As you recall, ZedNet is operational. More HERE. We should figure out some schedules.
In a rather lackadaisical way I’ve put my toes into the waters of Morse Code. I find it fascinating and would like to do CW, maybe QRP, but I just haven’t put in the effort.
There are also quite a few codes or abbreviations that ham radio operators use to tighten up their contacts. An example would be QRZ, meaning, “Who is calling?” or QTH “What is your location?” or “My location is…” QRP means that you are operating at low power, such as 5 watts.
In addition, there are some other conventions in use. For example, from old telegraph wire signals, hams use 73 at the end for “Best regards” used at the end of contacts and, used judiciously, 88 for “love and kisses”. Also, “es” is a way of writing & (ampersand).
I learned of a story that moved me to work a little harder. It is an application of Morse Code and Q codes that I hadn’t considered.
Once upon a time, a member of a radio club was in his final hours in a nursing home. He couldn’t talk anymore, but he and his wife communicated using Morse Code.
The dying man made his last “contact” with his wife who was holding his hand as he died. His last transmission, made by squeezing his wife’s hand was…
– -… …- – . … – – -.. – – -..
73 es 88
I just now thought of another situation in which Morse Code was useful. Fathers, remember this.
Do you remember the story of Jeremiah Denton? He was Navy pilot and POW at the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. At one point his savage captors put him on TV and interviewed him as propaganda. During that presser, he blinked in Morse Code T-O-R-T-U-R-E.
Who knows what the future holds for priests and bishops. It could be that a future regime will round us up and parade us in front of the public. We might even be – who knows? – sequestered in a garden monastery with handlers who closely restrict access to us. If that ever happens to me, watch my eyes or hands.