5 Advantages and Disadvantages of Morse Code

The Morse code is a method used to transform information into text into a series of lights, clicks, or on-off tones. The receiver does not have any necessary equipment to decode the code, but must have the skill and experience to decipher the code. This code gets its name after the telegraph inventor, Samuel F. B. Morse.

The International Morse Code incorporates ISO basic Latin alphabet with some extra Latin letters. It also includes Arabic numerals with a small set of dashes and dots. The composition of the code is to allow for the incorporation of other languages apart from English that uses more than the 26 Roman letters.

Advantages of Morse Code

In the modern age, the Morse code is still as relevant as it was in the days of old. Here are the advantages of Morse code.

1. Cheap
Use of the Morse code is a cheaper way to send information over long distances. For over 150 years since information transmits easily over longer distance via radio waves in an easy and cheap way.

2. Wireless
The lack of wires has made the application of Morse code diverse since it is silently sent and received at any desirable speed. Its wireless nature makes Morse code receivable though any visible means.

Disadvantages of Morse Code

During the war, the Morse code got widely applied in the World Wars to ensure that neither side could decipher their secrets. Below are some of the other disadvantages of Morse Code.

1. Learning the Morse Code
The Morse code is not an easy concept to understand and it is largely a reserve of a few radio programmers. The concept is not easy to learn either and the machines are in scarcity in the modern age. It is also tough to apply in the modern era that is

2. Time Consuming
Sending and decoding of the Morse code is time consuming and it is the reason many people put it off. When the transmission of information is at high speeds, the

3. Interruption
The Morse code is easy to intercept and it is no longer a reliable option compared to the recent technological inventions. Better technologies are in a position to provide better channels of passing information.

Morse code application spans through the aviation industry, amateur radio and a host of other uses in the past. In assistive technology, Morse code is also helping people with disabilities like deafness, motion disability, to communicate.

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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.