Jack Gibson



 
Introduction to poem
Tech Mech Truth
 


Photo by Jack Gibson



A few months ago I was thinking about how rapidly some technology and technology mechanization (“tech mech”) changes are occurring. One of the “tech mech” systems that is passing by and away is Morse Code Telegraphy. It’s been around for 177 years and near the mid 20th Century it was the most widespread long distance communications system over wires and by radio transmissions. It is now out of use for worldwide communications, but it’s not completely dead as a few special interest groups still use it. One of those groups is the licensed Amateur Radio (Ham) Operators community, of which I am an active member and one who still uses Morse.

Thinking about the fate of Morse Code and how new technology had rather recently replaced it, I wrote a short poem about the general situation and called it Tech Mech Truth. Then I rewrote it in Morse Code characters as a tribute to the long ago inventor, Samuel Morse. If you are not familiar with this, here are a few Morse Code characters as they appear on computer paper; _ _._ for letter Q, .... for letter H, _._. for C, ...._ for a 4.

When you look at the poem in English and in Morse characters (dots, dashes, and spaces), you can see that they are in the identical line, letter, and word format. Two items to note: 1) the first two letters of the Morse text (not title) are the letters CQ, which is code within the code, meaning Calling All; 2) the name at the end, W4SVH, is my radio station call letters which are easily identifiable with my name worldwide ( just Google it).

 

Tech  Mech

Truth

 

Calling  all  like  souls

This  is  how

tech  mech  blows

Fast  in  fades  out

The  only  constant

                                                  is  change

                                                       you  know

And  so  it  goes

 

                     W4SVH

                                         2013                    

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.._.  ._  …  _      ..  _.      .._.  ._   _..  .  …       _ _ _  .._  _

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Copyright © Jack Gibson 2013


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John S. “Jack” Gibson is a retired aircraft engineer & manager who grew up in central Florida in a family of English Professors; and is married to one now. He graduated from Florida’s Stetson University, served a few years as an Army Officer, and had a long career with the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation near Atlanta, GA. Jack is an amateur radio (Ham) operator, scuba diver, photographer, and Stetson Advisory Board member. He also writes magazine articles on military and related history subjects as well as short humorous photo articles about the antics of the several family cats. Jack and wife Carol live in Hideaway, Texas.