Terry (KG5WO), Lloyd (WO5W) and I were talking about how many passing references we hear about people wanting to learn morse code. So we decided to try to do something about it. In order to do something about it, we need to determine who, when, and where. If you’re interested, send me an email (“my callsign” AT arrl DOT net) and I’ll start to compile a list of names.
Let me caution you about the term “interested.” There’s a difference between “interested” and “wanting it.” Being “interested” is not enough to learn morse code. It’s going to take a commitment on your part. If you’re willing to commit, we’re willing to commit. Commit to what? Well, learning morse code is not a short-term effort. What’s long-term, you ask? Initially, I’ll put together a lesson plan that will require 12, one-hour meetings. Whether we meet twice per week or once per week, week night or weekends is to be determined. Where we meet is to be determined. Once we have a list of names (who are willing to pledge a commitment), we’ll try to figure out what works for everyone. If we meet only once per week, there will be home work for sure. If we meet twice per week, there may still be some homework.
Cost to enroll? It’ll be FREE. However, you’ll have to provide your own pen/pencils and paper to write on.
If we do this, the graduating class members will be able to copy 5 words per minute morse code. And who knows? Since that’ll be quite a significant mile-stone in your journey to experience the wonders of ham radio, you might get a nicely engraved plaque suitable for hanging in your ham shack!
We’ll bring this up at the next LETARC club meeting.
UPDATE 5 April 2018:
After successfully completing a grueling and rigorous 6-week training program, Tom, Terry and Jim demonstrated the proficiency required to join the historic and prestigious fraternity of Continuous Wave Operators and is hereby declared qualified to operate the Alfred Vail “Lever Correspondent” at no less than 5 Words Per Minute from this date forward! Congratulations and good luck in your continued endevour to pursue the art of CW!
Guy, WB5UAA (the guy on the right holding the Alfred Vail “Lever Correspondent”)