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Community Has Unique Ties To Morse Code, Arctic Cat

 

September 1, 2021

Graphic Courtesy Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc.

This artist's rendering shows a landside exterior view of the proposed new freight facility at Thief River Falls.

When the telegraph put the Pony Express out of business, Morse Code was the medium for transmitting electronic messages. Later it was used by ship's radio operators and then by aircraft.

Until the early 1950s, a radio operator and telegraph key flew on many international flights. Amateur Radio (or Ham) was the last stronghold

of Morse Code and Ham operators were required to be proficient as recently as 2002.

Aviation is the vestigial user of Morse Code where navigation aids still broadcast their identifier in code and voice. For example, dash, dot dot dot dash, dot dot dash dot translate...



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