Well, here we are, ….. the dreaded “how on earth will I ever learn Morse code”? The great news is that there are tons of resources and tools for learning the code. More than that, there are several organizations that offer formal training at no cost to you, and these folks are dedicated to helping people not only learn Morse code, but to become extremely proficient. Two organizations that come to mind are highlighted below. Both are composed of terrific people and proficient CW operators and trainers, who are eager to work with anyone wanting to learn and become proficient at sending and receiving Morse Code: CW Academy is a program put on by the CW Operators’ Club aimed at increasing the number of competent CW operators on the HF CW sub-bands. It addresses all levels of enthusiasts: from those aspiring to become licensed operators who want to learn and use Morse code; to veteran operators who are intent on increasing their CW skills, speed and activity.
CW Operators Club
There are other clubs for CW operators, each with its attractions. CWops is very different and stands out as a unique international organization because it advances the “state of the art” of operating across the full spectrum of CW activities – early introduction, rag chewing, contesting, DXing, and awards chasing.
Check out CW Ops and the CW OpsTraining Academy!
FISTS is a well established and recognized CW (Morse Code) organization in the world of amateur radio. Founded in 1987 by Geo Longden, G3ZQS, it now has a world-wide membership in the thousands and growing daily.
What FISTS wants to accomplish.
- To further the use of CW on the amateur bands.
2. To encourage newcomers to learn and use CW mode.
3. To engender friendship within the membership.
Straight Key Century Club
The Straight Key Century Club is the largest association of straight-key Morse code CW operators and enthusiasts in theworld. Organized in January 2006 the Club has thousands of members around the globe.
K1USN’s Slow Speed Test is designed to encourage and assist those who signed up for the CWops CW Academy to learn CW or to improve their CW skills but are not yet copying 25 WPM. The activity has an upper limit of 20wpm but we encourage participants to use any slower speed they are comfortable with.
Everybody is welcome join in the SSTs including new ops making their first attempt at completing a CW QSO. In addition to SST’s 20 WPM upper speed limit, we ask all to be patient, supportive, and willing to slow down as necessary to match the other op’s speed. The objective is a no pressure event that provides “on the air” CW practice. Using paddle keyers, bugs, side swipers and straight keys is fine.
Links to the articles above
So that’s about it folks. CW is a lot of fun, and learning it can be both interesting and a satisfying experience. There is still a ton of CW activities, contests, and awards for CW operators. Do yourself a favor, and check it out, you might find out it is something you would like to try.