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Old 05-07-2013, 05:29 PM
 
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appreciate it. and am glad it is taught.

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No, it was me. Then I reread your message and realized I'd been a little overboard-so I edited it down. Bottom line: it's taught. The theory is if GPS goes down, we still have the hands-on skills.
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Chesapeake Bay
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Good. I almost went in a state of total shock and disbelief that these were no longer taught.
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:15 AM
 
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As of December 2013, the army still operates a morse intercept school here at Fort Huachuca, AZ. (students comprise more than one service). I was an original 05H. Eventually all morse (Army) interceptors were absorbed into the current 35S MOS ( mostly non-morse intercept), so no its not its own individual MOS now, but they still train a few for where they are needed. I personally know individuals who still do this job in various places around the world. I retired from the Army 3 years ago.
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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I retired as a CG Radioman doing high-speed code. When the war in Iraq started, there was debate of recalling retirees. I offered my assistance as a code operator. Never got an answer. I would think, if computer messaging failed, dinosaurs like me would be in demand. Standing by ..._._
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:57 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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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?
My primary MOS was 05E20 - voice radio operator. It was my understanding that although I did not learn Morse Code myself, that other radio operators were required to learn it (I was in the military in the mid 1970s). Of course, it is very big with ham radio operators in the USA today.

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Old 01-30-2014, 10:03 AM
 
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This is to Bamford. You are right. We sure don't use it much anymore. Its use has even sharply declined in armed forces of other countries, but it hasn't disappeared completely on the military side. I witnessed a sharp decline (not going to elaborate on the where when and why) from where I was located in the early 90s. I remember going from a time when you couldn't roll say 10 to 50 KCs without hearing someone to a point where you could roll through a few MHZs. (Military type code).
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:06 AM
 
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I think we went from 05H to 98H to 98Y to 98A something to being absorbed by 35S.
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Old 07-03-2015, 06:52 PM
 
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I'm O5H from the 80's. You never forget your code, you can pick out the fake they use in movies. I do agree about some need still being there for it's use. When things hit the fan, those that still can use code, will use it if it's all they have. Just a bit if humor for you, remember the Independence Day movie, where all the satellites were taken out. They relied on "old" Morse Code. It'll be 30 years soon since I returned to civilian life. Time flies.
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Old 07-03-2015, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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My primary MOS was 05E20 - voice radio operator. It was my understanding that although I did not learn Morse Code myself, that other radio operators were required to learn it (I was in the military in the mid 1970s). Of course, it is very big with ham radio operators in the USA today.

20yrsinBRanson
While many older Ham operators still use code (our code talker at Field Day got about 200 contacts in less than 24 hours without working very hard at it), since code is no longer required for a Ham license I would hesitate to say it is "very big with ham radio operators".
I am a no-code General Class Ham Operator.
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