Morse Code on Tonight Show - Friday, May 13

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  1. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator QRZ Page

    Friday May 13th, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno will feature a message
    sending/receiving contest between a cell phone text messaging team and a
    morse code team. The morse code team will consist of Chip Margelli, K7JA
    and Ken Miller, K6CTW. The Tonight Show people called the store yesterday
    to see if we could come up with two fast morse operators. Chip and Ken do a
    lot of contests and DXpeditions. Joe Drago, props manager for the show is

    Here's a video clip of the performance:
  2. WD5KCA

    WD5KCA Ham Member QRZ Page

    It will be interesting to see how this contest plays out.

    If the morse is sent directly real time at even a modest speed of 15 wpm or more, it should win easily.

    If the morse is recorded and sent as an audio attachment to a phone message, it will lose.

    I think that they will do the former so I place my bet on morse...I heard it straight from the morse's mouth.
  3. N1MLF

    N1MLF Ham Member QRZ Page

    The CW took it!

    "I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance"
  4. KE4PJW

    KE4PJW Ham Member QRZ Page

  5. AB3AW

    AB3AW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Morse code kicks butt!  Way to go guys!  I only wish I was good enough to copy what he was sending! [​IMG]
  6. WL7JJ

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    It was nice, sure surprised everyone on the set.
  7. KY5U

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    Morse kicked butt and the cell phone goobs were supposed to be the "world's fastest". I am concerned that what Amateur Radio gained by the demo they lost with the dorky outfits. All the same. Great job guys!

    I am glad they told everyone in the audience what the message was so the NCT's could hear too....LOL!!!
  8. N4LFJ

    N4LFJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great stuff! It was great to see amateur radio triumph over the latest technology. And they say the code is dead....

    de N4LFJ
  9. N4WO

    N4WO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I knew the CW would win. It takes time to send text messaging. CW is streight out. I am glad CW won.
    I operate CW 99% of the time and its nice to see ham radio and CW get some media attention.
  10. N5TJD

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    I was playing around with some magnets when I heard the morse code. It was sent nice and clean. I personally haven't used code yet in a conversation, but I listen to a few CW conversations from time to time. I understood the word "saved" pretty easily.

    The crowd was betting on the text messaging. My ear especially perked up when one of the guys mentioned the number of year he has been in Amateur Radio.
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