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Old 02-11-2012, 09:21 PM
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I think all intercept signals job learn morse and radiomen, now IT in the Navy still learn it. As a ET I had to learn in order to complete my tech controller quals, so I could stand the radioman watch as an operator and as an supervisor.
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Old 02-11-2012, 09:47 PM
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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It appears the Army still has the "Morse Intercept Operator" which is MOS 05H, also referred to at times as "dity-bops".

When I was at Fort Devens, Massachusetts attending an electronics school in maybe 1978, we had some "Dity-Bops" in the barracks. You could hear them tapping their code almost all night long. I remember one day in the mess hall our group started throwing potato chunks at a few of them, but they would not stop Dity-Bopping...

For those interested, an 86 page, 1990. PDF report "O5H (Morse Intercept Operator) - Performance: An Exploratory Study.". http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a221554.pdf or the PDF/Adobe Acrobat - Quick View

Some background: Morse Intercept Operator Course, Class 10128 Keesler AFB, Mississippi Nov 1958 to Jun 1959 http://usafssdad.com/2009/01/09/morse-intercept-school-keesler-afb-mississippi/

I still remember Di-di-di-Dah-dah-da-Di-di-di . . . - - - . . .
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:32 AM
Location: Earth
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I've been in 13 yrs. and never was required to learn code. Even today's new ham radio operators aren't required to know code.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:37 AM
Location: Kenmore, WA
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Originally Posted by no kudzu View Post
My husband is a 72 y.o. Air Force Veteran and he still can tap out anything he wants to in Morse Code. We were talking about Morse Code this evening and I started wondering if it is even taught or used in modern day military. If it is used-under what circumstances?
DH (expert class HAM radio operator -- N7RVD) answers: "The Navy stopped using morse two or three years ago." To his knowledge, it is not used anywhere in the US Military, now.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:52 AM
Location: Matthews, NC
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Originally Posted by no kudzu View Post
20 people have looked at this thread and nobody can answer this question? At least tell me where I should look for the answer.
Since you are so adamant about getting answers, I'll throw in my two cents. The average servicemember does not receive Morse code training.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:56 AM
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Right now I don't know any current CTR's or Signal intercept operators, but I am pretty sure they have to still learn Morse Code. It's the basis for their job in a lot of ways.
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by msgsing View Post
As I understand the situation Morse is no longer used by any military organization including US armed forces. One if the last military users was the French Navy who discontinued use in the late 90's.
Morse Code is still routinely used by military forces worldwide. For example the Russians still make extensive use and especially the Russian Navy. During the recent deployment of their Aircraft Carrier group to the Mediterranean and Syria the vessels were active daily in Morse Code.

Russian Naval Transport Aircraft also make use of Morse Code on a daily basis. Aircraft such as Antonov 12 and Antonov 26s still carry radio operators. An example of a recording from February 2012 at the following link. If it doesn't form then please copy and paste.


RCB DE 16405 QSA ? QTC K
16405 DE RJF94 QSA 3 QRV K
16405 QTO 1422 QRD XUMO XLLV QAH 5500 QBD 0440 RPT AL K
RJF94 QTO 1422 QRD XUMO XLLV QAH 5500 QBD 0440 K
16405 C K

Transcription of above Morse message.

Aircraft 16405 passes message to ground stations RJF94 and RCB. QTO = I am airborne at 1422. QRD = I am bound for XUMO (Ostafyevo) from XLLV (Levashovo). QAH = Flying at height 5500. QBD = Fuel / Endurance = Four hours and forty minutes.

See following link and note other pages containing information of other Russian Morse Code networks.

[url=http://www.astrosol.ch/networksofthecisforces/navymorsenetworks/navalairtransportunits/index.html]Naval Air Transport Units[/url]

List of Q-Codes

[url=http://www.kloth.net/radio/qcodes.php]Ralf D. Kloth DL4TA - List of Q-codes[/url]
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:45 PM
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Based upon that info with the Russians still using morse code then all intercept jobs still learn it.
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Old 04-07-2012, 05:45 AM
Location: Northern Virginia
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I've never witnesses anyone using it over the past 20 years--- or even talking about it. With the use of encrypted radios and mIrc chat on SIPR (classified network), the need for morse code probably no longer exists. However, I'm not in the Signal branch........ just a simple artilleryman.
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Old 09-15-2012, 12:43 AM
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Not to beat a dead horse, but I'm curious about this subject. Don't they still use code on the International Distress Freq ? (500Kc) ? I guess you can date me by that, using kilocycles vice hertz. Anyway, when I got out of the Navy, we were still required to keep one working WRT-1 onboard, in order to respond to SOS.
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