on a little plaque that my Mom gave me for my car, when I was younger. "Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly." I would have to say the same applies to some of the fists I am hearing on 40 Meters CW tonight.
Before I continue, let me be the first to admit that my fist is FAR from perfect. And there are nights when my hands just won't work and my fist is atrocious. But when that happens, I try to slow down a bit and do my best to make it sound good.
I guess what I am listening to is some guys who fancy themselves as fledgling QRQ ops. Wow! In an effort to increase speed, it appears that spacing has gone out the window. What's the point at going a blazing 35 - 40 WPM if you leave the guy on the other end shaking his head because he can't quite make out exactly what you're sending? And if you have to send a "?" or "......" indicating an error every third word or so, what's the point?
Slow it down a tad, and remember that spacing is as important if not more important than the lengths of your dits and dahs. From time to time, I send into my own laptop through the soundcard. If CW Get can decipher what I am sending, then I feel I am doing pretty well. Before the dawn of computers, I used to use a cassette tape recorder to record some of my own sending for my own critiquing purposes.
The FISTS motto is one to live by and remember - "Accuracy transcends speed".
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!
PS: The streak is intact! Worked K6JSS/7 - Randy K7TQ in Idaho during the ARS Spartan Sprint on 40 Meters. On the flip side, 4A4A was loud on 20 Meters but still couldn't break the pileup. My turn will probably come towards the end of the DXpedition, when they are begging for Qs.