Morse Inercom always starts in Intercom Mode (a sort of Morse Instant Messenger), but can be switched into the alternate Training Mode (which disables intercom communication) with two button taps.
When you start the app you must select 'WiFi' or 'Internet' mode.
i) WIFI MODE - Ring-fences Intercom users from The Internet. Users connect to a common WiFi network. Intercom messages will not be sent to The Internet, and intercom messages from The Internet will not be heard by WiFi users. If you use the apps default Intercom mode you might want to practice with friends all connected to your network in WiFi mode before venturing into the Wild West that is The Internet.
ii) INTERNET MODE - Users have full Internet connectivity. They can talk to any other user of the app, anywhere in the world. This mode relies on external servers not controlled by the developer. If these servers are down or cannot be reached for whatever reason, the app will not work. Please set 'My Callsign:' to something that uniquely identifies you (eg. your amateur radio callsign or email address).
Intercom Mode Options:
i) One to All - like Morse sent by radio - all listening users on your WiFi network or The Internet hear your transmissions, and you hear transmissions from all other users. This emulates 'real' Morse.
ii) One to One - only one other user on your WiFi network or The Internet hears your transmissions, and you only hear transmissions from that user.
iii) One to Several - only a restricted group of users on your WiFi network or The Internet hear your transmissions, and you only hear messages from members of that restricted group. Especially useful when the app is started in Internet mode but you want to restrict communication to a subset of app users.
A web browser version of the app is available that can communicate in Intercom mode with the Android app. It can be found at http://www.program2anything.com/morseintercom.html (it's a Flash app, so must be run on a laptop or desktop, unless your mobile browser supports Flash).
Switching from Intercom to Training mode:
Morse Code Intercom always starts in Intercom Mode (a sort of Morse Instant Messenger), but can be switched into Training Mode with two button taps. If you intend to use Training mode you should almost always start the app in WiFi mode. The only exception is if you want to be able to receive training messages from intercom users NOT connected to your network in WiFi mode.
Training Mode Options:
Received strings are not played immediately, but are queued. They can then be replayed as often as required at any speed possibly with exagerated gaps between characters (Farnsworth delays).
i) Local Mode - Your device generates and sends you random messages. Messages from remote Intercom users are blocked. Works in both WiFi and Internet mode (WiFi recommended).
ii) Newsfeed Mode - Your device sends you training messages obtained from an RSS newsfeed. Messages from remote Intercom users are blocked. Counter intuitively, RSS newsfeed training works in both WiFi and Internet mode (WiFi recommended).
ii) Remote Mode - Remote Intercom users send you training messages. You cannot reply to these messages. If the app was started in WiFi mode, you will only receive training messages from intercom users connected to your network in WiFi mode. If you wish to receive messages from Internet users you will have to start the app in Internet mode.
If you like Morse Code Intercom please rate it in the PlayStore. If you use its Intercom Mode, this will get more users, making it more likely you will find someone to chat with, anytime, day or night. If you use Training Mode, good ratings will inspire me to add new features.
If you DON'T like Morse Code Intercom please tell me why by emailing [email protected] .