Blockbuster Movie Features Morse Code, Homebrew Equipment, and Sea Monsters
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February 23, 2012
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Blockbuster Movie Features Morse Code, Homebrew Equipment -- and Sea Monsters!
In the movie Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Sean Anderson (played
by Josh Hutcherson) receives a coded distress signal that comes from a
mysterious island where no island should exist. Sean decides to follow
the signal with the unwilling assistance from his stepfather Hank
(played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson).
The movie opens in Dayton, Ohio with Sean on his motorcycle, being
chased by police officers. Sean had been caught breaking in to a
"satellite facility." When questioned by Hank, Sean confesses that he
had received a coded message from his grandfather (played by Michael
Caine), but his equipment was too weak to copy it; he decided to go
somewhere where there were bigger antennas. The message -- a string of
one and two syllable words taken from the books of Jules Verne -- makes
no sense to Sean. Hank, a former US Navy cryptographer, offers to help
decode the message; he feels this will be a good chance to bond with
Immediately, Hank figures out that the message is really in Morse code:
each one syllable word is a "dit," while each two syllable word is a
"dah." Hank translates the message, which gives clues to the location
of the grandfather's whereabouts. Read more here
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