This is a w5rrr groups.io repost with permission from George AD5CQ. George’s docent work at the Fort Bend festival was generously provided in hopes of sharing the history of early day’s communications using morse code. And of course, to “spark” interest with inquisitive minds along the way. This is the second year George donated his time and effort to support this historic insight event of the 1800’s.
Texian Market Days is an annual celebration of Texas history that includes costumed historical interpreters and volunteers presenting vignettes of daily lives and heroic moments from the early days in Stephen F. Austin’s colony (1830s) through the late years of the Great Depression and World War II (1940s) along with toe-tapping old-time tunes, an antique tractor show and pull (in collaboration with the Texas Antique Tractor Pull Association), arts and crafts from around the region at the Texian Market Place and so much more.
The famous Texian Market Days festival is a Fort Bend County tradition and one of the most exciting times to visit. From battle reenactments to live fiddle and dulcimer music, the Park is filled with fascinating sights and sounds. Check out historic weapons, sample authentic pioneer food, watch cavalry drills and cattle roping, learn frontier survival techniques, and much more at this one-of-a-kind event. Texian Market Days is held annually on the fourth weekend in October and is presented by the Fort Bend County Museum Association.
I will be demonstrating Morse Code as it was used in the 1890’s and how technology has progressed to make learning Morse Code much easier. I will have some sounders, old style telegraph keys and a modern key connected to a radio transceiver representing modern day. See attached photos from last year.
–George Fletcher, AD5CQ