I’ve always been fascinated by Morse Code-the series of dots and dashes (or dits and dahs) that represent the letters of the alphabet in coded form. It was formulated by Samuel F. B. Morse in 1836.
Every time I’ve listened to a message being transmitted in Morse code, I’m amazed. It seems like it would be difficult not only to memorize all of the various combinations for letters-and numbers and punctuation marks as well-but then be able to both send, and understand a message too. At a high rate of speed no less.
I learned that during World War II some of the Morse Code receivers were so skilled that they could tell who a sender was just by the small variations in how the dots and dashes were transmitted! Now did Pete have to learn Morse Code? I have his report cards from his early days of training in the Navy, and while I didn’t see any grades for a Morse Code course, he did receive pretty low marks in penmanship. Perhaps he would have benefitted from learning Morse Code after all!
Below is a chart of the Morse Code representations for the alphabet, numbers, and punctuation.
I thought it might be fun to make a Morse Code necklace out of the odds and ends of vintage beads I’ve collected over the years.
Using the chart above, I’ve spelled out “Pete”.
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I used a textured bead as my “spacer” both before and after the “Pete”, and between each letter, too. The small jade colored beads are the dots, and the long black beads are the dashes. The rest of the length of the necklace is made up in small aqua and black beads. I think it turned out to be a very unusual and pretty piece of jewelry.
Here’s a link to a site where you can type in your name and listen to the way it sounds when transmitted in Morse Code.