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[hfsig] Re: [Flexradio] The final nail in the coffin of Morse?

Walt DuBose dubose at texas.net
Fri Jul 22 01:04:59 UTC 2005


 > I'd like to see national radio societies establish some kind
 > of plan for an internationally recognisable certificate of
 > morse proficiency in the absence of one provided by
 > government institutions.
 >

I've suggested to several ARRL Directors and the President and I believe that 
they think this is a goos idea...maybe a green stone in your ARRL logo for 5 
WPM, Red for 10 and Diamond for 20...maybe even a REAL diamond chip.

Walt/K5YFW

Anthony.N.Martin at seleniacomms.com wrote:
> 
> The fact morse is not a regulatory requirement will not
> kill it; indeed it has not died in Europe where many
> countries have changed the regs.
> 
> 
>>I agree that people will continue to use it but you
>>do have to admit that it is human nature not to
>>take on difficult challenges that are not necessary.
> 
> 
> It will remain an effective tool for DX nevertheless
> and many will learn it for this reason.
> 
> I was previously discouraged from getting a ham licence
> because I had no interest in morse; but having been
> involved for a few years my interest is increasing.
> 
> There are still morse-only contests etc to keep morse
> operators active - this is the right way; by encouragement
> rather than compulsion when it serves no technical purpose
> for lawmaking.
> 
> The real issues we have experienced are this:
> 
> When the licence changes, it will have a big impact on the
> infrastructure that teaches morse and provides tests. The
> focus must change to where the new students will be coming
> from, and their different approach to learning. There will
> still be people who want to learn skills and show a recognised
> qualification. In the UK we seem to have lost most of the
> capacity to do this, and that shouldn't have happened.
> 
> I'd like to see national radio societies establish some kind
> of plan for an internationally recognisable certificate of
> morse proficiency in the absence of one provided by
> government institutions.
> 
> ....
> 
> Note that the CEPT are planning a new intermediate class of
> amateur licence for international recognition & roaming.
> It would be nice for the US to have forethought and look
> to align it's licence structure at this juncture with the
> CEPT.
> 
> Ant M1FDE
> 
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