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Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones

Peter Dougherty (W2IRT) on January 2, 2005
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I always chuckle when some teeny-bopper's mobile phone sends the letters SMS in Morse when a text message arrives (though I'd bet the significance is lost on just about all of them). This got me to wondering how I can customize the ringer on my own mobile to send Morse Code ringtones for more than just SMS. I have a relatively-new LG mobile that allows customized polyphonic ringtones for either every call in general or specific to each number that caller-ID matches to a number in my phonebook.

After a little homework I found the easiest way to do this requires a data connection from my PC to the phone and three pieces of software. First was the Susteen Data Pilot software that came bundled with the phone's USB cable; this allows the phone to communicate with the PC. This is the medium through which everything is loaded, but you don't actually DO anything with it.

Next, I needed to generate sound files of the various Morse words or phrases that I wanted. I used a freeware program called WinMorse 2 to generate these WAV files, which I then converted to MP3 format (you can use any standard audio conversion program readily available on the web).

Finally, I uploaded the MP3 files to the phone using BitPim version 0.7.23 (use whichever version is the most recent), another free piece of software which happens to communicate with my phone. You need to ensure compatibility between your phone and this software, or else use software specific to your phone.

Once this was accomplished, I went into the phone's menu and associated these new Morse tones with individual numbers and a general "CQ CQ DE W2IRT" for any unknown or unmatched number. All of these were recorded at a nice 25 wpm speed at 800 Hz and are loud enough to be annoying--er--be heard in noisy environments (yeah, that's it). It's also unique enough that when it goes off a dozen people won't all be reaching for their own phones at the same time.

I don't know if there's a way to do this with Midi files or for phones that don't have so-called polyphonic ringers, but I'm sure it's possible (though maybe a little harder to do). Give it a try and see if you can spot another ham in the room!

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Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by LNXAUTHOR on January 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
- great idea!

- but i don't have a cell phone! arrrrggghh!

:-)
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by WN9DDV on January 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
My Nokia phone has MSM and also Peopleconnection in morse code. I have peopleconnection programmed.
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by N9AVY on January 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Hmmmm ... my cellphone has a record feature which records any live sounds. Thought about putting cellphone up to speaker and just recording the sidetone.
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by KQ6EA on January 2, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
A guy I work with has one that sends "SMS" in code whenever he gets a text message. Drove me nuts until I figured out it meant "Short Message System".
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by NA4IT on January 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I have a neat idea for all the Nextel users...

Program it to say "I wish I had a ham radio."
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by KT8K on January 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I may have to check into this. Maybe my phone should say "CW forever" and "ham radio is fun" etc. ... Plus, maybe I can program my friend's callsigns into my address book so it will send their callsign in CW when they call me!
73 & best rx de kt8k - Tim
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by W2IRT on January 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Well, that's precisely what I did. It sounds out "home" when my XYL calls, "hosarc" when the club station rings me up, SMS and Voice Mail say just that, plus three or four callsigns of ham-friends. It sure isn't the easiest thing in the world to do, but the end result I find to be very satisfying.
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by N8CPA on January 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks for that tip about WinMorse. A few years ago, I actually hooked up the sidetone of my keyer to my sound card and recorded Morse sound effects to replace annoying Windows event sounds. I assigned QRV for a program start, 73 to program close, and QNU replaced "You've got mail!" QNU is more grammatically correct than that stupid voice prompt, in additon to less annoying.

Unfortunately, the recording did not work well, so sound quality was scratchy to say the least. I just downloaded and used WinMorse to replace those files. And it sounds GRRRRRRREAT!

If you attempt it, be aware that the .wav files will be in your document file. But you can use Browse to assign the effects.

Now about cellphone ring tones: Since I don't have a cellphone, I really don't know if this is possible. How about trying to program a cellphone to ring "CQ CQ DE [TN or Name from caller ID]?"
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by N8IK on January 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Works great on my Treo600. I have everyone's callsign in 20wpm CW. If not licensed then I use their name. That way I can tell who's calling while the phone is still on my belt. Good opportunity to share ham radio with non-hams who recognize the ringtone as CW and ask.
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by KO1D on January 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I tried to sell that idea to the bosses (ditching Nextel for radios) seeing as I still have mine it did not work.
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by N2OW on January 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
How did you do 25 wpm? It seems like 20 wpm is as high as it can go.

I need 30 wpm.

