Re: local VHF GROUP IN MY AREA
Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
CW is indeed learnable. After many, many frustrating abortive efforts I took a new tack in October, and I can fairly reliably copy at 12 wpm now, and I’m working on speed.
The problem I had for years was thinking that CW was something I needed to learn in the same sense as learning calculus - just sit down and study until you get the concepts down and know how to apply them. It’s not mathematics or history. For me, anyway, learning at 5 wpm, decoding the dits and dahs, and thinking “hmm three dits and a dah, that’s, um, a V!” was a repeated dead end.
In the end, for me, it’s been about training a reflex. If someone is interested in trying what I’ve done, go to lcwo.net and create an account. There’s a tool there called ‘morse machine’, which will help you recognize the sound of each letter without ever breaking it down into dits and dahs. Set the letter speed to 15-18 wpm, and this web app will introduce letters one at a time. For me, that tool was the key to eliminating the frustration.
Remember, you’re training a reflex, not ‘learning’. It’s not a matter of being smart or stupid, it’s a matter of enough training time to set the patterns in your brain. Be patient with yourself.
lcwo.net has a whole bunch of different tools - random drills, plaintext drills, you name it. It’s a tremendous resource for anyone who wants to learn CW, and it’s free free free.
I’m convinced that if anyone who can commit to 15 minutes a day will make steady progress. It’s worked for me.
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!