Did Morse Code Kill Ham Radio?

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  1. W4XKE

    W4XKE Ham Member QRZ Page

    CW in the news:

    R.B. Coulter, president of The Villages Amateur Radio Club, said he believes dropping the requirement to learn Morse code has made an amateur radio license seem more accessible to some people.

    Theisen said. “I think I’m just hopeful that ham radio is around for my lifetime. I think it will eventually be gone.”

    “I guess the average ham now in this country is nearing 60 years of age,” he said. “So obviously it’s an old folks’ hobby. Young people aren’t getting into it because it’s boring, or that’s what they perceive.

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  2. W4CBJ

    W4CBJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Don't laugh...cause this one is true. During WW2, I built a QRP transmitter using a 955 acorn tube. It was somewhere about 2 1/2 meters. We used Lecher wires to measure the frequency.It was built on a wooden cigar box and tuned as a short-line oscillator. It was grid modulated (CW) with a doorbell buzzer. Sounded just like spark. The receiver was a super regenative using a 957 acorn tube. Help was received from Robert Mugnai W1KLW (SK) and heard about a mile away by Art Shulman W1HXK (SK) It was a mobile (bicycle). Keep this info under your hat. We were not supposed to operate ham radio during the war. I was a kid a didn't have a license. P.S. I hope the statute of limitations has expired. My brother Leonard W1LSC (SK) was not involved in this project because he was in the Signal Corps.
    73 Joe W4CBJ
  3. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    OOOOOOOOHHH, you're gonna go straight to Amateur H*** for that! [​IMG]

    OK, Confession is over. Now for your penance, say 20 CQ's and Elmer two people in the next week. [​IMG]
  4. W4CBJ

    W4CBJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    WA9SVD. Thanks for your advice. If I tutor any student in the Morse code (if I could find any), will I recede futher into AR He.. ? Does the devil or his helpers have any CW capability ? If not, I had better think about going to the other place...if I could pass the test and they (HE) would let me in.... 73 Joe W4CBJ
  5. K7JEM

    K7JEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    In Hell, people communicate with spark gap code.

    In heaven, people communicate with wide band FM.


  6. AC0UU

    AC0UU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank God, I'm going to heaven. I'm not sure I could understand all of those 30 WPM guys down there CWing to each other. LOL Just kidding guys!!

  7. K7JEM

    K7JEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Pre-CW, actually.
  8. AB9LZ

    AB9LZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Complete with kerchunks and "destinated"? Thats a mighty dull heaven son, I'll take the spark anyday.

    73 m/4 bzzt bzzt
  9. K7JEM

    K7JEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    You're thinking NBFM.

    I picked two radio modes that hams today don't typically use. It's hard to imagine a worse sounding mode than spark gap, and it's hard to imagine a better sounding one than WBFM.

  10. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yep. You'll really get a charge out of it!
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