Morse code http://kalw.org en An Ode to Morse Code http://kalw.org/post/ode-morse-code <p></p><p></p><p>For nearly a hundred years, Morse Code was the official language of international communication for ships in distress. Then, at the end of the twentieth century, it officially went silent on the world&rsquo;s oceans, replaced by more modern technologies.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 04:28:50 +0000 Julie Caine 33255 at http://kalw.org An Ode to Morse Code 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