The Art and Skill of Radio-Telegraphy – 5 Days @ 5WPM – Day 5

Posted on August 16, 2013

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Want to learn Morse Code? Maybe you’re interested in learning more about it before you jump in and attempt to separate your dits from your dahs.

Sending and receiving Morse Code correctly is an art and a skill. This was recognized by William G. Pierpont N0HFF who, after failing to learn the code correctly in the 1930s, spent a lifetime researching and exploring proper code education methods.

Later in his life he compiled his research into a small volume that he distributed for free to anyone interested.

“The Art and Skill of Radiotelegraphy” is still available for download for private, not-for-profit use by anyone interested in “Learning, using, mastering and enjoying the International Morse Code as a means of communication.”

Though it’s over 100 years old, the use of Morse Code refuses to go away. Perhaps the dedication required to learn this “Art” and “Skill” is enough to keep it alive. Or perhaps, as the book states, it’s because the code was developed out of practical necessity, but has changed into an aesthetic pursuit amongst younger generations.

Many newcomers have found that it is a skill worth learning, a pleasure just as any other skill,” Pierpont writes. “There is a real sense of pleasure and achievement in communicating this way. Some find it an excellent means of escape, a way to forget immediate work-a-day problems and completely absorb one’s attention.”

This small volume has been translated many times and is available for download in a variety of languages on many amateur radio websites.

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