If you are interested in learning Morse code or are already a Morse code enthusiast looking to improving your skills, check out CVARC’s MORSE Group. CW is no longer required for licensing, but it is a language that takes us back to the earliest days of the telegraph and the beginnings of radio.

As a member of CVARC’s MORSE Group, you will receive regular emails with attached audio files to practice copying, as well as other helpful information and ideas.  There are also regular workshops and practice sessions.

KZ6H’s name badge

The MORSE Group has a very distinctive name badge. It depicts a straight GHD telegraph key in silhouette. On the left of the key is “CW” for continuous wave, and on the right is “77” for “long live CW”. The next line is “CVARC” for “Conejo Valley Amateur Radio Club”. The next line is the name “MORSE Group”, then the ham’s first name and call sign. The size is 3” by 1.5” and can be worn on the CVARC lanyard.

MORSE Group achievement pins recognize the words-per-minute speed the member has achieved.

The achievement pins are very attractive and are 1” in diameter. They have the same information as the name badge but no name. They do however have the speed that the ham has been able to achieve, 5, 10, 15, or 20 WPM. The goal is to wear wear all 4 pins at the same time.

The MORSE group has a Friendly Slow-Code CW Round Table starts at 6:00 P.M. every Monday. The bands and frequencies change, depending on propagation and on the kinds of antennas our participants can put up. Martin Hickey-AJ6CL sends the week’s band and frequency information to members on the Morse Group’s mailing list. For instructions on how to subscribe please refer to other information or questions please email Martin at

CW Roll Call Net Definitions

The MORSE Group meets in the Community Room at the East County Sheriff’s Station at 7:00 pm on the first Friday of every month. Join fellow Morse code enthusiasts for code practice, guest speakers and projects relating to Morse code. Check the CVARC Calendar for details.

If you are interested in becoming part of this “club within the club,” contact Martin Hickey-AJ6CL at

The MORSE Group has its own discussion group:

You must be a member of the main CVARC group before joining the Morse subgroup.

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