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Morse code is a method used in telecommunication to encode words as standardized sequences of two different signal durations, called dots and dashes. Morse code is named like that because of Samuel Morse, an inventor of the telegraph.

One of the most common ways to communicate with this code is by the use of the telegraph sounder, which communicates pulses of electricity through machines, no voice or text.

Morse code was first used in 1844, and the technique has been maintained in modern days in Aviation and Aeronautical fields where radio communication is still vital.

The language is composed of 36 different characters which are established by different sounds, different beats, and also different rhythms, all made by two different symbols which are dots and dashes.

One dot is the smallest one-time unit, and a dash is equivalent to a pulse of three-time units. You can actually change the word LOW for ENEMY by just changing the timing between dots and dashes.

Another important fact is the silences between the symbols called spaces. There are three different kinds of spaces. First, the ones that separate the dots and dashes in the same letter, which correspond to one-time units. Second, the space for separating different letters which should be of three-time units. And for last, the space between the words, which is seven-time units.

There are fun facts about spacing’s timing and which show the importance of the rule. For example, you could change the understanding from WE GOT HERE to WE GO THERE depending on the timing of the silence between the pulses could transform the communication.

Of course, everything that needs rhythms needs to be calibrated and adjusted, especially the key, which is the part that you click.

This is crucial, so the message won’t be heard short, skipped, or erratic. Also, the gap has to be regulated to avoid the confusion between dots and dashes with an eco or irregular sound.