Dmitri
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by N0CTO on January 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
NEXTEL phones should just broadcast out "No service available".
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by AB8RU on January 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Have your employer Dump Nextel for a System Mobile Radio ( SMR 2 way ) price is much lower than Nextel, and you don't get voices in occasion sound like R2D2 when the Digital signal gets goofed up.

I have a V-120 e Motorola which I plan on replacing soon but be kinda neat someone created a download site for these CW ringtones like Cell CW dot com or something.
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by KF6HCD on January 3, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Too much work... I like things simple.

I'm not lazy; I'm motivated by inactivity...
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by GM0EGI on January 4, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
i have a NOKIA 3310 and on this phone there is a "composer" facility.This enables you to compose certain ring tones.
When my phone rings the ring tone sends " cq cq de gm0egi k. It is quite effective, and I NEVER have to think when I hear other cell phones ringing "is that mine?"
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by W7NWH on January 4, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Cool... I just bought the Susteen product.. tried this and it's neat!
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by KY1V on January 4, 2005 Mail this to a friend!

From STYX:

Written by tommy shaw
Lead vocals by tommy shaw

Sitting on this barstool talking like a d*** fool
Got the twelve oíclock news blues
And Iíve given up hope on the afternoon soaps
And a bottle of cold brew
Is it any wonder Iím not crazy? is it any wonder Iím sane at all
Well Iím so tired of losing- I got nothing to do and all day to do it
I go out cruisiní but Iíve no place to go and all night to get there
Is it any wonder Iím not a criminal?
Is it any wonder Iím not in jail?
Is it any wonder Iíve got

Too much time on my hands, itís ticking away with my sanity
Iíve got too much time on my hands, itís hard to believe such a calamity
Iíve got too much time on my hands and itís ticking away from me
Too much time on my hands, too much time on my hands
Too much time on my hands

Well, Iím a jet fuel genius - I can solve the worldís problems
Without even trying
I have dozens of friends and the fun never ends
That is, as long as Iím buying
Is it any wonder Iím not the president
(heís not the president)
Is it any wonder Iím null and void?
Is it any wonder Iíve got

Too much time on my hands, itís ticking away at my sanity
Iíve got too much time on my hands, itís hard to believe such a calamity
Iíve got too much time on my hands and itís ticking away from me
Too much time on my hands, too much time on my hands
Too much time on my hands


David ~ KY1V
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by SINDK8 on January 5, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
thats noce. me too i have a 3310 and composer and composed a ringtone (cw) emitting "noynoy". btw, im about to take again an exam this month. i need to be licensed again. good day to all and hope to hear ya all soon.

73
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by KC2CBA on January 5, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Hey KY1V,
Are implying people have too much time on their hands ,it seems like you have plenty yourself.
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by VE6KLJ on January 5, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Hmmm TN? you a telecom guy? I think it would be fun to have a phone that did that.. CQ de Number or guys name.. :) Brilliant idea.
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by UB1LID on January 6, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
W2IRT, do you have to carry your CW code reader around with you now to determine who is calling you? Or was this excercise for code practice? Maybe you should slow it down a bit.... I just downloaded a STYX song to my cellphone ringer. I think of you everytime my XYL calls.
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by KB1EVZ on January 6, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Um... all Nokia phones send SMS in Morse Code! I dunno if the makers knew that or just liked how it sounded, but it's an interesting fact/easter egg/coincidence.
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by UB1LID on January 7, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Hey KC2CBA.....DUH! And FYI, for all of you that definately have too much time on your hands (I can't get that song out of my head now!) like the author. The SMS protocol implemented by Nokia was influenced by a company employee Martti Laine, OH2BH. No it was not a coincedence your phones know the code.
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by AK0N on January 7, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I've got an older (non-polyphonic) phone that uses tha RTTL specification language to do little songs with its beeps...I've done this for mine, but I don't have all the nifty tones for different people (wish I did).

If anybody wants information on how to do it for the older phones (i.e., Nokia 1260), you can e-mail me.
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by KY1V on January 7, 2005 Mail this to a friend!

Sorry, I didn't mean to inject the repeating rhythm of that song into your head. It is a great song though, isn't it?

It will clear up in a few days...lol.

