Saturday, May 21, 2011

International Morse Code: Lesson 11

Here is the final lesson, lesson 11.  There is nothing new to memorize in this lesson.  Lesson 11 gives a short overview of the @ symbol as well as the Morse abbreviations AR, SK, and DE.

Random Run:

K Z D G O Y T H E Q U I C K B R O W N F O X J U M P E D O V E R T H E L A Z Y D 0 5 7 4 8 I 2 1 7 6 , F ? . / D E K E 4 G K P S A Y I N G 7 3 A N D T H A N K S .

I hope you enjoyed the course and have gained a basic capability in Morse Code!  If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments box!  Thanks!



  1. I became interested in ham radio in 1956 but never actually got a license. Finally at age 68, I passed my Technician test, thanks to your help and later passed the General. Now I am almost ready to go on the air doing CW, again thanks to your help.

    Wayne KC9YCX

  2. Hey, Andy. Thanks for all this hard work and free of charge. Working selflessly for the betterment of others and the common good is the mark of a truly good man. God bless you. Maybe I should say, God keep blessing you.

    I've went through your videos dozens of times, many times frustrated and replaying each one. I've completed the programme three or four times now from start to finish. My bane is still the differentiation between S-H-5, V-4, 6-B, 7-Z, comma and the question mark.

    I wanted to ask you. Is there anything more for people like me, amateurs who want to learn and practise the Morse code?

    Thanks again. From all of us. Be well.

    1. For those letters and numbers that have similar codes (4 dits vice 5, etc) the best way to sort it out is through message context. Don't read when you're copying, but when you look at the message after you're done copying, if you mistook a 5 for an H, or a V for a 4, it should be obvious (SA4E for SAVE or 5ELLO for HELLO). Ham call signs can be a bit tricky, but even they have patterns. I would recommend getting a shortwave radio, tuning into the Ham CW bands, and copy the code you hear there. Also, the ARRL has a code qualification runs at various speeds that they advertise on their website ( These should be in plain English vice random strings of letters and numbers. Also, the difference between those letters and numbers relies a great deal on rhythm. I am not sure if it is still available, but there used to be a code learning method that involved learning code through songs. Something like that may also help. Keep in mind that everyone gets hung up on something while learning the code and something like this is not a real big show-stopper. It will pass in time. Thanks! -Andy

  3. Thanks, I am really a beginer for morse code.I am very happy to find this teaching methode. I am sure I can do it.

  4. Thank you so much for this course! It is very helpful (starting from the easiest letters and all the random runs). I wanted to learn Morse code for fun, but I wouldn't have done it without your help.

  5. Thanks again for this (a refresher course for me). Now its just practice!

  6. Thanks, Andy, for all the brilliant work you've done for us. I even teared when I saw the lovely message you left us in the last random run!
    I wish you all the best, and thank you again for this amazing training course!

  7. Thanks for this wonderful course! I've loved it!! By the way, you have a really nice voice).

  8. Hi Andy

    I wanted to let you know that I took the Technician Class exam last Saturday. I passed! I only missed one question.

    I'm studying now for the General and I'll be taking that exam on 4/1.

    Your online video is great.

    Thanks again,


  9. Thanks for a really great course. Morse code is both clever and perverse in that the least used characters are the most complex. I find myself going over the latter Lessons in your course again and again to get practice with some of the "weirder" characters. The course is very well designed for both initial and recurrent training. Thanks so much for it!

  10. I would pay to get this course downloaded.
    Add a typical QSO lesson both send a receive, would be

  11. Thanks again for your time and effort in preparing this course for us Andy, and I really can't thank you enough! I had just completed Lesson 11 today, and look forward to getting on the air. In the meantime, I will attempt to tune in on one of the CW bands with my 1956 Telefunken AM/FM/SW radio tonight, and listen in to the CW communications. Thanks again, and take care! Rick

  12. Thank you so much for this. Can you give any advice about how to build speed when copying? I am not extremely fast when sending, but most of the time I get lost in the speed and I usually miss a great deal of the transmission.