Sunday, 6 July 2014

Morse code a new language


 I still have a great interest in learning Morsecode its been a thought of mine to learn the code since becoming an Amateur Radio operator in 2007.

Even though I progressed through all the licence levels I still never managed to learn Morse Code.

Now I am really going to learn it! 2014 is the year that I will give it my best shot it’s another challenge that I want to complete and I look forward with great anticipation to the day I attempt to make my first QSO using CW.

Many people have told me it’s like learning a new language and its important to hear the dah dits not just learn the code from paper but learn the code by sound.

I listen to a lot of music and I have always have music of some sort in my day so I am hoping that I have the ear to get to grips with this.

If I had started to learn this 20 years ago it probably would have been much easier but life is full of challenges.

The other snippet of advice I was given on numerous occasions is to never try sending until you are confident in receiving. Now that makes a lot of sense

                       So here I go on this great new challenge, wish me luck!

1 comment:

  1. The best of luck with your learning. Morse is a great way of communicating and I'm sure you will love it. When I was taught a number of years ago, I was told that I couldn't send until I'd got to 10 words per minute. This is so that you automatically form the characters properly. Good Morse is musical and has a rhythm that you can feel. When it's going into your ear and flowing on to the paper, it's magic!

    One other tip, when you do start sending, limit yourself to a straight key, at least for a good few months. Automatic keyers will do nothing to help you form the characters or let you find your rhythm!

    73 de Steve G0TDJ