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Morse Code Practice

Well-sent Morse code is a pleasure to listen to. It takes some practice, and this chapter will cover some good practice techniques. Do 15 minutes of practice at a time. Take a break and do and think something else, relax. Come back fresh and do another 15 minutes. Do it every day. You want to set dedicated time aside just for this.

There is one thing you do not want to do, and that is overextend your practice session. Once the mind goes numb, you will only frustrate yourself if you continue to drill. It is time to go for a walk, look at the flowers, plan some strategy for something not at all involving Morse code. Do something enjoyable and relaxing. Take a nap. Whatever works. Then come back and do another short practice.

LESSON 4 — Practice, Practice, Practice!

It is recommended that you practice for maybe 15-20 minutes at a time, then take a break, and do about two or three sessions per day, every day. You have a busy life, but you need to set aside some time out of your day to devote to practice.

If you have issues with certain letters, make a note of which ones and bring them to class. Your instructor will use class time to drill on troublesome characters. We will do that on the on-air class net.

While you are out and about, see how many characters you recognize the Morse code for, from road signs, business names, billboards. Sound out the letters when you see a Speed Limit sign, for instance: Say, "Di-di-dit, di-DAH-DAH-dit, dit, dit, DAH-di-dit. Di-DAH-di-dit, di-dit, DAH-DAH, di-dit, DAH." "Speed Limit." Keep in mind the 3-to-1 timing ratio between the DAH and the dit.

Here are some online resources that are in addition to the materials provided on this site:

  • LCWO.net stands for "Learn CW Online."

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