>What's the hurry?
There really isn't any. My main concerns are learning it correctly and not going down one path and wishing I had gone down the other
and having ended up duplicating effort/time switching from one type to the other.
>The straight key has a romantic nostalgia to it. Just imagine the operators of decades ago pounding away at the brass. Or imagine an operator in a WWII submarine or on the Titanic sending an emergency message for help.
Yes, I agree 100%. The nostalgic factor is one of the reasons I am attracted to CW. The other reason I am wanting to learn CW is because I am
interested in qrp/portable operation and from what I have learned, CW on 5 watts gets you a whole lot further than SSB on 5 watts.
>I am using both and truly believe that learning on a straight key will make you a better CW operator.
What factor about learning on a straight key is it that you believe will make me a better CW operator. I'm not questioning
your opinion/information but rather just want to get some additional insight from someone that has been down the road before.
>Yes a keyer is faster and kind of cool but I like straight keys best.
What is it about straight keyers that you like best over paddles/keyers?
>Slow down and enjoy the trip. Good luck to you!
Thanks, I have no doubt I will be taking it slow...lol
>My experience, as someone who makes quite a few contacts with new CW operators, is that the fellows who start right out with paddles make a lot more sending mistakes. In particular, it's easy to let extra dits slip out when you are first getting started.
Very good point, I had considered that may be an issue.
>suggests beginning with a straight key and using it until you can consistently copy about 16 wpm.
That raises another question I meant to include in the original posting....do most people learn to copy first then learn to
send or do they do it together...ie, after you learn how to copy a few letters, learn how to send them, then progress to the
next set of letters?
>check out the 'Straight Key Century Club' at http://www.skccgroup.com
for on-the-air operating events that are quite popular with morse newcomers.
Thanks for the info, I will definitely check them out.