Its a cold and wet day here also Mike, so I thought I would introduce a non-SOTA but radio related topic.
Those of you who use the noble mode of CW probably never realised that ‘Morseitis’ is a recognised disease. Back in my sea-going career, other Officers would regularly tell of ‘Sparkies’ who could not resist using their fork handles at the meal table, to tap out messages whilst engaging in non-related conversations. This was obviously in the days before bug keys and paddles. Another symptom is to hear code in non related sounds such as music or band noises, only to rush back to the Radio Room to be greeted by silence!
You might like to know that the code invented by Samuel Morse and termed Morse Code, is not the code anyone uses these days. Ours is International Code and varies considerably both in terms of the letters and numbers from the original.
I could go on to talk about the Golden Rivet, the ubiquitous fu-fu valve in the engine room and reveal where the green oil for the starboard lamp is stowed but you would not be interested!