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ARRL Bulletin on Morse Code Elimination

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  1. NA0D

    NA0D Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just like:

    Citizen's Band Radio Service


    General Mobile Radio Service


    Family Radio Service

    Flawed logic....I bet you have an amber light and orange vest in your car too? You know, for the service?
  2. NA0D

    NA0D Ham Member QRZ Page

    Why? You're still not as good as those who had to past a code test that was more than 5 WPM, and they will tell you that. Regularly.

    Congrats otherwise!
  3. K4JF

    K4JF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Only the jerks. Ignore them.
  4. KB3OJG

    KB3OJG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here's a quote from one of the books I learned from:
    It's called "Here is your hobby, Amateur Radio", copyright 1968 by Byron G. Wells):

    "If you ever need assistance with an Amateur Radio problem, ask another Ham. Hams are exceedingly helpful, and it doesn't take much asking to get lots of answers. Traditionally, in Ham radio assistance is a big part of the hobby. One of the traditional Ham "parties" is called a stick-raising. When you are ready to put a complex antenna up, mention it at the ham club, and tell them when. Hams from all over the countryside will descend on your home to help you put up the antenna, and all you have to supply is sufficient refreshments. This is very much like the barnraisings our pioneer forbears had, and it's an excuse to have a lot of fun. The visiting hams will argue, discuss technology, and finally get the antenna up and tested. It's an easy way to prove that many hands make for lighter work, and have some fun at the same time."

    Now, I'll admit that this was written in 1968, before I was even born. But nowhere in that quote -- or, seemingly, in the ham radio "scene" of the time as portrayed in any of the other books I have from that time period, is there ANY suggestion of this snotty "I-have-a-higher-license-class-than-you-so-I-spit-on-your-shadow" mentality that's so prevalent nowadays. Elitism is the LAST thing that Ham radio needs -- whether it's snotty anti-CB'er stereotyping (which just insures that the better type of CB'er is NEVER going to bother getting into ham radio), or snotty FISTS-style "Proud to be a KNOW-CODE ham" nonsense. This pathetic refrain of "you damn kids have it so easy, when I was YOUR age..." is just tiresome. You do NOT "elmer" people by telling them "you were basically handed a license unjusty, and shouldn't even BE INVOLVED", but that's exactly what we're seeing over and over and over from the "Morse Advocacy" side of this debate. The No-Coders are, in the main, talking about things like "advancing the radio art through technology" and actively becoming interested in progressing to higher licenses, and all that the chronically-hemmhoroidal "Old-Timers" can do is make the sign of the Evil Eye in their general direction, and grumble about how they're letting the "Wrong Kind" into the precious, restricted country-club known as "Amateur Radio".

    Both sides have admitted that there is REALLY sub-par operation going on (75 meters was mentioned several times.) So now, let's be honest here -- for them to operate LEGALLY on those freqs, they are at least General class. Also, many of these people are "old-timers" themselves -- I remember hearing this same complaint quite a lot back prior to 2000 (when the precious 13-WPM was still in effect) so you can't just blame the bad operation on the profressive reduction in code-speed requirement.

    The No-Code folks have repeatedly mentioned this (and the obvious fact that 'license class' has nothing to do with quality-of-operation), but have been getting snottiness back for their efforts. Sad to say, but if THIS is what Ham Radio is about, then the precious Hobby/service/whatever it is SHOULD get swallowed whole by BPL.

    The story about Bill N0-whoever it was (sorry don't remember your callsign right now) really should have been all the evidence both sides of this "debate" need, but evidently not.

    I wonder what the spark-gap afficianados said when their 'mode' was outright banned by the FCC? (NO, I am NOT "comparing CW to spark-gap", so don't even waste your time going there.)

    Pre-"incentive licensing" Advanced/Extras benefitted by the forcible downgrading of that era's General-class operators (to create their precious sub-bands), and today's Advanced/Extras are frantically trying to keep the "wrong kind" of people out.

    How about this for an idea (This'll really get 'em all):
    After restructuring takes effect, whenver someone upgrades to the one of the formerly CW-requiring license classes, how about a bunch of you "Right-thinking" Oldtimers go out to their house and burn a giant Straight-Key on their lawn? Just be sure to wear your call-sign hats, K?

    73 Kb3ojg (beginning to wonder why I actually got back into Ham radio).......:(
  5. N4TLL

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    I'm happy about this and I will buy a HF Rig and a "Hf Beam antenna. I'm a No- code Technician Class license holder too. Tim Lewis N4TLL from Jenkins Kentucky
  6. W0UZR

    W0UZR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wow !!

          Quite a write up/

    My position on this  Isn't about bashing the new people coming in. Not about the people that are already here. It isn't the new people coming in's fault that the FCC caved in to these whiners and that the FCC needs a psychiatrist.  They will do what is required from this point on and get licensed.
           My beef is the people that  WON'T put forth any effort and just cry and whine and wait for things to be changed just for them, and wait for it to be handed to them. And band together to get an organization together so that their crying and whining is unified (NCI) and go through all kinds of hell and high water to get the FCC to change things their way because they don't want to put forth any effort to do something they don't want to do. And if they put a quarter amount of effort to just learn the code as they do in whining and trying to get the code dropped, they would  upgrade just fine.

               And my other position is that when you take away all the effort on getting something, the person isn't going to value it hardly at all. When a person has to put in a lot of time, effort, discipline, then they are going to value the service, guard it, and try to keep it clean.  It was 13wpm for general, 20wpm for extra, and now it's no code with a test you can memorize the answers on.

                 Like if you give a young person a Cadillac.  And another young person worked and saved for years and bought his.
               Who is going to value and take care of his car more?  

             There you go, it's the same thing with the Amateur Radio Service.
  7. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Gee, now that code will soon no longer be a requirement...code learning tapes and CD's are selling like hotcakes.... [​IMG]
  8. KA9EKG

    KA9EKG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Who is going to win Sunday nite.Chicago Bears or Green Bay Packers?......................................................................
  9. N9XRT

    N9XRT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hey, Packers have a chance! lol
  10. N9XRT

    N9XRT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'll give you that...but, scrap the Caddy, I want another Harley! And I promise to take care of it as well as the one I bought.
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