David ~ KY1V
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by K4IA on January 8, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
I just did it on my LG4400. It was a pain to figure out the settings and drivers but Google found all the answers. I can not associate a ring with a particular number but now when my phone rings it says "qrz qrz? de k4ia" Now, how do I get the VU4 to call me?
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by UB1LID on January 8, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Hey KY1V...lol. It is a good song, but not one of the best of Styx. I remember seeing them at the Boston Garden in 1978, Rick Derringer opened.

I would still rather hear that coming out of my cellphone than " .... --- -- . ".

That writer from Time magazine was right about embarrasing hams. Thank god music will always be here for me when ham radio is long gone. CW in public places...my XYL would hide. She likes the Styx ringer I have now though.
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by W0XXX on January 8, 2005 Mail this to a friend!


My Nokia handset spits out "connecting people" when set for cw message.

 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by W1JIM on January 9, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Here is an easier way that doesn't require the cable and it's associated software. You can download a program called "Polyphonic Wizard" that will allow you to download any midi file on your computer directly to your phone via the cellular network. The trial version only allows you to download smaller sized files while the purchased version ($19.95?) allows you to download larger files as well as pictures. I've been using the trial version as I don't need a large file ringtone; I try to answer the phone right away.
For the download go to:

http://www.polyphonicwizard.com/download.html?platform=Windows

I have no financial interest in this program.
Jim Blumenfeld
W1JIM
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by W1JIM on January 9, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Oops, and the trial version is only good for 7 days.
W1JIM
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by M0YOJ on January 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
You can also use:

http://ringtonetools.mikekohn.net/docs.php#phones

though the polyphonic toneness sounds a little odd.
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by NA5XX on January 10, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
A friend has a phomne that rings "SMS" with every incommong call. He thought it was "SOS". I thought it was bad programming on the part of someone else. Glad to know at least "SMS" means something.
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by TG9AKH on January 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!

Funny idea but, how can I make sure my cell phone will not send code faster than 5wpm? Else I could not "read" what my cell phone tries to tell me, and no calls would be answered. Terrible state of affairs, lots of missed calls that is!

Would Morse code ringtones come with background noise, as in a real HF band, or would they be pure tones, unlike anything ever found in reality? No QRM/QRN? Would that be fun at all?

Do I need a narrow filter to be able to use CW ring tones in my cell phone? Are these filters available from major manufacturers?

Do I have to test the frequency stability performance of my cell phone? I ask because I am planning to use a really narrow digital filter (50 Hz bandwidth) and if the bloody cell phone starts drifting, I may miss plenty calls.

Why stopping at ring tones? Why not building a cellular phone that encodes all incoming audio messages (5 wpm, nothing faster please)? This way, I can always be using CW rather than using this obnoxious audio communications device called the human voice?

How about a cell phone with a built-in Morse key so I can respond using CW, and a decoder so that non-hams can understand my responses? Please, cell phone manufacturers--the decoder should have a nice, natural voice, not the metallic/robotic kind that industry nerds seem to prefer.

Not that I am a nerd, I have proof that I am not (mom told me so, of course) but "nice, natural voice" means something like Captain Kirk's in Star Trek.

Hmmm, I better get back to CW at 5 wpm. This much typing is already numbing my ears.
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by N6VHF on January 11, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
In reference to NA4IT and Nextel: My wish? I wish I had a ham radio that worked like my Nextel! That would be awesome. Maybe someday. I still love talking around the world on HF, and communicating on VHF/UHF, but there is nothing like the coolness of my Nextel when I need to talk to family and friends in a pinch! Us hams need to catch up with the times are start getting the digital voice stuff up and running! There is no reason why we can't do it.
 
RE: Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by N2MG on January 12, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
And who says "The Code" is dead...

Mike N2MG
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by WA2JJH on January 13, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
QRP CW ROCKS
I refuse to be held down to a cell phone, like so many are. You can reach me on my QRP K2

Gee the amatuer of the year starts doing rock songs lyrics.

I write my own. karma is intereSTING
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by K4IA on January 13, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
Now I have figured out that I can associate an MP3 file with each phone number stored in my phone. Now when someone calls me, the phone sends, for example, "k4ia k4ia de home home pse k."

When my phone rings, everyone says, "Wow, is that morse code? Can you really tell what it is saying that fast?" To which I reply, "Well, golly gosh I am a know code ham."
 
Morse Code Ringtones on Cellular Phones  
by KR4OW on February 24, 2005 Mail this to a friend!
So has anyone out there made it possible to do the cw
Ring Tones for a Nextel (730)?
I have thought about doing this for awhile
David
 
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