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This section  of NuMorse Pro is designed to get you started in learning the code characters. If you are a beginner then you may also be interested in the Learning Morse Code help topic. The First Steps feature consists of a set of lessons. Each lesson is in two parts. There is a description plus a few words of advice on the Choose a lesson page. Then there is some work for you to do on the Learn Morse code page. This work may involve simply watching the screen and listening or you may be asked to enter some guesses in response to the code sounds.

 

Controls on the Choose a lesson page

 

Lesson details.

Here is where you will read what the current lesson involves and what you will be expected to do. There are also hints, tips and suggestions for learning the code characters. If you wish, you can add your own text to the lessons or even replace all of the existing text. You are in control.

 

Characters to learn in this lesson.

This is a list of the characters you will be trying to learn in this lesson.

 

Display Score check box

In some lessons you will be expected to guess the code characters. At the end of each lesson you can optionally see your score.

 

Store Lesson button

If you made additions to the lesson details and wish to store the changes then click on this button. Lesson details stored include the current lesson settings plus lesson text and characters to learn. The current text and character speed is also saved. To change the text and character speeds go to the Code Speed control panel

 

The VCR controls

These controls are where you select a lesson. The lesson number is in the center of the VCR controls.

 

Student input expected

During most lessons the program will ask for your input. If you would rather just watch without entering anything from the keyboard then uncheck this box.

 

Wait for student input slider

This slider determines how long you get to enter a guess before NuMorse Pro moves on to another character.

 

Controls on the Learn Morse code page

 

Play button

Starts up Morse code.

 

Stop button

Stops playing Morse code and optionally displays your performance score.

 

 

Code character display and check box

At top left. This is where the character being sounded may appear. You can manually switch display of this character on/off or the character display may be automatically suppressed in some of the lessons where you are expected to guess the character.

 

Code element display and check box

The dots and dashes of the Morse code may be displayed here.

 

Mnemonic display and check box

One popular way to learn the code characters is by means of “sound alike” mnemonics (see the Learning Morse Code help topic). They can be displayed in this window. If you would prefer not to use this method then uncheck the box. The default mnemonics were created by the author whose native language is British English. Some of them may not work in other English dialects and they certainly will not work for other languages and so you may choose to alter them. To alter a mnemonic you need to go to the Code Properties page for that character.

 

Picture display and check box

This is at top right. A picture that reminds you of the code sound or the mnemonic can be displayed in this area. To alter the displayed image you need to go to the code properties page for that character. Not all characters have a picture associated with them. Currently letters and numbers have pictures.

 

You pressed

This display gives some feedback on the character you entered from the keyboard.

 

Waiting display

This is a small bar graph that shows you when the program is waiting for you to enter a character.

 

Score display

This displays your score so far. In addition, a small performance graph is shown to let you know how well you are doing in the current lesson.

 

Alarm/timer controls

You can enter the time as seconds by just entering the number. Or use minute and second format, for example "1m 30s" will set the timer to 90 seconds. The alarm function does not affect code play. After the alarm has sounded play will either continue or stop, depending on the setting of the Stop Lesson option.

 

To alter code speed in the lessons.

 

Check on the Show speed controls option. A speed control box will appear and you can use the controls to alter speed in the current lesson. Please read the following sections about making changes to the lessons.

 

To change a lesson temporarily

 

You can change any of your current lesson settings including characters to learn, the lesson text or the speed. These temporary changes will be lost as soon as you move to a different lesson.

 

To change a lesson permanently

 

Make the temporary changes as described above. Before moving to another lesson click the Store Lesson button. Select an option from the resulting choices. You might want to add your own notes to the lesson text, or even change the lessons entirely, perhaps to write your own training course.

 

To change all lessons

 

To make changes to individual lessons you should make the changes directly in the lesson and then click the Store Lesson button. Certain changes can be made to all of the lessons by clicking on the Global button. Be careful, all lessons are affected and you cannot reverse the changes. Be especially careful with the code speed setting. If a set of lessons uses gradual increases in code speed to help attain fluency then all of the speed variations will be lost and the lessons will all run at a constant code speed.

 

 

To write your own set of "First Steps" lessons.

 

The best way is to use the built-in lessons as a starting point. See the "To change a lesson permanently" paragraph above. If you wish to preserve the original lessons before making changes then copy the file Lessons.dat to a safe place. Alternatively, you could create a new User Profile and then make your changes. The original, default, lessons will then be left unchanged.