Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AA7BQ, Jan 22, 2005.

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  1. 4S7RO

    4S7RO Ham Member QRZ Page


    i passed my uk rae in 1991 but never applied for my callsign until 2004 - back then i was never really interested in vhf - just hf dx and no interest in cw whatsoever (i trained to be a marine radio officer in 90-92 and did morse at 10wpm - my college experiences of morse training put me off the mode completely). I took the decision to apply for my callsign after the morse restriction was lifted here in the uk.


    I find the above evry odd. Unless you mean you went up to 10WPM and gave up. I trained and became a Marine Radio Officer in 1980. The requirement was 22WPM and I don't know of ANY who gave up the course because of CW. In my class, I had retired old people who wanted to become R/Os because back then there was"big money" in it! Several 50-60 year olds did pass the MRGC and go to sea and made fine operators.

    NOBODY I know ever dropped out of the Marine School because they found CW was hard to do. It was fun and easy for every student I knew.

    When its a job, people do it without grumbling, but when its Ham Radio, everyone wants a ticket on a platter! I am happy to hear that you now want to learn CW again!

    My XYL who was a Medical Student in the 90s, did her 12WPM and went on to become a fine CW op. She has not been on air for a few years now, but can still copy in excess of 25WPM.

    73 de Ron
  2. W8LIO

    W8LIO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thats right, its a mode, just like fm..ssb...rtty and others...IMHO I think amateur radio is slowly dying...I hear hams all the time talking about how hamfests and repeater usage is dropping...and I've seen it too...ten years ago, our local hamfests were full of tables and people and every year the amount of people attending is less and less...and same goes for people actually talking on the radio, I've seen and heard with my own eyes and ears that the amount of people actually talking is less.
    I think it would actually be exciting to see a whole new wave of people to hit the airwaves and bring back some excitement to amateur radio. We as hams will have to show this new generation of hams how fun amateur radio actually is.

    One more thing, with the dropping of the code, amateur radio will be alot better on the expense side of things, radio manufactuers will be able to lower prices and innovate better equipment because there will actually be a demand for it once again.

    The last time I was in AES the guys there looked like they were being waited down by dust :p
  3. KC0W

    KC0W Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    What character is "dit dah dit dah" in CW? None as far as I know.

    Tom kcØw
  4. W5HTW

    W5HTW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Really? Hardly. It is (was) a hobby for those who are interested in ham radio, and who were willing to learn what it was, and respect its traditions. CB is a 'hobby for everyone.'

    Really? Many hams can barely figure out what "channel" they are on, let alone know what is happening inside the radio. Our so-called experts (the Extra Class) can't even measure a resistor, or read a voltage. They sure can't teach anyone else, so the Elmering is over. A very large percentage (and, yes, I admit there are exceptions) of hams seek to simply "plug in the box and talk."

  5. N7WSB

    N7WSB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well maybe now we have more leverage to request more bandwidth for amateur radio.
  6. W8LIO

    W8LIO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Arghhh someone left the Troll cage door open again....

    What is a Troll?
  7. Kd5tef

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    I am a tech I think every ham operater should know the code I have studied long and hard and I think it should be a requirement everywhere. People are lazy if they want to be ham operater must be true to the core 100% javascript:emoticon('[​IMG]')
  8. AA5GO

    AA5GO Ham Member QRZ Page

    When you became a ham they required code To get on HF or if you have been around a while you had to have code before you could operate period? Whats the big deal? You went in knowing you would have to learn it and know ya want to bitch about it! If you invested the time you spend bitching you would already be on the hf bands. 5 wpm is no code!!!
  9. Kd5tef

    Kd5tef Guest

    I agree
  10. N7WSB

    N7WSB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Whoa... There's a lot of irony here that's just too delicous to pass up. Forgive me.

    Its kinda ironic especially in the context of this "discussion" but the telephone was invented by a Canadian named Alexander Graham Bell.

    Also the very first trans-atlantic radio telegraph message was recieved in St. Johns Newfoundland.

    Also the first walkie talkie was invented by a Canadian > Al Gross.

    Also Reginald Fessenden (also a Canadian) invented what we know as AM voice radio. It was him and his equipment that made the first trans-atlantic voice transmission (which led to the invention of SSB nearly 40 years later).

    If nothing good came from Canada please turn your license into the FCC at your earliest convience (or even better turn it in to Industry Canada).
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