Learning your ABC's - The Right Way
Learn your ABC's by using the files found here. The letters are recorded at 20 WPM so that you can "hear" what "sound" each one makes. It is absolutely imperative to learn the letters by their unique sounds. Try to copy them in your head without writing them down. Practice 30 minutes a day. Try the software learning tools in the Resource Center. PITTFALL #1- AVOID thinking of, and then "counting" out in your mind, the letters as combinations of dits and dahs. This very bad habit will only slow you down because of the time required to translate dits and dahs. Just hear the unique sound pattern and remember what letter it is. Trust me on this one !
Increasing Speed - Head Copy
The key to increasing your speed is putting down your pencil and copying characters, whole words and phrases in your head. Start by learning what common words and phrases sound like. The technique of head copy will take some time to master but will really pay off in the long run. Just be patient and practice a little each day. You can download the MP3 files below for practice offline. Once you master head copy a whole new world of communicating with Morse code will become available to you ! PITTFALL #2 - Stop writing everything down ! This is the another bad habit that will hinder your speed and proficiency. Try to only take notes of things you want to remember or log. Practice wtih my Morse Code "Head Copy" Trainer app here.
Basic QSO Practice - Getting on the air !
After learning how to send and receive Morse code it's time to get on the air to practice what you've learned. Getting on the air is by far the quickest and most effective way to become more proficient at Morse code. It's also a lot of fun ! Start by listening to these basic QSO files to get a feel for what to expect on the air. You can download the MP3 files below for practice offline. Also visit the AA9PW QSO generator for more practice. Once you get the basic QSO down you will progress quickly !
Sending Practice - The QBF
To become a good operator it is essential to learn how to send good quality Morse code that is both accurate and spaced properly. The QBF (The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Over The Lazy Dogs Back) contains every letter of the alphabet. It will help you learn how to send each letter and how to space them properly. Listen to the recordings and send exactly what you hear. You can download the MP3 files below for practice offline.
Welcome to my Classroom
Here you will find tips and techniques to help you learn Morse code the right way. Use the four modules below as a guide to get started. Be patient and practice a little every day. Visit the Resource Center for more information. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Soon you will be a Morse Code Master !!