Sending Morse Code over the airwaves is a passion of mine. I guess I have made that obvious enough throughout the posts of this blog. As I type this, I am sitting back, tuning through the 40 Meter CW portion of the band (yes, I do know that CW is allowed everywhere - but you know what I mean) just content to listen for a change.
There are some beautiful fists out there; and there are also some horrid ones. I think there are several reasons for both - good and bad.
1) A good CW op will knows what their sending speed is and seldom pushes it too far past the boundaries of the envelope. Yes, you have to push to improve; but if you push too far, your sending will suffer. Hey, if you're comfortable at 5 or 10 WPM, there's no shame in that. And if you're comfortable at 40 WPM, bully for you! But if you're comfortable at 18 WPM, for example, why try sending at 25 WPM? You're going to make more mistakes than is good form and it's going to sound terrible.
2) Spacing, spacing, spacing. This is maybe the MOST important thing to pay attention to when sending Morse. Spacing is everything !!!! Noonewantstolistnetomorsecodethatissentlikethis. Itwilldriveyoucrazy.
A t t h e s a m e t o k e n, t h i s c a n d r i v e y o u
n u t s, t o o ! (And I don't mean slow sending - I mean sending with exaggerated pauses for spacing).
When you get behind that key, please try to send in a nice easy, conversational rhythm. That's what makes for the best QSOs.
3) When you make a mistake - admit it! A series of about 5 dits ..... or even a ? and then starting over again with the word you messed up on is a lot better than just glossing over it. Sometimes trying to figure out what's being sent, whether or not a mistake was made can leave you scratching your head.
Try to do your best, keeping it neat and not sloppy; and you will earn the reputation for having a fine fist. Care about what you're doing and take pride in it - that's how the Old Timers did it in days of yore. These practices will only enrich your CW experience.
72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!