Thursday, January 21, 2010
Zen and the Art of RadioTelegraphy by Carlo, IK0YGJ
Carlo Consoli, IK0YGJ has written a book, an e-book really, called 'Zen and the Art of RadioTelegraphy. It's a super piece of writing that clearly has taken a considerable amount of time and effort.
In his introduction, Carlo writes, 'This book is the result of several years of experience in amateur radiotelegraphy. It suggests, for the first time, a learning methodology based on an integrated and multidisciplinary approach designed to accompany the apprentice from the first steps in ham radio all the way to a world-class proficiency in telegraphy. The book introduces, ad-hoc tailored to amateur radio, techniques used successfully by competitive athletes, including extreme sports such as free diving, adapted to the difficult process of learning telegraphy.
This book is not only written for the benefit of amateur radio operators who
want to learn this beautiful art, but it also meets the urgent need felt by the author to narrate his own path of development that has radically transformed him and the many friends with whom he shared the pleasure of such a long learning process and the immense joy of the discovery, both from the technical and from the human point of view.'
The book covers Carlo's suggestions on how to learn the Morse Code. But it's a lot more than that. Carlo covers the 'Zen bit', the psychology of learning - in this case the learning of Morse, but goes on to talk about how to set up your paddle, your keyer. He talks about 'Building your CW career' and even discusses a linguistic analysis of amateur telegraphy.
Carlo has a fun and lively style and I'd recommend the book to anyone who is learning Morse and interested in how to succeed - but I'd also recommend it to anyone who enjoys Morse.
Download it here
Thank you to Justin, G4TSH for passing this along!
Posted by Tim at 12:50 PM