What would we do without telecom?

Today, 17th May is World Telecommunication Day. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union in 1865.

can or cup phone pic
Can/cup phone from our childhood days (Pic received as a Whatsapp forward)

My first introduction to telecommunications was in the early 1970s, and no it was not the telephone. It was my uncle Sangunni who had this shack in the backroom of his house, tapping _ . _ .  _ _ . _  (CQ) on the morse code transmitter-receiver. The room was filled with a lot of other equipment that he would keep fiddling with and he used it to talk to people all over the world. HAM radio (amateur radio) it was! Many years later I got my amateur radio licence too and still have it to this day. Continue reading