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on: March 11, 2014, 09:17
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Struggling but making progress, Numbers are still tripping me up and the habit of counting keeps coming back to haunt me when im tired but I am still improving.
When I relax it is easy to just hear the CW but its hard to get to that relaxed state, At least now 1 month in I am hearing Morse again instead of dit and dahs.
Persistent practice and I should now be able to up my speed to something acceptable.

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on: March 11, 2014, 21:49
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Sorry for not gettin back to you sooner, you will find it twice as hard as anyone just learning from scratch as you have already go to unlearn the habbits you aquired before. I know at times it can be hard, but you will overcome them with persaverence and practice. Hopefully by the end of this month you will be smiling and relaxed which is the best way to be with Morse.

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on: March 18, 2014, 14:15
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I can see the light at the end of the tunnel which is both a help and a hindrance as it now makes me impatient to get on the air yet I do not feel ready.
Numbers can still trip me up yet I am copying a lot more from live CW, But then I get a letter or number that trips me it all goes to pot.
My brain seems to have forgotten how to put a dot and carry on so it hangs on the letter and misses more than that one but as I say I am getting there.
Im still aiming for the end of April to be able to have a comfortable (QRS) QSO so with the progress thus far im happy.
I am also toying with the idea of buying a paddle of some description but never having used one before im not sure which I will go for in the end.
Thanks you for the words of encouragement its always helpful and keeps me on track.

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on: April 7, 2014, 17:52
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Im still making slow progress, Had a couple of wobbles (including bug keys and tiredness) but I can still see small steps of progress as I keep at it, I seem to be near 12wpm receive plain text and slightly faster in QSO mode as I can anticipate whats coming on a good day.
Had one bad day that made me feel like throwing the towel in but that's what happens when you have lack of sleep and try to practice in a tired and bad mood.
All was better after a sleep though and slow but steady progress is being made with my numbers which are still a sticking point.
Bought a paddle as another reason to stick with the practice too !

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on: April 7, 2014, 22:23
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Hi Dean, I think you need to take a week off Morse to give yourself a break, you will feel a lot better afterwards. You should never practice when you are tired as it does not work and you are getting tense. you will find out that you start learning quicker again after a break.
Start mixing letters and numbers together as that will help with your numbers problem, sounds like you are counting dots and dashes with numbers which does not work.
OK on the paddle it may help a little bit but remember spacing with a paddles as some people actually send bad Morse using one.

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Post Re: Re-Learning
on: April 8, 2014, 19:53
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I am continuing to practice on the straight key for sending with a short practice on the paddle to get used to it, The paddle was bought more to make sure I kept up with the practice as time and money invested in something helps you carry on.
I either practice random letters and numbers mixed or qso style for listening but find the numbers trip me up sometimes.
I do see an improvement though and that is what it is all about, As for not practicing while tired im afraid I would never get any practice done if I didn't ! Early starts for work and long days.
If I feel I stop improving or I stop enjoying the practice I will take a little time off.

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Post Re: Re-Learning
on: April 28, 2014, 20:43
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Just to let you know I am taking advantage of the EuCW QRS activity week and have just had my first real on the key qso with G0IBN hopefully the first of many, Copied above 90% of what was sent and only lost a little because of nerves I believe.

Still need the practice to increase speed but will be making more contacts too now.
Thank you for the help
Dean

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