International Morse Code is a simple way to communicate a language without speaking or writing. It is still in use in many industries today, like aviation, transportation, emergency services, and the military uses it. Keep reading to easily learn Morse code.
Learn Morse Code:
Why You Should Learn Morse Code
There are many reasons to learn Morse code. An extreme example, a prisoner of war once blinked the word torture to let the US government know what was going on in Vietnam? Hopefully, you won’t need it for this reason, but there are reasons you should learn Morse code.
Reasons to learn Morse code:
- Send messages over long distances using little power.
- Communicate should you become unable to write or vocalize speech.
- Communicate should the power grid go down.
- Send out an SOS signal in times of distress.
- Alert others of impending danger.
- Communicate when other forms of communication fail.
- Communicate in noisy environments more easily.
How Does Morse Code Work?
Morse code works using a series of dots and dashes, called dits and dahs. The alphabet has its own sequence of dits and dahs, which we will discuss in the next section.
The only thing left to know is the pausing sequences between each dit and dah, each letter, and each word. The pauses indicate when one dit or dah ends and another begins, when one letter stops and a new one starts, and when one word finishes and a new one begins.
The length of each pause varies, but there are only three to learn:
- One-second pause for each dit or dah
- Three-second pause for each letter
- Seven-second pause for each word
NOTE: A dot, which is called a dit in Morse code, can also be called a di.
Letters in the Alphabet
Every letter of the International Morse code alphabet has a corresponding series of dits and dahs. Numbers and punctuation also have corresponding dits and dahs. Once you memorize the corresponding series of dits and dahs for each letter, number, and punctuation mark, you will be able to communicate in Morse code and communicate with other people who know Morse code.
The Morse code alphabet was designed strategically so that the most commonly used letters use the shortest arrangement of dots and dashes. This makes communicating in Morse code faster. It also makes memorizing these letters easier.
How to Learn Morse Code
You can learn Morse code by following a few simple steps. Memorization requires rote learning (repetition), preferably used with other memorization methods. The Memory Palace Method is one of our favorite mnemonics to use with repetition.
With the Memory Palace Method you imagine a place and associate items you want to memorize with locations within that place.
How to Learn :
- Imagine a familiar location of your choice.
- Visualize yourself in that location.
- Notice locations within that environment.
- Picture yourself walking around the environment and associating each Morse code letter with a familiar object.
- Run through the environment in your mind several times until the letters stay remembered.
- Practice using Morse code without using an aid. You can do this by writing down the Morse code alphabet on a piece of paper.
- Speak out loud each dit (dot) and dah (dash) to hear each Morse code letter in your head.
- Pause for one dit between each dit or dah.
- Pause for three dits after each letter.
- Pause for seven dits after each word.
- Start using Morse code to speak and write out blocks of text. Do this until you have mastered Morse code.
Remember that a dit is approximately one second, a dah is approximately three seconds.
How do you use Morse code?
You can use it to communicate messages in a variety of ways, such as turning a flashlight on and off to communicate in Morse code, or using binary code (i.e., ones and zeros). You can also communicate in Morse code by blinking out the code with your eyes.
Basically, the sky’s the limit when it comes to communicating in Morse code.
What is Morse code for ‘help me’?
If you ever find yourself in distress, you can use the Morse code: . . . _ _ _ . . . (SOS) to convey that you need help.
What does SOS stand for?
Many people wonder what SOS stands for. People often think SOS means: “Save Our SOUL” or “Save Our Ship,” but that is not what SOS actually stands for.
The truth is that it doesn’t stand for anything. It is the combination of . . . used for the letter S and the _ _ _ is used for the letter O in Morse code.
SOS or . . . _ _ _ . . . ish used to signal help using Morse code.
Is Morse code universal?
Morse code is universal since it is an international code for communicating messages in English, the international language. There is only one International Morse Code, which is a refined version of the original American Morse Code.
What does 88 mean?
Like short codes used in sending text messages on a cell phone, Morse code has special short codes as well. The number 88 means “Hugs and Kisses” .