sec1223 wrote:and how do most get to know morse?.. either by being told "how to do it", or they read/use a tutorial.
christ, everyone's had a tv since the 40's but they still come with a manual !
Sort of but not quite on the TV analogy!
My first TV had "ONE" channel, namely The BBC.
There was no dial to tune in another station, just a "fine tune" to compensate for "drift"!
It was a while before people had to get the hang of "tuning around" to find the "new commercial station"!
Then they chucked 405/625 line multi-standard sets into the mix, followed by the VHF lower res side going bump, remote controls appeared of course, although most of the early ones were hard wired, teletext, colour, etc. etc.
To where we are today, with digital multi channel often internet linked into the bargain, mind blowing options.
Someone dragged from the "one channel", draw the curtains to clearly see the picture BBC single channel era, and dumped in front of a modern "Wi Fi" linked TV marvel, with even voice commands on some posh sets, would not have a clue!
CW on the other hand, has been a matter of simply mastering the knack of reading and sending the dots and dashes from day one!