Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Semaphore and Morse code
Re: Semaphore and Morse code
Wed, 21 Oct 1998 19:04:36 -0700
I guess that we should do away with building rope bridges, camp gadgets, and
using most of the woods tools. They too, are "technologies whose time has
passed." It's not the item taught, but the discipline involved in learning a new
skill. Teach away, and have fun!
Apple Valley District Commissioner
Jim McMaster wrote:
> The "ham radio operator" part is no longer true. I am studying for my
> license exam, and have found the most popular license is the "Technician
> No-Code", which does not require Morse code. According to some hams I know,
> there are still a very few die-hard old-time ham operators who use Morse, but
> they are finding it increasingly difficult to find anyone to talk to.
> Morse code and Semaphore are 19th-century technologies whose time has passed.
> I would rather teach Scouts something that might come in useful some day.
> Jim McMaster
> Scoutmaster, Troop 70, Longs Peak Council, BSA
> Boulder, CO, USA
> I used to be a Buffalo...