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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 08/26/2009 00:09:54 EDT
Subject: RE: Readying Our Lines for 150th Series

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Not my call, but here are two thoughts: The first generation old-timers claim to have preferred the four-element. (I consider it to have been more "graceful" in execution than the more mechanical two-element. Might also have been slightly more difficult to intercept.)

I have had a little fun and gotten good audience reaction in likening the two-element to binary code used by electronic computers ... and suggesting that Myer was prescient -- foresighted -- in using it!

It's great to know that at least one unit (NY) can demonstrate the four-elem (all should be able to), but it seems to me the two-element is easier for the layman to grasp. (And for those who care, it was the basis for our first joint service -- army-navy -- commo code, Myer's GenSer code.) How about the left-right motions to represent 1-2 or 2-1? And which version of the 1860s code (or modern International Morse equivalents, as long carried in the old Army and Boy Scout manuals)?

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