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How do you keep concentration?

PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:15 pm
by Kd5jbk
I've been fighting and fighting to learn cw for the last year or so. I am determined to make the most of my Tech license and get into HF. I am making progress at a death crawl and becoming more and more frustrated. I am generally good for about a 30-45 seconds or so of copy then I zone out as my brain chooses to wander off. By the time I can lasso and reel it back in I've missed half of the QSO. The faster the code the shorter the attention span. So how do you guys with short attention spans like me do it? How do you keep your focus?

Re: How do you keep concentration?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:06 pm
by W4YAT
I'm surprised no one replied with suggestions. It's tough to maintain concentration, but you have to really force yourself to focus.

It helps if I know I'm going to limit study time to 15 mins or so, and then get up and let my mind wonder or turn on the tv. When I get back to it a few minutes later, it's again forced concentration for another 15 min segment. I've been going through the LCWO sessions, using headphones and typing the strings of letters into the text box provided. This again focuses my concentration.

After I've done that for 4 or 5 times I sit and listen to code on the radio, while doing something else entirely. I no longer have to have concentration on the code, but the continuous sound helps me to subconsciously pick out the letters and numbers that I've learned so far.

I'm just a beginner, but this is helping me to pick up the rhythm of the code.

Good Luck to You,

Re: How do you keep concentration?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:36 pm
by N0WDM
One of the blocks I had in learning code was that I found myself creating a "lookup" table in my head that consisted of dits and dahs for each character. As listened to code I got mentally exhausted by that process. I couldn't copy more than a few words at slow speed before my brain cut out. I had to start over and just learn the characters by sound.

I have a Samsung phone and downloaded 2 very helpful apps. One was Morse Machine. It teaches by sound only. You hear the morse code character and type it in on the screen based keyboard ( a real stretch for me since I'm a 1 finger typist at 70). The app starts with K and M and adds letters as you go along. I balked at starting with just K and M. I know my morse characters but this was a whole different experience. I learned to listen to the rhythms of CW and my ability to concentrate got better and better to where I could follow the app for 7-8 minutes at a time.

Any one approach gets hard to stick with so I also downloaded CW Trainer which gives you a multitude of things to do with morse code. Again it is all sound based and I can do the excerises for 10 minutes at a time.

Maybe these will help your concentration too. 73 de Mike n0wdm