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Thread: Is learning CW via mnemonics a good method?

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Posted: 2019-10-20 16:12
Are there any downsides to learning CW via mnemonics (sound-alike phrases). I have not tried it yet but I suspect it's similar to memorizing the dits-dahs vs learning the sound of the letter.


Posted: 2019-10-20 17:26
bad idea. anything other than hearing the sound and recognizing the character is bad. They are known as "look up tables", they will add another layer of mental work, this will hamper you long term efforts.
A lookup table once learned is difficult to undo, its like "don't think about the pink elephant in the room" the image will always be there.


Posted: 2019-10-22 04:39
HANDS DOWN, ABSOLUTELY NOT GOOD. (There may be one circumstance where utilization of a translation table could be useful (memorizing characters) but it is not useful in any way for learning how to receive or send Morse Code where you are RESPONDING TO CHARACTERS SOUND. Like the other person who answered your question advised, a lookup-table adds a step and time to your mental association with any character.

Please download this e-book and read the section on learning Morse Code. The book is titled "The Art and Skill of Radio-Telegraphy", it is written by George W. Pierpont (N0HFF) a now silent yet revered proponent of Samuel Morse's technology, Morse Code.

You will find the Third and Fifth editions of Mr. Pierpont's book at this web address... http://www.n9bor.us/index.php/morse-code/the-art-skill-of-radio-telegraphy

Note A great way to help keep your enthusiasm at its peak while learning is to alternate reading this book with your code lessons and practice. For Morse Code learning and it's students this book is the Bible of Morse Code.

73s de N9ZN, Tampa Fl. U.S.A.

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