Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KD7ICW, Oct 16, 2019.
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- It's a lot easier to make contacts (than SSB anyway)
- Minimal equipment... No computer, no software
The "most minimal" of all modes, all you need is a transistor, an antenna, and a switch (a complete "transceiver" can be made from these).
It's also fun, once you teach someone code (even if they're not a ham) to send private messages across a room by blinking. I do that with my daughter, who is not a ham.
Very true. It's also noteworthy that CW is the mode that people will return to the hobby for after 20 years of inactivity. Somehow I don't see people coming back for psk or whatever. Maybe voice.
Why CW? Just because.
(3) Exclusivity (mostly due to it being the only mode that requires actual practice).
There are other answers but this is the only one needed.
In the pre-computer days the behaviour down the bottom end of the band (esp during contests & pileups) was usually noticeably better than at the SSB end. Nowadays more & more folk are using a computer for CW & treating it as a data mode. Some can neither read or send CW. Now the behaviour down the bottom of the band can get pretty ugly too.
Maybe so, but I think I can faintly hear the OTs complaining about all the raucous Novices on 15 meters, circa 1960.
You can find exemplary operating on phone and digital, but on average, I'll take CW any day. And I do. 73 all. Keep the faith.