Morse code has been in use since 1836. The telegraph was the first device to send messages using electricity. Telegraph messages were sent by tapping out a special code for each letter of the message with a telegraph key. The telegraph changed the dots and dashes of this code into electrical impulses and transmitted them over telegraph wires. A telegraph receiver on the other end of the wire converted the electrical impulses to dots and dashes on a paper tape. Later, this code became universal and is now known as Morse Code.
This was the device that the cubs built using a battery, a key, and a light bulb. All the leaders joined the youth on the floor to assemble the kits. After the program all received a comic book “Archie” with an amateur radio theme, provided by the ARRL.
They were then introduced to amateur radio by the guests Worth Chisholm, VE3BTC, Dietmar Fichter, VE3CG and Bill Park, VE3WMP who had set up 3 radio stations in the basement of the Sparta Community Center, The meeting place of the Sparta Scouting Group. They sent messages to Dave Tilley VA3TD in Port Stanley and Mike Lukasik VA3MD. My apologies if I have forgotten others that they contacted. They also were shown several Morse code keys that Bill Park had brought along. The use of the word “amateur” is not entirely correct. Most “amateur” radio operators are anything but amateur. They are professional and skilled communicators. The reason for the word amateur is that we cannot accept payment for our services.
Bill Bynsdorp VE3SRH