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).
Calling all like
This is how
tech mech blows
Fast in fades out
The only constant
And so it goes
_ . _._. ….
_ _ . _._. ….
_ ._. .._ _ ….
_._. _ _._
._.. .. _._ . … _ _ _ .._ ._.. …
_ …. .. … ..
… …. _ _ _ ._ _
_ . _._. ….
_ _ . _._. …. _... ._.. _ _ _ ._ _ …
.._. ._ … _
.. _. .._. ._ _.. . … _ _ _ .._ _
_ …. . _ _ _
_. ._.. _._ _ _._. _ _ _ _. … _ ._ _. _
.. … _._. …. ._ _. _ _. .
_._ _ _ _ _ .._ _._ _.
_ _ _ ._ _
._ _. _.. … _
_ _ .. _ _ _. _ _ _ . …
…._ … …_ ….
.._ _ _ _ _ _ _
_ ._ _ _ _ …_ _
Copyright © Jack Gibson 2013
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“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.