Dit, dah, dit: Russia’s army still uses Morse code – Asia Times

Dit, dah, dit: Russia's army still uses Morse code - Asia Times

Modern warfare is rife with cutting-edge technologies, from AI to robots to hypersonic weapons, but Morse code, a tech that is more than a decade old, is also proving its worth.

The Russian government also uses the tempo streams of tones in the Ukraine conflict, which would be immediately recognizable to a railroad worker from more than 150 decades ago.

Even today, many people would be able to identify the characteristic sound of Morse code, in particular, the widely known pattern three short, three long, three short ( … – – – … ), forming the emergency signal SOS.

Russian bombers and ships from the Baltic Fleet are currently receiving marshall code messages from their power centers or shore-based headquarters.

The radio songs that amateur radio enthusiasts use are also rife with the sounds known as “dits” (. ) and “dahs” (-), or as dots and dashes by the wider community. Even spies also tune into the radio bands to watch spies listen to secret stations that broadcast Morse password.

So why is a technology developed in the first half of the 1800s still in use now?

First, a man who was a painter’s for a living was the inventor of morse code, not an engineer or modern wizard. What we now refer to as a teletype is the invention of Samuel Morse, a machine that receives and prints word onto paper.

Morse enlisted the help of the more manually inclined Alfred Vail, a carpenter, to work out the details. The first came up with the idea of using audio to present information, and he was the one who created the dots and dashes to reflect the code.

First, the sound was solely intended to be used to analyze a connection. Before much, Morse and Vail realized that the concept of publishing was impossible. By adding tone, nevertheless, they had stumbled upon a principle more beautiful and important than they could imagine.

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The tone of marshall code

The striking quality of Morse script is that it has a pattern when it is used in tone. Therefore, it shares common earth with music. In truth, it has been reported that those with artistic ability can pick up Morse more quickly.

Morse code likewise activates our capacity for pattern recognition by stimulating the innate human capacity for music. This ability has a tremendous ability to interpret messages even if they are insufficient because it is deeply embedded in our brains.

An expert Morse code technician can fill in the blanks caused by interference, bad welcome, sound or technology damage. In a neural feeling, Morse occupies a very unique market, which is analogous to “reading with the hearing” but where speaking and receiving resemble the act of speaking more than writing.

Morse code’s industrial simplicity is another impressive feature. Anyone who has basic technical abilities you construct their own receiver using common components.

The signal generated by a Morse transmitter is also sleek, using an extremely thin bandwidth of just 100- 150 hz ( common voice connections use 2, 500- 3, 000 watts ). This also translates to transmitters being able to use extremely thin filters and so effectively eliminate a lot of the ambient noise brought on by various forms of intervention.

Since it is so powerful, Morse just needs a minimum of power to journey considerable distances. As little as 78 megawatts, as demonstrated by aspiring radio lovers in 1956, you send power from Massachusetts to Denmark.

This is less than one-tenth of what a typical Lead lamp uses. A typical coffee maker that prepares the most popular morning latte uses more than a thousand times more energy.

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Morse password.

When weight people and Allied commandos used their compact Morse transceivers to maintain communication with London from deep inside German-occupied country, this mix of modern simplicity and efficiency was useful during the second world war.

Because the Germans were continually tuning into the airwaves, this was a very hazardous endeavor. Morese code offers no protection in and of itself, despite being unintelligible to the uneducated ear.

Today, even those without training can use software to decipher the contents of a message sent using Morse password. However, any message can be made secure by encrypting it before sending it, as proposed by Vail in 1845.

In reality, one of the most stable forms of encryption, the one- time plate, requires nothing more than pen and paper. In fact, a one- time sheet is a strange string of characters, at least since long as the message that is going to be encrypted.

The receiver uses a version of the same pad to interpret the message while the receiver uses his or her own plate to encrypt it ( there should only be two copies, and each should be destroyed immediately after employ ).

Even with the most cutting-edge technology, a pad can theoretically remain immovable if it is not reused ( although, certainly arbitrary sequences of characters are challenging to produce ).

Nothing can rival the unmatched mixture of simplicity and efficiency that has allowed Morse code to live for more than 150 times, despite the more modern, more effective modern modes of communication.

Tony Ingesson, Assistant Professor in Political Science, Lund University

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