This English Morse code translator helps you convert your text from one language system to another and can create fun letters to share with your friends. There is more information on this subject below the form.

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How does the English Morse code translator work?

In your childhood games you probably invented and used all sorts of codes with your friends. But have you ever wondered how to learn Morse code or how to translate into Morse code a word, a sentence or even a text?

The English Morse code translator allows you to translate a simple text into Morse and can assist you to easily learn the code by starting step by step with the alphabet and then with longer texts you may choose. You can try the tool for as many times you want and with any kinds of texts you like.

Example translation result:

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What is the Morse code?

This is a method of transmitting text information based on the character encoding of the ISO basic Latin alphabet, the Arabic numerals and a small set of punctuation signs into a standardized sequence of short and long signals that are called dots and dashes.

The codification rules state that the duration of a dot is the basic unit of measurement, the duration of a dash is three times the duration of a dot and each dot or dash are followed by a short silence, equal to a dot duration. The words are separated with a space equal to three spaces.

The length of each character in Morse is approximately inversely proportional to its frequency of occurrence in English. For languages that don't use the Latin alphabet there are other versions of Morse code available. It can be transmitted using sound or light, also in emergencies when no other form of communication is available.

History and usage of the Morse code

The Morse code was invented in the early 1840s by the American artist Samuel F.B. Morse as a type of character encoding to be used by the electric telegraph.

Samuel Morse along with Alfred Vail and the American physicist Joseph Henry developed the electromagnetic telegraph in 1836 and so they made information transmission possible over any distance. The new machine was designed to make indentations on a paper tape when electric currents were received.

The first Morse code message was sent from Washington to Baltimore in 1844: "What hath God wrought?"

In his earliest Morse had planned to only transmit numerals, and use a dictionary to look up each word according to the number which had been sent. However, the code was soon expanded by Alfred Vail that proposed to use special characters to encode letters and signs so the code could be used more generally. Since then the Code has been used in various fields that needed long distance communications.

In aviation, in 1910, the U.S. Navy experimented sending a message from a plane and the Morse code in radio systems started to be used on a regular basis in the 1920s.

Morse code was used as an international standard for maritime distress until 1999, when one by one each Navy stopped using the signals the French ended transmissions with the final message: "Calling all". The United States ended all commercial transmissions in the original Morse's first message.

The code can still be sent quickly over the telegraph, and is also useful for emergency signaling (SOS) with a radio, mirror, or flashlight, and even for people with severe disabilities to communicate.

Nowadays the code is most popular among amateur radio operators and sometimes used by air traffic controllers. The most common distress signal is still SOS.

In addition to the help given in the early stages of communications the Morse code has inspired Joseph Woodland to create the barcode when he "just extended the dots and dashes downward and made narrow lines and wide lines out of them."

Since 2003 the code has included the @symbol, this being the first change of the system since World War II.

How to learn Morse code?

One of the teaching methods is the Koch method that uses the fill target speed transmissions but with few characters at first and adds the others consecutively after the previous ones are mastered. There are also other methods that you can try out.

One advice useful for your Morse code practice would be to approach it as a foreign language. Try to memorize the encoding using a converter so you can then start listening to slow recordings of Morse code transmissions.

What you are listening for is practically a combination of dots and dashes, also referred to as dits and dahs. A dit is a short beep while a dah is three times longer than a dit.

You should start with easy characters and make your way up to complicate combinations while listening to recordings and also trying to translate from or translate to Morse code words and sentences on your own. Last but not least, don't forget to have fun with it and invent different uses for the code in your life.

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