I agree with lz, I would have NEVER got into CW if it hadn't been required. I learned 5wpm, and then never touched it again... for a while. Then one day I realized that I didn't know a bit of morse code, even though I had passed the test. I started using the tutor mode on the ft-857d, and started catching on. I then started having qso's at 5 wpm. I can't chat much over 13 wpm, and I can't use a paddle unless i'm in a canoe. I still have a lot of fun with qso's on qrp kits and straight keys though. I'm glad that they had the cw test. Hope they leave it for part of the bands. Incentives are good.