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May 5, 2010

He can’t even get the BEEPING alphabet right!

Filed under: Ham Radio,Humor — Tags: , , — Marcus @ 11:48 am

As I have mentioned earlier on the blog, I am learning Morse code.  I have now progressed to the point where I know the whole alphabet and am now practicing sending code using my ham radio.  However for the most part I am not actually transmitting when I am practicing.  With that in mind here is a converstation I had with Meagan last night after I got done with my Morse code practice:

Me: So I started sending the alphabet over and over on my radio tonight, I think it will be  a good way to make sure I really know all the letters.

Meagan: … Blank Look …

Me: I think after I get comfortable with sending the alphabet I might just start sending random articles out of some of my magazines, that will be more like regular conversation and would also be good practice.

Meagan: (Slowly) So you are transmitting the alphabet over and over?  Isn’t there like some ham radio operator losing his mind listening to you?

Me:

Me: Oh, no, I am not actually transmitting, I am just running it through my radio.

Meagan: Oh, good.  I can just see some ham radio guy screaming at his radios as they hear you transmit the alphabet for the n’th time, “He can’t even get the BEEPING (get it, beeping? its morse code) alphabet right!”

So after we got that worked out we had a bit of fun imagining what people would have thought if I had actually been transmitting, here are some of the highlights:

  1. I would probably single handed kill off Morse code as the operators listening wouldn’t be able to take it.
  2. Somehow I would end up transmitting the alphabet by sound instead of the actual correct dit’s and dah’s (think dah, dah, dit, dit, dah, dah, dah, dit, dah, dit, dah….).  Yeah you are running out screaming now too right?
  3. I would get a ton of people replying to my transmitting hoping they could just shut me up.

Anyways, Morse code practice is going good, but I better double check to make sure I am not actually transmitting…

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