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Thread: Is Morse code still attractive ?

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Posted: 2017-05-13 01:57
Hi all!

I wanted to talk about something you might be interested with:
The presence of Morse code in video games.

Currently, many countries want to abolish Morse code requirement from their Amateur Radio licenses. One could think that the practical of cw is dropping, especially among the young.

However, since a couple of years, the new generation have been listening (or seeing) Morse code in their video games.

That is the case of Battlefield, a war game, which has been doing a “buzz” with a mystery quest, where the player has to listen several messages in Morse, as a clue for the rest of the quest.
Link: http://www.pcgamer.com/battlefield-1s-morse-code-puzzle-has-been-solved-but-the-mystery-is-only-beginning/

It has been imitated by call of duty, as a part of a quest. Nevertheless, the challenge was easier than battlefield’s one.
Link: (see Step #5) http://gameranx.com/features/id/103727/article/infinite-warfare-shaolin-shuffle-the-complete-easter-egg-guide/

In 2015, it was another successful game, Keep talking and nobody explodes, which used Morse code. In this game, you have to be at least two: one has a bomb and have to describe it to his friend, who has the defusal manual. One of the hardest task for the player is defusing the Morse module.
Link: A little video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FfYT5otjbE
The manual (Morse code in p13). http://bombmanual.github.io/english/

Eventually (with my examples), the post-apocalyptic game Fallout 3. Somewhere in the game, you can hear a signal. The cw is quicker than in the other game.
Link: A little video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW1oCNC2KQ4

Consequently, I think that Morse code is still attractive.

73 !

Posted: 2017-05-13 15:15

Main thing is that Morse code is a cultural heritage. Think of the days a century ago, that essential worldnews was crossing the Atlantic ocean with the speed of ships. We, radio amateurs, have to keep this cultural heritage alive.

Recently more sophisticated communication methods are possible with less signalpower in noise BUT those require computing and advanced equipment.

However when in distress cases , Morse code proficiency can save lives. Preppers learn Morse code for that reason.

Play station designers, this website, ham radio and scouting try to inspire the youth to learn the code, in order to prevent that it dies with the present matured generation.

Finally: You can communicate with Morse code with 1 watt input. Easy to home brew in an Altoid tin. with the same speed of communication (due to required spelling out in SSB) with 1 kilowatt input phone in the same antenna.

Hopefully this message is not deleted by the frustrated moderator G8TMV Colin Tuckley.

Posted: 2017-05-14 09:35
Have a listen at 00:40 - Morse code in Battlefield 1 sounds like this:


Posted: 2017-05-14 11:54
Plain text morse code in Battlefield 4 at 00:15

,, and here some more in QRS:

Posted: 2017-05-14 12:17
.. and one more

Posted: 2017-05-14 14:34

Morse is quiet useful for naughty younger nerds to communicate in class without the teacher hearing, by using 18KHz + sound frequencies above most teachers hearing range.

There might be a business opportunity there for a piezo squeaker, because you don't want to have your cellphone confiscated because you were caught using an app in the classroom, if some elderly nerdy teacher solders up a frequency shifter with a microphone.

I suppose brushup is too old for this sort of antic, but maybe there is some sort of cultural / agist protection for squeaking citizenry under EU or Dutch law which could start something off there, or maybe appeal to pd0ldb Lea's anarchist inclinations to not be shut up by the authorities.

In the UK nerds don't seem to have much to squeak about as I recall . . .


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