|Welcome to the world of CW where you will meet a higher Class of operator (usually)|
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The first thing to remember about CW is that it has nothing to do with counting dots and dashes.
CW has Everything to do with rhythm and sounds. In fact, Never Mention dots and dashes again, OK? For example, how many songs can you remember the music and words to?, several, even dozens?, and I bet you didn't sit down and write each word/note and spend weeks trying to remember what they were and the order in which they were sung, did you?. It would take you forever. You learned them as a series of specific rhythmic sounds.
Click the play button below to hear the letter A spoken then sent in CW 4 times
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It won't be long before that 'didah' sinks into your brain and you will remember it forever.
The same principal applies to the entire code, and there
are only 26 letters in the alphabet! Obviously there is a little more to it than just learning 26 letters. There are the numbers and assorted punctuation characters
that you will need, but Learn the basic character groups first because the
further you go the easier it gets, and once you have learned the basic characters, you can
progress to learning complete words, also as a unique sound. For instance, a competent cw
operator doesn't hear 'didah dahdit dahdidit' as three individual characters. He automatically recognises it as the word 'and'.
The [Alphabet] page contains all 26 letters, so get stuck in.