rodney w. bidinger (rwbidin@ALW.NIH.GOV)
Tue, 3 Jun 1997 07:58:29 -0400
After having read the numerous posts on Signalling and Morse Code, with
a wide variety of answers, I had to give my .02 worth. For one thing,
Morse Code is far from dead and buried. I recently (April 1995) from
the U.S Air Force after a 20 year career in the 207X1 career field.
What field do you say. A 207X1 is a Morse Systems Operator. In other
words, I listened to Morse Code as an Air Force Specialty. I originally
learned Morse Code while in scouts as a youth and it stuck with me. In
this day of austere budget restraints, most countries can not afford the
expensive advanced communications equipment. Which at certain times is
not too reliable. But good ole Morse Code is "cheap" and is the most
reliable form of long distance communication still on this earth. It
is not affected by as many of the frequency interferences and phenomena
as the other "more advanced" forms. It is also very mobile and without
getting into classified information, there are many more countries using
Morse Code than the average person could imagine. Morse Code won't
disappear. We do need to keep the Signalling Merit Badge or we could
lose another one of the "art forms" so to speak that we keep losing.
Thanks for listening.
Yours In Scouting,
Rod Bidinger, USAF, Ret.
Cubmaster, Pack 1111, Baltimore Area Council
Eagle Scout, Class of 1969, Detroit Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City