Here is a terrific book I found about learning morse code.
Here is a CD I downloaded with lots of fast code as MP3 files...
Below are my thoughts about Morse Code. Any comments are welcome.
I read this book a few weeks ago and have been practicing an hour a day
listening to very high speed. I can now recognize 400 words without
thinking about their spelling. I made a special MP3 file that
randomly selects one of these 400 words then repeats it 3 times at
"talking speed". In one short week I am able to receive high speed
code without thinking about the spelling of the words. I am hearing
the sounds of complete words!!!
This book taught me to listen in my head instead of trying to write it
down. Writing is a distraction. I sit back and listen to whole words and syllables instead of individual letters. If I miss a word, I have to relax and let it go or I will miss the next two. I had to break my habit of trying to guess the remainder of a word or the remainder of a sentence. Think
of the code as sounds not as dots and dashes. For example letter "C"
is "Dahdidadit" instead of "dash dot dash dot". Let the learning
sink into your subconcious without trying too hard.
I first memorized the code at age 8 and i passed the 10 wpm government
test at age 15. Since then, I have been able to receive individual
LETTERS at speeds up to 30 wpm, but my brain cannot asssemble the
letters into words and sentences that fast. Its ok on the air because
most ham QSO's are highly scripted. I am really happy now that I am
starting to hear words instead of letters.
The trick when first learning the code is to use fast letters
with large spaces between them. Thus you will hear the entire letter
instead of trying to memorize individual dots and dashes. Fast
letters with lots of space between them is called the FARNSWORTH
method of learning code. Once you know the letters, you can quickly
move on to recognizing short words as a whole without thinking about
the spelling. "Dah didididit dit"