The mike and Key ARC held a short class July 16, 2005, to introduce interested
members to computer based learning tools for CW (Morse Code). This web page
is to summarize the presentation and provide links to material discussed.
There was a brief discussion about study methods noting that there are many
different approaches described on different web sites.  The instructors
recommended a short daily study period of no more than 10 to 15 minutes as
being more effective than fewer, longer study periods.
There are also multiple programs available for computer aided code
learning.  The computer program recommended for beginning learning CW is
a morse tutor program that can be
downloaded.  It is simple to download and operate. It has a
graphical interface to show progress in learning.
Other sites to find additional data:
- The online book "The Art of Radio-telegraphy"-A Manual For
Learning, Using, Mastering And Enjoying The International Morse Code
As A Means Of Communication by William G. Pierpont, N0HFF, (241 pages) is offered
through FIST CW Club
(The International Morse Preservation Society) at
It offers much detail about learning CW.
- A site that contains literally hundreds of links and other resources
for learning or mastering CW is at:
- Another program mentiond is Chuck Adam's, K7QO, Code Course at
Mania - is a program available for Macintosh computers.
- Member Hal Meuller, KE7BYN, has created some "flash cards" which can be used on
a PC or downloaded to an iPod and used in the "shuffle" mode to practice CW.
Hal's files are at http://homepage.mac.com/halmueller/FileSharing10.html. The files, one
for each character, are in a "ZIP" file for downloading.
For those members desiring to enhance their CW speed, it was recommended to try
morse runner. It will simulate
It has settings for the copy speed, QRN, QRM, QSB, activity level (1 to a pileup), and