Seascout-Net Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Something else with absolutely nothing to do with Sea Scouts
Re: Something else with absolutely nothing to do with Sea Scouts
Mon, 1 Feb 1999 22:30:05 EST
To those of you with nothing else to do
and who are doing it with Sea Scouts (or something like that):
Morse code may no longer be required for radio transmissions at sea in most
places, but it is still used for blinking light communications -- naval,
merchant convoys, etc.-- and is required of naval aviators (when your radio is
out it is hard to yell to the ground or ships or other planes from an
airplane) who flash their lights and some diving specialties (yelling
underwater* is out of the question when electronic communications gear gives
out) who bang their knifes or wrenches on any nearby steel.
Sea Scout radio gear will always work however, so this comment is really not
very important to Sea Scouts. Indeed it has nothing whatever to do with Sea
Scouting other than it is being discussed on this net on which Sea Scout
people are communicating about communications at sea, but not by means of
Morse Code but via the Internet which will never fail any one of us
ever...like, well, an EPIRB.
Personally when my EPIRB gets activated, as a back up I am also going to write
the word "help" in several languages on a piece of paper and toss the paper
over in an empty bottle of Grey's Poupon. You can never be sure what is
wasted time and what isn't.
Sea Scout Ship 101 Viking
"We sail to the ends of the Earth."
*I have however seen it attempted. The diver's facial color is really the
basic means of communication, except on night dives. Then it is the presence
of excessive bubbles.
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