Posted: 2012-11-07 16:28
if thats your only training, then yes. if that is used in combination with i.e. LCWO and perhapss elmer-demo on how to make a "good fists" (aka good readable and distinguishable characters also over longer periods) - then it is not a bad idea to practise with as many other persons as possible. for a beginner it can be quite frustrating to tune in onto CW bands and find most people to be much too fast for a beginner. Therefore i am careful with giving this advise. Please note though, that there are "QRS" frequenceis (yep learn the codes too pls) i.e. around 14055 khz - in that area, at least in europe - people agree to go a bit slower, often straight keys are used. (few operators like to be sending QRQ with straight keys)
Posted: 2012-11-09 02:49
Do the best you can with your CW transmissions. Most important is listening to the reply sounds.
If a QSO with a newbie or an accomplished operator is experinced, take note of the quality and accuracy of their transmission and compair it to your own.