morse code

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  1. hi all,
    at my interview my ca told me to try and learn morse code while i wait for entry i was just wondering if this is quite easy or not to learn and can you teach yourself it ??thanks
  2. Easy, if you work at it. I learnt it using the Koch method, and having a morse trainer (little box with a read-out display, which provided the random codes and allowed you to adjust speeds),

    A proper guru may come along in a minute to disagree with me, but don't learn it at too slow a speed otherwise it can take ages to build up your receiving speed.
  3. Ninja_Stoker

    Ninja_Stoker War Hero Moderator

    It's certainly useful to learn morse before you join if you intend joining as a seaman specialist, and perhaps CIS to a lesser extent, as it will help give you a headstart in phase two training.
  4. No need for audio morse. Just learn the letters. Numbers are easy, then move on to the special symbols. Google it, there are load of different sites around to help. Don't get stressed about it if it doesn't come easy to you. You will be taught how to do it once you get to phase 2.
  5. Of course. Is he going to be a CT?
  6. No idea; that;s why I deleted the otherwise bone question :oops: :D
  7. If you decide to learn morse code look for the 'opposites' and learn those first. For example, S has the opposite O (... opposite ---); A has the opposite N (.- opposite -.); B has the opposite V (-... opposite ...-)

    There are lots more and it just takes the sting out of what at first seems a mountain to climb!
  8. bit rusty but i read "WHY NOT GOOGLE IT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF?" :D
  9. That's what I read it as too.
  10. :D
  11. It was a little too fast for me. 8)
  12. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    Morse is fun, dont worry about being "morse blind" at x per words a minute.

    If you ever, and the chances are getting smaller, get to use morse in a sh1tty muddy way up a hill type snowy situation dont forget you may well be a wizz kid but you're transmitting to a meer mortal, 8 - 9 words a mins seems to work. Operationally dont get hung up on punctuation, well, dont get hung up on anything, just get the message passed on.
  13. Do Sea Specs learn audio morse before visual? If so Google MRX and download it.
  14. FlagWagger

    FlagWagger Book Reviewer

    I had no problem with the speed, I just struggled slightly in converting it to light before reading it.
  15. I still like morse because it is bullet proof and difficult to jam. It is a robust method of communication.
    Mind you even as an LRO (G) I was never more than adequate and didn't find out until years later that some people will always be like that, it's a recognised condition.
    Oddly it goes hand in hand with not being able to hold your breath under water, which is probably not that odd when you think about it.
    If you can't hold your breath under water and lots of noises confuse or annoy you (several people speaking at the same time is a good example) you are probably the same.
    Seems it affects about 25 percent of adult males.
  16. The old course at Collingwood used to be a computer program with the picture of a ship which flashed morse symbol via a light accompanied with the relevant audio. This moved on until the audio was dropped thus leaving the trainee just reading the light.
    There also used to be a big table with various ships around it which trainees sat around with morse keys, taking it in turns to send each other messages- this obviously meant you could hear the morse key tappin away aswell as reading the light on the small models.
  17. You could, but you have more than enough time to learn it in phase 2 and beyond - depending on your branch of course. I've been doing it since the beginning of July as a CT, and it's now just a case of increasing my speed and overall accuracy. And we use MRX, which can be downloaded for free.
  18. Can't beat a good old 'biffer' on a freezing February Shotley morning. Chattering teeth... can't get the fcuking words out right. 8)
  19. I still regularly chat to a pal in Oz, max 4 Watts and strength and readability fives all round. Best and easiest way of comms long distance.
    Couple of trainers on the internet and dedication should get the average learner to 10wpm in a month. Beyond 10 is just practice but a reasonably quiet environment is a must. 8)
  20. There's an app for that.

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