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How many years have you been performing QRQ CW
Would like to increase my code speed.
What speed do you like to run QRQ CW
Am comfortable copying 25-30 wpm for several years, but usually send at about 20wpm.
Your favorite key, paddle or bug
Begali Magnetic Classic, Vibroplex code warrier Jr., J38
Your favorite cw keyboard
Haven't used a keyboard for CW
Your favorite cw sending software
Haven't used sending software other than internal keyer in rig
Your Rig, Antenna and RF Power
Flex 5000a, 6 element Mosley tribander, inverted V for lower bands

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At 5:50am on September 16, 2010, Chuck aa0hw said…
Hi Stephen,
Thanks for joining our group here.
I see you too have a FLEX 5000.
I hear that they have made some advances in qrq cw for the FLEX 5000.
Your antenna also looks like a good one too, nice setup there Stephen.
Best wishes for increasing your code speed and hope that the site here will have
some good material that might help you do that .
At 5:20am on September 17, 2010, Chuck aa0hw said…
Hi Stephen,
I think what you are reporting is quite a normal response to qrq word training with
RufZxp. I noticed the same thing myself...after a while, my brain starts to get fatigued and the copy goes down. Until you have practiced the same set of words over and over and over again, and the neural networks form in the brain and recognize instantly and effortlessly the whole word, the level of concentration it takes at first, will produce a kind of "burn out" after a short amount of time listening. For me it is about 15 mins, then time to take a break. I think a word list between 50 and 100 words would be better so there is less fatigue. Go through it once and then take a break and come back later and work on the same word list. The words once "memorized" by the brain, are copied with great ease. It does take GREAT effort to get to that point...and then you have to do it all over again once you try to copy about 20 wpm above the current level... at least that is what I have found...The word sounds are different @ 20wpm higher than your current qrq level and must be relearned again by the brain but it does not take as long this time to master the whole word sounds at the next higher level. The largest span I found as far as being able to copy once learned at the lower level of the tier, is between 90 wpm to about 140 wpm. So, once you get over 80 to 90 wpm, the word sounds are close enough in character,that you can copy fairly well all the way up to about 140 wpm on the words that are in your trained vocabulary. Any new word that you have not trained with, might slip by and get missed. Somewhere between 140 and 150 is another "wall" that you have to "train" through once again. I think that otherwise it was about 20 wpm gap before you have to "hit the books" again and relearn the whole word sounds at the higher speeds.

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