[AMRadio] Active

manualman at juno.com manualman at juno.com
Tue Dec 20 19:29:32 EST 2016

While I understand your point, that passing a 20 wpm CW test for Extra
can be a great accomplishment, it does not guarantee that technical
intelligence is also great. Back in the "good old days" I knew a number
of Technician licensed amateurs who were technically masterfull in their
many designs and construction projects, yet could never get above 10 wpm
sending and receiving CW.

Anyway, this thread is about radio "activity" or lack of, and not about
the intelligence, or lack of, participating amateur radio operators who
did or did not have to take any code test.

Pete, wa2cwa

On Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:50:18 -0600 Rob Atkinson <ranchorobbo at gmail.com>
> On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 3:04 PM,  <manualman at juno.com> wrote:
> > Actually, the Extra Class ranks increased by 68.0K from Dec 1999 
> to Sept.
> > 2016.
> >
> Indeed--it used to be that when Extra involved a 20 wpm CW test, the 
> %
> of Extras of the entire US licensees hung steady at 5 percent.
> Obviously elimination of the CW test, and of course the other aids
> facilitating memorization have pumped up the percentage.
> What's the result?  Questions to the QST Q&A column from hams with
> Extra class call signs looking for answers for such as why their 80 
> m.
> dipole won't work on 40 m.
> 73
> Rob
> K5UJ

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