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The Beginning - Learning Morse Code Series

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In August of 2020, I started learning morse code with the intention to document my journey from complete noob to CW master.

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If you’ve been following along with my blog, you’ll quickly realize that there hasn’t been any updates for the last eighteen months. I’m sure I have a million excuses as to why, but I’ll spare you the details. In the start of 2022, I challenged myself to actually learn morse code and I’m happy to report I’ve been practicing almost every day. I’m certainly no where near instant character recognization for every character, but I’ve been progressing along. After a month of so, I’m not as terrible as I thought. Needless to say I’m not that very far along. I find it hard to stay motivated especially since I struggle with both the letters “A” and “N.” For some reason my mind has a hard time with these two letters and reverses them. I’m unsure if this is a widespread problem or not, but it has hindered my progress so far.

In my effort to learn morse code I’m implementing the lessons from Morse Code Ninja, and at the time of this post up to lesson eight. I’m unsure if I’m moving at a reasonable pace or not. It’s absurd of me to try and compare myself to others, but morese code has been a challenge for me. There are few things in life in which I have truely felt like I was ignorant, and morse code is one of them. I suspect once I overcome the mental hurdle I have with the letters “A” and “N,” I should begin seeing significant improvements. Until then, I struggle to maintain my interest in learning. In the first few weeks I practiced at least thirty minutes every day, but now I maybe practice every other day for five to ten minutes at a time.

This slow down in performance has me concerned. I suspect I’m going to loose interest like I did last time I tried to learn in 2020. Hopefully, I can try mixing things up with shorter practice sessions throughout the day rather than one thirty minute sessions. It is expected, this will renew my interest in learning and allow me to progress further on my journey.