[AMRadio] Phone band expansion gone off topic

TChesek at Epix.Net tchesek at epix.net
Mon Oct 16 09:37:18 EDT 2006

The disadvantage that the cell phone text messaging had against cw is that
the entire message had to be typed before transmitting, kind of like a store
and forward process therefore a lag in data receipt. I don't see how any of
the systems Jim mentioned would be any faster if you account for the time it
takes to capture the data prior to sending. CW is instant. I think that the
whole idea of that contest on the Jay Leno Tonight Show was to demonstrate
that some old processes still work well today. But...one thing to consider
is that to send a cw message the receiptant must also know cw(thousands of
people), whereas I can send a text message on a cell phone to most anyone
who speaks the English language (millions of people).

Tom K3TVC/nc

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Wilhite" <w5jo at brightok.net>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
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Sent: Monday, October 16, 2006 9:22 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Phone band expansion gone off topic

> Correct there was Brian, telephone texting vs. good old CW.  Wonder how it
> would have come out if it had been good old CW against good old 100 wpm
> narrow shift RTTY?  How about PSK 31 or any of the other digital modes in
> use today by hams?
> > Not so fast, Jim...
> >
> > Actually there was a video from a TV show recently where
> > a ham sending a message via CW got a message through
> > FASTER than a digityal message sent by more modern
> > technical means. I am sure many of us saw that.
> >
> > It was shown on a national televised show. It made me VERY
> > proud of our wonderful Samuel "F.B." Morse and his simple
> > code that has so enriched the lives of countless ten
> > thousands of hams!
> >
> > Yes, morse code won the speed test, and this was within
> > the last year or two!
> >
> >> Prior to the 1980s code was the preferred method of emergency
> >> communications
> >> because of reliability.  Today that is fluid.  There are much faster
> >> to
> >> communicating written messages and instructions now in use.

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