There are many threads on this reflector and indeed online regarding learning CW. In my opinion there is not one method that suits all. What works for one will not necessarily work for someone else. I have in the past attempted to learn CW on several occasions but not really stuck at it. Kevin G0KEV ran a course at Otley A.R.S where we spent one hour a week learning to receive slow CW. He started off week one with E,I,S,H,T,M and 0 and added characters as the weeks went by. There were about ten of us sat around a table writing down what we thought he had sent then after about 25 characters he would ask one of us to read out what we had. It was light hearted, stress free and I can’t thank Kevin enough. Mistakes were made but we just laughed it off and moved on. I got K and R mixed up on more than one occasion! I combined that practice with using the Koch trainer at home adding the letters as we went. I printed an A4 sheet with all the letters and numbers on and pinned it on my shack wall. I was also told to look at car number plates and imagine sending the letters/numbers in CW. To my surprise things finally started to stick as the weeks passed and I felt I was finally getting somewhere.
So now I am reasonably confident receiving all the letters, numbers and of course the forward slash with the characters at 15 w.p.m with about a 2 second gap between them. I’m happy with 15 w.p.m and plan to shorten the gaps as time goes by. This is what has worked for me. We all learn differently but the end result is similar.
I know that there are a plenty of reliable CW chasers out there. I expect there will be mistakes and nerves but I believe what I have to do now is take the plunge and try a CW activation. Weather permitting I will try and get out and activate something soon. Hopefully chasers be patient and will slow down to my speed. Patience and QRS please!
73 Chris M0RSF