What did Beethoven do for Ham Radio?

You may not be a classical music fan but you’re probably familiar with the opening bar of his 5th symphony: “dididit dah”. Let that go around in your head a few times. There, now you know the letter V in Morse Code!

Now add the simplest letter of them all, E. It’s just a “dit” in Morse. Hey, now you know VE. Now add a “dah” to Beethoven’s famous V and you’ve got yourself a 3. Now you know VE3 already.

Ah, but what if you have a VA3 callsign? No problem, just add a “dah” to the E and you have yourself an A.

Everyone knows SOS; it’s 3 “dits”, 3 “dahs”, 3 “dits”. So now you’ve learned 6 letters and that’s nearly a quarter of the whole alphabet.

Footnote: Music and Morse Code have one very important thing in common – rhythym! Just ask country music singer Johnny Cash. Ok, you can’t; he is singing with the choir invisible (the poetic version, not the band of the same name). Johnny Cash was not only a talented musician but an outstandingly good radio telegraphy operator during his time in the military.

Thanks Ludwig!

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