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Author Topic: Can I learn CW with LCWO.net?  (Read 21099 times)
M0LEP
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« Reply #45 on: May 23, 2013, 02:09:10 AM »

Its really simple.. learn code at 20+ WPM from the start. forget about koch or any other method that is unnatural.

That's fine advice for folk who really have never encountered Morse before, but for many of us who have, it's akin to saying "I wouldn't start from here" when asked for directions. For a fair proportion of folk wanting to learn Morse, the problem is not how to avoid the bad habits, it's how to break them, because they're already there.
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WD8KNI
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« Reply #46 on: May 23, 2013, 04:32:03 AM »

if you avoid the bad habits, they will never need to be broken.. you only develop the bad habits by not allowing the time (between characters) for them to develop..  Fred
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M0LEP
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« Reply #47 on: May 23, 2013, 04:59:34 AM »

if you avoid the bad habits, they will never need to be broken...

Quite. But for some folks (probably more than care to admit it, and quite possibly the majority of folks trying to learn Morse) the bad habits have developed before they realise it. The idea that Morse code is characters made of dots and dashes is pretty widely circulated. I figure plenty of folks have already seen Morse written out as dots and dashes, with tables of the characters, and so on, long before they come to amateur radio. Even if they havn't, more than one or two of the introductory level amateur radio training books will tell them that. So will at least some of the books about Morse Code. The seeds of the bad habits have been well and widely sown. In quite a few, they'll have taken root long since. There's no point telling folk so affected to avoid those habits. It's too late, and it's pretty discouraging to be told not to develop a habit you've already developed. Advice on good ways to break the bad habits, however, might actually help...
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