To learn Morse code, I think personally the individual really needs to WANT to learn Morse code!
As we will all find it is very difficult to focus and buckle down on a subject or action we are not 100% committed to so if you fit this category then I think the best idea for you is to read no further. It takes time and dedication to learn Morse code and is not going to happen over night.
The biggest mistake a lot of people make when they learn Morse code is the trap and the urge to play with a key which I would say would have to be one of the biggest common mistakes you could make when trying to learn Morse code.
The basics must be grasped first when we learn Morse code and that is learning the characters and numerals and be 100% proficient. If you play with your Morse key it is very easy to make mistakes with characters and numerals and once you have these mistakes they are repeated, and once the mistake has been made it is extremely difficult to “UN-learn” so tip #1 to learn Morse code is STAY AWAY from the key!
There are various methods of learn Morse code and you have no doubt come across a few during your research into learn Morse code? in days gone by the common method was to just slog it out starting at a slow rate of code sent and then slowly increasing the speed. The most commonly used methods are the Farnsworth method or Farnsworth technique which is defined by sending characters at a faster speed then the actual word, an example would be sending @ 20 wpm (words per minute) but adding time enough between the sent words to actually slow the code down to say 10 wpm.
The second most common method of learn Morse code is the Koch method. The Koch method is a relatively simple method of learn Morse code where the student starts off once they have grasped the characters and numerals at a desired rate of speed but they start off with only two characters. Each code session is around five minutes and once the student gets to a point of achieving a 90% accuracy rate another character is added so the whole process itself is fairly simple, personally I think the Farnsworth method is better when learn Morse code.
Our ability to grasp and hold information changes greatly when we learn Morse code and a lot of contributing factors need to be taken into consideration which will ultimately show an individual picking it up like a duck to water or those who struggle greatly with learn Morse code, so bearing in mind our brains are all different so it is best to try the two above mentioned methods of learn Morse code and decide which method gets you the results there are also other methods of learn Morse code I am sure you will find but I have just used the two main methods of learn Morse code here as an example. You will find those who are younger and have a good ear for music and rhythm will do a lot better at learn Morse code then those who do not have them personal attributes when it comes to learn Morse code.
Learn Morse code timing and speed
Timing and speed is the crucial key element to a good easy to copy code. There are a lot of operators that are under the impression that because they can send fast (QRQ) when they learn Morse code that makes them a good operator? this is not the case especially if the code sent is “unintelligible” sending at speed is very enjoyable and brings much self satisfaction and is almost “trance like” as it requires a great deal of concentration, BUT to be able to copy “QRQ” by ear is a whole different ball game. Try to set a speed you are comfortable with and once proficient then simply increase it, don’t fall under the impression just because an individual can send at speed it makes them a good operator as this is not the case at all.
The timing of which Morse code is sent is crucial when learn Morse code to getting a message across intelligibly, a dit (dot) is one unit in length, a dah (dash) is three units in length, so in other words three dits are equal in length to one dah, the duration between letters is three units long, and the gap between words is seven units in length. The length of any element is sometimes difficult to achieve if the individual is sending on a hand key manually, it is also the case for those using a semi automatic bug such as a Vibroplex, for those who use an electronic keyer with an Iambic paddle such as a Bencher paddle will have no problem achieving these correct length durations if the electronic keyer is set up properly. A very good example of properly spaced/ timed sent code @ around 12-13 wpm A through to Z can be found by clicking HERE and yes I am aware it is “learning Morse code” the use of the word “learn Morse code” has been used for a reason, sorry about that.
M------ O---------- R------ S---- E C---------- O---------- D------ E ===.===...===.===.===...=.===.=...=.=.=...=.......===.=.===.=...===.===.===...===.=.=...= ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ | dah dit | | symbol space letter space word space
Learn Morse code, and keep the code alive!