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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Morse Code still relevant

- The Washington Times - Monday, May 13, 2013

Certain assertions in Randolph J. May's piece on the new FCC nominee may be a bit premature ("A historian for the FCC," Commentary, May 10). Specifically, Mr. May has relegated Samuel F.B. Morse's venerable Morse Code to the history books. The fact is, Morse code is still in wide use throughout the world.

It is true that most commercial, maritime and military users have either retired this communications mode or relegated it to a closeted backup. However, thousands upon thousands of licensed amateur radio operators throughout the world use this very basic mode of communication on a daily basis. At any particular time — the sun being cooperative, of course — one may talk around the world in a truly common language using Morse Code. Perhaps Morse's first telegram, "What hath God wrought," was more prophetic that he could imagine. His brainchild yet endures.

DORAN S. PLATT III

Monrovia, Md.

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