Thanks for stopping by! Below you will find some FREE tips taught in Code Quick which have helped lots of people get through their code challenge. We like to consider ourselves masters in education of Morse code. Just like accredited online MBA programs we can be trusted. We sincerely hope these educational tips can help you as well!
Code Quick helps you get over the Morse Code hump
Writing the letters at 20wpm requires that you copy 100 characters in a minute. That’s pretty fast. Try this instead! Start using a log system right when you first start to learn the code. In every QSO you will begin with the items in your log. Just pop your pen or pencil to the correct spot as you hear each element and copy what is sent there. That way you will not have to write all of this stuff as the code is sent. This will give you more time to focus on the important data being sent. You will also be less likely to fall behind or get razzle-dazzled
When you copy code, don’t let your concentration be interrupted. If possible, use headphones to cut distractions. If you write the code on a piece of paper, cover your work with a 3X5 card. As you write a letter, let your left hand slide the card along. If you miss a letter, just make a dash and slide the card. This way you will be much less likely to loose your place while trying to see what you just wrote. You will have plenty of time to do that after the code is finished. Remember the gambler song, “Never count your money while you’re at the table, they’ll be time enough for contain’ when the gambling’s done!” This applies to copying code also. Best when you are first learning code, you can’t use this idea and the one above at the same time!!!
Snow White’s dwarfs had it right. You can send code all day to yourself or someone else by whistling. As you drive your car, whistle out each sign you see. Remember, the code only has one tone, so don’t try to do it to your favorite tune though!
You probably have experienced lock up when you are copying code. All of a sudden you realize that you missed a letter or can’t quite remember. Your brain frantically searches for the correct sound and you miss 6 letters only to wake up totally lost!
You can learn to dodge the bullet by practicing, missing letters on purpose. Try this. Pick code faster than you think you can copy. Decide at the beginning that you will miss some letters and that you will make a dash for each letter missed. Next, as you copy, only copy every other letter. Put a dash for the one you skip. When you are through copying, go over the text and see just how much you can fill in. You will amaze yourself! It is not necessary to get 100% copy to get 100% on the test! Can you read this message?
How about now?
Is this easier
It is most important to pay good attention when numbers are sent since you will not be able to guess very well. If you miss the numbers in the call signs, they will be sent again at the end of the transmission when the QSO signs over. Don’t miss the numbers if you can help it.
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A ham at recent Hamcon in Long Beach just gave me a fabulous idea. He said that he always had trouble holding to a schedule. He would procrastinate and put off the study and then would lie to himself that he had actually done more work than he actually had.
The solution: He made up a time card like one from work and made himself sign in and out at the beginning and end of each practice session and then added up the time spent on code at the end of each week. Result: Within a couple of months he was a code pro! Great idea. Give it a try!
During your QSOs, each piece of required information will be preceded by the word IS! Note these examples:
Pay special attention to everything that is sent following the word IS. Learn to recognize the word by practicing with it over and over until it comes easily. It is like a pointer to important stuff!
From Greg Tillman N4VAD
Steven Gillis suggests that you can make small letters much faster than larger ones. Write small and save valuable time! Thanks Steven!