About Morse Code

Morse code is a way of passing telegraphic information using a rhythm.  It is a code of characters and uses a regulated pattern of short and long sounds (or light emissions) to represent the letters of the alphabet, punctuation, and numbers.  Morse code’s long and short elements are commonly called “dits” or “dahs”, and the speed of Morse code is generally counted in words per minute (similar to typing.)
Morse code is a dying breed. Generally, its only use today is in the world of amateur radio, or “ham” radio. The goal of this website is to encourage the younger generation to learn and use a dying art that has fascinated people for 150 years.  Morse code can a both fun and exciting hobby for anyone, and can be learned quickly and easily.
There are many different ways of learning Morse Code.  Here’s a few of my favorites:

6 Comments

  • By KD1MA, February 25, 2010 @ 5:34 pm

    If you don’t speak CW, you ain’t a real HAM!

  • By Jay, February 25, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

    “I think any amateur who’s worth a damn knows Morse code. I don’t have much use for people who don’t even attempt to learn it.” — Joe Walsh WB6ACU (from CQ magazine 11/2002)

  • By Kye, February 11, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    This is weird but cool. I love morse code. its a good way to send messages that teachers don’t understand.

  • By John, April 5, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    Think of Morse code as just another form of text messaging.

  • By Scott Freeby, November 26, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    I am a music teacher and I’m writing a piece of music for my students to study the history of the Titanic’s Maiden voyage. I’m planning on incorporating Morse Code into the percussion rhythms. I’ll also have my wind students create major melodies out of the rhythm of thier name spelled out in Morse Code. The major tonality will be used for the “Southampton Bon Voyage” to create the joyous sounds of the thousands of voices that were there on the ship and on the warf to see the ship off. Later, as the people of the Titanic are forced into the water, the “major” tonality of the student’s names will be changed to a minor tonality to give validity to the serious and ominous situation after the ship has gone down. I’m interested in getting perspective of you who regularly use Morse Code as to how else I might be able to incorporate Morse Code into my lesson plan for the Titanic. Please e-mail me at sfreeby@scicablecom.com with the SUBJECT LINE: Titanic Project – thanks for any help you can offer. Scott Freeby :)

  • By Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Florida, May 8, 2012 @ 12:49 am

    I am a Ham, but I never use Morse Code. I prefer voice, but will be the first to admit Morse Code is the best means of communications, and will get through when nothing else will.
    It is good to see people keeping Morse Code alive.
    Ka7niq

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