I don't want CW to die, but to thrive.
I am more than happy to QSO with you, I don't care how slow you go.
I hang out on 40M CW, but will also start tooling around (again) on 80, 30, and 20.
Give me an email, if you wanted to QSO: email@example.com
There are at least four "tricks" to increasing your receive speed:
1. Get the free CW Decoder v 2.81.2, by Grant Connel, WD6CNF. Throw it on your laptop, get a Y connector, one for your headset, and one to hook up to the microphone connector on your laptop. Hee hee, now this will REALLY increase your receive speed! (Other CW ops, now don't you get mad at me!)
2. Stop being obsessed (jk) with writing every molecule of a letter down. Copy down the Ops name, QTH, RST; things like that.
3. Copy in your head most of the code. This is a bit scary at first, but here is my Marc trick: Only worry about copying the first and last letter of the word! Before you laugh, try it! This method greatly relieves the stress in your mind, and you (gradually, but surely) end up copying the entire word, and greatly increasing your copying speed.
4. Use the Koch CW (G4FON)trainer, and speed up the code speed, but have very wide code spacing (say 5 WPM), then increase the spacing speed, but keep the overall code speed the same.
Enjoy. CW is wonderful, and I feel the CW ops are (I am biased maybe), on average nicer, or at least more "professional" than SSB ops.
There, now I am in real trouble...