Episode #8 - Mind Melding With A Morse Code Instructor!
Anyone who has ever tried learning Morse code would leap at the opportunity to have a 1-on-1 session with an experienced, highly regarded instructor who has taught scores of successful CW operators. The problem is, they're not that easy to find. And even if you do come across one, your odds of winning the Power Ball or busting a 1000 QRO operator pile up are better than your chances of getting some quality alone time with a highly sought after code instructor.
Well, you just won the lottery my friend... !!!
Joe Galicic, N3HEE, is a highly regarded and sought after CW Ops Academy advisor and instructor who has helped students succeed far beyond their goals and become highly proficient with the code. He has been a licensed amateur radio operator for over forty years, builds a telegraph key from time-to-time and is just an overall nice guy.
TAKE AWAYS FROM THIS PODCAST:
Learning the code with someone else is more fun and easier to do than trying to learn the code alone.
Operating CW is a big advantage when you have a modest station and modest antennas.
Learning code at slow speeds, visually, by counting is a recipe for disaster when you try to increase your proficiency down the road.
Head copy is the key to becoming faster and more proficient.
There are two major bad habits:
The #1 bad habit is writing everything down.
The #2 bad habit is counting the code because you don't know it well enough.
You have to be able to recognize the sound of each character in a split second, sub-consciously. You can't spend a lot of time thinking about what you just heard.
You have to really have the code down solid in your head.
Morse code should be a brief mode of communication.Don't try to spell out long complicated words. Use simple language and be as brief as possible.
After you have established a QSO, it isn't necessary to send your call sign every time the conversations flips back and forth between operators. You are only required to sign every 10 minutes.
Practice sending code to develop a good fist. If you can't send good code it's very hard to communicate.
Being proficient doesn't mean just being able to send code at a certain speed. It also means being able to copy a signal in the noise or from a bad fist as well.
Once you have learned the code, get on the air as soon as possible, even if you can only do 5 or 10 wpm. Get on the air as soon as you can and as often as possible. That is the absolute best way to get better.
Stay away from the computer. Get on the air instead.
Try to put the pencil down and write less and less as you gain experience.
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