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Morse code for kids

Morse code is a method of sending messages by telegraph, by radio, or even by light signals. It consists of a series of dots and dashes to represent letters, numbers and punctuation marks. Letters are represented by up to four dots and dashes. Numbers consist of five dots and dashes, and the punctuation marks are made up of six. One dot represents E and one dash T, the letters that occur most often in English. Morse code was invented in the United States in 1840 by Samuel Morse (1791-1872), who also invented the telegraph. Morse code became an international code, used for telegraph and news messages around the world.

Morse code for kids - Samuel Morse Morse code for kids

Morse code for kids

A portrait of Samuel Morse, the inventor of Morse code. The portrait is reproduced from an early photograph by Louis Daguerre, inventor of the daguerreotype process

The device which used a Morse code for communication

Morse code was useful because it is easier to send a message by telegraph or radio consisting only of short or long bursts of power, than to send an actual voice. Nowadays telegraph messages are sent by automatic teleprinting machines. Army signalmen still use Morse code and Morse code messages are sent between ships by flashing a light. The code is sometimes used for sending telegrams.

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