Learning The Code June 22nd, 2013
Every so often the subject of Morse code crops up. It is ususlly from a newcomer to the hobby and the enquiry almost always concerns the beast way to learning the cod and is there an easy way. Well there are no short cuts as such but there is what I regard as the sensible way and a method that not only worked for me, but also I know has worked for many others as well.
Firstly, don’t fall into the trap of practicing by kisten to the code at too slowe a speed. It is much better to listen at a faster speed and leave bigger gaps in between the letters. And the second point I would make which is very important, is to try to listen for the rhythm in the letters rather than trying to count dots and dashes. This is most important because if you want to increase your speed you must hear the code as a rhythm.
Try to always remember that CW should be heard as a language and that language is transmitted as a series of rhythms. If you keep this in the forefront of your mind, then you will be thinking along the right lines when carrying out your practice sessions. And remember tha you should also strive to not only be able to decode in your head,but also build up the words in your head. That really is the ultimate.
But there is no short cut to learning the code. It is a matter of regular practice. Once learnt, you will never forget it. Its a very worth while skill aand onvr that you should be proud of.