[amsat-bb] Re: Icom D-Star

Tony Langdon vk3jed at gmail.com
Sun Apr 24 15:16:08 PDT 2011

At 07:43 AM 4/25/2011, i8cvs wrote:

>I am anxious about that because even on EME very soon
>nobody will be able to use by hand a CW key and copy
>Morse Code by ears.

I don't think Morse is in any danger.  I've seen an increase in 
interest since the compulsory Morse exams were dropped in this part 
of the world, particularly among younger people.  I think it would be 
a shame to see Morse go, and there's a real opportunity for those who 
are proficient to show the newcomers the joys and elegant simplicity 
of CW.  I don't think you'll have a shortage of students, now that 
Morse is both optional and something only in history outside of amateur radio.

>I am sorry because I like very much the CW sound in my
>CW is like music for me and after to eliminate the Radio
>Officers over the ships we radio hams we actually should
>be the last frontier for the CW existence.

You can keep the torch burning.  Unfortunately, I haven't had the 
chance to get to a level I'd be comfortable using on air, that might 
be a project for later in life, when there's less distractions, since 
I find the idea of Morse very attractive also.  It's a pity the old 
exams emphasised slow speeds, I'd have done better had I learned at 
more "useful" speeds. :/

73 de VK3JED / VK3IRL

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