Not sure where to post this, so I'll try here.
I'd like to improve my ability to copy CW signals that are close to the noise floor. This would be useful for QRP, DX, or just general hamming. Can some of the wise folks here give me any practical advice?
Thanks and 73, - Steve WX2S.
You have the correct answer already Steve. Copy signals at the QRP and SOTA frequencies. Once you find those unreadable signals then use those knobs on that receiver and try to peak that signal. Try turning off the AGC and turning your RF Gain fully counterclockwise and AF Gain fully clockwise and slowly turn the RF Gain up till you hear the signal. If you have passband tuning use that trying to 'peak' the signal. Spend time with that receiver learning what it can do till it's second nature. When not much is going on dx wise I find signals that are totally unreadable and have a go at it with my receiver's knobs bringing that signal up. Good Luck.