[AMRadio] Soldering, Me = Yes! Building, soldering and wiriing techniques?

rbethman rbethman at comcast.net
Thu Apr 8 14:02:26 EDT 2010

I would add to Rob's view with the addition of teaching antennas.  How 
to build, calculate and couple it with the "reality" that there is 
INDEED a bit of "Black Art" to them.

Bob - N0DGN

On 4/8/2010 1:58 PM, Rob Atkinson wrote:
> I agree.  I also have decided it was a mistake to eliminate the CW
> requirement for the license, not because it is necessary for
> communication (it is not) but because it is necessary to communicate
> with the most basic simple homebrew rig, a CW transmitter.
> Now, even if we teach homebrewing in the form of electronics lessons
> and construction skills, the builder of the most basic rig, a crystal
> controlled cw transmitter, will not have learned cw already from
> getting his license.  He will have his completed project and not be
> able to do anything other than key a dead cw carrier and un-key it.
> Of course he can learn the code at that point, but wouldn't it be more
> fun and easier if he already had that skill ready to go?     Many have
> said, and I also in the past, that no one wants to learn CW now with
> all the high-tech gadgets in our lives these days.  They miss the
> point--it is not all about CW only, but CW in combination with
> learning about radio, building a basic rig as a learning experience
> and then using CW to communicate with it before moving on to more
> advanced circuits and transmitters.
> Dropping CW from the license test has been one more step in turning
> ham radio into glorified CB.
> I think we need to focus on learning electronics as an attraction to
> ham radio and bring back a Novice type HF privilege CW license because
> we lost the introduction to ham radio that involved building and
> getting on HF right away.  Now we have new people starting out with 2
> meter FM handy talkiies and it is not the same.
> I used to be in favor of dropping CW from the test until I realized
> all that I wrote above.
> 73
> Rob
> K5UJ

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