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`x = 46, y = 45, rule = B3/S23:T46,45`

bo43bo$obo$bobo2bo$2bo5bo$3b2o3bo$8bo$5b3o$7bobo$9b2o$8b3o2$11b2o$14bo

$12bo2bo$14bobo$15bobo$16bobo$17bobo$18bobo$19bobo$20bobo$21bobo$22bob

o$23bobo$24bobo$25bobo$26bobo$27bobo$28bobo$29bobo$30bobo$31bobo$32bob

o$33bobo$34bobo$35bobo$36bobo$37bobo$38bobo$39bobo$40bobo$41bobo$42bob

o$43bobo$o43bo!

If one pulse turns out to be buildable, presumably at the end of an arbitrarily long ship or barge, then we can do the same thing twice to put the wire back where it started... and maybe use the distance between the pulses to carry information, similar to Jormungant's high-bandwidth telegraph.

Not sure about that last part. It would be nice to be able to check for passing signals with some kind of Heisenburp device, but I haven't figured out how to make that work yet -- maybe a non-stable solution could be worked out, with a clever spark applied to the trailing single bit just as the wire is recovering? The period of such a spark would have to be fairly high, though.

Here at least is a proof-of-concept way to turn a c/2-diagonal signal into other signal types. The rebuilding problem is nontrivial but probably already no worse than what lightspeed telegraphs have to do.

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`x = 46, y = 48, rule = LifeHistory`

.A$A.A$.A.A$2.A.A$3.A.A$4.A.A$5.A.A$6.A.A$7.A.A$8.A.A$9.A.A$10.A.A2.A

$11.A3.3A$12.3A.A$14.2A$15.A.2A2$16.A.A$17.3A2$19.3A$21.3A$22.A.A$23.

A.A$24.A.A$25.A.A$26.A.A$27.A.A$28.A.A$29.A.A$30.A.A$31.A.A6.2A$32.A.

A5.2A$33.A.A$34.A.A$35.A.A5.2A$36.A.A4.2A$37.A.A$38.A.A$39.A.A$40.A.A

$41.A.A$42.A.A$43.A.A$44.A2$39.2A$39.2A!

The above is just the first thing that worked; can anyone find cheaper baits, preferably that preserve more of the wire? Terminating the wire with a ship end, or a ship-end-tie-ship, or maybe even some more complicated construct, could add more degrees of freedom to the search.

... Not sure what good all this would be, really -- we already have faster diagonal communication methods (2c/3, with an elbow option no less). A Heisenburp for a diagonal wire would be something new, I suppose.

EDIT: Here's one conversion for each termination type. The rebuild would only have to be done once for each pair of signals. The block at the end of the wire looks like it could be permanent, but probably it would have to be shot down and rebuilt by whatever mechanism (slow salvo? big stable converter?) reconstructs the end of the wire.

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`x = 75, y = 78, rule = LifeHistory`

.A$A.A$.A.A$2.A.A$3.A.A$4.A.A$5.A.A$6.A.A$7.A.A$8.A.A$9.A.A$10.A.A$

11.A.A$12.ABA$13.ABA$11.2B.ABA$12.2B.ABA$12.4BABA$13.5BAB$14.6BA$15.B

A3BAB$16.4B2AB$17.3A3BA$20.B3AB$22.2A2B$23.2BAB$24.BABA$25.3B$26.A.A$

27.A.A$28.A.A$29.A.A$30.A.A$31.A.A$32.A.A$33.A.A$34.A.A$35.A.A2.B$36.

A.A.3B$37.ABA.3B$38.ABA.3B$39.ABA4B$40.ABA2BAB$41.A5BA$42.2A3BA$43.4B

A$44.3A2B$45.BABA$46.2B2A$47.3AB$48.4B$49.B2AB$50.3BA$51.AB.E$53.E.E$

54.E.E$55.E.E$56.E.E$57.E.E$58.E.E$51.2C6.E.E$51.2C7.E.E6.C$61.E.E4.C

.C$57.C4.E.E3.C.C$56.C.C4.E.E3.C$56.C.C5.E.E$57.C7.E.E$66.E.E$67.E.E$

54.C13.E.E2.2A$53.C.C13.2E2.2A$53.2C3$35.A$34.A.A$34.A.A$35.A!

Again, this is just the first thing that worked, so there's bound to be something cheaper out there.