Most of us
boy-scouts or radio enthusiasts had at one point in time
some experience of the morse code. My own Grand-Father was
a ham radio before last world war, and of course did quite
some traffic on the short waves length before it was even
thought about cellular phones. That's how I discovered
Morse code, when still a kid, in the mysterious
environment of wireless communication contraptions, at the
same time others kept pet bull-frogs. From our remote
corner of France (St Leonard de Noblat, near Limoges), we
waited until midnight to contact America, and I stood
shivering of excitation and sense of epic behind my Grand
Father shoulder while he was talking to that mythical
remote country over the ocean...
computer user should be ever so thankful to all these
pioneers, who created the very first network of free
electronic speech, much before our current Internet.
Before Cyberspace, was a warm, cheerful and picturesque
world of large aerials, ground poles and tickers, which
linked individuals around the world. And, no doubt, if
these radio-loonies (they where not yet computer freaks)
had not spent years painfully tuning their tubes,
adjustable coils and variable capacitors, much of modern
satellite communication might be much less efficient. SSB
and other techniques where invented by ham enthusiasts,
even if nowadays engineers have no idea it was the case.
So, when my
electronic friend Gary asked me over e-mail for a Morse
Code font, I thought already dozens of them where
available across the ham community. It does not seem to be
the case. So, here is my contribution to the communicating
people of the wireless world.