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Thread: Increasing copy speed

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Posted: 2023-11-15 00:06

Hi All
Question I am about 10 to12 wpm and seem stalled.
Thinking of just starting 18 wpm characters and words as I did learning of cw at 20/7 wpm .
Any suggestions of other methods ?

Posted: 2023-11-15 16:19

Did you go through all 40 exercises at 20/7
now you are changing to 10/10 or so ?


What do you mean by stalled exactly ?


Posted: 2023-11-15 20:52

Hi Chris
I initionally learned 20/7 wpm ,and on the radio I am about 10 to 12 wpm understanding whats being sent, words them selves around 15 words pm ,put three words in a sentence I get stalled at 15 ,but at 10ish I understand most of what is sent, Iwould like to get to 20 wpm ,in a sentence .when I say 10 or 20 wpm I mean straight 10 or 20 ,that is on the radio so I whant to increase my over all understanding of cw to 20 wpm.

Posted: 2023-11-15 20:53
If I were you, I'd restart the lessons from 1st at 20/15 as recommended.

Posted: 2023-11-17 12:14
For higher speeds you need instant character recognition.
But maybe you are still counting dits and dahs or need to repeat the sound pattern in your mind to recognize a character? Very often, this happens only for a few characters that you are not familiar enough with yet - those will typically cause a short "hickup" in recognition, from which you cannot recover any more at speeds higher than 12-15wpm effective.

You could try to identify the characters that still cause trouble and then practice them using a custom character set with code groups and/or the MorseMachine. In order to force you not to count dits and dahs, you might have to dial up character speed to 28-30wpm.

Posted: 2023-11-17 15:18

Thank for the suggestions

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