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Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by N1BCG, Aug 1, 2019.

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  1. N1BCG

    N1BCG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Of all things...

    I received a video from a young amateur showing him involved in a "QSO" with others on, a site with various chatrooms where you can only communicate in Morse Code. I had to watch the short clip a few times to grasp what was going on, but it sounded like a DXpedition pileup, yet it was a bunch of anonymous participants (you're assigned a random ID when you arrive) sending Morse Code by tapping on the . key or clicking on a link:

    System: Welcome, YY90.
    System: Use mouse on [key] below, or keyboard period key to transmit.
    System: YY90 joined channel 1.
    System: 5 morsers online.
    System: ZRC3 is currently keying...

    A guide on the right side of the screen shows users the alphabet and corresponding Morse characters. I dislike texting immensely and yet millions are fine with tapping on tiny keyboards. So why not this?

    True, this technically isn't amateur radio, BUT I'm fascinated by how this concept has drawn the attention of those who I presume are non-amateurs. "You gotta get on this!" he urged, so I checked it out. There are six chatrooms (the first is the default and by far the noisiest) plus three "receive only" news feeds.

    It's quite clunky to use; I was unable to change chatrooms without copying the URL in a new browser window and closing the old one. That, and having to tap . or use a mouse to key. Eeech. I'm considering adding a jack on my keyboard for a straight key.

    The site was built by Burak Kanber who apparently has a love for Morse Code, and while it's been around for years, it's a quirky take on the oldest mode of electric communication that deserves a look.

    Anyone else seen this?
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2019
  2. KG7WGX

    KG7WGX XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Lots of folks on this who don't know Morse at all and are just playing around.

    It has potential, I suppose, but it is more amusing than practical.
  3. KE6EE

    KE6EE Ham Member QRZ Page

    What a thrill!

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