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Author Topic: ? on copying code in your head  (Read 552 times)
AF4XK
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« on: April 26, 2006, 03:16:42 PM »

Hello,

Other than practice, are there any hints or tricks to copying code in your head (at about 13 to 20 wpm or so)?

 I can get the individual letters and sometimes the words but the real problem is stringing the words together to make a coherent sentence.

Thanks.
chuck
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K0CBA
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2006, 09:03:40 PM »

I have found it's sort of like learning a new language by listening to it.....practice is the biggie. Plain text as sent by practice stations (the ARRL for instance) helps a lot. After awhile you will hear the first few letters and the brain completes it. Of course, catching onto the jist of the text really makes it easier. Now, on the air stuff is a longer row to hoe because of all the abreviations; some are made up as the guy goes along, ie., b4 and that infamous guy that sounds like he's sending with his left foot. Your brain will trip over them quite often. With ref. to practice, you will hit days you can't copy your own call at 5 wpm. Relax, you've reached I/O overload. Step away for a few days and forget code. When you return you may be suprised to find an improvement. BTW, gud luk es 73.
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W4YA
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2006, 07:12:14 PM »

No. You got it right the first time - practice.

You "copy" spoken words in your head because you practiced. The same thing happens with CW. After a while you won't write anything down except as memory joggers.
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2006, 08:22:54 AM »

One more point.  Unless you're already doing this (couldn't tell by the posted question), the real key is to not *copy* code, but to *use* code.  By making contacts.  Lots of them.

Using the code to make contacts is a far more efficient way to progress than copying it is.  

And don't sweat the "solid copy" stuff.  Nobody cares.  Copy whatever you can (in your head) and if you think you missed something vital, ask for a repeat.  Not that much in ham conversations is vital.

It'll come to you.  But it will come much faster by *using* it.

WB2WIK/6
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AF4XK
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2006, 05:18:21 AM »

Thanks to all who responded. Practice (and 'hands on' practice) makes perfect. Can't seems to get away from that concept in most areas of life.

take care.
chuck
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K7JBQ
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« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2006, 03:11:12 PM »

It sort of depends of what you "hear."

If you "hear" dots and dashes, keep practicing until you "hear" letters.

If you "hear" letters, keep practicing until you "hear" words.

If you "hear" words, keep practicing until you "hear" sentences.

If you "hear" sentences, stop practicing. You're just making most of the rest of us look bad.

73,
Bill
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