Although I earned an FCC Extra Class ham license and an FCC Commercial Second Class Radio-Telegraph license, I can’t say that I’ve ever been a “skilled” Morse code (CW) operator. However, I occasionally resurrect my effort to improve my skills in the gentle art of telegraphy.
For those that may want to learn or improve their code skills I’ve listed below some resources that I use for my code training efforts. One thing that may be of particular interest to others are my files of randomized English words.
There are some good training programs to help people learn code as well as improve their code speed. For the Android OS I like “CW Trainer” (logo Yellow print on Red Background), KMT Pro (logo White print on Blue background) and IZ2UUF Morse Koch CW (logo Morse R on White background). For Windows like G4FON’s Koch Trainer and LB3KP’s Just Learn Morse Code (Farnswoth based). You will find links to these programs a little further down this page.
I like to practice my copying skills using random words and sometimes code groups. One of my issues has been that sometimes the “random” words offered by the training programs don’t seem to me to be all that random. So my addition to the Morse training effort was to develop some programs written in PERL that I think better randomize words and ensure that there were no repeated words within a file. So, in the links below you will also find zip files of my random word files. For common English language words I have 999 files with each file consisting of 200 randomized words, all derived from a source file that consists of over 3000 common English words. Also, because letters such as B, J, Q, and Z appear far less frequently in English language prose than do other characters, I’m working on creating some randomized word files that include those letters with increased frequency.
Here are some links that may be useful to you: