Is it possible to translate the telegraph message at the beginning of the film or is it just random noise?

I made a recording and passed it through sound analyser Audacity and I didn't see a pattern but maybe it takes a professional telegraphist to see it.

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    Well done people for making a new contributor feel welcome - downvoting both their first two questions. Applause. – iandotkelly May 18 at 21:06
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    Pete - I'm sorry - there are some grumpy people here who downvote at the drop of a hat. You're being penalized because in their eyes they don't see why it's interesting to know the answer to this. In particular the question about the year that the movie is set could significantly affect your understanding of what is happening in the wider context of the story. – iandotkelly May 18 at 21:08
  • It's Morse code, right? Try looking up the Morse code table, then try to match the peaks in that sound wave to the characters in the table. A bit painstaking but not complicated I reckon. – magarnicle May 19 at 0:37
  • Morse code is interpreted by listening to the tones (or watching it in the case of signal lights). It takes practice, especially to decipher the code at the sort of speeds an experienced operator would send the signal. – GeoffAtkins May 19 at 10:32
  • Admittedly, my knowledge of morse itself is almost nil - however, the machine is a tickertape machine, meaning that you can't really tell the difference between a dot & a dash unless you read the tape; it was not really designed for 'live' decoding. Perhaps if you were right in front of it you could hear the 'tapper' return & judge the length from that, but really the tap is considerably louder than the release, so all you are hearing are "events" you can't really tell which is dot & which is dash. Possibly a morse expert could 'read' it, but I can't find anything online that would decipher it – Tetsujin May 19 at 11:26

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