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When someone asks, Why CW?

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KD7ICW, Oct 16, 2019.


Is CW the best mode?

  1. Yes

    23 vote(s)
  2. -.-.

    19 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
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  1. W9YAP

    W9YAP Ham Member QRZ Page

    did you mean ... ..' :p
  2. K1LKP

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  3. N1OOQ

    N1OOQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    - It's a lot easier to make contacts (than SSB anyway)
    - Minimal equipment... No computer, no software
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  4. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page


    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.
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  5. KC2SIZ

    KC2SIZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    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.
  6. WW2PT

    WW2PT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Why CW? Just because. :cool:
  7. WB5YUZ

    WB5YUZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    (1) DX

    (2) Kits/homebrewing

    (3) Exclusivity (mostly due to it being the only mode that requires actual practice).
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  8. WD4IGX

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    There are other answers but this is the only one needed. :)
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  9. G3ZPF

    G3ZPF Subscriber QRZ Page

    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.
  10. K5TSK

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    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.

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