Morserino-32, a multifunctional Morse code device, ideal for learning Morse code, or for improving your Morse code skills.
This kit will change how people learn and practice Morse code. Based on a previous device (the MetaMorserino) and on the experiences of CW Schule Graz, Morserino-32 features a number of functionalities that are, in its combination, unrivaled by any other morse code practice device on the market:
- CW Keyer
- Code Generator
- Echo Trainer (repeat what you hear)
- CW Decoder (from a straight key or from audio input)
- CW Transceiver, using LoRa in the 70cm band
It comes with capacitive touch paddles, so you can start learning and practicing without the need to buy an expensive mechanical paddle. But of course, once you have learned the basics and are on your way to the High Speed Club, you can of course connect your favorite mechanical paddle.
Almost everything is configurable, from the keyer mode (Iambic A, B or Ultimatic, with Iambic B parameters configurable independently for dots and dashes), over extra space between characters and/or words, to the characters you want to practice (of course it supports the widely used Koch method for learning the code).
The Echo Trainer mode is particularly interesting for practicing to copy code in your head (without writing down what you heard).
Unseen in any previous device is the built-in LoRa transceiver, which allows two or more Morserino-32s to have conversations in morse code, over distances up to several hundred meters, depending on your environment. This works on the 70cm band (around 433 MHz), which, at least in Europe (ITU region 1), also happens to be an ISM frequency, so that you can use it there without the need for a ham radio license.
For those who want to practice in teams spread over a wider area, you can connect the Morserino-32 to a computer (through audio in and line-out) and use iCW (CW over Internet, using the Mumble protocol).
Morserino-32 is built around the extremely powerful IoT module “ESP32 LORA” from Heltec, It features the ESP32 32-bit microcontroller, an OLED display, and connectivity through WiFI, Bluetooth and LoRa.
There are connectors for a transmitter / transceiver (so you can use the Morserino-32 as an external keyer for those; keying is through a MOSFET optocoupler, so you can key voltages of any polarity up to 60 V, and you have full electric insulation between the Morserino-32 and your transmitter), a 4-pole audio jack for audio in (for using the decoder) and line-out (needed for CW over Internet, for example), and for an external paddle.
On board are a rotary encoder with a push-button switch functionality, and another push-button, to give you (together with the OLED display) an intuitive user interface.
The kit is easy to assemble, as all the small SMD parts are already on the PCB, so you only have to solder in a handful of through-the hole parts, like the jacks, speaker, switches and the rotary encoder. Of course, you should have some previous experience with soldering a kit, if not, you should get some advice and/or help from an experienced kit builder. This is also an ideal kit building project for your local electronics or radio enthusiasts’ club, or your local scouts group!
The kit comes with a simple case, made from acrylic glass (laser cut and engraved), consisting of a bottom and a top plate and alle the necessary Nylon distance pieces and screws), plus a removable and foldable antenna, together with its connector and cable assembly.
With a little bit of kit building experience you will be able to assemble everything together in less than half an hour.
Power supply of the Morserino-32 is either through its micro USB connector (so you can use the usual mobile phone chargers), or through a small LiPo battery (the battery is not supplied, because shipping LiPo batteries is heavily regulated and therefore tricky and possibly expensive). But you can source the battery easily, as it is a common type for RC models, quadcopters etc. The electronics needed to charge and use the battery are already part of the microcontroller module used, and the battery will be charged through the USB connection..
The software for the Morserino-32 is open source – if you know how to use an Arduino IDE on your computer you can download and modify the software, if you think you need to extend or improve its functionality. One example would be to connect a GPS module (the serial port for communicating with the Morserino-32 is already provisioned on the PCB) and extend the software to use the device as a LoRa APRS beacon…