Japanese Morse by Tony Selmes G4KLF

Have you ever wondered how they send Morse in Japanese, it appears that our 26 characters (alphabet) are quite simple compared to the 46 characters employed by the Japanese when conversing in their own language. The following is an extract from the ‘Down Under’ chapter of FISTS a morse group founded in the UK many years ago.

Recently a new chapter was started in Asia and as it mostly consists of Japanese operators they thought the other chapters would be interested in how morse is constructed and used in Japan.

With thanks to the Japanese Chapter of FISTS (The International Society for the Preservation of Morse).

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A memory stays with me to this day of listening to an Arab Morse operator sending Japanese Morse. I took a recording of it at the time and referred it to certain quarters.   It was quite an eye opener as reading Arabic Morse is bad enough. They do not just have dots and dashes but something in between as well and you have to decide whether it is a dot or a dah. We used to describe it as a dur. Nonetheless it is possible to read it accurately especially if you have a knowledge of Arabic.

Tony Selmes (G4KLF) From Vital Spark Jan 2006.

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