With advance technology, people nowadays have experienced an easy way to communicate. As a result, some people might have already forgotten Morse code - that’s also known as the “Victorian Internet”. Reason behind this was because Morse code enabled world-wide communication in a way never before possible.
If you’ve ever been a girl scout, you’d know a thing or two about Morse code. Unfortunately, not everybody in this modern day have an acknowledgement to it. As, January 11th is the Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day, why don’t we go down the memory lane and learn about this classic communication.
Learning Morse Code
While some might think that learning about Morse code can be an interesting thing, for some it may be questionable. It kind of make sense, if you think about it… At this day and age, there are various kinds of sophisticated (and easier, too, if I might add) ways to communicate, thanks to technology, of course. However, as Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” - you’ll never know if you would be needing to use Morse code someday.
Recently reported on The Morning Call (www.mcall.com), a girl alerts police using Morse code about a pregnant teen being held at knifepoint in Monroe County. Aside from that, Morse code is still being used to this day by amateur radio enthusiasts, the US Navy and Coast Guard, as well as people with disabilities (stroke, heart attack, or paralysis).
As today is the Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day, we can simply start learning Morse code by practicing with our names first. To get started, let’s get familiar with what the alphabet looks like in Morse code.
Fun Facts About Morse Code
- One of the most common signals is the distress signal SOS, which is internationally recognised by treaty. Three dots, three dashes, and three dots.
- SOS does not stand for any words. Letters were chosen because they are easy to transmit as well as to remember
- Thomas Edison taught his wife Morse code so that they could talk in secret by tapping on each other’s hands
- The old nokia text message tone is morse code for “SMS”
Now that you know the letters in Morse code, how would your name translates using the Morse code?
Happy #LearnYourNameInMorseCodeDay !