Seriously...Just why on earth on you into CW?

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by N7BKV, Mar 16, 2019.

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  1. N7BKV

    N7BKV Ham Member QRZ Page

    You know, this makes you one of the oddest people in the world.

    So why?

    (Me? Every thing else is nothing special to me. And other weird reasons, like postponing the medical brain condition known as O.L.D.)
  2. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    I do CW because I enjoy it. I do not consider it "odd" (or myself odd) at all.

    Best mode available in amateur radio, and those who don't use CW/Morse just don't know what they are missing.

    How about that? :)

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  3. N2SUB

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    Oh, no no no no no. Brother, we need to talk. I love CW, but it is most certainly NOT what makes me one of the oddest people in the world. Or the galaxy. Or the universe. When you're in my neck of the woods, PM me and we'll have a beer and talk about what's REALLY odd in this world.'s not CW. :rolleyes::rolleyes:
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  4. M6GYU

    M6GYU Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm not quite sure where you get the idea that folk who use morse are odd. That comment says far more about you than me! Perhaps thats what you think about your own obsession(?) with morse.

    Like some others I used morse in my job as a radio operator. Now its a hobby. I don't do microphones.
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  5. N4NYK

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    Knowing CW is a great and useful skill in the realm of amateur radio. It opens up a lot of operating possibilities. Plus, it's fun.
    I guess it's great to be "odd".
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  6. SM0AOM

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    Neither do I.

    Morse is an useful skill and also defines amateur radio.
    To be a "real amateur" it takes usable Morse sending and receiving proficiency (hint: counting "dots" and "dashes" such as in a 5 WPM test, does not qualify), as well as be able to build and troubleshoot your equipment.

    Also, Morse is "character building" and creates better amateurs.
    Some recent analysis of the Swedish licence statistics from the 70s/80s up to recent times points in the direction that that "rate of attrition" is about an order of magnitude higher for "no-coders" than for "coders".

    When you have to actually put in effort for your licence, it becomes much more valuable.

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  7. WR2E

    WR2E Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not odd.

  8. KQ9J

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    Great to be odd, but not easy being green....

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  9. NE1U

    NE1U Ham Member QRZ Page

    I like CW because it is not something that you can just throw money at and Boom! Done! It actually takes time and focus. Oh my. And to think that millenials are accused of needing instant gratification.

    Seriously, I am an electrical engineer and got started in my career because of ham radio as a kid decades ago. I can afford all the goodies ... towers, beams, amps, yadda yadda yadda. More gadgets to use as an appliance do not float my boat. I do have one HF radio; a SDR wifi-ed to a computer. My shack is where my notebook and I are ... very clean and uncluttered. No "On the air" sign above a closed door and I do remember those days.
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