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Morse code has an amazing 175-year history, and is still used in the digital age

The first message sent by Morse code was in 1844. Image: REUTERS/HBF/Peter Lechner

Eddie King

Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering, , University of South Carolina

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Samuel F.B. Morse’s own handwritten record of the first Morse code message ever sent, on May 24, 1844. Image: Library of Congress
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Samuel F.B. Morse. Image: Library of Congress
The arrow points at the chart label indicating the Morse code equivalent to the ‘BAL’ signal for a radio beacon near Baltimore. Image: Edited screenshot of an FAA map, CC BY-ND

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