[QUOTE=Flyer69;124774]What exactly do you need to accomplish in order to meet the flashing light requirement for your license?
As I understand it, attending a class approved by the USCG meets the requirement, and though I have not attended the class, I have been told the performance that needs to be demonstrated is to write down dots and dashes as they are sent to you. Then, you pull out a book that tells what the dots an dashes mean. No need to memorize Morse code.
Is this correct?[/QUOTE]
Not really. The “book” doesn’t tell you what the dots and dashes mean, i.e. the letters. It tells you what the group of letters means, but you have tio be able to identify what the letters are.
The test has two parts. The first is five groups of five letters. You have to identify the letters. The secoind is coded messages from the International Code of Signals (Pub 102, or for us old types, HO 102). You decipher the dots and dashes into letters, then look up the letters in the book.