Resources for Learning
There are many software options for initially learning and improving your Morse code proficiency on your own. Below I have listed them in order of more to less popular options. Consider trying out several options before settling on one or more that meets your needs. (These are listed in the order that I think are most helpful.)
|AD0WE Code Course||YouTube, MP3s||Learn Morse code from the ground up!|
|AD0WE Code Practice||YouTube||Head copy; Improve beyond 15wpm Instant Character Recognition|
|Just Learn Morse Code||Windows||Learn characters and common words|
|IZ2UUF Morse Koch CW||Android||Learn characters and more|
|RufzXP||Windows||Push speed; recognize callsigns|
|Morse Runner||Windows||Learn and improve contesting skills in simulated environment|
|Morse Runner (BH1SCH Fork)||Windows||Same as Morse Runner by VE3NEA, but has working web page to post results, better tabbing, and shows country of callsign.|
|Morse Camp||Web Browser||Push speed; Head copy; Build vocabulary of sound patterns|
|ebook2cw||Windows, Mac, Linux||Convert text, articles, and entire books to Morse code|
|G4FON Morse Trainer||Windows||Practice with simulated QSB, QRN, weak singals, and irregular timing|
|LCWO||Web Browser||Learn characters and more|
|CWops Morse Code Trainer||Web Browser||Follow structured lessons|
|Nilex Morse Tutor||Web Browser||Structured lessons. Type as you hear it. Automatically moves on to additional characters as you get a certain number correct.|
|W1AW Code Practice||MP3s||Updated every other week|
|Ham Morse||iOS||Practice copying common QSOs|
|iMorsix (HB9CWA)||iOS||Morse Code training tool for ILT-Schule (Swiss school for amateur radio)|
|Morse Toad||iOS||Learn characters|
|Deep Morse||Web Broswer||CW Puzzles|
|Pileup Runner by VE3NEA||Windows||Discover how to run a CW pileup! Great training for future DX-pedition operators!|
|AA9PW Code Practice||Web Browser||Learn characters and standard QSO|
|K7QO Code Course||MP3s||Follow structured course for learning Morse code|
|Ham Whisperer Course||YouTube||Guided Morse code course by Andy, KE4GKP|
|Koch Morse Trainer Pro||Android||Learn characters and common words|
|Morse Machine for Ham Radio||Android||Learn characters and most common QSO words|
|Continuous Wave||Alexa Skill||Learn characters and common words|
|Seiuchy||Web Browser||Improve head copying common QSOs|
|QRQ||Linux, Mac, Windows||Push speed; copy callsigns|
|Pileup Practice||Windows||Practice working a pileup|
|CW Teacher||Windows||Learn characters|
|Morse Mania||Mac||Learn characters|
|CyberCW Contest||Windows||Improve contesting skills in simulated environment|
|DJ4UF Course (German)||Web Browser||Morse code course by Eckart, DJ4UF|
Interactive Online Resources:
Excellent opportunity to get free and personalized assistance in learning Morse code. CWOps sponsor this program! Sessions are held Jan-Feb, Apr-May, and Sep-Oct. Classes fill up fast, so signup early!
Long Island CW Club Training
Classes are held most weekdays and are available at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Discord CW WW
Daily practice at 7:30 pm Pacific time (1:30 or 2:30 UTC depending on daylight savings time).
Online Morse code chat channels. The keyboard is used as a straight key.
CW over Internet Protocol. High quality. Allows hooking up physical paddle/keyer to the computer.
Software that uses a USB to serial adapter to hook up a paddle/keyer and communicate in Morse code over the internet. CWCOM was written for Windows 95, but also works on Linux and OS X. (See relevant pages on the blogsite.) It was written by an Australian Radio Ham, but support has transitioned to Gerry, G3MS. Gerry is QRV, typically from 14 to 23UTC.
Morse over IP. Software uses Serial to USB or Bluetooth to hookup a paddle to the computer. Software runs on Arduino, Linux, iOS, OS X, and Windows.
General purpose video conference solution that is known to work well for online Morse code practice. For the best audio, disable “Automatically adjust microphone settings.” In addition to a computer and microphone, you will need a paddle, key, and way to generate a sidetone.
General purpose audio bridge that is known to work well for online Morse code practice. It is free and open source. In addition to a computer and microphone, you will need a paddle, key, and way to generate a sidetone.
One hour mini-contests sponsored by CWOps! They are held every Wednesday starting at 13, 19, and 03 UTC.
NCCC Sprint (NS)
The Northern California Contest Club sponsors Thursday evening contest practice sessions of 30-minute duration.
SKCC Sked Chat
Create an account and request a scheduled contact. SKCC (Straight Key Century Club) members are friendly and will generally bend over backward to help out guys and gals trying to get started with on-air practice.
ARRL W1AW Broadcast
Code sent at 5 to 35wpm on a schedule. Content taken from QST magazine.
Hardware for learning Morse Code:
Full-featured standalone learning tool. It is a multifunctional Morse code device that can be used as a practice trainer, keyer, file player, and Morse code decoder. It has built-in capacitance paddles and speaker. Check out this review video. Also works as a LoRa transceiver on 430MHz!
- CW Trainer by IW7DMH
Practice sending phrases and even random five-character groups. This third party software runs under Windows with the Moserino-32 connected via USB.
- Phrases Trainer Source Code by OZ1THC
Practice sending phrases. This third party software compliments the Morserino-32. It runs under Windows and requires the Moserino-32 to be connected via a USB cable.
K1EL Morse Tutor Keyer Kit
Trainer and built-in capacitance keyer. Can be used for standalone practice. Or practice with a buddy by connecting an RCA cable between two kits!
MFJ-418 Code Tutor with LCD Display
Pocket-sized and convenient
W8BH Morse Tutor
The W8BH Morse Tutor is a great project for learning programming, for learning about hardware, for beginners to learn Morse code, and for people who already know Morse code to increase their speed, both in copying and sending, with either paddles or a straight key. You can build the Morse code tutor for $20 in parts. Check out Bruce's website for other interesting projects. If you wish to use the Mega2560 instead of the ESP32 or STM32, checkout KM4NFQ's port of the code. Here is a short video clip demonstrating how to use two of them for practice with two people across the room.
K3NG CW Keyer
Open source Arduino based CW keyer that has an incredible amount of features and flexibility, including K1EL's WinKeyer compatibility. It can be used as a keyer and to learn Morse code. It can be used for send practice, and receive practice with Keyboard or Receive/Transmit Echo Practice.
Morse Code Books:
The Art and Skill of Radio-Telegraphy by William Pierpont (N0HFF - Silent Key). This is a free book available for download as a PDF. It is filled with practical advice and history. And it is a great read!
Morse Code for Radio Amateurs by Roger Cooke (G3LDI). Published by the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). Written to show how to learn Morse code and get the maximum enjoyment from using it. (Also available from Amazon)
Target enemies by tapping out their designation. Runs on Windows, OS X, and Linux.
Morse (The Game)
Break the bitter attribution of the Great War using timing, tactics, and telecommunications in Morse code. Runs in a Web browser.
A game designed to help you master Morse code while advancing through a number of levels. It teaches one letter at a time. Runs on Android devices.