Learning Morse Code

Learning Morse Code is a challenging and rewarding effort. It's not easy to learn, but there is also a great sense of accomplishment that goes along with it. Plus, the community of CW Ops is, for the most part, a welcoming and helpful group. I say, "for the most part", because, like any group, there are those who are less than friendly, less than helpful, less than welcoming. But, please, don't let those kinds of people keep you from learning Morse Code and enjoying operating CW.

Like most anything, there are right ways and wrong ways to learn Morse Code. The first thing I would say is ignore, even run from, any memorization "expert" on YouTube claiming to show you how to learn Morse Code. Yes, you can learn Morse Code that way, but actually using it the way it is learned through those videos? Yeah, probably not.

Morse Code is, primarily, a set of sounds, not dots and dashes written on a peice of paper. You need to learn the sounds, not the dots and dashes. You don't hear a T as, "vertical line, horizontal line", nor should you hear it as, "dash".

CW Ops have developed a method of vocalizing the dots and dashes associated with Morse Code. Dots are pronounced "dit" and dashes are pronounced "dah", but even that falls a tad bit short.

CWOps CW Academy

So how do you go about learning Morse Code? My recommendation is the CWOps CW Academy courses, starting with the Beginner Course. As a CW Academy student myself, I can safely say that these courses are amazingly helpful. They're well done, and the commaradery with the other students is superb. The classes meet twice a week for eight weeks via Zoom. Classes fill up fast, so if you are interested, sign–up as soon as possible.

Long Island CW Club

Another option is the Long Island CW Club. They offer a number of classes for learning Morse Code. The classes are setup so that you can just jump in at any time. I haven't personally tried any of their classes, even though I'm a lifetime member, so I can't really say how good they are.

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