- July 29, 2016 at 10:04 pm #4195
I have been practicing with our class files almost daily and I have learned most to the alphabet at this point (up to the letter v). I can decode the 5 character tests that are part of our corse pretty well at this point so I decided to try some of the ARRL code practice files at 7.5 WPM. It turns out to be quite a bit harder to decode random length words in text. I did a little practice using callsigns at 12 WPM and had pretty limited success on the first try. Some of this is a result of not know the complete alphabet yet (I still have numbers and punctuation to learn. I also think there is a second step in learn to hear “words” and developing skills to decode words of different lengths with a somewhat shorter spacing between the letters and words than I am used to.
The net of all of this is that I plan to continue with the ARRL and other practice sessions to augment my learning the alphabet from the class disk. I believe that the additional set of skill that I need to learn from the ARRL and other more “real world” practice sources is an essential step towards being ready to get “on the air” and use CW.
I hope that these thoughts might help others in our class.
73,July 30, 2016 at 8:15 am #4198
Thanks for sharing Fred, Thus far my biggest stumbling block is my old habits. The old dot and dash keeps jumping in when I miss the sound and try to recover I end up missing a couple letters. I am over coming, but progress is slow. The key and oscillator is a definite help in sound development.
Thanks to this class I feel I have made good progress.
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