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Author Topic: Are Code Practice Machines Still Made?  (Read 1329 times)
WA3MOJ
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« on: August 23, 2017, 06:45:39 PM »

In the old days, there used to be little pocket sized Morse Code Practice Machines to learn code.  They were pocket sized, used ear buds to listen, you could set the speed of the code generated and even set it for characters, numbers, symbols or all.  I have one of these practice machines that I used to teach my then young nephew morse code many years ago.  But for some reason, it is not cooperating and I'd like to source another.

I don't mean an oscillator, but something that actually generates morse code characters.  There are many online code learning websites, W1AW, etc, but I was looking for one of the pocket size versions to carry around and cannot find any.  

Are they no longer made?  If so, where can you get one?

Thanks in advance.

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VK6IS
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2017, 07:21:35 PM »

many years back, I'd played with one of those things,
and it had control knobs for speed,, timing,, volume.
& you could plug a SK into the socket at the back,
in order to use it as a practice oscillator.

in due course, it failed, & probably some capacitor, or something,
& I've never check out what caused it to fail.

you can still get similar practice oscillators on eBay,
but their quality is very poor, & they don't produce CW
like that older gadget did so.


likewise, most folks have moved over to the Internet, these days,
to get some off-air practice, anyway, & wouldn't need such a gadget.

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KE6EE
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2017, 07:26:44 PM »

MFJ 418.

Old Instructographs (with which I learned) are for sale on ebay from time to time.

I think there are many software programs.
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VA7CPC
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2017, 11:24:37 PM »

MFJ 418.
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+1.  Still in production.  I used mine a lot, and it's still in my "ham stuff" drawer.

They've been largely replaced by smartphone programs, available for both Android and iPhones.  They're more flexible than the MFJ-418, and (if you have the smartphone already) much cheaper.

.   Charles
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G4LNA
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2017, 11:28:48 PM »

One of these things?



https://sites.google.com/site/datongarchive/d70

You can still see the occasional one on Ebay.
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WA3MOJ
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« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2017, 06:17:52 AM »

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If anyone has one of these code practice machines,
please let me know.
Thanks
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M0LEP
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« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2017, 06:39:52 AM »

Someone was trying to fix one of those old Datong machines at the local club's fix-it meeting last Monday. Not sure how successful he was. The club has one, too. As a source of random five-character groups I guess it works well enough, but I expect even a smartphone could be made to do a better job these days.
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WA3MOJ
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« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2017, 09:02:23 AM »

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OK, guess I have to download a Code Practice app for my iPhone.

There appear to many apps out there to practice code.
Which are some of the better Morse Code Learning and Practice apps for iPhones?
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DL8OV
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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2017, 11:58:59 PM »

When I was learning the code I spent countless hours driving around listening to one of those Datong boxes. They certainly work.

Peter DL8OV
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KD8IIC
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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2017, 12:30:23 AM »

  MFJ-418 is still available and well worth your investigation. I own one and highly recommend them.
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VE5KJS
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« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2017, 10:14:17 PM »

One of my favorite CW apps for the iPhone is “Ham Morse” by AA9PW. It has various modes for practicing copying, including the Koch method, numbers, words, callsigns, and even a QSO mode that can be personalized with your name and callsign. There’s also a mode that will play back headlines from RSS feeds of various news sources.

Hope this helps.

Yours Sincerely,
Kelly, VE5KJS

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VK6IS
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« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2017, 04:08:26 AM »

One of these things?



https://sites.google.com/site/datongarchive/d70

You can still see the occasional one on Ebay.

YEP - - that's exactly what my Gadget was - - brilliant Gadget for it's Day.
- would be very nice to get a Modern Equivalent .. ..
as mine would still somewhere near the Bottom of the JunkBox.

 
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WA3MOJ
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« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2017, 06:32:33 AM »

One of my favorite CW apps for the iPhone is “Ham Morse” by AA9PW. It has various modes for practicing copying, including the Koch method, numbers, words, callsigns, and even a QSO mode that can be personalized with your name and callsign. There’s also a mode that will play back headlines from RSS feeds of various news sources.
Hope this helps.Yours Sincerely,
Kelly, VE5KJS

That's good advice.  I'll check it out on my iPhone app.

Any other good apps for iPhone for receiving morse code practice?
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K1HMS
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« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2017, 06:45:15 PM »

One of my favorite CW apps for the iPhone is “Ham Morse” by AA9PW. It has various modes for practicing copying, including the Koch method, numbers, words, callsigns, and even a QSO mode that can be personalized with your name and callsign. There’s also a mode that will play back headlines from RSS feeds of various news sources.
Hope this helps.Yours Sincerely,
Kelly, VE5KJS

That's good advice.  I'll check it out on my iPhone app.

Any other good apps for iPhone for receiving morse code practice?

Ham Morse is good.
I have made good progress with LCWO.
It tracks your progress.
You type what you hear which beats copying it down and comparing it with the on screen display.
I use a iPad, if you have an older 4s or 5 it may be a problem due to keyboard size. A 5s or 6 should be ok. I suggest reading the help file.

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VK5EEE
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« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2017, 07:27:33 PM »

I'm not in the position of a learner, but having followed the topic of learning CW extensively over the past 2 years, I have concluded that LCWO.net and/or G4FON software are probably all that are needed. That said, there are MANY ways to Rome. But these two, for those that can spend a dedicated time each day of 10 minutes or so, are very good indeed. Otherwise if you are driving around and need to listen to an app or recording, why not?

OM: "dit-dit-dit dah dah-dah-dah di-dah-dah-dit"

XYL with look of horror and disgust on her face: "that was NOT a dit-di-dit dah dah-dah-dah di-dah-dah-dit sign that was a STOP sign!!!!"
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