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

Robert McGwier rwmcgwier at comcast.net
Fri Jul 22 21:28:49 CDT 2005

You know my feelings already.  These suggestions will enable real HF 
modems for the first time.  I would not  have dreamed of building a 
reasonable HF modem until the League proposals were brought forward.  It 
would have just been a waste of time.  I would have been run out of 
amateur radio for even suggesting doing MS188-110A,B, etc.  on (say) 20 
meters in the phone band.  Now I can see
doing some serious work and it actually could be interesting at last.  
We could have 19-50 Kbps NVIS modems kicking some real butt in 9 Khz 
bandwidth.  Since OFDM - fade designed trellis QAM seems like AM to me 
anyway.  ;-).   Imagine having really serious digital voice over NVIS 
channels with S9 signals on 40 meters and running 5 watts.  Bring it on!


DuBose Walt Civ AETC CONS/LGCA wrote:

> 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 NPRM.
> 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?
> Walt/K5YFW

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