Morse Code is not dead; Back in style by Russian Spies in 2010
For Amateur Radio license requirements the FCC dropped the Morse Code requirement years ago. There is no current military use of Morse code.
Just when you thought that Morse Code was dead. The Russian spies, recently arrested in the US, are keeping the The Code alive.
10 Russian Spies Arrested in the US (6/29/2010)
According to CBS news
According to court papers in the case, the U.S. government intercepted a message from Russian intelligence headquarters in Moscow to two of the defendants. The message states that their main mission is “to search and develop ties in policymaking circles in US” and send intelligence reports.
The complaint alleges that some of those charged had a long-term goal to become “sufficiently Americanized” in order to gather intelligence in the U.S. and to “recruit sources who are in, or are able to infiltrate, United States policy-making circles.”
The complaint says that the “agents” were trained in “foreign languages; agent-to-agent communications, including the use of brush-passes; short-wave radio operation and invisible writing; the use of codes and ciphers, including the use of encrypted Morse code messages; the creation and use of a cover profession; counter-surveillance measures” and more.
Good, the code is back in style
Check out this vintage military morse code training film –
Check out this related info on high speed CW
The R-353 is a Russian spy radio set developed and used at the height of the Cold War, in the early 1960s. It features an advanced built-in burst encoder for sending coded messages in morse code at very high speed, in order to minimise the risk of detection by enemy interceptors and eavesdroppers. Radios like the R-353 are very rare and only very few have survived.
Check out this great site on Shortwave Espinionage –