Now that the International Morse Code is no longer a requirement for amateur licensing, it is up to us
try to get new hams interested in this mode... either for its many benefits as an operating mode, or simply
to try to maintain this tradition of our hobby. If you found this page (by clicking on the telegraph
key shown at the bottom of each webpage)... then perhaps you are interested in learning Morse Code.
There are many computer programs that can help teach you the code or increase your proficiency. I'm sure you
know how to use Google. Many programs cost a little money, but there are
some very good freeware programs available also. Here are a few that I have recently found to work in the new
Windows 7 operating system:
Just Learn Morse Code is an excellent program for beginners
or others who want to brush up their CW skills.
A Fully Automatic Morse Code Teaching Machine (DOS, Windows, Linux,
Mac)... simple but effective. Spin the "dial controls" to adjust speed and pitch.
Koch CW Trainer 9 can send perfect CW, but can also simulate chirp,
QRM, or straight key sending. He also has a CW contest trainer program.
RufzXP-Tancredi is a neat program that focuses on high-speed copy
of real amateur call signs. And I mean HIGH-SPEED! See their article (and prize) for the person who copied
200 wpm! So I'm sure you can copy 5 or 10 wpm, or even more!
Don't want to install programs? A very nice online Morse practice site is at AA9PW's place.
So, to get your started... below you will find the basics of the International Morse Code. The
sound files were generated at W8MHB's website. I hope
that this information is helpful to you. By the way, if you watched the clicking telegraph key on the club
webpages carefully, you may have noticed that it is sending 73 de W4SV. You can hear how that would
sound at 5 wpm, 13 wpm, or
20 wpm. (Farnsworth spacing)
question mark (?)
slant bar (/)
Prosigns (procedural signals)
(These are run together like a single character, with no spacing between elements)
AR (stop, end of message) --- The "+" sign is often used to represent this prosign.
BT (double-dash, separator within a message) --- The "=" sign is often used to represent this prosign.
SK (end of contact, "signing clear")
Send official club correspondence to:
PCARC Secretary Brandie Krajacic, W9BLK
P.O. Box 1782
Valparaiso, IN 46384
Send updates, corrections or comments about the website to:
Joe Krajacic, N9TAX