Morse Code - Speed

Skanza

Midshipman
Does anyone know here what the speed requirement to understand morse code is in the Royal Navy?

As far as I know you will have to learn it at the BRNC, so I figured I'd do some homework...

Thanks.
 

Pete_the_Knife

Midshipman
I should think it is still only used in visual signalling now, and you only need up to 10 WPM for that. I think it was a requirement for officers for their bridge watchkeeping ticket but that just guessing really as I never came across an officer that could read a light anyway.
 

the_matelot

War Hero
Moderator
Morse Code is virtually obsolete now. The only branch that had a need for it was Communications Technician and even that is no longer taught to baby CT's and fleet standard has dropped over the years from 30 to 25 to 18 to what is now the standard required to keep current which is 14wpm and 18wpm for numbers.

Skanza, don't bother trying to teach yourself-it'll be taught to you.

Concentrate on other things if you're going to be a commissioned pilot with a green lid..........
 

Skanza

Midshipman
Thanks for the responses! Guys! :)

Concentrate on other things if you're going to be a commissioned pilot with a green lid..........

Hehe course. I'm starting a proper fitness program from today on. Hopefully it will keep my in a steady routine throughout the year.
 

FlagWagger

GCM
Book Reviewer
the_matelot said:
Morse Code is virtually obsolete now. The only branch that had a need for it was Communications Technician and even that is no longer taught to baby CT's and fleet standard has dropped over the years from 30 to 25 to 18 to what is now the standard required to keep current which is 14wpm and 18wpm for numbers.

Not to mention the V/S Adqual, sorry TEM, that OM(C)s may have been required to undertake. The speeds you've given are for audio morse rather than light which is a tad slower at, I think, 8wpm or 10wpm max.

With the move of tactical comms to the dabbers, however, I'm not sure how much V/S will continue (its certainly far less important today than when I were a baby bunting!

the_matelot said:
Skanza, don't bother trying to teach yourself-it'll be taught to you.

Agreed, unless you've got the spare time to teach yourself. If you're seriously looking at the flying side, I think Morse may also be needed so again, it could stand you in good stead but I wouldn't waste too much time on it.
 
the_matelot said:
Morse Code is virtually obsolete now. The only branch that had a need for it was Communications Technician and even that is no longer taught to baby CT's and fleet standard has dropped over the years from 30 to 25 to 18 to what is now the standard required to keep current which is 14wpm and 18wpm for numbers.

Skanza, don't bother trying to teach yourself-it'll be taught to you.

Concentrate on other things if you're going to be a commissioned pilot with a green lid..........

Don't say that, please... :( Morse code is very useful when you have a very weak radio carrier signal which cannot reliably carry a voice message but can be relied upon to carry and accurately relay an MC message! I'm thinking particularly of trying to relay a signal during a bad thunderstorm in the ROC...
 

the_matelot

War Hero
Moderator
Always,

It was declared as an obsolete form of communications in 2002 by the ITU. I had to endure SEVERAL months of doing it however.... :(

If there are any budding morse monkeys who want to learn morse code, may I suggest googling MRX software....

Squirrel,

I do apologise for my gash joke. I can but only apologise and put it down to a dose of high morale..... :D
 

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