Friday, May 26, 2006

K

K is all business.

5 Comments:

Blogger Antagonous said...

but how do you send the message? I NEED to know.

6:01 am  
Blogger Lasse said...

YEAH!
We have a right to know!

4:41 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Super, thanks for asking!

The answer is: You use the telegraph.

The Morse telegraph sounder is basically an electromagnet with an armature that moves in concert with the current in the wire. As the armature moves back and forth it makes a clicking noise, once for the make of the key and once for the break of the key. A dot is distinguished from a dash by the duration between clicks.

Before the telegraph as we know it there was a mature signaling system based on communicating with semaphores.

These were large mechanical semaphores located in towers specifically constructed for the purpose of semaphore signaling, and located on a high spot on the terrain - usually about fifteen miles apart.

An operator would send a message by manipulating the controls of the semaphore. The operator on the next hill over would then copy the message and relay it to the next operator on the next hill, and so on and so forth. This proved especially valuable along the coasts to announce the arrival of ships to harbor masters.

The Semaphore system predates the Morse system by 100 years, and this system of signaling was also called The Telegraph.

The term Electromagnetic Telegraph was used in the mid 19th century and beyond to distinguish between the semaphore telegraph system and the wire telegraph system.

Questions?

6:08 pm  
Blogger Sara said...

She's just too cool for school.

11:23 pm  
Blogger Lasse said...

You seem to have missed the fine art of communication displyed in this picture by one of our beautiful friends from the animal kingdom: http://www.mar3ine.org/yelling.JPG
Apart from that thank you for this most interesting walk through.

6:06 pm  

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