American Morse Code Chart

For some strange reason, I’ve decided to learn American Morse. One problem with doing this is that  there seems to be only one chart on the Web that shows the dots and dashes for Amercian Morse. This low-resolution scan is small and hard to read.

Yesterday, I decided to start practicing again, but I couldn’t find the printout I’d made of that chart. Since it was hard to read, I decided to make my own chart instead of just printing another copy of the old one.

At right is my chart. Click on the image and you’ll get the full-sized chart. If you want a PDF version, click here.  If you want to make changes to it, e-mail me, and I’ll send you a Mac Pages or Microsoft Word version of the chart.

Happy Morsing!



  1. Dan,

    I can’t even imagine attempting to learn American Morse without it unraveling all the Continental Morse currently in my brain.

    Good luck with that!

    Larry W2LJ

    • Dan KB6NU says:

      I think I can do this, without my knowledge of International Morse going to pot. I think there are two keys to this:

      1. The sounds are quite different. When I hear tones, I’ll put myself into International Morse mode, and when I hear clicks, I’ll go into American Morse mode.
      2. Practice, practice, practice. It’s like learning code all over again. The practice will not only help me learn the code, but also be able to tell the difference between the two codes.
  2. Mike Zydiak W2MJZ says:


    Just a bit of clarification please. From your post found above, I suspect that you are utilizing a “telegraph sounder” to receive your American Morse Code (like the type found in some remote railway station office back in the 1800’s), and not audible CW tones such as those we utilize today with standard International Morse.

    It does bring back fifty year old memories when a few of us had buzzers with bell wire strung from back porch to back porch, and we established our very own digital, EMP proof, highly secured, emergency powered, point to point, communications network at the height of the cold war.

    Mike Zydiak W2MJZ

  3. Dan KB6NU says:

    No, what I’m using is the computer program MorseKOB, which simulates a sounder.

    Using buzzers is more akin to radiotelegraphy than it is to landline telegraphy in that you’re still hearing continuous tones rather than clicks, and it’s the length of the buzz that determines whether an element is a dot or a dash. In landline telegraphy, it’s the length of time between two clicks that determines if an element is a dot or a dash.

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