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

Fri Jul 22 08:59:18 CDT 2005

First, the NPRM was not strictly an ARRL proposal, in fact, it didn't appear
to me to be the major proposal or proposal that the FCC used to draft the

Ok Bob, we know your views on CW, which are similar to my feelings, but what
about the Board's decision to limit HF bandwidth to 3.5 KHz with a 9 KHz
exemption for AM?  Don't we need wider bandwidths for high-speed, robust
data modes?  Isn't the bandwidth limitation going to be a greater factor in
hingering the growth of amateur radio than the Morse Code issue?


-----Original Message-----
From: hfsig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
[mailto:hfsig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of Robert McGwier
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2005 8:45 AM
To: TAPR HF Modes SIG Mailing List
Subject: Re: [hfsig] Re: [Flexradio] The final nail in the coffin of

I think coupled with the promotion of Morse in the most popular 
activities (2 pts for CW QSO's at FD vice 1 for SSB) and similar 
"marketing tools" will continue to enable Morse a significant presence 
for the foreseeable future.  It is still my contention, that due to 
human nature,  it will wither on the vine.  Over time, this SIG (amateur 
radio)  will have a small sub-SIG called Morse operators.   Coupled with 
the "bandwidth-based" proposals we are seeing  from the League will 
definitely impact the future.  Whether it is in time or not,  I do not 
know.  Certainly the current demographics trends need to be turned 
around and even the FCC acknowledges that explicitly in this NPRM.  It 
will be hard to have a viable hobby if 80% of the people doing it are 65 
and older.  As a mathematician, I do not believe in straight line 
prognositication, but I also do not ignore what to all of us is a 
troubling trend.   I think this experiment in change has met with 
qualified success in Europe.  I pray it does here but is an unqualified 


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

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