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Author Topic: Can copy fast but not slowly  (Read 349 times)
K4EEG
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« on: April 15, 2006, 11:41:27 AM »

I am having a problem with my code speed.  I've been trying to increase my code copying speed in my head by listening to text files with NuMorse at speeds a little higher than I can comfortably copy. I can now head-copy 35 wpm with perhaps 95% accuracy (I miss a word now and then).  When I slow down to 30 wpm, my accuracy decreases!  When I slowdown to 25 wpm, my accuracy gets even worse.  If I slow down to 20 wpm, my accuracy is near 100%.

Any ideas as to what is going on?  Has anyone else had this problem?

I am anxious to be able to copy at 25-30 wpm since most QSO'S with experienced operators take place in this speed range.  Lately I have been practicing at 25 wpm a lot but my accuracy doesn't seem to improve.

Any ideas as to how to remedy this problem?


Best regards  --  Roy Norris, K4EEG
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2006, 09:30:28 AM »

Sure, this isn't so unusual.  It's what happens when your code speed is determined by "listening" (copying) code, rather than by frequently using it.

Get on the air, make contacts at all different speeds, and forget about "how much" you copy -- it doesn't matter.  If you miss something important, ask for a repeat.  If you miss conversational stuff, who cares?

Make contacts at speeds all over the map, and you'll be able to copy anything you wish.

It also helps to "work" a variety of "fists," from good (like computer generated) to very poor, and practice with all of them.  Being able to copy a computer generated text at exactly 35 wpm doesn't help much in an emergency when the other op is sending crappy code with a hand key or bug at some other speed.

But you'll be able to copy them all if you make contacts with all of them.

WB2WIK/6
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K4EEG
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2006, 10:32:17 AM »

Thanks, you are probably correct.  I have built my speed totally by copying text files on the computer.  I listen to code on 40 M every night but generally don't get into a QSO (I've been trying to get good copy between 25 and 30 wpm first!).  

The rig sits idle, except for listening, next to the computer.  I'll start making some contacts and see if that helps.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Best regards & 73  --  Roy, K4EEG
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2006, 08:16:16 AM »

Copying code without using it is an almost sure-fire way to never develop good code copying skills.  It's worse when all one copies is computer-generated and thus "perfect" code.

I hope the doctor who has to perform an emergency surgery on my or someone I care about hasn't always performed surgeries that were planned well in advance and carried out with large support teams.  I'd much rather have a MASH unit or ER trained surgeon who can keep going when the lights are dim and he hasn't much assistance.

Code is kind of like that.  Only *using* it really counts, and using it under terrible conditions counts more.

73, good luck, and hope to catch you on the air!

Steve WB2WIK/6





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