Morse Code Videos

US Navy morse training film – 1944

This film teaches the American style of sending, with the elbow on the desk and a lightweight key. This is how I learned to send morse, but it is not everyone’s favourite method. In the British style, a much more substantial key is mounted at the front edge of the desk. I now use both styles just for variety.

US Army morse training film

Office of the Chief Signal Officer. (09/18/1947 – 02/28/1964)

1988: Amateur radio morse traffic net

As a young ham in the early 1970s I used to check into a traffic net every evening to send and receive messages. Of course this was back when long-distance telephone calls were very expensive, and a “free” telegram service had a certain appeal. Here’s a behind the scenes look at a very well organised net control station (wow, two typewriters!)

Slim Gaillard: ‘Communications’ from the album Slim Gaillard 1947-1951

The lyrics include genuine Morse Code (as does the guitar bit at the end).

24 June 2017: ZL1NZ works ZL1ZLD Musick Point cross-band HF/MF

9 Oct 2016: ZL1NZ, operating ZL1ZLD, works K6KPH San Francisco in the first-ever sked between these two former coast stations

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