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Old 07-08-2015, 01:25 PM
 
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Old 07-08-2015, 01:55 PM
 
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My husband is a Navy ITSC. The IT rating was formerly the Radioman (RM) rating.

He does a lot of funeral honors duty, and meets up with a lot of VFW and Legion old timers, who INVARIABLY ask him if he "still does Morse Code."

No.
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Old 07-19-2015, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas area
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As the Russians still use CW for some HF circuits, some US military signals intelligence personnel still learn it. The joint schoolhouse for it recently moved, I think to Goodfellow AFB.

As much as some of us old-timers (especially old-timer hams...) want to rant about how valuable CW is for getting the message through when other modes won't work, blah blah blah, the reality is that HF radio isn't as important as it once was, and there are numerous digital modes with built-in encryption, error-correcting, etc. that can & are used on HF, VHF/UHF/SHF/EHF DOD/NATO tactical & strategic circuits that can send/receive canned text messages, messages manually entered via keypad, imagery, etc. so NO, CW isn't really taught, with just very few exceptions.
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Old 07-22-2015, 12:45 PM
 
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As the Russians still use CW for some HF circuits, some US military signals intelligence personnel still learn it. The joint schoolhouse for it recently moved, I think to Goodfellow AFB.

As much as some of us old-timers (especially old-timer hams...) want to rant about how valuable CW is for getting the message through when other modes won't work, blah blah blah, the reality is that HF radio isn't as important as it once was, and there are numerous digital modes with built-in encryption, error-correcting, etc. that can & are used on HF, VHF/UHF/SHF/EHF DOD/NATO tactical & strategic circuits that can send/receive canned text messages, messages manually entered via keypad, imagery, etc. so NO, CW isn't really taught, with just very few exceptions.
Also I think there are only a couple of circularly disposed antenna arrays (CDAA), popularly known as elephant cages left in service.

These are the antennas which detect radio signals from aircraft or ships, and calculate the direction, or line of bearing, of the radio transmitter from the direction finding antenna. When the same signal is received by two or more antennae, the intersection of the lines of bearing marks the transmitter's location, using either precision single station location (SSL) capability, or in a network of DF stations using both multi-station azimuth triangulation and SSL. High Frequency Acquisition (AQ) and Direction Finding (DF) operations are performed with the Narrowband System (NBS) and Wideband Direction Finding (WBDF) Subsystem in support of normal and degraded communications modes, using both adaptive reception and super-resolution direction finding techniques.
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Old 12-15-2016, 10:58 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Morse Code: A Staple in the Navy IW Toolkit
Story Number: NNS160129-12Release Date: 1/29/2016 3:36:00 PM
By Carla M. McCarthy, Center for Information Dominance Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The cryptologic technician (collection) (CTR) student cohort in the first revised Basic Manual Morse Trainer (BMMT) course wrapped up, Jan. 28, at the Center for Information Dominance (CID) Unit Corry Station.

The update included the latest Manual Morse software used by the Department of Defense and was tested out in a nine-week pilot course that concluded in September.

"Morse code continues to be an inexpensive and efficient means of communication for many states throughout the globe," said Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) (IDW/NAC/SW/AW) Tony Gonzales, CTR rate training manager for CID headquarters. "Manual Morse operators here at Corry Station are learning a skill set that has stood the test of time. Many of our most senior CTRs began their careers as Manual Morse operators."

Entire Story Here: Morse Code: A Staple in the Navy IW Toolkit
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:02 AM
 
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Default Morse code in military

Morse code was used by the military on both sides until the fall of Viet Nam. I had 6 months training while serving in the Army Security Agency in the late 50's. Was stationed in Germany where we monitored low level communist military morse communications.
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Old 09-19-2017, 04:53 AM
 
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During contingency training we were introduced to "tap code". it's not something you really have to learn as long as you can sketch out a quick diagram. It's a way to communicate with other prisoners, basically. Here's some good gouge.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tap_code
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