Posted: 2010-02-05 19:33
I will try to help you out but I may be off.
There are two speaker controls.
So, your computer has a speaker icon and when you get ready to copy, there is also the FLASH volume icon on the lower right. I never ever touch that volume control on the FLASH volume. I always just adjust the volume on the computer.
For me, my ears are a little different every day I have noticed. Some days my ears like the volume very low and some days, my ears like the volume louder. So there is no need to leave the volume set at any one level. You will find out that some days you need it hoigher but if you have the volume automatically set, then you will never ever know if you can copy better with it lower or higher. Some days when I start out I miss full letters or numbers which is uncommon so I know I am missing a dit or dah some place. This just happened this morning when I started to copy. I noticed my ears today with the low volume was turning my 2 into a J. This happened more than once as I was copying at 42wpm. I cranked the volume up just a tad and it resolved the issue. By increasing the volume today, it resolved missing that first dit in the 2.
I have found out though that when I have the volume cranked way down where I can just make out the cw, my concentration is better because my ears really have to work hard to pick up every dit and dah. I am just giving you my perception as I am around the 40-41wpm mark.
Through the session copying call signs with the volume super low as I get more calls correct with no errors, I start to get stressed and need to crank the volume up because I lose focus.
I am told with the volume down low that your brain is taking up less space to copy that call or word. I don't know, I'm not a brain science.
I hope this help out.