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Morse Code
Understanding the code that has been so
important to communications for more than 100 years.
Morse code is a form of textual communication that does not require actual text. Morse code uses distinctive patterns of dots and dashes that symbolize different letters from the alphabet. By putting together these patterns that represent letters from the alphabet, one can form a word or even sentences that can be equated to a textual message.

Since the early days, code as been used
by the Navy, for Ship to Ship communications.


Standard Key
This form of communication allowed for distant communication to happen within a couple of minutes. Samuel Morse, an American inventor and artist, created this code in 1832 which would eventually become the universal standard for sending messages through wires and airwaves.


circa 1900
How Morse Code Works

Morse code is usually used through a device called the Telegraph. The design of the telegraph that we know was designed by the same person who invented Morse code, Samuel Morse. Morse’s design was very simple and only required a little more than a key to send messages, a clicking sounder to receive them, and a wire to link the two devices.

Speed key or Bug
As electricity started to become more popular in the 1850s, so did the electric telegraph. Wires and cables were being set up coast to coast in order to allow many people to send messages to each other, through the use of Morse code, at a much faster rate than before.

Two simple code practice oscillators. The one on the left
uses any type of key. The one on the right uses a touch pad.