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U.S. Armed Forces Institute Basic Radio Code (1942)

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by W4KYR, Dec 6, 2017.

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  1. W4KYR

    W4KYR Ham Member QRZ Page

    U.S. Armed Forces Institute Basic Radio Code (1942)

    I'm not sure if this has been posted before but I found on archive dot org, Morse training recordings from 78 rpm records prepared by the War Department around 1942. These are free to download in MP3's.

    "Recordings of 78-RPM Morse Code training records, prepared by the U.S. "Special Service Division, S.O.S., War Department". Manufactured by Allied Record Mfg Co., Hollywood, Calif. (See images of record labels.) There is no date on the recordings but judging by the content ("CORREGIDOR... Get the message through!...") the estimated year of manufacture is probably 1942 or 1943.

    The recorded material consists of a code aptitude test, introduction to Morse Code letters and numbers, and training at various speeds up to 16 WPM. There were originally 22 records (44 sides) in the collection but the final one is missing here."

    1A - Signal Corps Code Aptitude Test - 04:06
    2 Side 1B - Signal Corps Code Aptitude Test - 04:38
    3 Side 2A - Signal Corps Code Aptitude Test - 04:05
    4 Side 2B - Introduction to Teaching and Practice - 05:21
    5 Side 3A - Introduction (Cont.) and Unit I Single - 05:17
    6 Side 3B - Unit I Single (Cont.) - 05:11
    7 Side 4A - Unit I Groups of Two - 04:47
    8 Side 4B - Unit I Groups of Two (Cont.) - 05:34
    9 Side 5A - Unit II Single - 05:21
    10 Side 5B - Unit II Single (Cont.) - 05:09
    11 Side 6A - Unit II Groups of Two - 04:43
    12 Side 6B - Unit II Groups of Two (Cont.) - 05:07
    13 Side 7A - Unit I and II Single - 05:12
    14 Side 7B - Unit I and II Single (Cont.) - 04:57
    15 Side 8A - Unit I and II Groups of Two - 05:11
    16 Side 8B - Unit III Single - 05:15
    17 Side 9A - Unit III Single (Cont.) - 05:13
    18 Side 9B - Unit III Groups of Three - 05:22
    19 Side 10A - Unit IV Single - 05:09
    20 Side 10B - Unit IV Single (Cont.) - 05:07
    21 Side 11A - Unit IV Groups of Four - 05:12
    22 Side 11B - Unit I-III Groups of Three - 05:00
    23 Side 12A - Unit I-III Groups of Three (Cont.) - 05:18
    24 Side 12B - Unit I-IV Groups of Four - 04:57
    25 Side 13A - Unit I-IV Groups of Four (Cont.) - 05:20
    26 Side 13B - Unit V Single - 05:15
    27 Side 14A - Unit V Single (Cont.) - 05:10
    28 Side 14B - Unit V Groups of Five - 04:57
    29 Side 15A - Unit I-V Groups of Five - 04:58
    30 Side 15B - Unit I-V Groups of Five (Cont.) - 04:59
    31 Side 16A - Six Words Per Minute - 05:09
    32 Side 16B - Six Words Per Minute - 05:08
    33 Side 17A - Eight Words Per Minute - 05:11
    34 Side 17B - Eight Words Per Minute - 05:06
    35 Side 18A - Ten Words Per Minute - 05:17
    36 Side 18B - Ten Words Per Minute - 04:40
    37 Side 19A - Ten Words Per Minute - 05:05
    38 Side 19B - Twelve Words Per Minute - 05:03
    39 Side 20A - Twelve Words Per Minute - 05:04
    40 Side 20B - Sixteen Words Per Minute - 05:03
    41 Side 21A - Sixteen Words Per Minute - 05:06
    42 Side 21B - Sixteen Words Per Minute - 05:04

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  2. WB5YUZ

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    Today there is widespread consensus that this is the "wrong" way to learn.

    Yet more CW ops were successfully trained using this method than any other in history. In addition, they all learned very quickly.
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  3. VE7PJR

    VE7PJR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Get enough people together, tell them, "yer gonna learn this" and make them do it. They WILL learn, most of them. You can wash out the ones who don't make it and send them to the infantry.

    Still, a lot more ship and shore telegraphers in those days, plus it was a pretty common way for hams to communicate.
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  4. N2SUB

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    They were also highly motivated! :)
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  5. W4KYR

    W4KYR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I posted this mainly for it's historical perspective...
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  6. WC3T

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    The phonetics are awfully distracting. Too, the quality of the recordings leaves a lot to be desired. I'm going to forge ahead with the other methods I'm using.
  7. N5OT

    N5OT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Any collectors? I may have come into the actual set.
  8. M6GYU

    M6GYU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sounded much like the speeds we started off with. As for the aptitude tests? The RN considered introducing an aptitude test for CW when I joined. I failed - it was much like thate one I listened to on the recording. All we had to do was write down the dots and dashes we heard. I couldn't even distinguish the dots or the dashes. Luckily it was only a pilot study and I went on to be able to read morse at 36wpm (5 ltr code).
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  9. K5TSK

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    Our junior high school novice class late 59, early 60 consisted of several vets, at least one who had been in three branches of service as an op. They must have used this stuff to train and then passed it on to us snotty nosed teenagers. Right way, wrong way, I don't know, but I did have a terrible time upgrading to general at first. Mainly due to my age and it's distractions.
    What I can say is, "THANK YOU, GUYS for your service and for starting me down a path with guard rails so high, I can't ever get away from it completely".
    CW forever!!!
    As long as I live I'll never forget them.
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  10. K6JJR

    K6JJR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Fantastic! Thank you!

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