In reply to M0LEP:
Lots of useful comments for you Rick from others. Roy G4SSH was the catalyst in getting me to actually start using CW on the air. Slightly different in that I was activating and not chasing so that meant chasers had to slow down and cope with my skills. As Roy said, chasers want the QSO and points and nearly all will slow down to my speed (now around 18-20wpm). Some keep the character speed fixed and insert longer gaps, Tom M1EYP does that and his 28wpm character speed is fine with me. Others slow the character. I find fast with bigger gaps is better for me. You’ll always get someone who sends at 35+wpm and doesn’t slow down. Foolish waste of time with me. I can only assume they send so fast and don’t slow down because they are trying to make amends for being lacking in the “family jewels” department!
For a chaser, especially if you’re not so fast yet at sending, waiting till the pileup has declined a bit is the best action. I’d be only too glad to have a QSO with you. Call at whatever speed you feel happy with.
On Deuchary Hill this last Sunday I had another QSO with Dave in his G6DTN guise. Having encouraged Dave a lot I’m ever so pleased to hear him having a go on the air. Also Barry MW0IML called me. I didn’t know Barry had been learning brass bashing so that came as nice surprise.
But keep at it Rick. The only way to get better is to practice.
(A CW convert, but not a very good one)