Fresh off the experience of training tens of thousands of radiomen for the Second World War, the Boy Scouts of America contracted with Raybrun Company to produce a version of their “Code-Voice Method” for use in training Boy Scouts. Magazine advertisements in Boys Life, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science and QST claimed a student could learn the whole code in eight hours.
The result was this record album, “Learn the International Morse Code” designed to be used with an official BSA signaller kit, featuring naval style blinker lights, a Continental Code sounder, and a buzzer suitable for radiotelegraphy. The kits were designed to be linked with twisted pair wire so an entire classroom could be wired just as with Signal Corps J-38 trainers.
Joe Ames W3JY is a volunteer Scouter in his community. Recently, he took the trouble to transcribe the Raybrun album from a clean original “vinylite” two record album. This was paired with a scanned and OCR’d copy of the companion booklet, “Introduction to the International Morse Code.” The album’s liner notes are available here, and they include valuable pedagogy and instruction. Joe put together a one-page chart of the training groups, downloadable here.
Together, the BSA’s classic album and booklet are an efficient, effective method of teaching the Morse code to interested young Americans and is highly recommended. The basic method is similar and perhaps superior to the Farnsworth method as it is based on high speed transmission but with accelerated presentation of characters.
Diligently practiced, students using the BSA-Raybrun method can master twenty-six letters, ten digits and a number of prosigns in a month’s time.