[amsat-bb] Re: OLd things dies
maggie at voicenet.com
Mon Feb 26 05:53:32 PST 2007
On 2/26/07, Luc Leblanc <lucleblanc6 at videotron.ca> wrote:
> As of February 23, 2007, Our Old Friend "morse code" has now slipped
> into history as a requirement for a U.S. Amateur License. The tones and
> burps in the lower portions of the HF bands will become more and more
> silent as those that remember CW start to become silent keys themselves.
> "Silent Key" will go by the wayside as well. As a longtime Extra, I
> can honestly say that getting up to speed was an excitement all its own.
Then CW enthusiasts need to work at conveying that excitement to
forthcoming generations of hams, now that the artificial "affirmative
action" preferences for the mode have been removed from the licensing
requirements in the US.
If CW dies off in a world where the likes of Hellschriber are still
used, then something is very wrong indeed. If that happens, we can
reasonably conclude the licencing requirement kept CW on life support
long after it was brain-dead.
But personally, I doubt that's the case...and I'm not alone in this:
73 de Maggie K3XS
Editor, Phil-Mont Mobile Radio Club Blurb - http://www.phil-mont.org
Elecraft K2 #1641 -- AOPA 925383 -- ARRL 39280
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