How many times have you thought about learning Morse Code? You might even have a collection of keys. A few keyers, Several Code oscilators that go beep and not much else. Any number of Morse Code phone apps... The trouble with those, they look good and sound good, but there is no way to hook up a CW key to a phone app. If you are super technical maybe you have a Code trainer device. a small box with a tiny screen that beeps at you and you repeat it by keying it back.... Not our idea of a fun evening....
So.... How do you get better at Morse Code? Most people say, you just have to get on the radio, You will get better as time goes by... Well lets be honest! the first time I keyed up a Ham microphone on 2 Meters, I was nervous. Jumping on the air with a key is terrifying! If only we had some sort of device that could be programmed to help us practice with a key and with audio, in an engaging entertaining and fun way. Oh wait . . .
What is it?
It is not a 'Keyer', it is not an 'oscillator', it's not a 'trainer', it's not a 'decoder'. It is a CW Key/Computer USB interface, but 'CWKCUSBI' is kind of hard to pronounce, so we just go with 'Gadget'. It lets your straight key, single paddle or double paddle talk to your computer instead of your radio.
An Arcade Style Side Scroller
The Year is 1903. Two years have passed since Santos Dumont won the Deutsch Prize for Flying from the Arc du Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower and back. Today he was challeged to repeat the feat, but this time, using his tiny airship No. 9. Unfortunately he broke his pince nez glasses this morning and cannot see to fly. Can you direct him from the ground, there and back again?
Start at the Beginning
A game for when you are first starting out. You are prompted by a letter. Send it! If you need a hint, no problem. No need to worry about timing, just the dots and dashes! Of course, remember! You are paid by the character! A perfect game for people just learning the Code.
Tune up your ear
This program retrieves the current headlines off your internet feed, and sends them out loud at whatever speed / tone/ style, you want. Great for practicing your receiving skills when the bands are dead. If you don't want to hear the news, you can specify any text file as a source.
Everybody loves crosswords!
Good old Crosswords via Morse Code! Request the clue for 1 Across and it will play the clue via Morse at the speed you want to work at, then you can 'write' your word on the puzzle grid, by sending it. And there are plenty of different puzzles and more will be added!
Sorry, you cannot beat him...
Little known historical fact: Samuel, F. B. Morse has never been known to lose at Tic Tac Toe.... ever! Will you accept his challenge?
Bombs Away, an arcade style game.
Poor Pierre... It is a dismal day in 1914, He is stationed at Maginot Turret #4, and He is under orders not to shoot at anything without specific orders. Sadly the other side, has no such restrictions.... Can you help him out?
Give the man a hand!
Your hand, that's what the straight keyers were known to have. It was said you could recognize the sender, by listening to their hand. That was the length and spacing of their dots and dashes... This program analyzes your hand and helps you improve it.
Listen to a clacker
OK! so, you can understand Morse Code, but can you understand an original style sounder? Try it out at different speeds... Then... how are you at semaphore? what about a Heliograph or message light? Do you even know what Braille looks like??? Try out some alternative methods of receiving. Maybe with a little practice you can figure out what Washinton D.C. was really saying to Artimus Gordon...
The key is mightier than the sword.
Yes, just what you did not know you needed! A Morse Code word processor! Seriously, this is the program you use to configure the gadget, but it also makes a good typewriter...