can go back to zero extra space between words and bring the effective speed back up to 14 - I initially had to go to 11. Now, as I go from lesson tho lesson, should I find I have to slow down, should I bring my speed back up to some predetermined level or just move up onceI can routinely receive at 90%+ accuracy?


Posted: 2022-08-07 02:01
Hi Jake. Nice to see someone practicing CW.
It seems to be slightly different for each individual. In my own practicing, I have moved slightly up or down at various times, and that was needed to continue. Even after several months of practicing and learning all the letters and numbers, I had to return to a very slow speed and go over everything again, but then, my learning curve has been much slower than anyone elses.
I wrote most of my own lessons, which looked generally like this:

GROUP #26
t I n 1 e c z .
a l j f u n e k .
r n s n k y b .
c t 1 v a l 1 .

or this:

dCAYDyduWJYk
7qFsrK2bJvq5
zTsrFJ8u7bpP
N5VCuTOjhdpw

or this:

The most common two-letter words are
to, of, in, it, is, as .
at, be, we, he, so .
on, an, or, do, if .
up, by, and my .
The most common trigrams are
the, and, are, for, not .
but, had, has, was, all .
any, one, man, out, you .
his, her, and can .

701 -- // ?? ,, == ++
9haaysxcyc17 .
0g95l9u480u3 .
xyax46868dap .
x5a03op1p7ix .

or like this:
2
braunschweigers counterweighing .
downregulations gewurztraminers .
housewifeliness mouthwateringly .
multiwavelength sorrowfulness .

3
unknowable southwestern burrow .
unseaworthy wonderful unwitting .
watercolour wistful watchful .
disavowed wanderlust cauliflower .

At the beginning, characters can be spaced, which makes copying easier. Later, the characters can be copied with no spacing at all, which makes them closer to what is usually heard in transmission by other persons. Like this:

SPACED
404
3 x 2 7 2 j 8 1 .
1 8 7 5 b 9 3 9 .
5 7 4 x 9 j q 2 1 .
2 6 1 0 z 1 0 4 .
--------------
405
8 6 x 9 1 4 6 5 .
3 6 1 5 8 j 9 4 .
4 b 3 5 7 2 5 6 .
6 6 7 3 8 6 d 8 .

----------------
406
3 g 0 9 7 7 0 4 .
7 4 0 5 3 9 1 9 .
4 7 8 3 6 2 0 8 .
6 6 8 1 7 8 8 7 .
------------------
and NOT SPACED
407
0jlyd1bw80rt .
yjayegs8x5cl .
l93y8lm8a4ke .
4hk29l940qb8 .

408
j32o9h8594kl .
9r9jv0gyb3vx .
bjjv7909hdrg .
r25gc5d45fgx .

409
jjjoc0243xkq .
np3rhpih17dw .
guv90y1tahzi .
9mwcprd9u6eb .


There is also something like this to consider for practice material:
Also, there are random "date" generators and these can be used for excellent practice material.

https://www.random.org/calendar-dates/

Also, there are Random Date Generators like this one:

https://www.gigacalculator.com/randomizers/random-date-generator.php

This is a good generator of random characters, because you can get 100 at a time, and the format I chose which shows below, is that used by the U.S. Military for dates on official correspondence. However there are different formats that you can choose, including ones like 10/25/1957



10 Jun 1469
19 Jun 1573
03 Feb 1445
22 Sep 1360
24 May 1930
07 Oct 1606
02 Apr 1673
02 Oct 1403
06 Nov 1786

17 Aug 1352
16 Jan 1922
14 Aug 1647
14 Oct 1632
17 May 1348
26 Jan 1326
21 Oct 1454
15 Nov 1878
27 Mar 1853
12 May 1889
23 Apr 1303
29 Jul 1763
22 Nov 1815

09 Feb 1943
15 May 1779
30 Nov 1805
07 Jun 1683
08 Mar 1606
15 Dec 1343
16 Jan 1361
26 Jan 1484
30 Oct 1842
27 Jun 1363
30 Sep 1716

08 Sep 1329
27 Mar 1845
07 Aug 1469
28 Dec 1710
23 Nov 1330
29 Jun 1691
21 Jan 1566
08 Sep 1819
17 Aug 1447
21 Jul 1737
25 Jul 1434
24 Feb 1532
30 Nov 1374
17 Dec 1894
28 Mar 1713
11 Dec 1416
20 Sep 1740
04 Jan 1740
11 Sep 1440
08 Mar 1631
14 Sep 1818


08 Sep 1787
26 Apr 1433
15 Jul 1362
06 Jun 1442
10 Feb 1802
18 Oct 1703
22 Jun 1849
27 Jul 1934
26 Feb 1552
29 Jul 1643
02 Apr 1500
07 Nov 1648



10 Apr 1489
22 Nov 1358
11 Jan 1567
30 Jan 1831
13 Sep 1927
04 Aug 1476
07 Oct 1476
29 Aug 1412
02 Jul 1934
31 Dec 1514
22 Mar 1810
22 Aug 1324
29 Nov 1555
20 Jan 1506
03 Dec 1439
06 Feb 1760


20 Nov 1403
07 Jun 1352
14 Apr 1729
26 Sep 1416
26 Aug 1303
05 Jun 1327
28 Mar 1899
12 Jul 1709
20 Oct 1319
26 Jan 1702
30 Sep 1397
19 Nov 1377
07 Apr 1807
02 Feb 1893
19 Jan 1491
22 Feb 1313
18 Jan 1500
23 Apr 1588

These can be copied and pasted into LCWO's
CONVERT TEXT TO CW menu option for some very creative practice. You can make very easy lessons if you like, or make more difficult lessons as you wish.



As one of our members tells us, it is not a race, and this is especially so if one is copying text by writing the characters. That is exactly what I do also, and the progress has been steady.


Posted: 2022-08-07 02:10
This great information!


Posted: 2022-08-08 00:48
KK7HAQ:
Totally new to this, still on lesson 1. How should I approach dealing with speed?


*** Leave speed until later ***

Concentrate on getting through all 40 exercises with 90% accuracy.


Expect to spend several months on this at 15 min per day or 2 x 15 min per day.

Unless you have a high aptitude this is NOT a trivial exercise . . . LOTs of people get disheartened and give up.


Going through the lessons too fast is a great way to get disheartened, just after exercise 10 typically, because you may be getting 90% on an exercise - but if it didn't sink in then you will forget it.


KK7HAQ:

I had to reduce effective speed by adding a space between groups and slowing effective speed so that I could write the characters along with the exercise. That worked, I even found that I can go back to zero extra space between words and bring the effective speed back up to 14 - I initially had to go to 11. Now, as I go from lesson tho lesson, should I find I have to slow down, should I bring my speed back up to some predetermined level or just move up once I can routinely receive at 90%+ accuracy?


You are ( probably ) trying to build an automatic reaction to hearing morse,
such as hear code -> corresponding letter pops automatically into your mind.

You achieve this through MUCH repeated decoding.


CB


Posted: 2022-08-08 22:25
These help. CB I have seen this several times on several venues, and am continuing because “why not?”. But your description, the advice not to worry about speed and that the automatic recognition response comes only with repetition regardless of speed is precisely what I was looking for.

Thanks to all who responded. 73 kk7haq

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