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GK of the day: What is Morse Code? Why it is still relevant?

GK of the day: What is Morse Code? Why it is still relevant?

Morse Code is a detailed system of dots, dashes, and spaces used to represent numbers, punctuation, and letters of the alphabet.

It is used both as a code and a way to communicate without the ability or need to use actual characters.

There are two versions of Morse Code: the original version and the newer International Morse Code.

The international system simplified things by removing the spaces and making all the dashes a standard length.

Originally invented by American Samuel F.B. Morse in the 1830’s for use in telegraphy, the original version only represented numbers.

That was soon improved upon by his partner, Alfred Lewis Vail, to include letters and some punctuation.

How Morse Code is used?

One of the great advantages of Morse Code is its ability to be used in just about any circumstance. It works as long as it is possible to create a signal of some sort, whether that be a written or symbolic image, flashing a light, or even just tapping on something.

It is also used commonly in radio communication. Morse Code’s flexibility to be used in almost any scenario is one of the reasons it is considered an important part of training for soldiers.

For example if somebody wants to say: I LOVE YOU

In Morse Code: . . . _ . . _ _ _ . . . _ . _ . _ _ _ _ _ . . . _

Morse Code is most prevalent in Aviation and Aeronautical fields since radio navigational aids such as VOR's and NDB's still identify in Morse Code. The US Navy and Coast Guard still use signal lamps to communicate via Morse Code.

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