Program to transmit strings as Morse code using the CC1200. Useful for amateur radio projects!

Dependencies:   CC1200 SerialStream

This project contains a class (CC1200Morse) to convert text into Morse code that can be transmitted over a CC1200 radio IC, and a test program for this class. This is useful for amateur radio projects which need to broadcast their call sign in order to operate legally, and just a cool demonstration of the flexibility of the CC1200.

How It Works

First, the input string is translated into Morse code using a conversion table. Nearly all ASCII characters contained in the Morse character set are supported. For example, the string "ha" would become " ···· · −". Then, the Morse code is converted into one and zero bits according to the standard Morse timing rules. " ···· · −" then becomes 10101010 00010111 000". Finally, these bits are enqueued into the radio's packet buffer and transmitted. The CC1200 is configured into OOK (On-Off Keying) mode, so a 1 bit is modulated as full transmit power, and a 0 bit is modulated as zero transmit power. The transmission will occur at the speed (specified as the time unit, or the length of a dot) that you configure. Note that the CC1200 does the transmission in the background, so your processor can enqueue up to 128 bytes worth of Morse and then go do other things while it transmits at a human readable speed. You can't enqueue two packets at a time though.

Demo Video

Hardware Setup

This program assumes that a CC1200 radio is connected to your processor's SPI bus. The CC1200's circuit board must be configured for the 900MHz band (though you could also change the frequency in the code to match your boards).

I used a custom circuit board for my testing, but you should also be able to use an Mbed board connected to an CC1200 eval kit to run the program. Make sure to edit the #defines at the top of main.cpp to match the pins that your equipment is plugged into!

Note: License free transmission on the 900MHz band is only legal in Region 2 countries (North and South America). Make sure to follow all local regulations covering radio transmissions!