Why learn Morse code?

Discussion in 'Survival Communications' started by DKR, Dec 10, 2017.

  1. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    This is why-

    pretty funny but I have heard much the same upon occasion. Happily, on the FT-817, the mike UP/DOWN keys can be used as 'paddle input; while in CW mode.

    The radio in the video is a DSB kit sold out of Oz fro about 50 USD.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2019
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  2. Bishop

    Bishop Monkey+++

    So when you get captured and made to say things against your country you can tap out the truth in Morse code while telling the lie and if you know where you are have them call in danger close air strike to wipe them out
  3. techsar

    techsar Monkey+++

    LOL... not the most stable oscillator, but if it works... ;)
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  4. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    What do they have to assist in practicing and learning Morse code? Perhaps a software program or something? Any recommendations? I'd like to learn it and software on the computer to practice with would be really handy.
  5. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Plenty of Apps for doing that for android, and iPhone...
  6. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Just Learn Morse Code
    CW Training Programs

    And many, many, more.
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  7. MountainMariner

    MountainMariner Clearly Ambiguous

    Downloaded an app and learned Morse code pretty well (enough to pass the USCG test) in about two weeks.
  8. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Also there is a cute small 40 Meter CW Tranceiver Kit that KL7BB has put together.... They even make a Really COOL Digital VFO for it... and it also does RTTY and Digital FSK... 2 Watts Output... real QRP Stuff
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  9. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

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  10. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    All, Big thanks! Now, where or who or how can I get tested to a standard that proves I know the code? What should I do?
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  11. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Code Proficiency Certificate
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  12. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Or just get on the air in the CW Portion of the HF Bands, and see if you can copy a conversation.... Then send a BK, and see if they can copy you... Good Ice Breaker...
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  13. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe


    $109 US dollars - shipped! Some minor assembly required. All coils and itty-bitty parts installed - unit is tested prior to shipping. All band HF 10 watts out.
    EDIT TO ADD - This unit does not properly filter - so it doesn't meet FCC standards for spectral purity. The vendor is working on it last I heard.

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  14. Asia-Off-Grid

    Asia-Off-Grid RIP 11-8-2018

    The one thing that never should have changed, was the code requirement to become an amateur radio operator.
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  15. WastedDaze

    WastedDaze Monkey+

    Cool just ordered uBitx. I bought the Bitx40 kit last summer but haven't put it together yet.
    Built a Bitx20 10 years ago.
  16. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    Morse has the advantage that you don't have to use radio. Telephone company used Morse up into the 1950's for com's between repair stations. Even the phone co couldn't afford long distance calls then and with multiplexing you could send several different messages over one set of wires and still have voice over the same wires. You can also also use it with a buzzer and a single wire and a good ground or with lights or mirrors. Some semblance of privacy as not many people know it any longer and you can use easily established 1 time codes that are hard to break. The Japanese couldn't break the Navajo code talkers com's as they used different words all the time. A tank could be a box turtle, a snapping turtle, a terrapin, all the other common turtles, or a caterpillar or any of the other crawling insects, or a beetle, etc. Native speakers knew what was intended, something with a hard shell or tracks. A fighter plane could be any of dozens of birds or insects. With Morse you can use a series of numbers to mean anything or as the ham's did, have a whole set of numbers that mean a particular thing.
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  17. William Warren

    William Warren Monkey++

    Why Learn Morse Code?

    Because it's hard, and frustrating, and demanding, and it gets through when nothing else will.

    William Warren
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  18. Swedish woman

    Swedish woman Monkey

    Morse code is very importand for communications you can have big antennas and transcievers but when the conditions are poor and the bands mostly closed for ssb, than is there a chance that they you can hear in morse code, morse code is a very small modulation and with the modern dsp filters on sets you can filtering most of the time morse code out of the noise.
    Here up in the north we have sometimes bad propagation and aurora for us is ssb very difficuld but cw runs here as a train, i can pick cw up to 30 words pro minute
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  19. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner Brewery Monkey Moderator

    In case of this.... Go a reason as any! :rolleyes:

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  20. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    You should be aware the rig does not come close to spectral purity as required by the FCC.
    uBITx serious filtering issue discovered : amateurradio

    While these almost kits are something of a bargain, the ALX-SSB radio set from QRVtronics, out of Sugar City, ID, is now sold as a single or multiband rig is in the same price class, also uses an Arduino and has full documentation.

    I'm waiting for the new QRP Labs SSB / CW rig, it has BITE and is all thru hole for parts.
    QRVTronics.com, ALX-SSB Transceiver Kit
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