In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol.”
A Paddle Created From A Hard Drive
I’m an amateur radio operator, licensed to chat with other amateurs in other lands that allow contact with hams in the United States. I have many friends with whom I shall never lay eyes on, nor shake their hands. However, I know each individual by the sound of their voice and/or the rhythm of their fist when they chat with me in Morse code.
One such friend, whom I probably should not mention by name or call sign, lives in Ukraine. Being the capable person he is, he could not bear to chuck his computer hard drive after it turned its final revolution. Instead, he disassembled it and with hand tools he made a “paddle” for his electronic keyer to use when he makes a radio contact in Morse code.
This symbolizes to me that when we have something that no longer serves its original purpose we should give it some creative thought before we toss it.
Even more, this paddle symbolizes the strength of friendship. I have not heard from my friend since Russia invaded Ukraine. I can only wish him well.