Communications

Morse Code

[1] The length of a dot is one unit.
[2] A dash is three units.
[3] The space between parts of the same letter is one unit.
[4] The space between letters is three units.
[5] The space between words is seven units.

NATO Phonetic Alphabet

A = Alpha
B = Bravo
C = Charlie
D = Delta
E = Echo
R = Foxtrot
G = Golf
H = Hotel
I = India
J = Juliet
K = Kilo
L = Lima
M = Mike
N = November
O = Oscar
P = Papa
Q = Quebec
R = Romeo
S = Sierra
T = Tango
U = Uniform
V = Victor
W = Whiskey
X = X-ray
Y = Yankee
Z = Zulu

Transponder Tracking Device (TTD)

Dash and Rob always carry micro versions of these.
They allow them to find each other in emergencies – provided the device has been activated.
So for example, if Rob gets captured but is unable to activate his TDD, Rob won’t receive a signal.

The device was developed and manufactured by Mgadigadi Technologies and contains state-of-the-art satellite-geo-vector techmology. Techmology is more powerful than technology because the letter n is replaced by the letter m. If you just look at it, the letter m is basically the letter n stuck next to another letter n. This is why techmology is almost exactly twice as powerful as technology.

The micro versions of the TDD that Dash, Rob and Greta carry are tiny – one quarter the size of a pea, or one eightieth the size of a golf ball, or one one-millionth the size of a thing a million times the size of a micro TDD.

The range of the device is 127 miles, and the battery lasts forever. It works perfectly, under water, under slime, under mud and underground, and the signal cannot be distorted or interrupted by radar or microwaves.

Snintercom

A snintercom is an advanced wireless intercom, that also has DTC (Document Transfer Capacity).

Its base portal is in Mrs. Rosebank’s office. So if she wants to make verbal announcements to the whole school she can do so. But the big advantage is if she wants to send everyone a paper memo or a pile of documents or even a book, she can use the snintercom. Likewise they can send documents to her. The maximum capacity for a single send is 7 books.

Collum Ollum, for fun, once tried to send the Complete & Comprehensive Encyclopaedia of Grobsnots (21 volumes) and he jammed the system. It took technicians a week to repair and the encyclopaedia was lost forever. He got into a lot of trouble for it.

The snintercom was developed by Mgadigadi Technologies by their CIO (Chief Inventions Offer), Dr Jezebel Terracotta-Glandsmitten.

Micro-snintercoms have recently become available for ants.

Cranio-cam

Tiny, mind-activated camera embedded on the top of the head. Dash and Rob each have them. These cameras are so small that when unactivated they are almost invisible. To activate a Cranio-cam, all you need to do is think about it, and out it pops. Same goes for retraction. They are waterproof and their battery last forever. Can only be embedded by registered members of the CCEI (Cranio-cam Embedding Institute). Photos and films taken with them can be tele-transferred to other people who have them.

Cranio-cam are developed by Savuti Technologies Inc.

There have been three documented instances where cranio-cams for some reason recorded the dream of the person wearing it, and then transferred it to someone else. Fortunately in all three instances they were good dreams and not nightmares.

Tele-transfer

Tele-transfer is the mind-activated transmission of digital files between Cranio-cams. So for example, if Rob takes a photo with his Cranio-cam, and then wants to send the images to Dash (who also has an embedded Cranio-cam), all Rob needs to do is think about it, and the images automatically transfer to Dash’s Cranio-cam. Dash can then download them and see them as if they are on the table right in front of him.

Tele-transfer technology was developed by a collaboration between Savuti Technologies Inc. and Mgadigadi Technologies. This is because while Savuti Technologies Inc. specialise in optical and imaging products, Magadigadi Technologies has real expertise in communications implementation, especially in trans-mogrification. As you well know, tele-transfer involves the use of trans-mogrification corpuscles.

Tele-transfer, while useful, is not an imperfect communications tool. For example, during the testing process, one of the technicians took a photo of her cat, and then left her camera running all day by mistake. The following day, she decided to tele-transfer the photo to a colleague, but of course it was a huge file (i.e. a 12 hour film and not just a single photo). The recipient’s cranio-cam actually caught fire during the download process. Luckily she wasn’t burnt, but the smoke activated the fire alarm, and a dozen fire-hover-vehicles flew to the scene and it took Dr Jezebel Terracotta-Glandsmitten (Chief Inventions Officer of Magadigadi Technologies) over an hour to convince them to go back to base.

Butterfly-cam-drone

Small, easily-deployed pocket camera-drone that is shaped like a butterfly.
Infra red, green, blue and purple technology enabled.
Return-to-base functionality.
Range of up to 25 miles.
Can be operated by remote control, or mind-control if pilot has a XS-42 micro chip embedded in their head.

The butterfly-cam-drone was developed by Grovenhopper Industries Inc., market-leaders in Insectulated Surveillance Technology (IST). CEO of the company is Dr. Cornelius Grovenhopper, one of the world’s leading entomologists (an expert in the branch of zoology concerned with insects). For his PhD. thesis, he spent 5 years living with a colony of crickets, dressed up as an actual cricket.

The first version of the butterfly-cam-drone was extremely expensive to develop, and sadly, on it’s first field-test, got eaten by Cornelius Grovehopper’s favourite pet frog, Archimedes.

The device was removed after surgery, during which Archimedes was under full anaesthetic for 7 hours. It was a very stressful time for Cornelius Grovenhopper, but we’re happy to say it needed well. Archimedes is alive and healthy to this day, and the drone was undamaged.

Other drone models on offer from Grovenhopper Industries Inc. include:

The Invizziz-cam-drone
The Grobsnot-cam-drone
The Vibrating Cockroach cam-drone

Code Beige

Part of the ELT34 international radio code. Means “Hold your position, we are coming”.
All the ELT34 codes are listed in the ELT34 Manual.
Other examples of codes:
Code maroon: “Dig a hole and hide in it!”
Code mauve: “You can come out of the hole now!”
Code avocado: “Would you like some guacamole?”

Famous incidents where Code Beige has been issued:

During the Volraad Conflagration of March 2014
Before the Serondella Assault of January 2015
During the Flemm-flemm Engagement of September 2016
After the Huffnoss Campaign of May 2018
Before the Calder-Kunkle Skirmish of July 2018
During the Ossewa Encounter of October 2020