If you have kids with the super power of texting faster than lightning, why not see how fast they are with this ancient form of “texting” – Morse Code. January 11th, Write your Name in Morse Code Day, is set aside to help preserve the history of Morse Code and it’s importance to society.
Morse Code, the telegraph and “texting”
Morse Code was invented by Samuel Morse and is a series of “dots and dashes”. The dots and dashes are encoded text characters, considered the forerunner to email, text messages and other near-instant messaging used today.
Mr. Morse was not alone in his work. Two other inventors are also credited with it’s invention: Samuel F. B. Morse, Physicist Joseph Henry, and Alfred Vail, all worked together to produce the system we now call Morse Code. They held the first demonstration of it’s use with the telegraph on January 11th, the day we now celebrate as: Write Your Name in Morse Code Day.
The electric telegraph invented by David Alter in 1836 went largely unnoticed. He is however credited with inventing the telegraph. We can only assume, communication was slow and perhaps no one got the message….. (get it ha ha no one got the message.. Ok I’ll stop.)
Samuel Morse and his associates developed what is now the Morse Telegraph just a year later. At the time, the electric telegraph transmitted text messages by electric pulses. The three inventors intended for their system (Morse Code) to be much more efficient than it became at the time. In fact, in 1841 a system was developed that would have allowed Morse Code to be translated directly into letters at the receiving end, but strangely enough, that system never caught on.
Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day
Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day was created by another “Holiday Lover” Brownielocks. Brownielocks is concerned because Morse Code is no longer a requirement for the Ham Radio operators license. The possibility that Morse Code will soon become an obsolete method of communication therefore exists. Brownielocks (and Homeschool Holiday!) recognize the historical value as well as the educational importance of learning Morse Code, therefore celebrating Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day is a reason to celebrate for certain!
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