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Learn CW Online Reviews: 18 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $FREE
Description: Online CW Course using Koch methods. Also have various training drills for Koch lessons, code groups, plain text, words, and QTC. Practice code is random and generated uniquely for each session. User can change change speed and tone of code.
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K1HMS Rating: 5/5 Apr 6, 2017 14:53 Send this review to a friend
It works for me  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
There are programs I thought I liked better but I wasn't making progress. This one works for me. The nice thing about this program is you type directly into it and once the code group is finished it shows the code, what you typed and missed, and your percent score. It is much quicker than copying on paper and checking against a on screen list. It forces a discipline and provides an incentive to improve your score. It tracks your scores and number of attempts in each category from the first time you use it. There are graphs to see your progress. Do not be surprise if you get a couple of camel humps as you progress.

It has it all - character groups, your own text, QSOs, Koch, call signs, etc.

I went through Koch from lesson 1-20 at 20wpm actual and 2 wpm effective. And then letter and word groups with the same settings. Set speed to fixed else it speeds up every time you enter the correct character. Limit words to 3 characters and a session to 1 minute. You will get

Issues: You have to be logged on so it is useless on air planes etc. For some modes you can limit it specific character groups like letters or numbers. For Koch lessons above number 20 there are punctuation characters which can not be excluded from the exercise. On my iPad and cell phone some of these characters are two menus away and take too long to reach which makes a 100% impossible.
VK3MEG Rating: 5/5 May 15, 2016 05:10 Send this review to a friend
GREAT intuative learning  Time owned: months
This site has helped me finally get a grasp of cw. i tried many times and failed i finally decided to make a strong commitment to learning. and i have found this site very good. my progress has been painfully slow i can send but my rx isnt great 18 months on i know all the letter and finally they are automatic no looking up i just react i try to come to the site ,most days even just for one quick run on the callsign trainer. as you get better it gets tougher lots of i's,s's, and h's this is frustrating but also rewarding the satifaction of getting lots of callsigns @ 28 wpm is unbelieveable for me. morse machine is also fun. everyone has a different pace some are slow some are quick but if you really want to do cw this is a great place to start. i'm a dx'er and i can now mix it with the best in the toughest pileups without relying on a decoder with the op running @ 30 -35 wpm to scare off the newbies.
Find out why some dxpeditions go to a rare location and dont take a mic i could never understand when i was an ssb only op now i get it ssb while fun is not as satisfying as cw.
good luck i'm still learning and hope to work you one day in cw.
KW4JA Rating: 0/5 Nov 20, 2015 18:38 Send this review to a friend
couldn't figure it out  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I signed up online and spent about 30 minutes pressing links but never found anything that resembled a training program. It was a going around in circles experience. Perhaps I was using a wrong browser but couldn't the site advise me my browser was wrong. Life is too short.
KE0ANY Rating: 5/5 Jun 23, 2015 11:38 Send this review to a friend
Simply amazing!   Time owned: 6 to 12 months
To all you new guys out there who don't know a dit from a dah this is the site for you! It is also amazing for those of us who are coming back to CW, or looking to boost our copying speed. If you don't want to make an account with the site simply enter the word "test" into the username and password slots. The site is known for rx practice but you can also practice sending CW ( ) with your mouse or touctouchscreen, it is a fairly new feature and is "highly experimental" at the moment. I would like to see the TX Training have an option to plug in a straight key, or a keyer in to the microphone jack of a computer. This would make sending much easier, it's not to bad on a touchscreen but can be a little tricky if the mouse moves on the desk.

Over all it is one of the best CW learning sites out there. I have recommended it to all my friends who are interested in the code, licensed or not. One of the other cool parts of the site I forgot to mention is the "Convert text to CW" section . You can type in your own custom text and select the speed which goes from 5 to 150 WPM not a typo 150 WPM! The speed goes in 1 WPM increments Farnsworth or actual speed. The tone can be adjusted from 250 Hz to 990 Hz in ten Hz increments. It comes in MP3 format and you can download directly to your phone, or MP3 player. There is a limit to how much text you can generate though (I have exceeded this many times!) I haven't figured out the exact number of characters yet but it is a lot!

This site is simply amazing and anyone can learn CW no matter how young or old you may be, give it a shot you will be surprised! Did I mention it's free and they don't clutter up your emails. Try it, you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain!

