Morse is History

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  1. KP4IA

    KP4IA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Morse is MAGIC and will never die!!!

    KP4IA [​IMG]
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  3. KD5NCO

    KD5NCO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Samantha you seriously underestimate the American Male. There are still arguments over the advent of SSB and the elimination of spark. Many many fellers who will insist that a switch mode power supply is garbage..period! And hundreds who believe that Hiram Percy Maxim single handedly invented all communication for the 20th century.

    As long as there is one ARS member who had to endure a 20WPM or 13 WPM or 5WPM code test the debate will rage me on this. 30 years from now you and I will have this same curiosity and lament...

    no ma'am...thay can not let it go...Passing the exam was the defining moment it their life and it is central to the core identity of too many of them. Any way Maslow said some thing about the hierarchy of needs with the top being self actualization...Pity to be self actualized by simply knowing a code.
  4. VE7NOT

    VE7NOT Ham Member QRZ Page

    as a canadian and a no-coder I am allowed privleges on all bands. However right now I am trying hard to learn code?... why?... because i want to use it and work cw at times [​IMG]

    Morse is dead? [​IMG]

    I heard of a 9y/o in oregon with her extra...pls morse will live on
  5. VE7RFH

    VE7RFH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Morse Code will only die when people stop using it on-air. Removing Morse Code proficiency from ham radio license requirements will not precipitate its death. If experience in countries that have dropped Morse Code proficiency from the license requirement is any indicator, interest in the mode has increased as a result.
  6. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page


    <a href=";f=3;t=42778;st=0" target="_blank">Morse is History

    Click here</a>

  7. N2NH

    N2NH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ah, the old Mobius Strip at the end of the thread! Just like all those old hokey '50s films...

    <span style='color:darkgreen'><span style='font-size:17pt;line-height:100%'>THE END?</span></span>
  8. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Guess I was communicating with the dearly departed when I had about 8 contacts on cw last night.  Sure adds a new twist to working cw.
  9. kd4mxe

    kd4mxe QRZ Member QRZ Page

    ae6ip-sir you have a good post there,73 good luck Bill
  10. WY2U

    WY2U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Quote (KQ6XA @ Nov. 10 2005,04:30)

    Morse is History

    Click here

    Bonnie, I notice you posted your treatise on "Morse is History" at least twice, which, by the way is extremely well written; you seem to have a technical background with a good command of the English language.

    One question that I do have for you, however, is since you seem have a technical background, why is it that you have not upgraded to Extra? It would seem to me that someone like yourself, who professes to have the proper background, with a large audience of follower hams would have wanted to optimize their ability for VE testing and Elmering; and therefore would want to possess the top license class?

    I am curious why you have not done so?

    If you check my bio on QRZ, you would notice that I have an advanced degree in Electronic Engineering; and enjoy engineering design, antenna modeling, instruction and Elmering. Therefore I would not be satisfied with anything but the top class. Also, check my web page (, and you will notice that I have varied technical interests.

    My primary mode of choice on HF is CW, and consequently, I have negative feelings about the removal of Morse Code testing for HF access.

    I have read your treatise, I respect your opinion, but I do not agree with your assessment.

    Qualified technical people are not being held back from HF ham radio by the inclusion of a 5 WPM morse code exam. Please remember that these "qualified people" should have gone through a rigorous educational curriculum consisting of not only technical subjects, but liberal arts subjects as well.

    I never heard a technical person say "I would have been an engineer if it wasn't for Philosophy or coed dance." Or "I would be a graduate engineer if it wasn't for English Literature."

    I don't not buy the argument that implies that "I would have been on HF if it wasn't for that CW exam." If a person is desirous of something badly enough, then they would strive to achieve it, even if it required studying some subjects of no interest or use.

    I beleive HF access on the Ham Bands should be treated in the same manner, if Morse code is a requirement, then go do it; study it, and pass the exam.

    It's not about legacy or obsolete modes, it's about professionalism and motivation.

    73 ... de ... WY2U
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