ARLA/CLUSTER: Radioamador veterano da II Gerra Mundial com 93 anos continua a praticar código morse

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Quinta-Feira, 22 de Novembro de 2018 - 13:28:59 WET

93-year-old WWII veteran still taps out Morse code

CBC News reports radio amateur Merle Taylor VE1VCI, 93, still
practices Morse code in her basement outside Antigonish, Nova Scotia

We might live in a world where knowing how to write code is gold, but
for 93-year-old Merle Taylor there is only one code: Morse code.

Taylor learned Morse code at 20 when she signed up to help Canada and
the war effort. Her war-time job was to teach it to the pilots through
the British Commonwealth Air Training plan.

"There were 59 airbases built across Canada to accommodate the boys
from England, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. It
was that group of boys that I taught Morse code to," Taylor said while
sitting in her basement outside Antigonish — where she still taps out
Morse code.

"It's a signal that will get through because of the sharpness where a
voice couldn't. And the other thing is you could send a secret

Taylor has a network of people, mostly in Europe and eastern North
America where the signal is carried the strongest, with whom she
"chats" with using the old technology three times a week.

"People say it's obsolete, it's really not," said Taylor.

"I have a lot of fun with this."

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