LINKS TO OTHER WEB SITES
OF MORSE INTEREST
SAMUEL F. B. MORSE
- Samuel F.B. Morse Historic Site. Home of Samuel F.B. Morse at Poughkeepsie, N.Y. A National Historic Landmark.
- Samuel F.B. Morse home page. Online version of the Samuel F.B. Morse papers at the Library of Congress, offering selections from the Morse collection online, beginning in 1998.
MORSE TELEGRAPHY – ARTICLES AND ON-LINE INFORMATION
- The Art & Skill of Radio Telegraphy – New Third Edition Easy to download! William G. Pierpont’s (NØHFF) truly definitive book on the subject of radio-telegraphy. This book of over 200 pages may be freely reproduced and published, but only on a no-profit basis in order to make it as widely available as possible to those who need it. The new Third Revised Edition can be downloaded in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat pdf format.
Édition Français: Traduction et adaptation de l’Anglais par M. Colombani-Gailleur Maurice, F6IIE
- How to Construct a Simple Morse Telegraph – A good school project or for the inquisitive who want to try Morse for the first time.
- Canadian Telegraph Website. Includes a Canadian Telegraph History Educational Project for Schools. Also an abridged version of the 1923 Phillips Code.
- Modern Practice of the Electric Telegraph, by Frank L. Pope. 11th edition, published 1881. Full text and illustrations from a rare telegraphy handbook from the 19th century.
- Morse: the End of an Era? An article by Tony Smith G4FAI in the Unesco Courier, journal of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, August 1999.
- Sparks Telegraph Key Review by Russ Kleinman WA5Y.
- N7CFO Homepage. Information about the N7CFO Keyletter. Essential reading for all serious key collectors.
- The Australian Telegraphs, and the activities of the Sydney Morsecodians Fraternity, presented by Larry Rice, VK6CP.
- The “Telegraph Lore” page. Greg Raven, KF5N, provides a wealth of telegraph related information.
- The Telegraph Office. A resource for Wire and Wireless Telegraph Key Collectors and Historians, by Neal McEwen K5RW.
- The Telegrapher Web Page. Research resources for the history of telegraphy – and the work of women in the telegraph industry.
- The Vibroplex Collector’s Page, by Randy Cole KN6W. A source of information for collectors, users, and anyone else interested in Vibroplex bugs and related items.
- HelleMonster. A Morse magazine in Dutch, in memory of the founder of the original Morsum Magnificat, Rinus Hellemons, PAØBFN.
TELEGRAPHY MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS
- The Marconi On-Line Museum – Marconi Calling The official web site of the Marconi Archives and much more. 10,000 pages containing historic photographs, ephemera, sound and film clips covering the development of wireless telegraphy through to modern day communications.
- Fons Vanden Berghen’s Telegraphy Museum An on-line museum of the rare telegraph instruments in Fons Vanden Berghen’s collection.
- Perera’s Telegraph and Scientific Instrument Cyber-museum by Tom Perera, W1TP.
- Western Union Records from the Smithsonian Institution.
- Museum of Submarine Telegraphy, Cornwall, England. Visit this intriguing museum, once the largest international cable station in the world, with 14 undersea cables fanning out from the Cornish coast to all parts of the British Empire and beyond.
- KA2MGE Telegraph Museum presented by Gerry Maira, KA2MGE.
- Telegraph, Insulator and Mining Collector and Information Site by James Doty. Includes Telegraph Companies’ names, early telegrams and other related documents. A wealth of interesting information for the enthusiast.
- Signal Corps Association Reenactors’ Division – SCARD reenact signalling of the American Civil War accuarately demonstrating the techniques used.
HIGH SPEED MORSE CONTEST
- The RUFZ Top-list, an ongoing high-speed telegraphy contest using the RUFZ callsign receiving program compiled by DL3DZZ, used as one of the tests in the IARU World High Speed Telegraphy Championships. Latest Top-list results are posted every Monday, together with information on how to get the free RUFZ program (version 3.0 with improved facilities now released) and take part in the contest. It’s a great opportunity for contestants to practice for the championships – and a lot of fun for others, improving both their Morse receiving skills and their keyboard abilities.
CLUBS AND ORGANISATIONS WITH AN INTEREST IN MORSE
- Argentine CW Group. Information about the Grupo Argentino de CW, in English and Spanish.
- European CW Association.. Visit this site for information about the European CW Association, an association of radio clubs across Europe, which aims to to promote and encourage amateur CW.
- FISTS CW Club. The International Morse Preservation Society.
- FISTS-USA. Information about FISTS CW CLUB in the USA.
- FOC. Information about the First Class CW Operators Club.
- G-QRP Club. Information about the largest QRP Club in the world.
- Morse Enthusiasts Group Scotland (MEGS) has a comprehensive Morse training programme for all levels of proficiency, from absolute beginners to experienced operators, using both tape and on-air training methods as appropriate. Also awards, contests, and other activities. No geographical restrictions. An absolute bargain at one pound sterling for life membership! This website now includes the full text of the book “The Art & Skill of Radio-Telegraphy”, by Bill Pierpont, N0HFF.
