Geek Alert

Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Morse Resource: "Morse code is fun. It's fun to know, fun to use, and has roots in the earliest days of radio. Copying and sending morse code are skills that require practice. There are a lot of books, programs, and tapes that can help you learn Morse Code, but I wanted a way to practice copying code anywhere. I came up with the idea of morse code podcasts, and that was the initial motivation for this web site."


Skookumchuk said...

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... - .. .-.. .-..
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Skookumchuk said...

I may be rusty. My apologies.

David Thomson said...

I could never see the purpose of learning Morse code. Oh well, at least it keeps him out of trouble.

Skookumchuk said...


Not that long ago, there was.

As I attempted to say above, when I was on the railroad, there were still older guys who used it - though I should have said there were older guys who knew it. I never really learned Morse, it having passed out of use after World War II. But the graybeards taught me a bit and remains of the equipment could still be found in smaller stations. It could be made into a language of abbreviations - such as two letter codes for places. I think much of marine telegraphy may have been similar (e.g., SOS). It was actually quite efficient.

Seneca the Younger said...

when I was on the railroad, there were still older guys who used it

There's the key. But have you seen the experiments that show one can key Morse faster than one can send a text message?

Skookumchuk said...


No, but I can easily believe it. Some of those guys could go like a house afire. And a few ambidextrous types could listen and transcribe with one hand while sending with the other. Can't do that with a cell phone.

Ah, good old technological regression...

Where are those experiments described?

Knucklehead said...

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.. ... -. - - .... . .. -. - . .-. -. . - --. .-. . .- - ..--..

Knucklehead said...


Sounds like the challenge from my HS trig teacher that he could solve a problem using his slide rule faster than any of the kids who had one of those new-fangled calculators could use it to solve a problem (back then they were still rather rare, expensive, and slow - my first was the "Bowmar Brain" which took some serious part-time earnings saving to purchase).

He was incorrect. He gave up after losing about 5 in a row. He wasn't happy about it.

Skookumchuk said...


Well, some of them were.

I see I could have saved myself 5 seconds there. Thanks for the link.

Knucklehead said...


Once upon a time I was able to mumble my way, slowly and uncertainly, through morse. Those days are long gone. I enjoyed, far too much, the line in Hunt For Red October where Capt. Mancuso said, "My morse is so rusty, I could be sending him dimensions on playmate of the month."

or telling him to "fire" rather than "ping" ;)

Seneca the Younger said...

Google is your friend: Morse code vs text messaging.