One last piece of advice for the new guys, set your character speed to something 25 WPM or over, 35-50 is perfect for beginning. you want to learn the sound of each character instead of counting the dits and dahs. For example you want your mind to hear a sound and without thinking, translate the corresponding letter automatically. You should Never listen to 5 WPM code unless the character speed is above 20 WPM. Otherwise you will start hearing this dah dit dah dit.... dah dah dit dah at slow speeds like 5 WPM your mind will start using a "lookup table" or a chart. This will make it Extremely difficult to increase your copying speed. It is better to listen to CW that has fast characters spaced at 10 WPM than straight out 5 WPM. For example if you hear da-di-da-dit..... da-da-di-dah you will still have time to decode the message but you will do so by sound and not with a lookup table or a chart.

That's my 2 cents worth on the subject... okay that was more like a dime :P

73 DE Peter KEŘANY .-.-.
N3IMU Rating: 5/5 Nov 1, 2013 09:32 Send this review to a friend
Great for Any Experience Level  Time owned: more than 12 months
This site is great for learning CW if you're brand new to it, and also for maintaining and improving your skills later. I was just on it a few minutes ago to sharpen up a bit before ARRL CW Sweepstakes this weekend.

Beginners can start with LCWO's implementation of the old but still effective Morse Machine program, and/or proceed through a series of lessons based on the same structure. That structure is called the Koch method, and it's absolutely the best way to learn the code. There are also smartphone apps that use the Koch method, and if you're serious about learning it you should use one of those in addition to this site so you can practice anywhere.

With LCWO, you enter the text on your keyboard, so your speed won't be limited by how fast you can hand-write. It also has exercises I haven't seen on the smartphone apps, such as one where you can practice copying QTC exchanges for the Worked All Europe contest. There are also exercises that let you copy callsigns and words, where the sending speed adjusts continuously based on your accuracy. That's a great way to push your speed up once you've completed the basic Koch course.

On top of all that, it's free. So go do it.
WD8CW Rating: 5/5 May 12, 2013 07:29 Send this review to a friend
Great online tool for learning.  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
If anyone is wanting to learn morse code, then you need to try LCWO. Great learning tool. Big help for brushing up one's cw skills or to help a person to learning the code. Very easy to use and breaks the learning process into groups so the learner does not feel over whelm.
NE5NA Rating: 5/5 Feb 19, 2013 21:06 Send this review to a friend
LCWO - easy and fun  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Learning CW requires patience and some stamina. The Koch method used by LCWO gives faster results, higher speed, and the website keeps track of your progress.

The Koch method works on the principle that you should learn to recognize the 'sound' of a letter and word, rather than decode the sounds (individual dit and dah's) that make up the letters. You may be pleasantly surprised by the speed you can 'read' right from the start if you set a reasonable rate for effective WPM (say, 8-10wpm).

Having held Class A licenses in Europe where I had to learn code using tapes, this is a huge leap forward, much for fun, and exciting.

Free, very well made, well worth a try.

Set aside 15 minutes a day, don't get discouraged by 'bad' days, just stick with it, and before you know you it you'll be proficient.

KI5IO Rating: 5/5 Sep 16, 2012 19:47 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Application !!  Time owned: more than 12 months
There are several software applications to help those interested in learning CW or improving CW capabilities.

LCWO is one of the better resources available to us.

I just get "lazy" and caught up with other things and should be stronger with myself to lock in a daily appointment to practice.

Learn CW Online is an excellent program, fully customizable to your needs and abilities.

Don't hesitate to log in and begin your CW learning adventure.


Nolan K.
Plano, TX
K2BEW Rating: 5/5 Jan 31, 2012 04:38 Send this review to a friend
The best way to learn CW I have found.  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have used a number of free and paid for software programs to learn CW and this internet browser based one is the best by far.
It is free and you make an account and log-in to use it and all your progress is saved with detailed statistics on your progress.

I have used LCWO; in the shack on my desktop, in bed with my netbook, at work, and from hotel rooms while traveling.
It goes with you wherever you have access to a computer and the internet, It does not get any better then that!

I just recently discovered you can also download the lesson you are working on in an MP3 format, and so I have done that and loaded them onto my kindle to listen to while reading.
The lessons are totally customizable for speed, tone, spacing and length of lesson.

The one thing I really like about the lessons is the way they are displayed on the screen. As you add a new letter to what you have already learned it drills you on all the past letters you learned too.
But, it gets better, you can also just click on the past letters you learned that are displayed right above the current lesson without leaving that page to refresh your memory and then continue to work on decoding all the letters together.
Well, you will just have to try it to see what I mean. It is excellent, but hard to explain in writing.
A solid 5/5!

Thank you Fabian Kurz, DJ1YFK for making this available and promoting this great hobby and CW around the world!
LU1DZ Rating: 5/5 Oct 24, 2011 14:18 Send this review to a friend
Great...!!!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Many thanks to Fabian DL1YFK for these great job for international community of amateur radio...!!!
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