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A brief history of Morse code
Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872).
conceived the idea of radio telegraph while returning on a ship from Europe in 1832. After a number of electrical experiments Morse was able to demonstrate a working telegraph set in 1836.
It was with the invention of the American Morse code that the historic message, "What hath God wrought?" was sucessfully sent from Washington to Baltimore.
Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872) Samual Finley Breese Morse by Mathew Brady - 1866 The Morse code used in those days was very different from what we use today. Since Morse code was originally sent over primative telegraph circuits the operators could only hear clicks, not the "dots" and "dashes" (short and long tones) that we're all familiar with today. Back then, a dash was simply two quick dits, or clicks - much different than the longer tone that developed over more sophisticated radio circuits in later years. This "modern" version of Morse code, with tones being sent over radio, became known as International Morse code while the original version, using quick clicks over telegraph wires was called American Morse code. Of course the modern version became even more sophisticated with the advent of computers and keyboards exchanging all the dits and dahs, at faster speeds, until satellites and the Internet replaced most forms of radio communications.


In honor of the 218th birthday of Samuel F.B. Morse, Google's main page prominently featured these Morse code characters for the entire day on April 27, 2009!
source by:roger wendell

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In the past I've lost some parts of my log due to computer harddisk crashes.

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