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

Hare, Ed W1RFI w1rfi at arrl.org
Fri Jul 22 01:19:21 UTC 2005


Is there a reason that ARRL's existing code-proficiency-award program is not sufficient?
 
http://www.arrl.org/awards/#cp
 
73,
Ed Hare, W1RFI

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From: hfsig-bounces at lists.tapr.org on behalf of Walt DuBose
Sent: Thu 7/21/2005 9:04 PM
To: TAPR HF Modes SIG Mailing List
Subject: Re: [hfsig] Re: [Flexradio] The final nail in the coffin of Morse?



 > 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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