93-year-old WWII Veteran Still Taps out Morse Code

Radio amateur Merle Taylor VE1VCI, 93, still practices Morse code in her basement outside Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Taylor learned Morse code at 20 when she signed up to help Canada and the war effort. Her war-time job was to teach it to the pilots through the British Commonwealth Air Training plan.

There were 59 airbases built across Canada to accommodate the boys from England, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Canada. It was that group of boys that I taught Morse code to,

Taylor said while sitting in her basement outside Antigonish — where she still taps out Morse code."It's a signal that will get through because of the sharpness where a voice couldn't.

And the other thing is you could send a secret message.

"Taylor has a network of people, mostly in Europe and eastern North America where the signal is carried the strongest, with whom she "chats" with using the old technology three times a week."

People say it's obsolete, it's really not," said Taylor."I have a lot of fun with this."

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