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LCWO Public profile: Monthow

[Monthow] Name:Monty Howard
Location:Tampa, Fl U.S.A.
Language:English
Lesson:5
Signed up:2019-10-02
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About me: After an illness, medication prescribed to me is creating issues with my motor skills, ability to learn, retain information, concentration is also slowing my ability to associate the sound with letters. In addition, I am nearly 70 years young but this surely has nothing to do with learning, hi hi.

I am doing exercises in Morse Code to help counter these changes to my normal learning, recall, concentration abilities. Morse Code is also a worthy form of communication that society must preserve because it is not dead and still offers much when other forms of communication fail.

Around 20 years ago I studied Morse Code for the first time. Within 2 months I had learned all of the letters, special characters, numbers, and punctuation. My speed was easy at the time 20WPM received (18wpm perfect copy) after being sent at 30WMP character speed. Today I am struggling with receiving 10WMP but slowly bouncing back. Surprisingly some of the letters have never been forgotten yet I have trouble typing my received code.

I HAVE REFUSE TO GO BELOW 10 WPM EFFECTIVE RECEIVE SPEED. From past experience, I can attest that learning at speeds slower than 10 WPM will create a very real barrier when you desire to improve your speed in the future. Everything we are told about this is true.

Recently I figured out the change I made to not go below 10wpm effective speed could be hindering my progress. This is because of the effects my medication have on my motor skills and my age. Now I am keeping my character speed up around 30`35wpm ad the effective receive wpm at a much lesser rate until my typing improves and I can stop trying to correct mistakes on the fly.

I would not wish my situation upon anyone, it is simply frustrating after knowing I had done so well before. My goal was to get on the air at 20wpm working toward 30wpm proficiency within a few months. Now that corrections to how I am taking these lessons have been made progress is moving along fairly well.

Something good is coming from my decline inability. I will never let Morse Code slip away from me again. This time I have made a pledge to myself that I shall preserve Morse Code and use it every day until I go silent or unable.

I also learned something from my experience re-learning code. I learned to never again tell anyone how easy code is to learn because it is like everything else, some have a gift for it and others take many months or years of practice. The one thing I will hold on to is that listening to characters in code sent too slowly is a hindrance to learning to code fast. Listen to the letters as fast as you can hear a letter. For me this is around 35wpm.
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