Arjen's correct about this. Everyone should try to learn CW at an 18-20
WPM rate so they don't hit the speed barrier at 13-15 WPM. Using longer
than normal spacing, or Farnsworth spacing, would allow the actual 5 WPM
And I wish the requirement was for 1 minute of perfect copy, rather than
just a multiple choice question about the code content. Alas, that
probably won't be the case.
Making the test a 5 WPM exam is no doubt going to ruin a lot of people
that might otherwise actually learn CW correctly and enjoy it. 5 WPM *is*
painfully slow to have a QSO with.
Gary Surrency AB7MY QRP-L #571 Chandler, AZ (near Phoenix)
K2 sn. 364
On Fri, 31 Dec 1999 06:43:49 +0000 Arjen Raateland
> Kevin Muenzler, WB5RUE wrote:
> > It's also required, for now, by international treaty. That's the
> > reason that 5 wpm is still (and only) required.
> I'm not an expert at CW, but I've come to the conclusion that
> at 5 wpm is adverse to actually learning CW, because it allows bad
> habits like copying by counting and memorizing. Habits that you'll
> to unlearn in order to achieve any useful speed level.
> Arjen Raateland
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