I have been working on learning CW for the 1-2 years now at 12 WPM using the Koch Method (Just Learn Morse code program). For a while, I was only doing about 5-10 minutes a day, but I am going to try to amp things up in the near future. Months ago I posted a thread asking about practical ways to 'listen' to CW and try to do head copying. This is related, but a slightly different question. I was suggested by another ham to just listen to fast CW (20-30 wpm) as a means of helping to gain speed and comprehension, such as listening during a commute to/from work. (NOTE: this would not be a REPLACEMENT for doing practice during the day) I program a fair amount during the day, so I thought this could be straight forward to implement.
So the question: has this method worked for anyone? I have to admit, I am a bit skeptical. Then again, I am open to giving it a shot.
Get on the air...best way to improve copy speed. spend a few minutes each day sending with a hand key until you feel comfortable.
I highly suggest copying ARRL W1AW each day.
Contests are good after you have gained some copy speed (15-18wpm)
by the way, I have been a high speed op since 1953, using all makes and models of speed keys.
I started with hand key until I got to about 18wpm and then shifted to speed keys.
Any other way, is a detriment to your learning.
Just wondering what other have to say.