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The ARRL Letter, Vol 26, No 04

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AA7BQ, Jan 27, 2007.

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  1. KD5NCO

    KD5NCO Ham Member QRZ Page


    Thanks for the kind words, I will be leaving for the VE session in a few and when I return I will be at least a General/AG

    Re- your truthfulness

    I am sorry if you inferred that notion, not at all what I wanted to convey

    My main beef with your postings has been to constant bemoaning of the "morphing" from a technical service to a CB like service....

    I think you are wrong in that assessment or prediction.  I think that growing the ARS requires the aged Hams to be the adults. This hobby is at it's best when the knowledge, experience, and moral compass of the seasoned Amateurs is transfered to the neophites.....

    Lamenting, in public, the demise of society and the ARS the way you any many of your peers do here on the QRZed is counter productive in my opinion...

    Many of you guys have managed to widen the gap and create animosity unnecessarily with your over broad charge that being Anti Morse Code testing is indicative of a lazy, whinny, dumbed down bunch of me-first gimme gimme crowd.

    In the next months and years are potentially thousands of American citizens who will be introduced to the ARS. A majority of them will have never known about the Element 1 issue.  It is patently unfair to imply that they are lesser Amateurs because of your beliefs. I believe many of them will review the public musings of folks like you and I and become discouraged or angry.

    This is likely to turn many otherwise good members away.

    You can insist that quality over quantity is more important and in a certain sense you are correct....

    However to stem the current SK vs newbie ratios (loosing faster then gaining) we need to induct, train, and grow new blood in order to stay viable as a service/hobby.

    I see anything that thwarts that need as not good and, like you, feel strongly enough about this dynamic to speak out loud and long in opposition to folks like you and your peers who think we are devolving into a CB like abyss
  2. AD7BK

    AD7BK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Welcome to HF all techs and congrats to KD5NCO for upgrading to General and others who upgraded to General/Amateur Extras. Have fun and remember you are no diffrent than the rest of us. Like I said CODE DON'T MAKE THE HAM, you make who you are on the bands. And do what you can to protect our bands from them evil BPL providers, and get on and talk to us old crumdungs and enjoy the freedom from having to do code thanks to [​IMG] the FCC. [​IMG] RIP Morse requirement, but Code isn't dead it is still in use and you can still learn and use it.

    AD7BK "Amateur Extra-lite 5-wpm going 13-wpm now"
  3. KD5NCO

    KD5NCO Ham Member QRZ Page


    Thank you sir.... The VE session closest to me was in a small Central Texas town of Burnet. The Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club conducting the upgrade/testing session did a good job of handling the MUCH larger then expected crowd.

    All weekend long; on local 40 and 80 meter nets, QSO parties, and round tables that I joined in on, the indications were all similar.... many many testing sessions were mildly to heavily crowded.... One report has the Orange Ham fest testing session churning out around 250 licenses
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