[AMRadio] the 3600 - 3635 spectrum

david knepper collinsradio at adelphia.net
Sat Dec 16 07:44:30 EST 2006

I just wish that the comments could be more positive!  When I witness the 
resurgence of AM, surely, there must be a Santa Claus.

After 50 years on the air, I love this hobby and particularly, the fun that 
I get from AM operation and this mail list.

I have moved the Collins 30K-1 to 3685 + or - and may never frequent the 
so-called AM Window ever again.
Let's be so grateful to those at the FCC that gave us a wonderful Christmas 

Merry Christmas

Dave, W3ST
Publisher of the Collins Journal
Secretary to the Collins Radio Association
www.collinsra.com - the CRA Website
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brett gazdzinski" <brett.gazdzinski at verizonbusiness.com>
To: "'Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service'" 
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Friday, December 15, 2006 10:40 PM
Subject: RE: [AMRadio] the 3600 - 3635 spectrum

> 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
> at 50!
> 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...
> Brett
>> 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
>> radio-retards
>> 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
>> apparently
>> 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
>> archived,
>> 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???
>> Cheers
>> John
>> DM09fg
>> whose Transmitter Rescue Trip got snowed out...  mebbe next Weekend
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