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Anyone who has been able to successfully interface a straight key or paddle to their PC -- such as with a modified PC mouse or by means of a direct connection to the control lines of a serial port -- can also practice sending Morse Code with the software. There is a graphical analysis of the dots and dashes as well as an automatic decoder. You can record the timing of sending exercise to a file and then play the file back and/or analyze it.
A feature of particular interest and not just for beginners is the interactive Koch trainer. With it, in a manner similar to playing a game, you lean touch-typing from Morse Code characters sounded out, and this with a continually growing character set and with changing speeds and audio frequencies.
DThese are far from the only special features of the software. For instance, for every listening or sending exercies you can generate an MP3 file. You can conduct the official HTC Morse Code exam at four different speeds. You can prepare and later play back Morse Code training broadcasts. When sending Morse Code characters from the keyboard, as soon as you enter a key you can hear each individual character (letter, number, prosign and special characters (such as + - / = ?).
The program offers many setting options so that you can set it up for your own particular needs. Further there is a detailed Help file that describes that program's operation in great detail.
· Learn to copy and send Morse Code using audio and keying practice
· Keyboard activation (by hitting a key on the keyboard, the corresponding Morse Code character is sent through the speakers)
· Sending of practice sessions in CW with automatic speed control (text macros)
· For keying through the software, an RS-232 interface and a simple circuit (transistor or optocoupler) are necessary
· Export of training sessions as timing or as audio files (*.wav)
· Arbitrary selection and sequence of the characters (important for the Koch method)
· Automatic replacement of characters with umlauts or accents, e.g. ä = ae, é = e (can also be deactivated)
· Option: Increase in the space between characters and words (Farnsworth method)
· Speed: 20 - 200 characters/min (4 - 40 wpm)
· Tone frequency: 400 - 1200 Hz
· Tone quality: Pure sinewave or sinewave with harmonics
· Tone quality: Hard, medium or soft keying (attack/release)
· Adjustable dash/dot ratio
· Option: Continuous display of the words or groups being played back
· This enables, for example, advanced hams to work on "copying in their heads" without the need to write down the received text
· Audio practice with random groups of 2 to 5 characters
· Audio practice with random text passages (import of the user's own text is possible)
· Error display during audio practice (for this, the received characters must be entered through the keyboard)
· HTC Morse Code exam (test files can be saved and sent via e-mail)
· Keying practice with a straight key or paddle (software keyer)
· Connection of straight key or paddle through a PC mouse interface or an RS-232 interface
· Recording of keying practice (recordings can be exported as timing data)
· Playback and/or decoding of recorded keying practice sessions