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Author Topic: spacing between characters  (Read 395 times)
WI4CW
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« on: February 21, 2004, 11:51:06 AM »

Howdy all - I know this is a nit - but I have one favor to ask of those (like me) that are not seasoned ops:

PUUUUULLLLEEEEEASSSSSSEEEE PUUUTT ALITTTTLE MMMMMOREEE GAPPP BETWEEEEN YOUR WORRRDSSSS.

I like trying to copy whatever the sender is sending under whatever conditions, etc... but man o man... yer making me sweat.... somefolkseswordshavealmostnogapwhatsoever..... Hi Hi....

You folks out there feel free to set me straight if I am missing anything...

73, all the best

de Ken
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N8UZE
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2004, 10:04:03 PM »

You are absolutely right and you are not nit picking.  Some people are almost impossible to copy because they run words together or, even worse, run letters together so you can't even tell what letters are being sent.

Every operator should strive for correct spacing.  As the FISTS organization puts it "Accuracy transcends speed".

Standard spacing is as follows:

Space between dits and dahs within a letter should be equivalent to 1 dit.

Space between letters should be equivalent to 3 dits.

Space between words should be equivalent to 5 dits.

Seasoned ops should be following this or, if working with someone less experienced, spread them out further.  Someone who runs everything together is actually a poor op.
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K9FV
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2004, 12:51:58 PM »

I agree completely!!! concerning spacing between letters and words.  Perhaps make those spaces Dahs instead of dit lenght?  

I like code sent at 20wpm character speed, but with spacing to give a real 15wpm speed.  I can copy that way better than a straight 13wpm code speed.  Those spaces give my old brain a bit of extra time to comprend the letters and get them written down.

Ken >
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KG4YJR
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« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2004, 12:41:57 PM »

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