- Morse Telegraph Club, Inc., an international non-profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation of the knowledge and traditions of telegraphy and the American Morse Code.
- PA3BWK’s Ultimate CW Website. Contains the official homepages of the Very High Speed Club (VHSC), the Super High Speed Club (SHSC), and the Extremely High Speed Club (EHSC). Includes details of membership and audio samples of the appropriate code speeds for each club.
- Radio Officers Association. An association for practising and retired Merchant Navy and Airline Radio Officers who have served afloat, ashore, or in the air service, throughout the world.
- SCAG. Information about the Scandinavian CW Activity Group.
- Society of Wireless Pioneers. Dedicated to collecting, researching, recording and preserving the history of communications, particularly wireless and radio telegraphy. Includes details of membership.
- Union Francaise des Telegraphistes (UFT). Information about UFT in the French language, including details of membership.
MORSE FOR THE DISABLED
- The Morse 2000 Outreach. A collaborative effort of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Office of Continuing Education in Human Sciences and Services, the Trace Research and Development Center at UW-Madison, and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education, promoting research in and use of Morse code in rehabilitation and education.
- QTC (I Have a Message for You). With the global introduction of GMDSS in 1999, and the consequent phasing out of Morse communications at sea, Ray Redwood decided it was time to tell the story of seagoing radio officers and their invaluable contribution to safety at sea in the 20th century. For more details of his fascinating book, visit his website.
- TITANIC. There a number of websites which are devoted to or include the wireless aspects of the Titanic disaster. These include The RMS Titanic Radio Page
- Morse Code Made Mild for the New Millenium”. A helpful page for beginners from ARRL, the American Radio Relay League.
- Radiotelegraph & Radiotelephone Codes, Prowords & Abbreviations. Contents and availability of a comprehensive publication packed solid with information on these subjects. Second, expanded, edition now published. Compiled by John Alcorn, VK2JWA, for the Summerland Amateur Radio Club, New South Wales, Australia.
MORSE PRACTICE SCHEDULES
- W1AW, the headquarters station of the American Radio Relay League, transmits Morse code practice and bulletins of interest to radio amateurs throughout the week.
- The Society of Wireless Pioneers sponsors high speed code practice schedules at 20-65 wpm throughout the year.
MORSE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE
Note: The following are listed as a service for those wishing to find Morse programs to suit their particular needs. An entry here should not be taken as a recommendation for any particular program.
- Code Quick. Cassette and CD ROM based Morse learning programs.
- CwDrill, a CW interactive program from Switzerland which allows a paddle key to connect directly to a PC’s serial port. Available in English, French and German.
- MORSE MIDI. Create MIDI files to send Morse code by e-mail! Free downloadable programs from Alex Shovkoplyas.
- G4ZFE CW “Pile Up”. A freeware CW trainer simulating pileups on the amateur bands with up to 9 stations calling at once. Requires Windows 95 and Sound Blaster compatible card.
- Ham University. Offers three ways to learn Morse code on a PC. Windows required.
- Morse Code. A program from Canada “designed for everyone from beginners to experts who need to brush up or increase their speed”. DOS based software, also runs in Windows 3.xx and Windows.
- WA6EHL’s home page. Contains two downloadable Morse learning programs for different levels of achievement.
- UA9OSV’s CWGET/CWTYPE A shareware program for Windows with a soundcard – an impressive computer-based code reader and sender program. Download from this site.
- Morse Code Deciphered. A somewhat non-standard way of learning Morse code.
- Codemaster V. Morse Training Software – “0 – 20wpm in 90 days guaranteed”
See also the description of Jim Farrior’s unique dual-code “heritage” program, “THE MILL”, in the MM Beginners and Improvers Page
QRP (LOW POWER) OPERATING
- K3WWP’s Ham Radio Activities. John Shannon demonstrates the efficiency of Morse in low power operating.
- Colorado QRP Club. A regional club with global membership
SUPPLIERS OF MORSE EQUIPMENT
- Bencher, Inc. Details and illustrations of their keys and other amateur radio products.
- CAL-AV LABS, INC. Details of the unique “Eureka” hand key, which has a lifetime warranty!
- The Vibroplex Co., Inc. Details and illustrations of current Vibroplex products, including a new straight key, the first they have ever made!
- Waters & Stanton Morse keys and a wide range of radio amateur equipment and compon
- Eastcomm are the European distributors of Vibroplex products. Illustrations, details and prices. A numbered ownership certificate is provided with each key sold, and an ownership log is kept.
- Whiterook Products Company. Pocket Mini-Keys and Pocket Mini-Paddles (and other Morse related items), of interest to amateur QRPers, Morse operators and key collectors in general.
- Morse Express. Everything for the Morse enthusiast
- Insulator Collecting. A comprehensive insight into an associated aspect of telegraphy.
- Telegraphic Code Books. Jim Reeds collects data on code books used in early telegraphic communications. Read his essay on the subject and inspect his impressive database.
- The Antique Wireless Association, including details of the AWA Museum.
If you find that any of the above links are no longer available, or that the URLs have changed, please let me know so that we can update our list.
I will also welcome information about other sites of Morse interest on the Internet. Please send details to Zyg Nilski G3OKD, at: