Σάββατο, 14 Νοεμβρίου 2015

The Morse Mouse – Educational Fun with Amateur Radio

Learning Morse? This is NOT a code learning application and doesn’t claim to be – it is designed for events/demos (and youngsters) so if you want to learn CW “properly”, there are much better applications out there for that purpose.

The Idea
To demonstrate Morse Code to youngsters (and the young-at-heart) at local club events.  By sending a series of letters in Morse Code, the program aims to encourage an interest in the mode through skill as well as memory. The idea came about as our local club, the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society wanted to do more than just “shout into a microphone” during special events.The coding (excuse the pun) is rather crude, simply picking any random letter and recording the key-stroke (or button press) to determine what letter is being entered.  There are additional intro, winner and loser sound-effects, too.  A laminated A4 crib-sheet is provided to assist with the decoding of each letter but that’s not to say that those comfortable with 15-20wpm QSO speeds won’t get some fun out of this.  In tests here, the game is rather addictive when used with a touchscreen display.  There is now an Easy and Hard mode – this gives you more/less time to guess the character!

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