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We’ve heard the sound in movies both old and new, it finds its way into horror movies as some lost mysterious code. Heroes in action flicks use it to help send out secret messages past the villains holding them captive, and secret lovers have passed messages using it in carefully constructed pieces of art or even braille. It served as the foundation for a new era of communication, and has served vital roles in wars old and new. What is it we’re talking about? Morse Code of course! Morse Code Day celebrates this amazingly concise, powerful, and influential way of transmitting information and the history of how it changed the world.

Learn about Morse Code Day

Morse Code Day has been designed to pay tribute to this traditional form of communication. This is a telecommunications method that was used for encoding text characters. It involves using standardized sequences of two different signal durations. These were called dits and dahs or dots and dashes. The name “morse code” has been inspired by the inventor of the telegraph; Samuel Morse.

There is an International Morse Code, which encodes a small set of procedural signals and punctuation signals, as well as Arabic numerals, the English alphabet, and some non-English letters as well.

There are a lot of interesting facts out there about morse code, and Morse Cody Day is certainly a good time to learn about them. For example, did you know that there is no distinction between the lower and upper case when using Morse code?

Moreover, Morse code was designed so that for every symbol, the length was roughly inverse to how frequently the character appeared in the English dictionary. For example “E” is the most common language within the English alphabet. So, based on the notion mentioned, “E” is going to have the smallest signal, and it does; it is simply a dot.

History Of Morse Code Day

The year was 1836, and Samuel F.B. Morse was working on something with a pair of compatriots that would utterly change the way the world transmitted information. What they would develop would be the device and technology that would drive communication until the radio finally became fully developed years later. Even then, radio was often used to transmit Morse Code over long distances, as even weak signals could often carry a comprehensible message in Morse code. It also has the distinction of being a coded language that a human with the right experience can translate by ear, at speed, without a decoder.

While it was developed for English, the alphabet has frequently been modified for other languages, making its reach and use universal in nature. From then it has found its way into Aviation, Amateur Radio, and can even be transmitted by flashing lights, as any fan of media can tell you. Mirrors, flashlights, even bright spotlights have all been used to transmit information in this amazing and diverse codebase. Perhaps the most amazing and unexpected use of this language is to help those with disabilities be able to communicate through simple tapping, or even through a simple skin buzzer. It truly is powerful and adaptive.

How to celebrate Morse Code Day

Morse Code Day makes for a great opportunity to add an unusual and interesting method of communicating to repertoire. You can share notes with your friends on pages filled with dots and dashes, you can even send them via your digital devices. Leave messages on a cake or flash each other notes with mirrors across schoolyards and workplaces. However you celebrate it, give yourself a chance to find new ways to communicate by adding a little Morse code to your life!

One of the best things to do on Morse Code Day is to learn more about Morse code! This should not be too difficult to do when you consider all of the information that is on the Internet today. All you need to do is a quick search and you will be able to find out more about the history of Morse code, as well as learning how to use it yourself. Why not learn your name in Morse code? There are Morse code charts available online, so you can use these to figure out what your name would be.

If you have decided that you are going to use this day to get familiar with Morse code, there are a number of steps you can take to advance your learning. The first thing that you need to do is get familiar with the code. You can download it online and study it in your spare time. Needless to say, you are going to need to listen to Morse code if you are going to learn it effectively. There are numerous sources online that make it free and easy to download some Morse code MP3 clips. You should listen to these clips and test yourself to determine whether or not there are any letters that you can decipher.

You will also find that there are a lot of help and guidance articles online that can assist you in terms of getting to grips with Morse code. One of the most effective methods of making Morse code memorization easier is by knowing how many characters are within each letter so that you can narrow down your search when you receive a message in Morse code. You may think that no one is going to message you in this way, but you’d be surprised. You never know how many people are celebrating Morse Code day and getting in on the action!

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