In reply to M1EYP:
I think i will go for a 500hz filter myself and for what i have in mind, As i enjoy the dx side of activating i will be wanting to hear the weaker signals.
I do not know when i will be doing my first solo debut CW activation, 20ft of speaker wire hung over the mirror in the living room is where i am at the moment so its a struggle to hear anything from lots of QRM so no chasing done just yet. Shack relocation due shortly which means i can get a feeder to the radio!
I took your advice Tom and started to listen with my 20ft of wire, After what must be hours of listening to ARRL 5wpm and now FISTS 12wpm files i seemed to have had a breakthrough in recieving. I was tuning around top band lastnight when i heard a big signal over the top of the QRM, I hope it was not a fluke but after a few CQ calls from this big signal GM0UDL appeared on a sheet of paper in front me!
Some find CW easy but for me its been a struggle which has caused frustration in the past resulting in a self convincing belief of not being able grasp it. I noticed a few nights back watching some of Goathikers videos on youtube where he has the call signs up i could clearly read the characters from his radio. I need to go over some operating procedures now, Then see what 5w can do. Sean M0GIA