[AMRadio] Open vs Closed -expanded

Edward Swynar gswynar at durham.net
Thu Oct 29 08:36:53 EDT 2009

Hi Charlie,

A copy of "Your Novice Accent" was at one time mailed out by the ARRL to
each & every newly-licensed Ham in the USA & Canada: I know, because I
received mine in 1971, and have it to this very day.

It was "one stop shopping" for me back then in terms of correct CW operating
procedure: clear answers to specific questions were to be found in the pages
of that little pamphlet that were unavailable anywhere else. I refer to it
still on occasion...too bad some others on the bands don't do the same (not
that I'm a perfect op, by any stretch of the imagination).

I wonder if the League still sends these out to "newbies"...?

~73~ de Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ


----- Original Message -----
From: "CL in NC" <mjcal77 at yahoo.com>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 6:56 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Open vs Closed -expanded

> Well, a big plus is if they actually say 'break' instead of the word
'contact', which is sure to get an ignore response from me. A number of the
points in the original post, are common sense and courtesy, a few things
emphasized over the years in various publications. But, in this day, common
sense and courtesy are in major decline, so it is in hamming, along with
operational knowledge. My favorite is to hear a CQ on CW where the fellow
ends with KN....OK, general call but only you - answer please, who you?
> I know we blast the ARRL on this site quite a bit, but that is what we
Americans do to all groups placed on pedestals or in postions of authority.
But a lot of guidelines come from this group including the annually
published 'Considerate Operators Frequency Guide'. This is something that
apparently is never looked at by the membership, but, considering the
percentage of hams that belong to the ARRL vs the total community, the vast
majority of folks never see it and don't know that there are actual freqs.
set aside for things like AM, just like they don't know about DX windows, or
where it is preferred you run RTTY or SSTV. I know, I can run any mode any
where as long as the FCC authorized it, yes but...do you walk into a Harley
biker bar on the wrong side of town with a 'Honda Rules' shirt on? Common
sense and courtesy would have helped out here..
> One of the best things ever published by the ARRL was an article in the
'60's called, 'Your Novice Accent'. While specifically aimed at a new
Novice, it contained a wealth of information I bet a lot of OT's didn't know
or forgot. Most of it is still applicable today, but so many things have
changed due to advances in technology, a new one needs to be printed. At one
time, if you called CQ DX, which in itself was frowned upon, on a band like
80 meters, you were looking for somebody in California if you were in NC. CQ
DX on 6 meters meant anybody beyond line of sight almost, now in both cases,
it means anybody but a ham in the CONUS.
> But this discussion is as old as hamming I bet. How about a couple OT's
relate the fun that used to be the 11 meter ham band. I heard it was quite
the free range party.
> Charlie, W4MEC in NC
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