Hello all. I'm considering teaching myself morse code this summer, in case I ever get captured by terrorists but also because it seems neat.
I'd like to teach myself using the internet. I've looked through some of this site's information and resources. It seems that all the programs (like this that your site directed me to: http://home.earthlink.net/~n7rz/morse/) require one of those physical tapping devices (I have learned what they are called it just slips my mind at the moment) to be hooked up to the computer.
I'm not looking for anything fancy, but where might I find an inexpensive device or something that can be used for the purpose of it?
EDIT: Gah! I was looking at the page I mentioned above again and realized it said American Morse Code. I'm assuming I should learn International Morse Code, right? Ah well, what internet program do you reccomend?
Hi Smaug. I am a relative newcomer on here as well. Not a lot of activity here it seems.
Anyway, which code you want to learn depends on what you want to use it for. What's used today by hams and what commercial radiotelegraph services are still on the air, is the International Morse. American Morse is what was used on the land-lines by railroad & Western Union operators. They are similar and there are folks that can use either.
I assume the device you are talking about hooking up to the PC is a telegraph key. What you need to do first is learn to receive the code, and you don't need a key for that. I am not sure what programs are available for that but you can always contact the ARRL for suggestions.
Well the best way is to learn to sing the code..dit dar A.
dar dit dar dit C..dar dar dit dar Q.. es go through the alphabet in random mixed groups Do not learn as A<B<C<D<..you should after a while be able to sing street signs etc..(when I was a young fellow, when go to work on the train or bus I would dit dar the news paper to my self BUT sometimes i dit dared out aloud es the train passenagers would look at me in a funny way.).
When you get to learn the charactes go onto the ham bands es listen to the CW on air when u copy 10 wpm then start to send the code with a good hand key..most code on the fourm seems to be for American railway code for use with SOUNDERS a bit harded to learn well for me..I getting their slowly..
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