Morse Code Course
Welcome to my Morse Code Course! I created this course as a set of YouTube videos using the Farnsworth method. Each video has a character speed of 20wpm and an overall speed of 10wpm. The course provides continuous and immediate feedback, which will help accelerate your learning. Practice callsigns are or were valid US callsigns. Words are limited to the Top 5,000 words that are at most four letters long, and a focus was placed on selecting words that match the current letter. Words and callsigns will only contain characters that have been introduced so far.
It may be more challenging initially, but I recommend trying to head copy everything. Copying callsigns might be the exception since most hams record the callsigns in their logbook, but it will help you if you can master it. The course is incremental and provides an opportunity to develop this skill from the very start!
A few simple guidelines to maximize your results:
- Use each lesson in order. Each lesson builds off of the next.
- Simply listen to the introduction videos to gain familiarity with the new character. For all other videos, in the 1-second pause, say out loud whatever you can copy.
- Move on to the next lesson as soon as you reach 70-90% accuracy. Don't be concerned with finishing each lesson. I have generated more content than most students will need for mastery of any particular lesson. The first few lessons will not take much time to get through.
- Practice more frequently in shorter intervals, rather than less frequent and longer sessions. Perhaps consider practicing twice a day, morning and evening, for 15 minutes in each session.
- Do not count the dits and dahs. Listen to the entire sound pattern of the characters. Avoid having a lookup table of dits and dahs in your head, and avoid repeating the sound pattern in your head.
- If you can easily count the dits and dahs, you need to learn at a faster rate. Listen to the videos at 125% or 150% speed, which is 25/13wpm and 30/15wpm, respectively. (On YouTube, click the gear icon, next click the Playback Speed, and then select the desired speed.)
- Protect your hearing! Listen to Morse code at the lowest usable volume, especially if using headphones.
- If using speakers instead of headphones, you may encounter a slight increase in difficulty because of echo and timing differences. Avoid listening to Morse code in a confined space with perceivable echo. And consider shifting the audio balance so that only one speaker is used.
I have created a YouTube PlayList for this course for those who prefer to keep track of their progress all within YouTube.
If you would prefer to have audio files to listen to on your device, you may download ZIP files. Choose the speed that is best for you — 20/10wpm, 25/10wpm, and 30/10wpm. Each ZIP file contains the course as MP4/M4A files encoded with AAC. These files will playback on current operating systems and handheld devices. But Android users may need to download a compatible player from the App store. There are several free players available for Android devices. To be most useful, your player should save your spot and allow you to continue when you come back to it.
If you need this course in MP3 format because of an older device, you can download it as a multi-part zip file — Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. (You must download all files before you are able to unzip it.) Because of the large size, I only offer this download for the 20/10wpm Farnsworth speed. Please be aware that it is an 8GB download and it uncompresses to 33GB. (If you have problems unzipping it on a Mac, you may want to use Stuffit.)
I wish you all the best on your Morse code journey! If you have any questions, or comments feel free to reach out to me. My contact details are here.
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