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

Walt DuBose dubose at texas.net
Fri Jul 22 01:47:04 UTC 2005


Yes...I think that it ought to be given by a team, perhaps the VE Teams would 
volunteer to do it, and you would get something more than a certificate..or be 
able to buy something other than just have a certificate that hangs on the 
wall...something that you can "show off" at your ARC meeting or Hamfest.

Walt/K5YFW


Hare, Ed W1RFI wrote:
> 
> 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
> 
> *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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