Well, I’m to the point where I want to be, getting better with CW. My main first year goals have been achieved with ham radio: on HF/VHF/UHF, worked all states, DXCC, passed Extra, and have begun to learn Morse Code and make contacts. Now it’s time to concentrate on improving my Morse speed.
As an experiment and to judge where I actually am, I devised a copy drill using Morse Code Translator and the Bible. I copied the first chapter of Romans from the New Testament into the translator, set the pitch to 500, character speed to 20 and Farnsworth to 2 words per minute. Then downloaded the soundfile and saved to my desktop.
So I listened for 20 minutes and got through the first two verses of Romans 1. LOL
But I’d say I got 90% copy :-). I wrote the correct letter and diagrammed the correct spacing above the letters if I missed something. Interesting exercise and I plan using it daily for a while. It provides familiar content and enough easy common words and punctuation to help me learn those well, and relaxes the mind during the easy stuff which allows me to concentrate on the more difficult words and phrases.
With the character speed of 20 and the spacing of 2 words per minute, that about where I am realistically.
Having fun. 73