CW is difficult to learn...sometimes. In this page I would like to tell you how I learnt it. Perhaps it helps you.
most important fact to learn it is the MOTIVATION. There are many CW
training softwares, but many are very boring, and do not help on
learning. Only a few of them really work out on this fact.
I learnt CW "playing" with a program. Every time I played with it I wanted to get more and more. It hooked me up.
you are one of those operators who would like one day to learn CW, but
always find an excuse to do something else...something you like
Well, of course it is only up to your choice. But maybe it would be worth trying one day the thrill of the Morse code.
In this page I have uploaded the 3 programs which have hooked me to CW. Take them as a game. Play with them. Contest yourself..
And maybe you will also get hooked on CW. Good luck!STEP 1:To start with:Morse.exe
This program is so simple. You see blue bars with letters, numbers (and signs if you want) below.
you click on the bottom white box, you will hear the program keying a
letter or a number of those blue bars. As soon as you recognize the
character, type it in your keyboard. You will notice that character's
blue bar will come down...if you miss it, it will come up.
you type correctly a few letters/numbers a new blue bar (a new
character) will appear...till all the blue bars are activated.
The computer will play random characters, but those which you make more mistakes will appear more often.
You can change the speed on the top right speed "wheel".
with it. Try to reach further every time you play. Don't get nervous
and, if so, close the game and do something else...you will surely come
back to it later...STEP 2:When you control Morse.exe
try this program;Morse Runner.exe
program emulates a CW world HAM contest. You can choose different
levels of pileup, from 1 to 9, and you can add QRM, QRN, QSB and other
realistic features such as flutter or lids.
You have to make contact with as many stations as possible. TX and RX their progressives, like in a contest.
careful! for radio reports (599) and some progressives sometimes
letters are used instead of letters in order to shorten the
transmission times! For example, 599 would be 5NN...or progressive
number 009 can be TTN or OON. You will get soon used to it.
Belive me, when you control the system, you have real good fun with this program (specially if there is no propagation outside).STEP 3:Once you feel you RECEIVE properly CW callsigns and reports
, try this program:G4FON Koch Trainer
trainer can play random letters, usual words or real QSO words. This
program will help you on decoding speed. Which is very good to follow
QSO's. Otherwise you may understand letters but get lost on the real
OK, now it is time for you to go TXing. NOT EARLIER !!!!
It is not reccomendable to TX before your reception isn't good enough.
Yes, you should be patient learning CW, but the most important thing are the motivation and a little perseverance.
Good luck and catch you on the air !