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JS_280:
I'm stuck guys...

I was able to go from not knowing morse code to around 12-14 WPM over a period of a few weeks.  The problem is that I've been stuck there for several weeks now.  Instead of recognizing "patterns" I'm counting dits and dahs which is definitely a huge hindrance.  When I listen to CW transmissions, I hear the dits and dahs and then (for lack of a term) have to sort through the A-Z, 0-9 "index" in my head to match the number of dits and dahs to a letter or number.

Anyone else deal with this and have any tips on how to listen for the pattern and not count?  And if so, consider this a request for a future article in the TSPHRC newsletter... ;)

By the way...thanks again Truik for all of the time you've dedicated to putting the TSPHRC and newsletter together!

Docwatmo:
Don't know if it will help, but this is the jumping off page I used.  Its got some nice pointers to terminology (Like the Farnsworth method) that may make your internet searches for other systems more productive.

I know its not much but hopefully you find what your looking for.

I used to be a 110 WPM touch typer, (Out of practice and lucky if I can hit 90 now) There are points at different levels that are kind of like obstacles. (40 WPM for typing, then again around 65 or 70, and then again around 90 to 100).  each one requires a tiny bit of alteration in the way you think about the typing to move past them.  I'm sure Morse is the same way,  its finding those little obstacles and picking up the needed info to get past it.

KC8SON:
Don't know if this will help or not, but there is a morse code podcast at: http://www.morseresource.com/podcasts.php.   The same message is recorded in various speeds.

JS_280:

--- Quote from: KC8SON on February 12, 2010, 02:03:48 PM ---Don't know if this will help or not, but there is a morse code podcast at: http://www.morseresource.com/podcasts.php.   The same message is recorded in various speeds.

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Wow...thanks for that.  I can add them to my podcasts and listen to them on the way home from work.  Since it's a simple quote, I can translate it (again...I'm guessing that I should be "thinking in morse" not translating) at the office and be able to listen for the letters on the drive home.

dmart:

--- Quote from: KC8SON on February 12, 2010, 02:03:48 PM ---Don't know if this will help or not, but there is a morse code podcast at: http://www.morseresource.com/podcasts.php.   The same message is recorded in various speeds.

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I like this link.  I have problems getting my speed past 13 WPM also.

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