Understanding Morse Code Calls

A Morse code call may sound intimidating for those who are unfamiliar with it. Morse code is a system of communication that is comparable to text messaging, however. With Morse code, text is transmitted using tones, lights, or clicks. Although it requires a particular skill set to decode it, it has been used around the world since its creation. Samuel Morse Samuel F.B. Morse was an American painter, but he is probably better known for his career as an inventor. He was a student at Yale University in his younger years and studied several subjects. While attending Yale, he frequented electricity lectures, which may have inspired him to tinker around with the field of electricity-based inventions. In 1825, while Morse was working out of town as a painter, he received a message from a mounted messenger that stated that his wife was ill. The next day, Morse was notified that his wife had abruptly passed away. By the time that Morse arrived home, his wife had been buried. Saddened and disappointed that he did not receive notice of his wife’s illness in time to arrive home, Morse set out to create a quicker mode of long-distance communication. In 1832, Morse met a man named Charles Thomas Jackson who was thoroughly educated in electromagnetism. After watching Jackson’s experiments, Morse created the single-wire telegraph. After this, Morse developed an alphabet for use in a telegraph message. This system became known as Morse code. How to Use Morse Code To use Morse code, a series of dashes and dots were entered into the transmitter of the telegraph. These dots and dashes (short and long signals) representing letters of the alphabet were then turned into pulses of electricity. These pulses of electricity traveled along a wire, and when the electricity pulses reached the telegraph receiver, they were recorded on paper tape. The person who received the telegraph message could then decode the series of dots and dashes to receive the message. Amateur Radio Amateur radio has used Morse code as a form of communication since its inception. In the early days of amateur radio, it was a requirement for radio operators to be skilled in Morse code. This allowed them to communicate quickly across long distances. Today, Morse code is generally not a requirement in the world of amateur radio, although many still use it today. Learning Morse Code Although Morse code is not as popular as it once was, it is still a valuable skill to have. Fortunately, learning Morse code is a simple process. To learn Morse code, one should begin by studying a chart of the alphabet and Morse code conversions. There are many charts available, including English and international conversions. Those who speak a language other than English will also have no trouble locating a Morse code conversion chart for their native language. After learning the basics, it is easy to decode Morse code messages as well as begin writing new ones. More Resources on Morse Code Those who are interested in learning more about Morse code have an endless supply of resources at their disposal. From the creation of Morse code to new uses and practices, there is an abundance of information. Fortunately, this is also the case for those who want to learn to use Morse code either for fun or for professional reasons. There are games, activities, and even Morse code translators to help beginners. With all of these resources available, anyone can become a pro in Morse code.