ham radio http://kalw.org en Before Chatroulette, there was ham radio http://kalw.org/post/chatroulette-there-was-ham-radio <p>As you read this, a dead language is flying through the air all around you -- at least, it&rsquo;s dead for most official uses. It&rsquo;s the Morse code, a binary digital system that dates back to the 1850s. Among its primary users today are amateur radio operators, better known as hams. I am one of these and am proud to say I&rsquo;m fluent in Morse. I was texting way, way before it was cool.</p><p>Ham radio is a pastime dating back more than a century.&nbsp;Hobbyists built transmitting and receiving equipment long before radio stations, such as KALW, went on the air.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 01:35:44 +0000 Mike Meenan 14448 at http://kalw.org Before Chatroulette, there was ham radio