|[AMRadio] the 3600 - 3635 spectrum|
brett.gazdzinski at verizonbusiness.com
Fri Dec 15 22:40:02 EST 2006
Do any of the general class frequencies change?
I had no problem getting to 13 wpm code when I
got my license, I went right to general, after learning
the code by listening to QSO's.
I was about 21, so it might be much harder to re learn it
I sure had fun on CW, rag chewing mostly in the novice
bands, 40 and 15 meters qrp was fun, I had an hw7
and a 15 meter beam, and used to do hour long rag chews
at about 10 wpm. I could go 20 wpm comfortably, all with
a straight key.
I forgot most of the code by now, and would need
quiet uninterrupted time to work back up, something
in high demand after marriage...
While I think learning the code kept some of the riff raff
out, and 80 and 40 meters seem crowded, I think ham radio
is dieing a slow death.
No magic in radio after cell phones...
> On Fri, 15 Dec 2006, A.R.S. - W5AMI wrote:
> > The code elimination is a very sad ruling indeed.
> I have some "mixed emotions", indeed BUT:
> I've taught quite literally hundreds of kids (mostly
> Scouts) and adults,
> up into thier 80s - and have had the thrill of 'Elmerhood" dozens of
> times.... all of 'em, including me, learnt the Code. And I
> can tell you,
> it was a frustrating upward battle for me to get the 13WPM
> for General - I
> forgot half of it the next week, half again a week after, and now, if
> pressed, I could probably tap out CQ CQ DE KB6SCO at 4-5 wpm.
> And I've
> used nearly every code class tape and program out there....
> the Code and I
> regretfully remain seperate.
> Some folks can go from 0-20 wpm with small effort - some
> folks can TX/RX
> at 45 WPM and carry on a conversation with you at the same
> time. Sometime
> it seems that Hams feel that the elimination of the code
> requirement means
> the eleimination of Code - and of course that's absurd... plenty of
> folks will keep Pounding the Happy Brass!
> I will also make this point about the elimination of the Code
> Proficiency requirement: every single one of the lids and
> who has purposefully jammed myself, and most of You on this
> list - except
> for a very few possible bootleggers - all them Suckahz had to pass at
> least 5WPM - maybe more. No?
> So I'm willing to see if this Ruling helps bolster up the
> sadly sagging
> ranks of our Hobby - as for "dark days" - its a dark day when a 5KW
> rotatable-beam Texas sideband station 0-beats onto a QSO in
> our little AM
> window and proceeds to laugh and joke with his buddies (also
> running a bit of 'power') about how "them AMers like *this*
> l'il ol' rock
> thru their winder...". [a verbatim quote I have recorded and
> along with the callsigns they eventully IDed with]
> So if some of you think that 'no-code' will 'destroy' Ham
> Radio (it
> won't - the general malaise of the Cult of Stupidity will do
> that soon
> enough) then I'd like to offer the suggestion that each you consider
> volunteering a bit of your time and get a Ham Class going in
> your area...
> the more you teach properly - the more they will respect the
> Bands when
> they get their Ticket.
> And how's THAT for 200 millidollar with of Opinion???
> whose Transmitter Rescue Trip got snowed out... mebbe next Weekend
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