How I Learned Morse Code Quickly and Easily

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KJ4YZI, May 12, 2017.

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  1. KJ4YZI

    KJ4YZI Ham Member QRZ Page

    This was the way I just learned Morse code in less than a month.. I found that this method worked for me, and in the video you can see how i took baby steps, and just used a couple techniques to learn the language..

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  2. AA8TA

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    Despite the app, or whatever other method you used to learn, I would say that you demonstrated the two most important things to learning Morse code: motivation and enthusiasm.

    If you have those two, almost any learning technique will work.

    One thing I would caution is to learn the characters, whether receiving or sending, by their sounds. You mentioned getting paddles; when you get to a certain speed, you'll have to know what a '1' sounds like, not what it is composed of.

    I don't think anybody should think in terms of dits and dahs. Each character has a unique sound.

    Glad you're enjoying Morse code. It's time for you to get on the air and make some contacts. Keep at it and have fun.
    K8AI, KA5DJS, KP4SX and 3 others like this.
  3. DU7DVE

    DU7DVE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Agreed. I can usually memorize things fairly quickly but I really had to struggle to leave the visuals behind and learn the sound because of the early practice we were doing in chatting on messenger with dots and dashes. That really held me back because I had to visualize after hearing the sound.

    But that was a really long intro on that vid... :(
    Last edited: May 13, 2017
  4. KC9OSX

    KC9OSX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm learning the same way as KJ4YZI, except I started with the Morse Toad app, which only plays the characters fast, which I think is 25 or 30 wpm. When I got that down, I moved to the Morse CT app, to get full words and to practice sending. I'm doing ok, but when it comes to copying more than a few characters, I think my brain works too slow. I'm going to keep practicing and listening. I was going to try using a Morse Decoder to help me while on the air, but I'm afraid it will be a crutch, and prevent me from actually learning it by sound.
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  5. F4HPX

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    have to try this way but it doesn't exists on IPhone :(
  6. DU2US

    DU2US Ham Member QRZ Page

    Listening and sending cw is not enough for speed achievers. You must love ragchews to different good cw operators.
    When I was building my reading speed, we the group of CFO led by w9to. We rattle airwaves almost every night at 7.030mhz.
    du2us/ka2clf/fil or phil.
  7. 4L5P

    4L5P Ham Member QRZ Page

    Мне нравится ваш CW де 4L5P
  8. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Kinda dispels the notion that new hams are not interested in code it's also satisfying to work some of them on the air from time to time they do an impressive job for a short time in the hobby..... stay with it and have fun.
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  9. DU7DVE

    DU7DVE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nice to meet you here Manong Phil. Still working on my decoding. Hope you'll be back on air with your CW practice sessions.
  10. K7JEM

    K7JEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    One thing I would point out is that Morse code is not a language, it is an encoded alphabet. If you speak English, and the person you are conversing with speaks French, you will not be able to communicate using Morse alone. You could carry on some rudimentary conversations by using common Q signals and abbreviations, but you won't be able to have detailed conversations or pass messages that the other party will understand.
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