The Morse Code


Patch. An avid morse fan, with a key created by Dennis Franklin K6DF.

If you would like to hear some morse code, then all you need is a short wave "general coverage" receiver, and try tuning around a few of these frequencies : 7.0Mhz to 7.040Mhz......14.00Mhz to 14.070Mhz..... 21.00Mhz to 21.150Mhz..... 28.00 to 28.070Mhz.If you get stuck, or need info on what radio to buy etc., just drop me a line and I will try to help. (Joining your local radio club is a great idea - they are probably as mad on morse code as I am!).

The Radio Society Of Great Britain (RSGB) sell a CD entitled "Morse Code For Radio Amateurs (with free CD)" at 7.99. Take a look at their online shop at


A: "di dah" . . . B: "da di di dit" . . . C: "da di da dit" . . . D: "da di dit" . . . E: "dit" . . .

F: di di da dit" G: "da da dit" . . . H: "di di di dit" . . . I: "di dit". . . J: "di da da dah"

K: "da di dah" . . . L: "di da di dit" ..... M: "da dah" . . . N: "da dit"

O: "da da dah" . . . P: "di da da dit" . . . Q: "da da di dah" . . . R: "di da dit"

S: "di di dit . . . "T: "dah . . . "U: "di di dah" . . . V: "di di di dah"

. . . W: "di da dah . . . "X: "da di di dah"

Y: "da di da dah" . . . Z: "da da di dit"

1: "di da da da dah"
2: "di di da da dah"
3: "di di di da dah"
4: "di di di di dah"
5: "di di di di dit"
6: "da di di di dit"
7: "da da di di dit"
8: "da da da di dit"
9: "da da da da dit"
0: "da da da da dah"

/ (slash): "da di di da dit"
, (comma): "da da di di da da"
. (full stop): "di da di da di dah"
? (question mark): "di di da da di dit"

Samuel Morse 1791-1872. American inventor of the electric telegraph in 1836, plus the invention by Alfred Vail of the morse code and the first morse key "The Vail Correspondent", followed by the "Vail Lever Correspondent". Morse code is an international code for transmitting messages by radio, using signals of short ("dots") and long ("dashes") duration. It's also great fun !

On 27 March 1899, Marconi transmitted the first international wireless message (in morse) across the English Channel, from Wimereux in France to a station at the South Foreland Lighthouse near Dover. On 12 December 1901 the first signal was transmitted across the Atlantic from Poldhu in Cornwall, England, to Signal Hill in St. John's, Newfoundland.The signal heared was "dot dot dot". It was Poldhu's transmission of the letter "S" in morse code.