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Thread: What speed to continue?

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Posted: 2023-04-25 20:37
I can write mixed signs with 20 wpm, faster is not possible since I cannot write faster.

Since recently I can listen and understand 35 wpm.

Next thing I want to learn is to understand words. Three letter words are difficult for me (20wpm) four letter words I have no chance.
So I will start again with two letter words and then three and want to practice this more.
My question: What speed would you choose? 20 wpm or directly 30 wpm?

Posted: 2023-04-26 04:29
What are you using to send with, a straight key or paddles? I use a SK and can't go faster than 18 wpm (actually average around 14 wpm). I first practiced decoding at 20 wpm, but when it came time to get on the air, I was too scared to jump in at the fast speed of 20 wpm. It was hard to understand the slower speed senders, so, I begin practicing at 18 wpm. At that practice speed I can better understand the slower senders and the faster 20 wpm senders (but no faster).
So ask yourself, if you practice at 30 wpm for a month or two, will you have the nerves to jump into a QSO at 30 wpm?

Posted: 2023-04-26 19:38
Oh, I must disappont you.
I stopped learning for my liscense since I had not enough time to learn for the liscense and continue practicing morse code.
I only learn to listen with a software calles "CW Player" and another app on my smartphone.
I can listen to real 20wpm and write it down with a pen. I can also listen single letters at speed 35wpm but then with big gaps between the letters. I want to be able to understand three or four letter words without writing anything down and I wonder whether it would be better to do this with 20wpm since this is the speed I can listen and write down without farnsworth gaps between the lettes, or since I anyway start with two letter words, start immediately with for example 25 or 30 wpm until I can hear two letter words in that speed and then go up to three letter words with the same speed.

Posted: 2023-04-27 23:57
Do it with 20 wpm, words with meaning.
repeat every word, in order to check ur decoding.
It turns out that longer wrds are easier.
Take in the beginning wide wordspaces.

When sufficient proficient start with a book text with that speed 20 wpm normal spaced words..

Posted: 2023-04-30 20:09
Wow, that is interesting. I thought long words would be much more difficult. Thanks for the advice, I will try with 20 wpm.

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