18 February, 2009

Morse lives on

Nice drawing of Bencher keyer by Dutch radio amateur
Dick Kraayveld, PA3ALM
Although morse has been more or less discontinued in a professional context, radio amateurs are active users of morse code. It gives me a kick every time I am able to receive and send morse code, something which a digital 'black box' never can give. The fact that morse has been replaced by satellites, internet and digital communications is as relevant as the replacement of horse transport by cars, sail boats by motor boats or bicycles by motor cycles. People still ride, sail and bike ... and use morse!