Morse code training update 1

It’s 3 weeks since i started the course and, now that i’m writing this, i’m impressed with what i achieved so far. Nothing is perfect yet, but i can say that i have made more progress in this attempt than in my previous two. We are a group of 3 students and our trainer WB4RFQ Daniel is doing a great job.

We are learning everything in 20wpm and are practicing copying and sending which makes it more fun than just learning to copy and later, once you get that under your skin, start sending.

I am practicing now for session 7 and by Monday we should know the following letters, numbers and signs: A,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,K,L,M,N,O,P,R,S,T,U,W,Y,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,/ AND ? Impressive, isn’t it? 😉

I also notice now that the key i had makes me make many mistakes. It gets stuck, i make iambic errors by not letting go the paddles, it makes a lot of noise which takes away my concentration. Excuses? Maybe, but since next week is my birthday i still thought i’d buy myself a nice present. According to what i read these paddles are cheap, work good and look awesome! Ah, and yes, a single lever paddle. Since i’m not using iambic keying anyway (well, i am for the F and the C, but i keep telling myself i don’t) i am hoping i will make less mistakes with a single lever than with a dual lever. Let’s see how it works out.

Also since this week i added a new tool to the learning toolbox, Morse Runner. As you might or might not know, this is a contest simulator and i use it to practice callsigns.

So far learning CW isn’t as hard as in the previous two attempts i did. I remember to be frustrated and tense when i practiced the last time. That was mainly what made me stop. I have enough frustrations in my life, i don’t need more. But this time it’s fun. And that’s what it’s all about. Fun. I hope this doesn’t change.

To be continued.