42776Re: A Telegraphic Question
- Jan 1, 2007I am interested. And thank you.---Dan
--- In email@example.com, "Tony Gunter" <tony_gunter@...>
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, PvtUpScope@ wrote:
> > Bill
> > Completing the circuit.---
> > No, touching ones tongue onto a lose end would not complete the
> > What they did was hold one loose end in one hand and
> > then with the other hand, touch the other loose end to their
> > This then would complete the circuit and they could feel theexpert, in
> > variance of each dash and dot with their tongue. Totally feasible.
> > wrbranham
> Actually, I've had this conversation before with a telegraph
> reference to Civil War spying, and had to go look it up to makesure
> what the answer was. The telegraph "circuit" basically was asingle
> wire that ran from voltage to, literally, ground. So placing one'sBugging a
> tongue on an exposed wire (most telegraph wire in the civil war was
> uninsulated) and standing on the ground would complete the circuit.
> The same guy sent me a picture of a telegraph "bugging" set.
> a telegraph line was ridiculously easy: one wire flung over thebasically,
> uninsulated telegraph line, and one stuck in the ground. So
> anything important was encrypted. I can post the pic of the sethere
> if anyone is interested.
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