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An Intro to MORSE CODE

Morse code

DISCLAIMER:THIS IS NOT A COMPUTER PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE.IT IS A METHOD OF REPRESENTING WORDS AND NUMBERS IN THE FORMS OF DITS AND DAHS THROUGH TELEGRAPH WIRES.

                                                                             


Morse code is a way of encrypting messages by converting text characters into dits(.) and dahs(-).Dits have a time period of 1 unit  while dahs have a time period of 3 units.

Morse code was developed by an Samuel Finley Breese  Morse in 1830's(which revolutionized long distance communication at that time) who was an American.Before the invention of Morse code long distance communications had to be done by messengers and as you can guess it took quite a long time.One time Samuel Morse had gone outside of his town New Haven to Washington D.C for some work when he received a message reading that his wife Susan was seriously ill.The next day he received he received another message saying that his wife was dead.He rushed and packed his things and went straight back to New Haven to attend her funeral.Upon arriving it was found that his wife was already buried.He was heartbroken and had decided to find a way to transmit messages over long distances instantly.

Around 8 years later after the incident Morse had developed a device called the Telegraph and a few years later developed a code soon to be called the Morse Code which could be sent through telegraph wires in the form of variation of electrical impulses.He tested his Morse code publicly through the telegraph wires that were put between Baltimore and Washington D.C( around 56 km worth of copper telegraph wires)in 1844 where his message was"What hath God wrought".

                                                       

 Soon after some reformations the Morse Code would revolutionize long distance communication honoring his wife.


HOW TO LEARN MORSE CODE:

Morse code was built based on the frequency of the words used 

There are two ways you can learn 

1. VISUAL WAY: In this way you remember dits and dahs of  each letter and then try to recognize what each sound is through your memory.In this method you do not hear what actual Morse code sounds like. For example: If you were to memorize the chart given below without hearing what each letter sounds like then that would be the Visual Method.This method is a lot harder to master and Morse code in itself is a hard thing to master.

                               

2.Phonetic Method: In this method you basically learn Morse code by hearing the sounds of each letter.Even before the electrical impulses could be converted to sounds but since nowadays telegraph is not used,people can communicate in Morse code  through radios in the form of continuous waves.

For example to practise Morse code through this method you need to know what each letter sounds like.This YouTube video might help you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PRY-LczCB4 or if you want a more detailed video then : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbp-d-u4aLc


So, the most important thing is :

WHY SHOULD I LEARN MORSE CODE?

                          Is there a logic behind morse code or you just have to remember it ... 

I get it you guys have already enough in your life and you know better than to learn some stupid code that a widower built God knows how many years ago.But wait I will try to tell you about the importance about this form of communication and maybe try to convince you to learn Morse code.

1.Can be used in some emergency situations: I will give you guys an example with this video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioC_F8FvviM&feature=emb_title

OK, you might be thinking that nobody is going to kidnap me and you highly doubt that such a situation will ever occur in your life.Well that's for you to decide but let me tell you one thing life can be pretty uncertain and maybe in the future you might thank yourself for learning this code.

2.It's Cool:Come on don't tell me communicating in the form of dits and dahs isn't a cool way to communicate.If you have some friends who will support you in this endeavor then why not?

3.MCQ's: If you really want to cheat without being caught in MCQ's then Morse code is a wonderful way and I bet you the your invigilator will not even get a clue!


OK I have given everything there is to learn about Morse code but still if you don't want to learn at least learn the SOS signal in Morse code: SOS in Morse Code


Thanks for reading.Cheers!!