[OT] HAM Radio License
torriem at gmail.com
Thu Apr 22 21:47:32 MDT 2010
On 04/22/2010 01:11 PM, Daniel C. wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 1:02 PM, Aaron Toponce <aaron.toponce at gmail.com> wrote:
>> It's just another form of communication, like Facebook, IRC, cell phones
>> or mailing lists. One key difference that HAM radio has, that the rest
>> don't, in the event of a catastrophe is Morse code. It still remains one
>> of the most fundamental forms of communication when everything else
>> fails. Which still confounds me how Morse code knowledge and competency
>> is no longer part of the exams.
> Indeed. I'm dating a girl who just graduated from the advanced Morse
> course at Ft. Huachuca, which has inspired me to learn it myself.
> It's pretty interesting.
What's kind of cool is that morse code is actually a binary tree, just
like some common compression algorithms. The most common letters have
the shortest path in the three, where dit and dot would specify left or
right as you traverse the tree.
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