[SCCC] Code Speed Learning

H Lawrence Serra hlserra at sbcglobal.net
Thu Sep 15 08:47:10 PDT 2011

Jeez, Paul. You do quite well for having learned CW at 75. I can't imagine what 
you will do as you hit 90.

Cheers, Larry N6NC

From: Paul Dorey <wn6k at sbcglobal.net>
To: SCCC <sccc at contesting.com>
Sent: Thu, September 15, 2011 3:22:37 PM
Subject: [SCCC] Code Speed Learning

My intro to CW was first at Boot Camp at MCRD - San Diego.

After taking batteries of tests (and scoring determined that I didn't know which 
end of a screwdriver to hold) they played a record that combined with a 'fillin 
scantron score sheet' determined that I could learn 6 letters and fill in the 
correct slot fm 5wpm to 20wpm in the couple of minutes the played the test.

A bald shaven headed boot stood stiffly at attention in front of the Corporal 
who was checking our final score sheets. The sheet was 2 sided with 50 rows on a 
side and after he gave me a double take on the 1st side and not finding a single 
error, he flipped it over and ditto on the back side and snapped, "Your going to 
Comm ... step back!"

When we returned back to pur hut, I found no one had been given a hint about 
what school they were going to except me so thus began my learning.

I went to C School (at MCRD) after but their method of 'teaching us was pretty 
mundane and frankly not as effective as they thought. We learned (and 
subsequently re-learned every level of CW at each increase. Had they just 
Farnswoth Method us early on, we all would have excelled far earlier. Coupled 
with the fact that most of us could not type a lick (only girls took typing in 
those days in High School) and the assign an old battle axe - Hilga the Horrible 
- Navy Chief to teach us typing on the mill. This sadist loved to berate green 
Marines into submission and after getting us to be sucessful at 35wpm on a mill, 
it was back to class relearning at the next level of CW and copying mindless WX 
/ Ship location reports for hours a day.

I nearly graduated with my class in time except for my final exam- which was to 
load/tune up the 900w rig that was Jeep mounted behind me.  We were to drive 
around the base, contact COC with our knee-key and send and recieve a message 
from them. Problem was - they did not even ask if I knew how to drive a stick 
shift - remember that wrong end of a screwdriver?

After an extra week in Motor Driving School, I retook the final and got out of 

Trust me, learning Vietnamese at Monterey later from Ba Mingh was MUCH easier 
because she spoke at normal speaking pace and our 4,000 word vocabulary was 
learned in record time.

Oh and as an aside, I humped a PRC-25 for 13 months in Viet Nam and never used 
the CW till I got into ham radio years later (75).

WN6K, Paul

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