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Thread: character speed Vs. effective speed

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Posted: 2009-01-07 13:07
I'm having trouble understanding the difference in character speed Vs. effective speed.
Could someone explain it?. also I have a problem with writing the code instead of the letter ie "--." for "g" then I try to translate it back to the letter, its a real handicap. I wish I could get rid of this habit.

Posted: 2009-01-07 18:00
Character speed: The speed of each single character (letter, figure, ...) in itself.

Effective speed: The actual number (well, approximately) of words (each 5 characters) sent in one minute.

If both are the same, the spacing between the letters is "standard", 3 dit-lengths spaces between two letters. If the effective speed is lowered, the spaces become longer, but the characters itself remain at the same speed. The effective speed always has to be slower or equal as the character speed.

Well, as to writing the received code as dots and dashes, that's obviously not a good idea. Try to increase the character speed to a level where each letter can be heard as a "sound" and try to work with that speed. At a reasonable speed (like 20wpm characters, 10-15wpm effective) you'll soon find it much easier to write the right letter right away :)

73, Fabian

Posted: 2009-01-07 20:01
Thanks Fabian, your explanation made it clear.
About the second question, I'll try that. I noticed when I go to a slower character speed it becomes harder to define by sound. right now I'm at the default 15-5.
Thanks again and 73, N1UVW

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