USB Morse Key (Completed)
So, I don't even really know how this happened. I was sorting through boxes of random junk, trying
to make room for, well... more junk, when I came across a chart of the International Morse Code Alphabet. Seeing this made
me want to learn the code, so I took to the internet. I found a program that takes Morse Codde from your mouse and decrypts
it into letters of the Latin Alphabet. I was sort of bored of using my mouse, and wanted a real key. Then, lo and behold, I
spot an old Lenovo USB mouse on top of the drawer next to my desk. Combined with a block of wood, some screws, a bracket from
an old cassette player, a skewer and a Quarter Dollar, it became a functional (for my program, anyway) Morse Code straight key.
It was quite simple, really.
First, naturally, I ripped apart the mouse and harvested its insides. Without context, that sounds
Next, I used the gaps in the mouse's circuit board to secure it to the block of wood. I also added an extra
screw near the front of the block to use for cable management.
Then, I attached the L-shaped bracket I found in an audio tape recorder.
This will hold the actual lever that will press down on the left button of the circuit board.
After that, I hot-glued the skewer into the corner of said bracket, then cut the skewer to an appropriate
length and hot-glued on a Quarter to use as a handle. From there I simply added a little more glue near the base of the skewer so
that it could better reach the contact on the PCB.
My fabulous home-made Morse Code straight key.
The program I use to tap out Morse Code. I do not know to whom the rights to this program belong. Not me.