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Morse Code

Morse Code is a method for encoding text into a series of dashes and dots, that can be sent (transmitted) by means of sound, light or radio waves, and that can be decoded be a skilled listener without special equipment. The system is named after the American artist Samuel Finley Breese Morse. In the early days, morse code was used to send short text messages over long distances by means of the so-called electrical telegraph via electric wires. The transmitting operator used a morse key (switch) to turn the electric current on and off in the rithm of the morse characters.

Learning morse code

When learning morse code, one first has to memorize the basic alphabet, starting with the letters (A-Z) and numbers (0-9). While the tables above can be used as a guide, some people require a visual aid when trying to memorize the morse characters. The diagram below is an example of such a visual symbolic aid. Click the image to download it as a PDF file.

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