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#1 hari

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 06:04 AM

When I saw this post, I thought it would be cool to write an app that goes the opposite direction. Instead of blinking out morse code, the app would "look" at the morse code, measure the pulse and pause widths and convert them back into words.

Looking at the blinking LED was easy, but converting that back into morse code was more difficult than I expected. I will not share how I did it here, just in case you want to try the challenge yourself. However, my code is attached to this post if you're interested in seeing how I solved the problem.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2ZPYs7jHKs

Part 1: Staring at the LED


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RuwKBmQxvg

Part 2:Interpreting the blinks

Thanks to N2MOH for the morse sender (I also copied your timing constants) and Scott Hanselman for the morse array.

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#2 Chris Walker

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 01:49 PM

Wow, hari. That's pretty fantastic. I love it! I see that you're using a Netduino Plus for the "morse code encoder/sender" unit. Now I'm thinking of making an app which takes text messages and/or e-mails and translates them into morse code ;) That would be awesome and hillarious. Chris

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 12:53 AM

Now I'm thinking of making an app which takes text messages and/or e-mails and translates them into morse code ;) That would be awesome and hillarious.


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Anyhow... Cliff Stoll (guy in the book) wrote some code to have the computers call his pager when certain events happened... and the page gave out morse code to alert Cliff of the specifics. Kinda neat for something from the 80's (pre-text messaging, email devices, etc).
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#4 hari

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 03:01 AM

Wow, hari. That's pretty fantastic. I love it!

Thanks Chris.

I see that you're using a Netduino Plus for the "morse code encoder/sender" unit. Now I'm thinking of making an app which takes text messages and/or e-mails and translates them into morse code ;) That would be awesome and hillarious.

I don't want to hog all the fun. Posted Image Go for it!

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 04:29 PM

if you've never seen this video, it's mildly entertaining -- Morse Code vs. Text Messaging:

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 05:15 PM

if you've never seen this video, it's mildly entertaining -- Morse Code vs. Text Messaging:



Man, they are _quick_.

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 01:58 AM

if you've never seen this video, it's mildly entertaining -- Morse Code vs. Text Messaging:


Posted Image No, never seen that before, thx for sharing.

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 08:43 PM

When I saw this post, I thought it would be cool to write an app that goes the opposite direction. Instead of blinking out morse code, the app would "look" at the morse code, measure the pulse and pause widths and convert them back into words.

Looking at the blinking LED was easy, but converting that back into morse code was more difficult than I expected. I will not share how I did it here, just in case you want to try the challenge yourself. However, my code is attached to this post if you're interested in seeing how I solved the problem.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2ZPYs7jHKs

Part 1: Staring at the LED


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RuwKBmQxvg

Part 2:Interpreting the blinks

Thanks to N2MOH for the morse sender (I also copied your timing constants) and Scott Hanselman for the morse array.



What kind of styro foam are you using to hold your netduino? I need something like that.

Also, can you publish your diagram?

#9 hari

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 06:07 AM

What kind of styro foam are you using to hold your netduino? I need something like that.

Also, can you publish your diagram?

In the U.S. it's called Foam Board. Here's the exact product that I bought at my local Staples office store.
I just love this material, for only $12 you get three huge sheets. I've created many projects and still have one sheet left over.

Here is the blog post on the Morse Code Decoder. Let me know if you have any questions.




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