- Paperback: 101 pages
- Publisher: M F J Enterprises Inc; 1 edition (February 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1891237195
- ISBN-13: 978-1891237195
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,604,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Morse Code: Breaking the Barrier 1st Edition
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To make this statement clearer, this book serves as an introduction to the method of learning by Koch which seems to cover about 1 1/2 chapters. The rest is spent reviewing Morse history and praising the method, along with a lot of stuff about morse keyers and techniques / watchpoints once the code is learned.
I found it to be a useful book, and I'm glad I bought it - but disappointing and not what I expected from the title and the intro on Amazon pages. Also, I live in Hong Kong and the mentioned support, equipment etc is much harder [read 'impossible'] to find here, than it *probably* is in the US!
Do buy it, there's a lot of good stuff, but beware that it's only a guide to the Koch method and it gets you started on the right path rather than actually teaches any code. Don't expect too much!
Morse Code - Breaking the barrier is a informal technical composition about Morse code (MC) acquisition that concisely explains the development of the code, a treatise on the acquirement and proficiency of MC, and its application in amateur radio communications. Written by an experienced and enthusiastic amateur radio operator, the author presents his theory regarding why learning and improving in MC communications tends to plateau at 13 words-per-minute and advocates the Koch Method. In its simplest explanation, the Koch method teaches Morse by eliminating the though process of learning the code; normally "hear the code, decipher dits and dahs, review some mental chart, then write the character" to "hear the code and write it down". Depending on your tolerances and preferences for learning, the Pavlovian-response is an interesting prospective that encourages the learner not to over think the code and immediately start applying it (thus learning it).
It's a motivational book in a way but a conflict immediately arises. The book is published by MFJ enterprises, a manufacturer of amateur radio equipment, so the author heavily promotes their line of MC trainers and radio equipment with no discussion about competing products. Reading this book, you can sense the author's passion to share his hobby so it's somewhat hard to believe he could have sold out like he did.Read more ›
The book is available directly from MFJ for less than twenty bucks.