Was Eliminating Morse Code Requirement Bad Idea?

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KN4ICU, May 2, 2018.

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  1. KN4ICU

    KN4ICU Ham Member QRZ Page

    After getting comfortable on the air with CW, I'm starting to wonder if eliminating the code requirment on the Tech test was a bad idea.

    Yes, it took a bit to learn, but wow....It opens up many more opportunities to communicate than the 2 meter band that everyone seems to start on. After using CW for a month. 2 meters I am rarely on 2 meters anymore. Also, it seems like a basic foundation skill to have as an operator.

    Any thoughts???
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  2. AF7XT

    AF7XT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Actually yes, two thoughts.
    One, I don't necessarily disagree on any point.
    Two, This thread will not end well

    I commend you for sharing the observation but the fanatical hoard will be along shortly
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  3. AD0HT

    AD0HT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I too am a know coder....congrats...
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  4. AA4OO

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    Code was required when I got my General ticket, but it was only a 5WPM requirement and I struggled even with that. Getting on air at 5WPM didn't work out well for me and I abandoned code in favor of digital modes back then and that soon became boring. 3 years ago a fellow ham encouraged me to re-learn the code and use it for QRP. The resources for learning CW today are far better than when code was a requirement, and my motivation for learning was now because I thought it would be fun rather than a gate for entry. That was big difference for me.

    Reinstating the requirement will never happen, but if it did occur today's code learners would have a much easier time of it.
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  5. K9CPO

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    Agreed that it should still be required. But since it is not a requirement there are a few reasons it is still a good idea to learn Morse code even if you only have your tech ticket.

    1. CW will get through under almost all band conditions.
    2. It has been used for well over 150 years for emergency communications and it is still alive and well today. You never know when you need it.
    3. You may only use 2m/70cm and repeaters. However, you may be traveling and you hear that far off repeater and wonder "Which one is it?" Most repeaters ID with Morse code. You know CW then you know that distant repeater.
    4. Morse code is fun once you have mastered it.

    There are many other reasons why it is a good idea for a ham to know CW. Just take the time to learn this fine communication method. Here is a link for different ways to learn it... http://www.arrl.org/learning-morse-code
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  6. KV6O

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    Dragging out the dead horse again, eh?
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  7. KA0HCP

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    I think that exams for General should now include the requirement to identify the functional blocks of an SDR radio.
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  8. KA0HCP

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    Extra exams should now include the SDR topics of I/Q separation (AD/DA), Decimation, Nyquist Theory as a limiting factor with calculation problem, and FPGA component principles.

    Forget morse, it's time to include SDR knowledge!
    Last edited: May 2, 2018
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  9. N8TGQ

    N8TGQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    There should also be a requirement to build and tune a basic dipole antenna
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  10. AF7XT

    AF7XT Ham Member QRZ Page

    ...and here we go
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