I’ve been using RufzXP to work on my Morse Code speed over the past few months. It’s a good way to kill ~10 minutes while eating lunch or sitting on a plane. When I looked at the report showing my scores (and max CW speed), I wondered how I was doing overall. So, being the geek (engineer) that I am, I plotted my scores and maximum achieved speed. Then, I added a trendline to each.
My goal is to hit 10,000 points this summer and consistently hit max speeds of 40+ wpm. Even though I haven’t made it to either one of those, it’s good to see the progress. If you look, you can also see a hole in the data. There was a period between June 8th and June 25 where I was on the road and too busy to practice. Same thing with Memorial Day Weekend. Those periods without practice hurt the trend.
Anyway, using statistics and data analysis in ham radio has been done before – so this is nothing new. Guys have analyzed their contest scores, DXCC counts, sunspot trends… you name it. Some of us just can’t watch good data go to waste.