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Thread: CW just for fun

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Posted: 2008-10-05 14:57
Thank you for spending so much time in developing this site.
However i have a remark.
I want to keep/improve my CW, but i do not want to learn type writing,
Handwriting is still fine for me. I do CW taking my FT 817 on mountain top, there will be no PC. Nor do I need to put the same stress i encounter day by day in the job to my hobby. Typing all day.

Like enjoying "slow food" a "slow CW" movement should be supported as well.
So I would like to access all lessons without the need of typewriting.
73 de Jochen, DL4KBB

Posted: 2008-10-05 15:09
Hi Jochen,

of course, the nature of this website requires some kind of feedback from the user, which is currently simply typing in what was heard.

But I am planning to add some training modes which are closer to real-world CW contacts. The current site is very much designed for "competitive" training.

In particular, there will be several word training methods and a QSO-trainer where you hear a part of a standard QSO and after that you have to answer a few questions, like "What transceiver did the station use?" with multiple-choice answers. So you just have to click on the right button instead of typing in all the text.

And of course, once the CW skills are sufficient for real QSOs and a station is available, real QSOs on the bands are much more fun and provide better training than any computer trainer.

73, Fabian

Posted: 2008-10-05 21:44
The QSO trainer sounds like a really, really good idea. I'd love to see something like that.

I'm also doing morse just for fun and really enjoying it. I write down what I hear on a piece of paper and then type it in.

Many thanks,


Posted: 2008-10-10 04:22
Starr am Boden haften fragend Angstvergrossert seine Augen. Halbverschwiegne Flusterlaute, Qualerdruchte Klagen hort er
Aus den braunen, trocknen Blattern.
n6nze Otto Hartleben
See you on trees73's

Posted: 2008-10-12 00:22
Awesome site! I started out as a novice 33 years ago at age 12, got to advanced at some point, life got in the way in college and have gone in-and-out of the hobby since, each time having to go back and re-learn CW. My son is now 9, just licensed a technician, and we're going through CW training together with your wonderful interactive website rather than boring hours with the tape recorder--which, by-the-way would probably drive him out of CW all together. Thanks!

Posted: 2008-10-12 16:08
Hi Jochen,
There is a simple workaround to your problem:
Under the play/pause button there is a Link to MP3 file. Just press this and listen to the exercise. Write down the text on paper, afterwood type the handwritten text into the textbox and press the check result button. This way you can still practice without typing while listening. It still requires you to Type in the text, but you can follow your own pace of typing, and you can still check your progress.

73 de LA3AKA

Posted: 2008-10-18 05:38
This is exactly how I use the program. I figured that I would learn cw and improve my "quick" writing at the same time. Right now, I'm running 15 wpm character and 10 wpm effective. Any faster than that and I find my hearing/processing/writing abilities can't keep up. I still need to think about each character I hear then write it down. I'm looking forward to my brain getting to the point where I don't have to think about what it is hearing! I'm on lesson 6, btw.

bill k7wcb

Posted: 2008-10-27 08:58

the faster the character the less time you have to think. You may try either high effective speed or high character speed with lower effective speed, or alternate both - but try in each session to increase speed from a "comfort" level to max. speed and stay then slightly below for the rest of the training session.

My CW performance varies quite a bit over the day or week. I found ignoring the actual speed (as explained above) and staying at the moment's limit helped me increase speed faster.



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