Originally Posted by Loqy Lion
I wish it were more creative than N, though.
Morse code is just on and offs on whatever medium you are transmitting on. Traditionally it is rendered into sound for the operator to listen to. If you can decode Morse, or at least you know it is Morse code, it seems reasonable. if you can't or don't, then it just looks like something is wrong with the flasher unless the pattern is very simple. SOS is ... ___ ... N is _. These are easily describable sequences. However, the number 9 is ____. Slash is _.._.
If you put together more than a few disparate letters you end up with a rather long sequence of longs, shorts, and gaps. Unless you both knew the Morse code AND took the time to decode it, a sequence of more than a few changes in mode (i.e. longs to shorts or shorts to longs) will seem random/intermittent/broken.
NNNNNN would be
Long-light, short-off, short-light, long-off, Long-light, short-off, short-light, long-off, Long light etc etc etc... In terms of dashes and dots this is
_. _. _. _. _.
That's a pattern you can get your mind around even if you don't know what it is sending.
NYC would be
_. _.__ _._. Imagine if you didn't know that was Morse code. It looks like a broken blinker.
WTC1, even more complex, would be
.__ _ _._. ._____
So... as a fan of Morse code myself, I'd welcome it being more complex. It would be amusing. Imagine going home on the Staten Island Ferry and having my out-of-town visitors watching the bizarre flashing. The geek in me would have great joy in explaining why the apparently broken warning light actually meant something. I could teach them a few letters in Morse. They'd act impressed. They'd grumble about me on the long drive or flight back to wherever. They'd never visit or call again.