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Morse Code: Breaking the Barrier 1st Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1891237195
ISBN-10: 1891237195
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Product Details

  • 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: #538,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Clive N. Turner on December 5, 2002
I found the book very useful in terms of advice and guidance, however there is no actual help in learning the code in the book.
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!
Cheers!
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I think I was incredibly lucky to borrow this book from the local library because it seems so rare in so many ways - the subject matter itself is bound to get some confused stares if discussed in mainstream crowds. On the other hand, if you trying to learn Morse code or curious about the amateur radio subculture, you are anything by mainstream.

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.
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Terrific book on the Koch method and the background of CW (continuous wave--the formal name for Morse code).

The book is available directly from MFJ for less than twenty bucks.
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A Kid's Review on April 18, 2001
I thought the book of 'breaking the morse code' was a really good idea for people to no and learn about as my dad is in the army he no's the morse code of by heart now I no most of it and I think the man who wrote this book derserves a very well done for passing the test after the first time round my dad passed his after sitting the test twice! Thanks for publishing this book it was really cool!!!
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Great book but needs humor and some technical improvements
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