I guess the title of this posting must have evoked a few reactions?
I suspect that CW (Morse code) is now more popular than it has ever been before. I think this can be attributed to quite a few developments in the sphere of amateur radio.
CW is used extensively in radio sport i.e. contesting and remains the most effective mode for chasing rare DX entities. CW is way more effective with weak signal work and the rubber stamp exchanges used during contests and expeditions, transcend language barriers that otherwise would have existed.
Then there are the fantastic (free) software tools to help guide newcomers to this great mode. I know there are many such software packages, but I have used two of them and they have helped me a great deal.
The first is the program written by G4FON – “CW Trainer” (Koch method). It is a brilliant tool. Do read the instructions first. (I have the nasty habit of getting a program installed without reading the instructions). The suggestions made are most important to consider before using the program. I wish I had this tool when I started out some 37 years ago. Maybe I would be a hot shot CW operator now, but alas this is not the case!
The second software package, is the “Morse Runner” contest simulator, written by Alex VE3NEA. IMHO this program is most useful once you are fairly proficient with CW. Then use this tool to sharpen your contest skills. If only I would spend a few minutes every day using this tool, I am sure it would make a huge improvement in my contest rates.
Long live CW