In reply to M0GIA:
your CW sounded fine to me then
Sending is trivial, it’s receiving it that’s hard! I’ve written lots of software to decode CW over the years. So I learned to send with a straight key so I could test the software.
How long have you been using CW Andy?
I’ve mucked about on and off since I was 1st licensed nearly 20 years ago. But I’ve only seriously tried to get competent over the last year since having CW fun on Ben Hope last Easter. I did get up to 9wpm but then like a fool I sat the 5wpm test and stopped getting better. This was in 2002 when you needed a CW pass to go on HF. Bad mistake, I should have stuck it out another month or so to get to 12wpm. But I had the money for a new HF rig burning a hole in my pocket and wanted to play.
A lot of the impetus to go on the air was down to Tom M1EYP and Roy G4SSH. Tom went from zero to hero in hardly any time so I though well it must be true what they say, anyone can learn CW! Roy persuaded me to try on the air which is always the sticking point, are you brave enough to try with someone instead of listening to computers/tapes etc.
My biggest problem is laziness. I could just about have QSOs and so I would only practice on the summits and that was only once a week. Simply spending 15mins every day at lunchtime has demonstrated that you improve quickly if you just practice. So that’s what I’m doing… 15mins a day EVERYDAY and just keep plugging away.