CWops – relearning CW

CWops – relearning CW

I’ve been accepted to CW Academy given by CWops. This is a very successful course in teaching CW and stresses head copying vs. copying onto paper. Copying onto paper is a hinderance to copying speed because you can only write so fast. I heard somewhere that you cannot write any faster than 15-20 words per minute.

I have to admit, I am struggling with this. In order to head copy you need a decent short-term memory and if you know me, you know mine is shot. For those of you who don’t know me, I am “disabled.” I was in a serious auto accident in November of 2015 that caused permeant brain damage. One of the main things caused by this is short-term memory loss (long with a host of other issues). This is making it very hard for me to copy without a pencil, even the short three letter words. I forget the first letter by the time the last letters sent. At the same time, this will help rebuild some of the pathways damaged by the accident and stretch my cognitive abilities.

The great part about CWops is they assign you an “Elmer.” For those of you uninitiated in the ways of ham radio, an Elmer is a mentor. No one really knows where the term Elmer came from. My Elmer is Ken Talbott. I wrote him last night about my frustration and we are going to meet on Skype today to discuss this. I told him under no circumstances do I want to give up but I’m not sure I can meet the expectations of the class.

Wish me luck as I try to bring my code speed up and be able to copy it better.

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