The Microcraft Morse-A-Word is a Morse code reader that translates and displays the alphanumeric output on a LED display real time. The Morse-A-Word has two modes, the Receiver jack can be connected to the audio output jack of a CW Receiver and can it can decode Morse code from a received transmission. The second mode is for Morse code practice. You can connect a Morse code key into the Key jack and use the built in oscillator to send code which you can hear from the internal speaker and it will be decoded on the LED display. The later is great way of improving your performance and accuracy of sending Morse code.
The Morse-A-Word has one control labeled "Speed". This control is used to also turn off the unit when rotated fully counter-clockwise. The Speed control, when turned clockwise, controls the unit's ability to decode morse code from 5WPM up to 35WPM.
My Morse-A-Word has three modifications from a previous owner:
- An audio jack was added to the front so the audio output could be listened to with headphones.
- A potentiometer was added to the top of the cabinet that modifies the frequency of the internal oscillator when used in code practice mode.
- One of the speaker wires was detached so that audio output could only be heard from the headphone jack.
The Morse-A-Word in 1980 retailed for $169.95 in kit form or $249.95 for a fully assembled unit by the Microcraft Corporation.
The Morse-A-Word was featured in March and April 1979 Popular Electronics construction article.
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