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Morse code marks 175 years and counting

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The first message sent by Morse code’s dots and dashes across a long distance traveled from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore on Friday, May 24, 1844 – 175 years ago. It signaled the first time in human history that complex thoughts could be communicated at long distances almost instantaneously. Until then, people had to have face-to-face conversations; send coded messages through drums, smoke signals and semaphore systems; or read printed words.

Thanks to Samuel F.B. Morse, communication changed rapidly, and has been changing ever faster since. He invented the electric telegraph in 1832. It took six more years for him to standardize a code for communicating over telegraph wires. In 1843, Congress gave him US$30,000 to string wires between the nation’s capital and nearby Baltimore. When the line was completed, he conducted a public demonstration of long-distance communication.

https://theconversation.com/simply-elegant-morse-code-marks-175-years-and-counting-117069?

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/morse-code-celebrates-175-years-and-counting-180972248/

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I am one of those obsolete Radio Hams that actually knows Morse Code, and I have visited the transatlantic station at Poldhu.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/marconi-on-the-lizard

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