Make this the year to learn Morse Code!

Begali Spark Keyer
Begali Spark

As a ham radio operator, I’ve always been fascinated by the versatility and efficiency of Morse code. In the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to use this skill to make around 2000 contacts with other ham operators around the world. In my compromised environment I would likely only have made a hundred contacts or so were I to use SSB as my QTH setup isn’t as robust as it should be. Enter CW and POTA.

One of the most rewarding aspects of using Morse code is the sense of community it fosters. As I send out my call sign and exchange information with other operators, I feel like I’m a part of a global network of people who share a common interest in radio communication.

One of the things that makes Morse code so useful for ham radio is its efficiency. It allows for quick and accurate communication, even in situations where voice transmission might be difficult or impossible. In addition, it requires minimal equipment and can be used to communicate over long distances with relatively low power output. Sometimes as low as 500mw depending on how adventurous you’re feeling.

I look forward to continuing to make contacts and build connections with other operators in the coming year. Happy new year to all my fellow hams out there! If you’re not currently using this great mode I would say get involved with any of the great groups out there like CWOps or the Long Island CW club and make this the year you finally tackle CW, it’s not that hard. I promise. Moose and I look forward to working you on the air in 2023.

73, Tyler Kacsor