Discussion in 'Contests, DXpeditions and Special Events' started by NA2P, Dec 16, 2006.
Wait! What was that? The sound of the other shoe dropping?
I'm neutral on this move, but shame on us if we allow CW on the ham bands to die.
Those who want can operate CW, those that don't won't. I won't stop using CW, it won't die in my heart. It's up to those who have used it and enjoyed it to keep it alive. This isn't the end of morse code, just the end of the morse code requirement.
I think I'm going to be sick.
The sky is not falling, all will be fine.
Take an asprin and call the ARRL in the morning.
The 10 meter contest last weekend had me working code at around 30wpm, I was only able to dig out 5 SSB contacts in two and a half hours with band conditions here, and went right back down to the CW portion of the band where there was activity I could hear well into the evenings.
I was licensed at 13wpm, and proud of that even more now.
I upgraded from General to Extra this past May and have been out of amateur radio since just slightly before they removed the 13 and 20wpm elements, I had NO idea until I started elmering a friend into his Technician class license. The bands haven't change ANY since before the 13 and 20 requirements were dropped, as I hear the exact same things as I did back then.
I'm just wondering how they are going to split up the bands by priveleges for the different classes now. They will have to accomodate the new licensees into each of the bands that they decide they will allow them.
We will always have those that have or or want, a use for CW, and those who have no use for it. I will personally keep on using it, my Technician licensed XYL, and my 8 year old son, want to learn it whether it gets dropped as a requirement or not. And they will have a willing instructor help them as they need it.
I personally know of three Technicians that haven't been able to pass the 5wpm code in nearly a decade in each case, I feel that these guys will appreciate their upgrade more than some others do.
No we won't see a huge inrush of the CB types, they won't like the price of the equipment to get on those bands just to be there and tick others off.
Since this was only a "public announcement from the FCC", they will go through their process, this will happen as they have announced, but it will take 30 days after it get published in the Federal Register, and that can take up to a month to make happen, even longer if they decide to play around with a public comment time period, evne though they have done this very move several times in the past.
Another KNOW code Extra.
I think all the immediate changes have now been made. There are no further pending proposals for band changes.
Its about time....
If you ever heard a large DX pileup on 20M SSB and thought there are lots of idiots with licenses, you "ain't seen nothing yet".
This has NOTHING to do with preserving morse code but has EVERYTHING to do with losing the only real standard for licensing. We now have a multiple choice standard!