Humans have been attempting to communicate across distances for a very, very long time—far before we even considered the potential of the cellphone. That is a morse code if you were alive in the 1850s or are a modern amateur radio operator. This form of communication was once essential to keeping things moving around the world.
Morse first created an encryption code that was comparable to the semaphore telegraphs that were already in use. It involved allocating three- or four-digit numbers to the words and entering them into a codebook. Words were transformed into these number groups by the sending operator. Using this codebook, the receiving operator changed them back to words. The creation of this code dictionary took Morse several months.
It was employed during the world wars to transmit widespread public messages. It might be used to send mail across continents. In a sense, texting was developed before Morse code.
We examine the Morse Code’s mechanisms and history in great detail in this extensive article.
What is the Morse Code? The Inventor Behind Morse Code:
There are two systems that are referred to as Morse codes. Morse Code uses a combination of dots, dashes, and spaces to represent alphabetic characters, numbers, and punctuation. The codes are sent as varying-length electrical pulses or similar mechanical or visual signals. The first, the “American” Morse Code, and the second, later, widely used International Morse Code are the two codes.
American artist and inventor Samuel F.B. Morse created one of the Morse code systems in the 1830s for electrical telegraphy in the United States. In order to accommodate letters with diacritical markings, a meeting of European nations developed a variation known as the International Morse Code in 1851.
How does Morse code work?
All letters in the International Morse Code are represented by combinations of dots and short dashes. The International Morse Code also substitutes constant-length dashes for the variable-length dashes used in the first Morse Code. For instance, three dots, three dashes, and three dots are used to express the universal distress signal “SOS”—three dots standing in for the letter “S” and three dashes for the letter “O.”