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How efficient is Morse code?

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by N9NAY, Feb 23, 2017.

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  1. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    CW, Best for Me
    Over the air CW is more efficient than voice modes because it occupies less spectrum space and a narrow band receiver can recover it out of noise better. Computer digital modes are advertized as even more efficient but I never have wanted to dedicate a computer to the radio desk. My typing skills are not fast enough to use computer CW or Digital modes yet, and at my age they are not going to get any better but I can handle a Bug or paddle, on CW, at a pretty good clip :D.
     
  2. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I still don't know how languages that do not have a Latin alphabet can do Morse, I do know that Cyrilic (Russian) CW ops have a few different, additional characters in Morse, but Arabic or Chinese ETC... .... how do they do it ?????
     
  3. N9NAY

    N9NAY Ham Member QRZ Page

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_code_for_non-Latin_alphabets
     
  4. N1BCG

    N1BCG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Morse Code vs SMS

    This video makes me proud of the 100+ y/o technology beating out texting...

     
  5. WF4W

    WF4W Ham Member QRZ Page

    nice! I love their old-timey outfits and visors :)
     
  6. N1BCG

    N1BCG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Someday when I can send/copy at that speed I'm going to ask some texting millennials how they have time for that. This is a QRS "QSO":

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  7. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not in the CW "business" and could care less about how efficient it is however after 57 years on the air still my favorite mode.....it's a hobby !!!
     
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  8. N9NAY

    N9NAY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not a relevant comparison. SMS messages from my wife and son will be waiting for me when I get out of a meeting. Morse Code requires me to be there to hear it live.
     
  9. KO4LZ

    KO4LZ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Cannot believe no one posted this yet -- never gets old (to me, at least)

     
  10. WF4W

    WF4W Ham Member QRZ Page

    which is just using the right tool for the right job.
     
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