Learn About Morse Code

How to send a message in Morse Code. Learn what each letter of the alphabet and the numbers are. Information on the history of codes.

What happens when the telephones are all down and we can't get spoken messages through? We turn to radio where morse code is a universal language. Morse Code is used to communicate in lots of other circumstances as well. Ships at sea can communicate with it. Kids can do it for fun. Lost hikers can use it for distress signals.

Morse Code can be transferred by sound or by light. Sound is preferable. It can be done with a flashlight, an airhorn, any object that makes sounds or produces light.

Morse Code is divided into longs and shorts. A long is a long continued sound or burst of light (about 3 seconds) while a short is very quick (1 second). I will denote a short with the . and a long with the _ Between each short or long is a second of silence (darkness).



A ._ (For example this is a quick sound, a second of silence followed by a long sound) Say it like this, ta-tee

B _ ... tee-ta-ta-ta

C _._. tee-ta-tee-ta

D _.. tee-ta-ta

E . ta

F .._. ta-ta-tee-ta

G _ _. tee-tee-ta

H .... ta-ta-ta-ta

I .. ta-ta

J ._ _ _ ta-tee-tee-tee

K _._ tee-ta-tee

L ._.. ta-tee-ta-ta

M _ _ tee-tee

N _ . tee-ta

O _ _ _ tee-tee-tee

P ._ _. ta-tee-tee-ta

Q _ _._ tee-tee-ta-tee

R ._. ta-tee-ta

S ... ta-ta-ta

T _ tee

U .._ ta-ta-tee

V ..._ ta-ta-ta-tee

W _.._ tee-ta-ta-tee

X _.._ tee-ta-ta-tee

Y _._ _ tee-ta-tee-tee

Z _ _ .. tee-tee-ta-ta

1 . _ _ _ _ ta-tee-tee-tee-tee

2 .._ _ _ ta-ta-tee-tee-tee

3 ..._ _ ta-ta-ta-tee-tee

4 .... _ ta-ta-ta-ta-tee

5 ..... ta-ta-ta-ta-ta

6 _.... tee-ta-ta-ta-ta

7 _ _ ... tee-tee-ta-ta-ta

8 _ _ _ .. tee-tee-tee-ta-ta

9 _ _ _ _ . tee-tee-tee-tee-ta

0 _ _ _ _ _ tee-tee-tee-tee-tee

Now you practice it. Find a partner who will learn it too.

Have fun with Morse Code!

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