Morse Classic 2.1 review

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Morse Classic is a Morse-code training program for aspiring radio hams

License: BSD License
File size: 42K
Developer: Joe Dellinger
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Morse Classic is a Morse-code training program for aspiring radio hams. It can generate random tests or simulated QSOs resembling those used in the ARRL test (a QSO generator is included).

There are a plethora of options to vary the training method. In one of the simpler modes, this program will take text from standard input and render it as Morse-code beeps.

The following options control the behavior of morse:

-i ; Play what you type.

-I ; Like -i but don't turn off keyboard echoing.

-r ; Generate random text. Starts out slanted towards easy letters, then slants towards ones you get wrong.

-n NUM ; Make words (groups) NUM characters long. Valid values are between 1 and 20.

-R NUM ; Set the total time (in minutes) to generate text.

-N NUM (default 0 means unlimited) ; Set the total number of words (groups) to generate.

-C 'STRING' (default all available characters) ; Select characters to send from this STRING only.

-w ; words_per_minute

-f ; frequency_in_hertz

-v ; volume (zero to one, rather nonlinear)

-g ; alternate_frequency (toggles via control-G in input FILE at a word break)

-F ; Farnsworth_character_words_per_minute

-e ; leave off the sound at the end

-c ; complain about illegal characters instead of just ignoring them

-b ; print each word before doing it

-a ; print each word after doing it

-l ; print each letter just before doing it

-m ; print morse dots and dashes as they sound (this printing-intensive option slows the wpm down!)

-t ; Type along with the morse, but don't see what you're typing (unless you make a mistake). You are allowed to get ahead as much as you want. If you get too far behind it will stop and resync with you.

You can force it to resync at the next word end by hitting control-H. Hit ESC to see how you are doing, control-D to end. (The rightmost space in the printout marks where the average is.

Farther left spaces separate off blocks of letters that are about twice as probable as the average to occur, three times, etc.)

-T ; Like -t but see your characters (after they are played).

-s ; Stop after each character and make sure you get it right. (implies -t)

-q ; Quietly resyncs with your input (after you make a mistake).

-p NUM ; Make you get it right NUM times, for penance. (implies -s).

-E NUM ; If your count of wrong answers minus right answers for a given character exceeds this, the program will start prompting you. If above the maximum error prompt it will never prompt (implies -t).

-M NUM ; If you get more than this number of characters behind, pause until you do your next letter. 1 behind is normal, 0 behind means never pause. This option mplies -t.

-d ; Dynamically speed up or slow down depending on how you are doing. (if also-s, then -d only speeds up!)

-A ; Add ISO 8859-1 (Latin-1) signs to test set.

-B ; Add uncommon punctuation to test set.

-S ; Add uncommon prosigns to test set.

-X ; Set error volume. Error volume 0 means use console speaker.

-x ; Set frequency of error tone.

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