Morse Code Frequently Asked Questions

These answers apply to the original Java Morse code Translator. New answers for the new translator are on the way...

Can I see the source code?
The Java Morse code translator has source code released under the Gnu General Public License. The code for the CGI script is not available.
How can I run the Morse code translator on my own machine without being online?
Probably! If you can run the translator online then you should be able to. You need to download three files: the translator, the regexp library and a web page to run it from. Use your web browser to save these files into a directory (right click and use "Save link as..." or "Save target as...") then point your browser at the offlinetrans.html page you've just downloaded (use the File menu to "Open..." or "Open file..."). With any luck you should see the translator.
How can I put the Morse code translator on my own web site?
Putting the three files listed in the previous answer into a directory on your web site should do it. You can then change the HTML in the offlinetrans.html file to suit your purpose. If you do use it on your web site then it would be polite to put a link back to my site ( As the source code for the translator is available you can also take the source code and change the way the program works or looks. If you do this, you must follow the terms and conditions of the GNU General Public License.
How can I save the sound files on my computer to play again later?
This depends on your computer and on whether you use the Java or CGI translator. With the Java translator you can save the sound to a file in a round-about way:
  1. Download Audacity - a free sound file editor.
  2. Run Audacity.
  3. In Audacity, select "Wave Out Mix" in the drop-down input source selection box.
  4. and press "Play".
  5. In the Morse translator, enter the text or Morse.
  6. In Audacity, press the record button.
  7. In the Morse translator, press "Play".
Audacity will then record the sound coming out of the computer. Press the stop button in Audacity when the Morse has finished. You can then edit the sound and save it in a variety of formats.
With the CGI translator when you receive the sound file your computer will place it in a temporary directory and will probably launch a sound file player (such as Windows Media Player) to play the sound. You may be able to save the file from the sound player application or you may be able to find the file in a temporary directory and copy it from there. Alternatively you could alter the preferences on your web browser to save .wav files to disk instead of launching a player. Obviously none of these solutions is ideal and I am aware that an extra option in both translators would be preferable.
How long have you been interested in ham radio?
Don't take this the wrong way, but I have no interest in ham radio as such and I do not even know Morse code myself!
I love your web site and all this morse code stuff. Can I give you lots of money?
Unfortunately this isn't really a frequently asked question! If you would really like to show your appreciation then send a postcard to my address! You can also use the button below: