Morse News

Morse News periodically reads one or more RSS/Atom (news), Facebook, and/or Twitter feeds and translates the received messages into precisely timed International (radio) or American (railroad) Morse code. The Morse code can be played as CW radio tones, old-fashioned spark-gap sounds, telegraph sounder click/clack sounds, or to a physical telegraph sounder connected to a serial port. Split speeds are supported for Farnsworth effects. American code generation includes timing nuances that make it sound natural. The CW and spark-gap sounds can optionally be enhanced with realistic noise, static crashes, and ionospheric-style fading.

The video is just a few minutes long and shows Morse News running in four different modes. It sounds better in real life!


 
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Morse Keyer

Morse Keyer is a software keyer that can be keyed via the mouse or a key/paddle connected to a serial port. It supports straight keying, semi-automatic (bug) keying, and Iambic A or B mode automatic keying. The Morse code can be played as CW radio tones or telegraph sounder click/clack sounds, and low-latency ASIO sound driver output is supported. Optionally, the keyer can key an external telegraph sounder or loop, or a ham rig (while still playing the sound). Since it supports semi-auto keying, it can be used to send American morse code (a single-lever paddle is best for this). It's design can support low-latency audio systems (ASIO) and produces precise timing even at high QRQ speeds. See the article referenced below.

Chuck Vaughan (AA0HW, of the QRQcw Group) has inspired several recent improvements to this keyer. Have a look at his article The advantage of using an ASIO SOUND CARD when using your paddles with a software cw keyer on your computer. This article covers not only the ASIO autio features and usage, but also some great information on interfacing your paddles to your computer via RS-232.

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Additional Tools in Source

Contact the author for information on these tools. They require some advanced system admin skills to install. Sources are available via SVN or browsing in the Morse Code Tools SourceForge project, under Develop.

  • News robot for CW Communicator and MorseKOB - sends news to the relay server(s) for these programs. The author is currently feeding several channels/wires with news and practice words at several speeds using this tool. Available only in the source code tree (complex installation and setup). Can install as a Windows Service. Supports multiple Morse code feeds and can receive from multiple RSS feeds.

  • An internet relay server ("Ionosphere" or "KOBServer") for CW Communicator and MorseKOB. Has a built-in web site that allows seeing who is connected on which channel or wire number. Can install as a Windows Service. You can see the relay server that the author runs at http://morsecode.dc3.com:7890/.

  • A .NET assembly that encodes text into International or American morse code, with full control over code and character timing (for Farnsworth effects). It has callbacks for "dotscii", MorseMail, and CWCom formats. It also has full MSDN style CHM file documentation, and will show full IntelliSense if referenced from your .NET project.

 Contact: Bob Denny <rdenny@dc3.com>