Morse Code Resources
Written by Jacob C. Herman
Morse Code was developed over 160 years ago by two men, Samuel F. B. Morse and Alfred Vail. Morse code transmits information telegraphically by using a sequence of long and short characters that represent letters, numbers and punctuation. It was used for telegraphs, radio communication and international communication. The code was mostly transported over telegraph lines, radio waves, and underwater cables. Morse code provided the basis for many virtual voicemail features.
Learn Morse Code
- ARRLWEB: All sorts of tips and tricks for learning code on CD, on the computer or with a partner.
- A Simple Telegraph Key: A step-by-step guide on building your own telegraph key for only a few cents!
- Adjusting Keys: Instructions with simple examples designed to help adjust straight keys, paddles and bugs.
- Modern Morse: An article that explains why and where Morse code is still used.
- Art and Skill of Radio-Telegraphy: A guide for learning, using and mastering the art of Morse Code.
- Morse Code Deciphered: A document that explains the meaning behind Morse code.
- American Morse Equipment: Code products for all amateur radio operators.
- Spark Keys: An article about early wireless telegraphs sending sparks from the keys when code was sent.
- Chronology of Paddles and Keyers: A timeline of the history of code sending devices and their transformation to today.
- Morse Codes for Computer Access: A page about using Morse code for the computer to help people with physical disabilities.
Morse Code Software
- Supermorse: Tutoring program that generates random letters or allows a text file to be translated and played as Morse code.
- Morse Runner: Contest simulator for windows.
- Stormy Weather Software: Morse code training practice and exam software version 4.13.
- Morse Mania: Morse code tutor for Mac users.
- MRP40: Morse code decoder and sender.
Although many of the uses of Morse code have since been replaced by modern technology, International Morse code is still used today by amateur radio operators. Since 2003 Morse code proficiency has been mandated by the International Telecommunication Union as part of the amateur radio licensing process. Military ships also still use signal lams to communicate messages while maintaining radio silence. It is used today as a means of assistive technology for people with a variety of disabilities. International speed contests in code copying are also still held. A Morse copying record that was made in 1939 by Ted McElroy still stands at 75.2 WPM. While the rest of the world is busy texting and using modern live answering services Morse code is being transmitted constantly over all radio bands.
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