Morse ? Dont be daft grandpa.....

Morse code is.....

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Goatman

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#3
I was mildly appalled to discover that even my tongue-sticking-out-Neanderthal 10 wpm by flashing light is considered 'obsolescent' in the Army.........when they take ten inch projectors off the bridge wings of Her Madge's ocean greyhounds I'll know I'm a dinosaur(instead of just feeling like it.....)
 
#6
How sad am I.....pencil and paper poised I couldnt get much of that down. Must get myself some morse training tapes.... FPLUXY and all that
 
#7
I am aware that many of you will shout "feck off, you old cnut" but it

works and it works well. Fine with all this satellite technology, but what

happens when you are all blasting shoite out of each others satellites?

Of course I understand that Army communications have moved on

tremendously....but, if all else fails, this works.

In my opinion, some blokes should be taught it. Young blokes in their

teens pick it up very quickly and it stays with them for life.



It is as easily taught as first aid or driving, not expensive and you could

encourage some blokes to keep their skills up on Ham nets.

It is the DUTY of the Corps to provide the comms that the rest of the

Army relies on

This is no more than making sure that someone can do

something when all else fails.

You can take the piss all you want, I only offer the suggestion because

when the chips are down, I want my side to win. :D


Edited to add, Feck knows why gaps keep appearing in my typing.
 
#8
A post on Morse code by Chocolate Frog, QRM1, at 25wpm.

Standby.

Read.

.. ..

.. ..

-... -

The Morse characters were all correct, but didn´t match up to what was on the screen of the "handy".

I haven´t been on an operational link for about ten years now, but can still take the Code. (albeit much slower, and with occaisional requests for resends, aka winding the tape back :D )

It is a skill that SHOULD be ratained.

Morse can get through with the most simplest of equipment, even when the sattelites and phone masts are all gone.

This might raise a giggle for some of you technophiles out there.

Morse operators send message quicker than a pair of lads can send a text message!

Morse Code, sorts the real communicators out from the rest. :) The only downside is that it takes a lot of training and constant practice to maintain the skills as shown in the clip above.

(Yes, I was an RTG! 24wpm send AND receive, got a C&G certificate somewhere to prove it).

-... -
 
#9
Hi Chocolate Frog. I must admit that I did not click onto the link as I am

on 'dial up' and the download takes forever.

Interesting re the comparative speeds. Good luck.
 
#10
I loved morse,ye olde 128 jungle set was good in it's day,it meant the operator was king,and the ruperts couldn't use you as a walking telephone box :D :D
 

Bowmore_Assassin

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#11
Morse is a good skill for rad ops to have. Mine used it on Op GRANBY - operationally essential on a particular cr*ppy night. When everything else goes to ratsh*t, it works.
 
#13
The video of morse in to SMS is giggle, it doesn´t actually happen (or at least wouldn´t i the video).

Sporadic EEEEEEE!!! :)

A good operator gets it through no matter what. That is why we invented the Q codes "QRM 5" and "ZBM 2" :wink:

It´s all about changing frequencies as needed, you need lot´s of available frequencies and a good station to decide to change when comms goes abit.

By the way.

Re Morse V SMS. The message "I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance" took 18 seconds to send (approx). I assume that in that time the SMS message hadn´t even been finished. IIRC correctly speed is worked out by the number of 5 letter blocks that is sent in the time frame.

In this case the Operator managed a respectable 26wpm (*/-)
 
#14
cunexttuesday said:
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#15
Learnt morse back in the day when you still had to as well as TG procedure. On my tradeboard exam at Harrogate I had a fella called Chippy Wood who intimidated the hell out of me! Actually, is there anyone here who went to Harrogate for their training remember a civvie instructor called Jack something who claimed his dog could recieve morse at 18's?

Never really used morse in anger on Ops, although I did find a use for it the other day. Managed to tell a mate of mine who had taught himself basic morse outside of the army that I thought his new missus was a pain in the arse when she was sat next to us.

Saves spending 18 months learning "durka durka" languages to achieve the result!
 
#16
Godwin wsa the instructor who had the dog who could do morse.

Retired in 94 IIRC.

Chippy Wood. A legend!!!! If you were taught a subject by chippy, you learnt it!!!
 
#17
ahh lads, the good old morse.....well i dont know about Chippy....was taught morse in Garats Hay Barracks, leicstershire....by probably the very well deceased Charlie Edgar, make sure your feet are flat on the floor, pens in the right posistion, and the famous quote of them all " its just a natural progression of speed"...he was a legend but whacking you on the Knuckles with a ruler had everyone in the room making mistakes when you heard the Whooooosssh, Whhhhacckkk sound....Spec ops rule the morse world.....if there is a nuclear strike, will still be able to send my shopping list via morse....

crox225
 
#18
crox225 said:
ahh lads, the good old morse.....well i dont know about Chippy....was taught morse in Garats Hay Barracks, leicstershire....by probably the very well deceased Charlie Edgar, make sure your feet are flat on the floor, pens in the right posistion, and the famous quote of them all " its just a natural progression of speed"...he was a legend but whacking you on the Knuckles with a ruler had everyone in the room making mistakes when you heard the Whooooosssh, Whhhhacckkk sound....Spec ops rule the morse world.....if there is a nuclear strike, will still be able to send my shopping list via morse....

crox225
Didn´t think Spec Ops could send Morse, I thought Spec Ops could only take it....
 
#19
yes we were never taught to send, only to rx, but after doing it for 10 yrs or so on and off, its not too hard to send, would be alot slower than a RTG, maybe i should have said, we could have recieved our shopping list from tescos...
 
#20
Para Reg patrol Coys still used it up to the mid 80's, both 320's and the old A16 sets. The aim was for all guys to be circa 10 wpm, but we had a few ex-sigs platoon who were a lot faster.
 

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