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Morse Code

While not frequently used in today’s world, I believe Morse code is a nice “old” skill to know for survival purpose or to be employed as an assistive technology. Please read about it below.

Excerpt from Wikipedia:

Morse code’ is a type of character encoding that transmits telegraphic information using rhythm. Morse code uses a standardized sequences of short and long elements to represent the letters, numerals, punctuation and special characters of a given message. The short and long elements can be formed by sounds, marks, or pulses, in on off keying and are commonly known as “dots” and “dashes” or “dits” and “dahs”. The speed of telecommunication transmission is often measured in baud. However, in the case of Morse code, it is measured as WPM speed.

Excerpt from Scouting Resources:

In Morse code, timing is important to ensure that a coherent message is received. The actual length of a dot can be as long as you like, but obviously it should be short enough that messages can be sent quickly and long enough to be heard over great distances. Once this standard unit of time has been established, a dash should last three times as long as a dot. The pause between individual dots and dashes should take as long as a single dot, the pause between two characters should take as long as a dash and the pause between two words should be twice as long as a dash (six times as long as a dot).

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15 Essential Scouting Skills

Happened to read some useful “essential” scouting skills in the Scouting Magazine Online. I thought some of them are quite true and worth highlighting so here it is.

9. Know the safe way to go night hiking

It’s easy to lose sight of each other, so it’s vital that the group stays together and goes at the pace of the slowest member. Listen out for hazards and make regular voice contact with each other. Use the pavement if there is one or walk on the right-hand side of the road. Approach right-hand bends with caution and walk no more than two abreast single file when there is an oncoming vehicle. Let the driver know you are there; your group should have two torches one at the front and one at the back but be careful not to aim the beam directly at the driver. Finally, wear light reflective clothing; ideally a jacket for the people at the front and back, with a reflective arm-band for each member of the party.

Click here for the link to the full article OR the PDF archive that I have saved.

Note: The article is written under UK context, so some points might not be relevant in Singapore. Also, I have saved a PDF archive as I don’t trust links that are using IP address (87.127.227.195 in this case) as you never know when the link will be broken.