Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W1SAR, Jun 13, 2017.
Rollin' on a river apparently. That's what its called.
Maybe the picture is a launch pad for tiddly winks....
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I agree. I also happen to think you shouldn't own or captain a boat larger than 14' unless you pass a USCG exam that demonstrates "true proficient ability" to determine a vessel's position at sea with a sextant; and they should reinstitute it as a requirement for graduation at the US Naval Academy.
And, I still remember my great-grandfather's patience in teaching me the difference between Triangle types A, B, & C in the 1894 ,1895, and 1897-1903 series stamps at the ripe age of 8. I happen to think if you can't tell the difference you have no business collecting stamps as a hobby.
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But seriously, how many decades are the good 'ol boys going to bitch and whine about no Morse requirement, and snobbish "I remember when..." attitudes?
Let it go....this is only a HOBBY!
And it's the only HOBBY I know of (other than perhaps amateur auto racing, and piloting a small aircraft) that has a testing and licensing requirement for entry.
I got into this hobby for the same reasons I got into other hobbies I enjoy. I had an initial interest, a personal desire to learn new things, a personal determination to acquire new skills, and most of all...something to do for my PERSONAL ENJOYMENT. In 10 short months I've built 3 wire antennas, dabbled in simple electronic circuits, and I learned CW because I wanted to; NOT because I had to.
To me, a HOBBY is about expanding one's skills and knowledge. It's about exploring various aspects of the HOBBY that we find personally interesting. A HOBBY is about individual growth as our PERSONAL interests drive us.
Rather than airing personal grievances on a social forums, the good 'ol boys should consider getting on the air to encourage newbies in the HOBBY to learn and challenge themselves instead of denigrating new-comers with their condescending holier than thou attitudes and self-elitist mindsets. But, that's just my opinion...
And, no code extras (along with those who passed 5wpm and 20wpm Morse tests) have EXCLUSIVE use of the bottom 25 kHz of 80, 40, 20, and 15m. Reference: http://www.arrl.org/graphical-frequency-allocations
I've been living with it for > 4.5 decades. You?
Now, back to the All Asia DX Contest (CW)...
By the time the solar cycle is back, all the old code guys will be dead anyway.There wont be anyone to work.
It appears I'm not as old as you...
It sneaks-up on ya !!
"Youth and exuberance are overcome by age and treachery."
Actually, CW is far more active than fone.
I was a dyed in the wool fone guy until 2010, when I got back on the air in a big way and heard all the crap on the fone bands, and this drove me to CW. I rarely use the mike nowadays.
smart hams will be converting to CW in a down cycle