As I’ve mentioned many, many times. My attempts at learning Morse code or CW as a teenager were unsuccessful. While I’ve mentioned my excuse was too many distractions (cars, sports, girls). I also believe my failure was a learning block which I couldn’t overcome. Perhaps another way to word this was a learning block I didn’t know how to overcome.
Since getting my license in 2007, CW has been a mode I’ve wanted to operate. I will admit that I’ve fiddled around in Ham Radio Deluxe DM780 and have also downloaded and installed other software applications to decode via the computers soundcard to text translation. I’ve decoded many times, but have never actually attempted to send via these mechanisms.
Please understand that what I’m going to say next is my opinion and only my opinion. But if I have to use computer software to send and receive CW signals, I might as well stay away from that mode. Again…this is my opinion for my own operational style and my own way of thinking.
So having said that, I am in the process of researching methods of learning Morse code. I’ve spent some time talking to some friends and researching information on the internet. I plan to wrap up this discovery phase and get started in the next few days.
While I know many learned CW from simply studying the dots and dashes which make up each letter or from listening to code tapes. I’m looking for alternative methods as I’ve tried the code tapes and studying an A is .- with not much success. Of course, I also understand I’m a much different person now than I was 30 years or so ago. Most of this will be similar to overcoming my obstacles with earning extra last summer. Meaning, I just need to focus and get it done but at the same time not setting unnecessary pressures on myself.
Morse code is very much alive on the bands and it is a mode I dearly want to enjoy. I’ll be certain to most frequent updates to share both my successes and frustrations along my Morse journey.
Until next time…
73 de KD0BIK