[CQ-Contest] Learning Morse
Robert Chudek - K0RC
k0rc at pclink.com
Sun Nov 9 20:54:23 EST 2008
Jim K8MR said: "(I can't comment on the need [for typing skill] in RTTY
I do a lot of RTTY contesting. It is possible to operate an entire contest
"pointing and clicking" with a mouse. It is not necessary to touch the
keyboard, unless that's your preferred method of operating.
73 de Bob - KØRC in MN
----- Original Message -----
From: <Jimk8mr at aol.com>
To: <kiessig at gmail.com>; <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Sunday, November 09, 2008 6:30 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Learning Morse
> If you are learning CW for contesting, I'd suggest that first you learn
> keyboarding for contesting.
> Touch typing (keyboarding) is an essential skill for SSB contesting as
> It will likely be easier to learn keyboarding at a given speed that it
> to learn CW at that speed, so the limit will be determined by your CW
> Having learned CW from a 33 rpm LP record when I was 11 years old, I can't
> really offer much advice on learning the code as an adult.
> 73 - Jim K8MR
> In a message dated 11/9/2008 6:38:17 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> kiessig at gmail.com writes:
> I've decided to learn Morse, mainly with an eye toward contesting. I
> and failed many times years ago, using the approach recommended to me at
> time - cassette tapes. I recently discovered the Koch method, and have
> using the G4FON software, but I have some questions:
> -- Since the Koch technique has you learning at full-speed from the
> beginning, what's a reasonable speed to aim for? What's the range that
> might see in a typical contest?
> -- I've started at 22 wpm, and find that the speed of my handwriting is
> often not fast enough to keep up, and keyboarding is even worse. The
> way I could imagine going faster is to copy entirely in my head. How did
> you get past that hurdle?
> -- Are there any other approaches to learning that I should consider, or
> perhaps better implementations of the Koch technique?
> 73, Rick ZL2HAM
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