One of our CW operators in VK who is still fairly new to CW compared to OTs, drew my attention to a very long document in PDF format that he'd been studying from ARRL: ETHICS AND OPERATING PROCEDURES FOR THE RADIO AMATEUR (Edition 3, June 2010) by ON4UN and ON4WW. It's a pity the ARRL have published it as it is with only some proof reading by G3PJT without first undergoing some proper peer review. This would be less of a problem if published on a web page that can be corrected later, but it is published in PDF which is downloaded and referred to by newcomers to CW and even Amateur Radio. It not only is not up to date, and re-invents things incorrectly in places, but it is extremely long, repetitious, complicated, and thus of very little help to newcomers, in fact, the newcomers are (rightly as it turns out) confused by this long treatise by what are presumed to be experts. This is very far from the days back in the 70s and 80s when we had much simpler, straight forward, no nonsense, educative materials less than one tenth of this length, which made sense, were clear, and this did not contain so many repetitions and errors. Below are some comments I made on another forum after only reading through the first half. As many already know, I am NOT the briefest of communicators in writing, and "verbose" would be an understatement. But even I found what would be a very interesting document to me, impossible to read more than half way through. Why on earth would ARRL inflict this on new comers? A technical book for advanced license wouldn't be much longer than this so-called authoratitive document In these comments I've reposted some parts of it that I do happen to agree with, no doubt to the consternation of some e.g. it would perhaps be nice if politics wasn't allowed and neither gardening nor chat about the weather, or what was eaten for lunch, and I do agree with the position on CW decoders Here: Note that discussing gardening or the weather is not allowed HIHI: "any subject that has no relation whatsoever with the ham radio hobby." Page 11, II.7. "Tuning should in the first instance be done on a dummy load. If necessary, fine tuning can be done on a clear frequency with reduced power, after having asked if the frequency is in use." How many really do that? Not many. And I've yet to hear anyone else identify themselves when doing so! "Check which portion of the band you should use for phone contacts. Always have a copy of the IARU Band Plan available on your operating desk." — we wish. If so we wouldn't have any SSB below 7053. "Also, when you transmit on USB on a given nominal (suppressed carrier) frequency, your transmission on SSB will spread at least 3 kHz above that frequency. On LSB it is the inverse, your signal will spread at least 3 kHz below the frequency indicated on your rig. This means: never transmit on LSB below 1.843 kHz (1.840 is the lower limit of the sideband section);..., or on USB never above 14347 kHz, etc." There is no secret recipe to master the Art of CW: training, training, training, just as in any sport. • CW is a unique language, a language which is mastered in all countries of the world! II.9.1. The computer as your assistant? • You will not learn CW by using a computer program that helps you to decode CW. • It is acceptable though to send CW from a computer (pre-programmed short messages). This is commonly done in contests by the logging program. • As a newcomer you may want to use a CW decoding program to assist you in order to be able to verify that a text was correctly decoded. However, if you really want to learn the code, you will need to decode the same CW text yourself using your ears and brain. • CW decoding programs perform very poorly under anything but perfect conditions; our ears and brains are far superior. This is mainly because Morse code was not developed to be automatically sent nor received, as is the case with many modern digital codes (RTTY, PSK etc.). They are wrong saying AR K or AR KN or AR SK cannot be used, and wrong about saying a CQ should not end with a K. The document is huge, pedantic (even more than I am and that's saying something!) and would confuse and put people off Amateur Radio. This is way beyond the simple and effective operating practice books we used to have! I stopped reading it half way through, it should have had better peer review, and is complicated and half of it unnecessary junk!