Learn Morse code
(the original brain exercise)
But don’t fall into the trap!
You will fall into a nasty trap if you learn Morse code with a method that requires writing or typing the characters you hear. Once you develop this reflex action, it will be very difficult to break your dependence on paper and pencil or a keyboard and read code in your head — a requirement for really enjoying CW.
Code teaching methods that require writing or typing are an unfortunate remnant of the historical need for encrypted military and commercial Morse code messages. There is no room for error within a cipher group, so accurate character by character Morse copy was an absolute requirement.
But amateur radio CW communication does not make use of cryptography (in fact, it’s illegal). Most of the time only a very small fraction of a QSO actually needs to be written down. Effective Morse code training takes this fact into into account and eliminates the outdated requirement for writing down the characters you hear (just so you can read them back to yourself a moment later!)
So what is the proper way to learn?
The best way to learn is by first getting very comfortable with text spelled out entirely in English and forming words and sentences in your head. Then very gradually replace spoken letters and numbers with Morse code characters, one at a time and at your own pace.
Before long, you will be comprehending material sent entirely in code!
- Learn to read Morse code in your head at up to 30 words per minute
- No paper and pencil or typing except for call signs and such
- On-line — no software to install
Listening sessions are complemented with an adaptive code tutor that will detect your problem characters — and provide custom exercises to drill you until you get them right 100% of the time.
With the MorseFusion method, you learn Morse code the same way you learned to speak: from context, gradually, and with immediate feedback on your performance.
MorseFusion provides you with a straightforward method to become proficient in Morse code and finally begin enjoying CW. So if you are new to Morse code, or know code but are currently using paper and pencil, or just want to improve your decoding ability, subscribe today and with diligent practice you’ll be operating in CW mode at up to 30 wpm.
MorseFusion is available on the Web at minimal subscription cost and is accessible from everywhere, with no software to download or install.