Today I finally found out how to delete old blogs. Just finding the link in the maze of options was a formidable task. The essence of this blog was imported from my original W7MAP blog and I left it there for six months just to be sure folks that may wish to find me with a new call can do so. My son is indicating that he may wish to pick up that call if and when he gets his license so it may make a comeback someday.
Not much new to report around these parts. Life goes on (thankfully) and practice continues with the code. I am beginning to think I may try a keyboard for sending. At least on those days when my personal equation suffers (i.e.) high sending error rates. In fact someone just yesterday was trying to figure out what type of key produced the least error rate while doing Morse. There are a plethora of options involved in that question. The elements include:
Mechanical, mechanical at different speeds, operator coordination, fatigue, mind drift (my personal fav), age, musical proclivities and a cornucopia of keyer attributes like Curtis modes, Ultimatic, bug emulation, Accu keyer etc. etc. ad nauseum. I am sure I missed a bunch of attributes that lead to errors.
All I have truly found out about myself and Morse is that if my mind is wandering I do poorly. If I have a good concentration day I do well. The rest is a blur to me with little definition as what exactly contributes to errors and if so how much? How do you measure this? I don’t know and it seems daunting. Years ago there was a project to identify error rates with typists.I believe that the typist project was the first “Time and Motion Study” ever attempted. It was done way back in the 20’s or close to that time frame. I envision that that is the type of project it would take to mange this sort of inquiry. Saving time for typists was a productivity enhancement back then and could be justified. Doing something like that for hobby Morse ops is highly questionable and has no financial rewards. So I seriously doubt anyone will do more than speculate. I will say that having those answers would make practice more productive.
I would like to find a program which allows one to capture sending from your chosen device (say an iambic paddle) into a capture buffer for analysis. As far as I know there are no such programs. Imagine practice by sending into your computer and being able to understand and be told by the program your propensity for spacing errors (guilty!) actual keying or spelling errors, character element spacing problems etc. etc. You against the machine perfect code. That would be a hoot. If anyone is aware of such a chunk of software please send along a note. Bye for now…
Thanks for reading my Blog. Best, Chas W5PG