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What is Morse Code?

General Knowledge | 7-14 yrs | Interactive, Reading Pod

Each letter, number or punctuation has a specific sound or a series of sounds in the Morse code. These sounds are represented by a set of dashes and dots. The long sounds are dashes while the short sounds are represented by dots.

How is the Morse Code sent?

The codes are transferred by electrical telegraphs. Just like a typewriter, the telegraph also had keys or switches. To make a dot, the telegraph key was pressed and left so that it sprung up instantly. To make a dash, the telegraph key was pressed for a longer duration and then left. These messages were then sent via radio transceiver.

Who invented Morse Code?

The Morse code was developed by Samuel F. B. Morse in 1836. He developed the electromagnetic telegraph. Morse codes can be transmitted by using light too, as used by ships. When Morse code is sent as sound signals, the sound ‘dah’ represents _ while sound ‘dit’ represents ‘.’

Morse Code Alphabet

The dots and dashes could be deciphered by looking them up in a book.
For example: the code for ‘A’ is . __
The code for ‘B’ is _ . . .
The code for , (comma) is _ _ . . _ _
The code for number 5 is . . . . .
The code for number 2 is . . _ _ _

The most common Morse Code?

SOS standing for Save Our Souls is the most common form of Morse code. The Morse code for SOS is . . . _ _ _ . . . which is recognized internationally. This SOS code was the last code used by the Titanic when in sank in 1912.

Is Morse Code still in use?

Till today, Morse code is used by the navy, military and amateur radio services. The first change in the Morse Code after World War II, came in December 2003 when the Morse code included the @ symbol. The code for it is . _ _ . _ _

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