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    Who says it is out of date?

    Here is an interesting demonstration of how an 'old' technology can still beat a new technology.

    Morse Code Vs. Texting
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    Re: Who says it is out of date?

    That's absolutely hilarious, thanks for sharing!

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    Re: Who says it is out of date?

    Glad you liked it Big Al. I love the reaction of the young guy sitting next to the receiver!

    I remember when, as a cub scout, mastering morse code was a requirement, sadly, by the time my son became one it wasn't anywhere in the book. I am always amazed at how quick we (read "our society") are to discard things considered old and out dated.

    Ah well excuse me while I toddle off into the sunset.
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    Re: Who says it is out of date?

    You too, huh? I got my first and only "taste" of morse code as a boy scout and will always remember it! I could never transmit very well but I learned to listen and do pretty well. Never earned any merit badges for the topic though. It just goes to show that the thumb isn't so powerful after all!

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    Re: Who says it is out of date?

    Big Al,

    We would have made a good pair. I was never really good at listening but I did a fair job at sending. I found that I worked best with my index finger and not my thumb. Much to my Den Leaders chagrin, he was a stickler for form and procedure

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    Re: Who says it is out of date?

    That would have been a lot easier to translate if you had provide it already translated, so to speak!

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    Re: Who says it is out of date?

    My first experience with Mores code was before my time in the Boy Scouts.

    I was a Junior Sea Cadet up until I was eleven and then joined the Scouts.

    We as Sea Cadets not only had to learn the code but had to build our own key and receiver sets.

    It was nothing elaborate.

    Just made out of wood from old apple, orange etc. crates, batteries, tin cans and a very long piece of double weaved doorbell wire.

    I never forgot my Morse code, and when I joined the Army in sixty it came in handy when I was asked to try for a Crypto Clearance.

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    Have fun.

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    Re: Who says it is out of date?

    Catz

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    Re: Who says it is out of date?

    I know that now, but it is many years since I used morse code regularly and it took me a while to get there.

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    Re: Who says it is out of date?

    Computers and all their great software are amazing.
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    Re: Who says it is out of date?

    That "old" technology is still to modern for us really old folks who had to learn this in our scouting days. I sincerely doubt my arms could operate today as fast as they did back then. Of course eye-sight had to be good on the receiving end!!! <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35> <img src=/S/surrender.gif border=0 alt=surrender width=31 height=23> <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35> <img src=/S/surrender.gif border=0 alt=surrender width=31 height=23> <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35> <img src=/S/surrender.gif border=0 alt=surrender width=31 height=23> <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35> <img src=/S/surrender.gif border=0 alt=surrender width=31 height=23>

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    Re: Who says it is out of date?

    Wow, I'm impressed! I thought only Navy guys learned semaphore.

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    Re: Who says it is out of date?

    Need I say more... <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Who says it is out of date?

    Oooh, that brings a tug to my heart strings, to see a pack rat who's saved something that precious. I was just taking a little kidding recently about the Catholic Altar Boy book I have that was given to me by my aunt when her son, my cousin, was killed on Guadalcanal in WWII. She gave the little book to me when I first started to be an altar boy.

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    Re: Who says it is out of date?

    The Tenderfoot to King's Scout book was passed on to me by my patrol leader in 1951. You can see from the attached that it was an expensive book. Money being tight in those days set the tradition that it was to be passed on to a cub entering the scout troop in a passing-up ceremony.

    I still have the book today because King George VI died in 1952 and when the current queen, Queen Elizabeth II took over the reign in 1952, the book became outdated. It was re-issued as Tenderfoot to Queen's Scout. So the old book, still in excellent shape, remains in my bookcase. Do I still have my Tenderfoot to Queen's Scout book? Nope. As a patrol leader in 1955 it was my duty to pass it on to another upcoming cub.... my brother.

    Now, where did I put my Anglican Altar Boy's book? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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