Monday 11 January 2010

use it or lose it.

I have been trying my best to improve my CW skills over the last few days but I can already see it is going to be a long journey. I have been amazed at how much I have forgotten! There are some excellent software packages which help, in addition to "Just learn morse code" which I have previously mentioned I have also been using "Morse Machine" and "Morse Gen" by Julian G4ILO. These programs along with some casual CW listening on HF have formed the start of my quest. I am now however a firm believer in the saying "Use it Or Lose it"!!
Still this learning keeps me busy when the bands are not good. 80 and 40 metres seem very noisy here lately and my radio activity over the past few days has been confined to few local QSOs on 2 metres along with a single PSK QSO on 30 metres.


  1. Hello Kevin, it's a long journey. I become lazy because of good decoding software. I listen with a half ear to CW. Sometimes I hate CW. Sometimes I love it. It's a love-hate relationship. Keep going on... it's the only way to learn. GL, 73 Paul

  2. Just listen to the background Morse code as if it is music, say, Vivaldi's "seasons":) It worked, trust me - I've been CW trainer in Soviet army in late 80's.

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