MM was first published in the Dutch language in 1983 by the
late Rinus Hellemons PA0BFN. In 1985 Rinus, together with Dick
Kraayveld PA3ALM, published a special English language issue of
the magazine in the hope of widening its readership. Not many
copies were printed and this issue is now a very rare collector's
The following year Tony Smith G4FAI, an English writer specialising in Morse subjects, who later became Chairman of the European CW Association (EUCW), joined Rinus and Dick to produce a new English language edition of MM, with Tony as English language editor. Both Dutch and English editions were printed and published in Holland.
Due to the illness and subsequent sad death of Rinus, the Dutch edition ceased publication in 1987. Tony took over the title and MM became an English language-only publication printed and published in England.
In 1990 Tony was joined by Geoff Arnold G3GSR, who was already publishing "Radio Bygones" the vintage radio magazine. Geoff became Editor, and Tony Consultant Editor of MM and they continued publication of MM until December 1998.
Following publication of MM61 (Christmas 1998) the magazine was taken over by The Nilski Partnership, with Zyg Nilski, G3OKD, as the new editor. Zyg has been a radio amateur and CW enthusiast since 1960, and is now semi-retired from a career which has embraced electronics engineering, computing and systems analysis, and the education service.
The first issues of MM were typed on an old typewriter. Most
of the art work was drawn by PA3ALM by hand, and the magazine had
a very homely and personal atmosphere. Nowadays, MM has a more
professional look. It has not, however, lost its original unique
and lively character, and the content and coverage is still very
much the same as it was in the beginning, except for three
MM has many articles on Morse keys, often
in-depth, of interest to collectors and operators alike. One
acclaimed series of articles by the late Louise Moreau, W3WRE,
has been brought together as a "Best of MM" publication
under the title "The Story of the Key", and is
available from the MM Bookshelf.
Other regular features include free Readers Advertisements which offer one of the few specialised international facilities available to buy, sell or exchange keys, and other Morse equipment.
"Showcase" is where readers share photos and information about their keys with fellow enthusiasts, and "Info Please!" is where they seek information on their "unknown" Morse possessions. In fact, MM has now become an authoritative source of reference on all aspects of key collecting.
Vibroplex 'Presentation' key, first produced 1948
(basically, a deluxe version of the 'Original' of 1904 apart from the mounting of the dot contact which was changed in 1906!)
The articles in MM cover every imaginable aspect of Morse
telegraphy, both amateur and professional. They include
authoritative features by respected international authors
covering all time periods, right back to the time when Samuel
F.B. Morse first dreamed of sending messages by dots and dashes.
While the telegraphists of 50 or 100 years ago have much to tell us through its pages, MM also covers today's Morse scene. There is advice on good operating for those who seek it, including help for learners, details of Morse clubs worldwide, activities and awards. There is humour, even poetry! Each bi-monthly issue has 48 pages packed solid with Morse material from around the world.
The result of all this is a unique international magazine,
providing in-depth coverage of aspects of Morse telegraphy often
not possible in wider-coverage publications. It provides CW
operators of all abilities with their own journal, and the
opportunity to keep in touch with fellow-enthusiasts wherever
While CW is disparaged as a means of communication by many who
have not experienced it, Morsum Magnificat is proud to be seen
"Flying The Flag for Morse", championing a mode still
enjoyed by thousands of amateurs around the globe - and still
used professionally despite rumours to the contrary! Although now
published in a different country, MM has continued the work and
the aims of its Dutch founder, Rinus Hellemons, PA0BFN.
Morsum Magnificat, Flying the Flag for Morse!