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


jon baker ad5hr1 at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 8 18:51:46 EDT 2010


   I am a "nearly no code" Extra, no code Tech. 6/12/01 with
  C.S.C.E. for Gen. theory. Learned the code (5WPM) and upgraded 
  three weeks later, Extra 6 mo. after that.
   Work enough CW  to have 175 DXCC CW, but don't ragchew. 
   My take is, any young solder sniffer worth his snuff these
  days, will add a few connectors and some software, and send
  perfect code? 
  Hope his software can cope with QRN, QRM, QSB,etc. HI
     AD5HR,  Jon


--- On Thu, 4/8/10, Bry Carling <bcarling at cfl.rr.com> wrote:

> From: Bry Carling <bcarling at cfl.rr.com>
> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Soldering, Me = Yes! Building, soldering and wiriing  techniques?
> To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010, 1:04 PM
> There is a slight backlash going on
> against them dropping the 
> CW requirement.
> 
> I have heard about a number of people who have "rebelled"
> against 
> the ARRL and FCC's boneheaded anti-CW decisions, and
> actually 
> consider CW as some kind of a "forbidden fruit" that they
> want to try.
> 
> Just anecdotal evidence from other hams stories about folks
> they 
> have been elmering here in Florida. ALso, I know two new
> local 
> hams who got their ticket within the past year and are
> actually 
> running CW on the air. 
> 
> Thankfully there are some folks entering the hobby whose
> main attraction 
> is the older side of amateur radio - tubes, AM and CW etc.
> 
> 73s - Bry, AF4K
> 
> On 8 Apr 2010 at 12:58, 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
> > 
> > On Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 7:47 AM,  <oldradio at comcast.net>
> wrote:
> > > Sure I know how to solder.  I learned building
> my own "first" 6V6
> > transmitter.  Then when I was new with Western
> Electric, I could
> > solder over 1000 connections a day without error, we
> all could.
> >  Later we used Wire-wrap guns, and I could get 1200+
> fanned, skinned
> > and wrapped per day, all without error. (telephone men
> know what I'm
> > talking about)
> > >
> > > Those were the days.
> > >
> > > But nothing beats building your own homebrew rig,
> or
> > point-to-point wired kit.
> > >
> > > Are there any clubs out there who teach new hams
> how to pass the
> > test, also teaching them wiring, soldering and
> building techniques?
> >  Perhaps we should?  What good is a license that
> only takes money to
> > get on the air?
> > >
> > > 73, John Dilks, K2TQN
> > >
> > > * In my many years, I have come to the conclusion
> that one useless
> > *
> > > * man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or
> more is Congress.
> > *
> > >
> > > * -- John Adams (1735- 1826) *
> > >
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