AA9AU Recommendations for Learning Morse
Morse code is the only digital mode
that requires no hardware logic.
It can be used when no other means of communication is available.
- car-to-car by horn
- across a noisy room by humming
- by any momentary-on switch
Do's and Don't
- DO learn by SOUND pattern,
write (or type) ONLY letters (L), digits, and onomatopoeia (didahdidit).
- DON'T ever write or read short and long lines.
Human brain wiring makes code this way slow, and hard to unlearn.
- DO use a live teacher/tutor if available, or a tutorial
(e.g. K9OX's Multi-Platform Morse Training Program)
- DO practice as often as you can (in addition to daily/weekly class).
A few minutes, every hour, every day
is better practice than many hours once a week.
- DO practice listening, to smart phone apps, to recordings, to
- DON'T worry about sending practice. Sending comes easy.
- If at all possible, DO practice with a buddy.
As often as possible, listen to your buddy sending (and send to him),
a few minutes at a time, by touchtone over phone,
by humming between cubicles, ...
- DO listen to yourself humming signs as you drive.
- DO use Farnsworth timing (fast letters, spaced out to slow words).