Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by K8EA, Feb 14, 2017.
Is that a dude with long hair or a chick with 5 o'clock shadow?
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Thank you for taking the time to remind new hams that they are most un-welcome.
And that, folks, is the entire point of this whole thread.
It could be re-titled, "QRZ wants a "harder" "know-it-all-before-you-start" license???!?!?!"
Only the whiny, CB trash talking, fainting goat ones....
And there's the reason I'm not a member of NRA...
Since when did it become fashionable for everything to be easy?
It would be interesting to hear even one rational explanation why we need more hams in a time when the number of licensees is at an all-time high.
That guy spent way too much time on his Halloween costume...
That's actually an excellent idea. There's no requirement that CW be hand generated. And operating a receiver is not an activity that requires a license, so there's absolutely no restriction on how you receive the other guy's signal. I can't think of any rules that would specifically prohibit QRSS.
I can only think of two problems, and maybe they can be overcome. First of all, if a new Technician got on the air with keyboard generated CW, I don't think it's not entirely compatible with existing CW. It's not to say that it wouldn't work most of the time. But if a new tech is calling CQ and I come back with a straight key under marginal conditions, I might expect him to be able to copy me, but he wouldn't be able to. But this could be solved by having a designated part of the band, so that I know he's not able to copy manually.
Also, QRSS would hog a lot of spectrum, and there's currently nobody else using it. So he doesn't instantly have a lot of other stations to make QSO's with.
The advantage of PSK31 is that there are already a lot of stations for a newbie to work, and the signal takes up a lot less spectrum. So I think PSK31 would be a better choice.
But if the current rules don't change, then maybe we should consider promoting machine generated CW. It will generate a lot more QRM than if they had other digital modes, but I would be willing to live with the additional QRM. If this became successful, I'm sure there would be a lot of people complaining, and they'll probably be the same people complaining that they shouldn't get access to narrower digital modes.
I'm not aware of any inexpensive rig designed for machine CW. It would be a bit more expensive than the PSK version, since the wider bandwidth would really require a VFO instead of crystal control. So it would be a $200 box instead of a $100 box. But it seems like such a thing should be fairly easy to implement.
Yeah, they're conducting a survey and the first question is "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?"