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Author Topic: Is CW going to survive?  (Read 5284 times)
KC9KEP
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« Reply #60 on: August 28, 2009, 06:33:10 PM »

FWIW .. I received my ticket a few years back and was
eager to take the code exam while it still existed.

It was something I had wanted to do while I was still
in grade school, but got sidetracked for a few decades.

Anyway, the whole reason that I got my ticket was to
learn & use CW .. I love it :-)

My first home brew QSO got me from Wisconsin to Vermont
with one horizontal sweep tube!  Amazing!

I've got a en-V Cell Phone, wide band internet,
wireless routers .. nothing is as magic as CW!

73

KC9KEP
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KA3DNR
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« Reply #61 on: September 05, 2009, 11:03:57 AM »

"I think that cw should be declared historical heritage ot telecommunications."

Brilliant! I love it!

We should get some rebate from the government for using said communications...enough to cover the cost of our equipment, of course!

Marc
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KA3DNR
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« Reply #62 on: September 05, 2009, 11:07:08 AM »

I love you guys...

I feel the need for a massive cw op group hug!

All in!

You are the best!

Regards,

Marc, KA3DNR
(Catch me on the low end of 40. I need to remember that we have 30 meters and get on there too...)
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OLLIEOXEN27
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« Reply #63 on: September 28, 2009, 12:45:03 PM »

CW can't not survive because it is the simplest way to send a message from Point A to Point B using the minimum amount of parts.

It will always be the preferred means of communication for disaster, stealth, espionage, and political instability situations.
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N2EY
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« Reply #64 on: September 28, 2009, 05:59:01 PM »

"CW can't not survive because it is the simplest way to send a message from Point A to Point B using the minimum amount of parts."

Yes, it's simple.

But it requires trained operators who have the skills to use it.

For many years now, the mindset of many has been to exchange complexity for perceived ease of use. Automatic transmissions used to be an extra-cost option, now they're pretty much standard equipment. Everything has a remote control. Simple appliances have microprocessors.  
 
"It will always be the preferred means of communication for disaster, stealth, espionage, and political instability situations."

Always is a very long time. When was the last time disaster communications depended on CW? As for the other three situations, I wonder if some folks might seek to get rid of CW for those very reasons...

73 de Jim, N2EY
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OLLIEOXEN27
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« Reply #65 on: September 29, 2009, 09:31:33 AM »

How about tapping SOS on the pipes of a collapsed building, nerd head?

Your too intellectual (full of facts, doctrine, and biases) that you no longer have common sense.
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W0GI
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« Reply #66 on: October 02, 2009, 07:37:23 PM »

CW is going to be around for a long time. When I started in the 70's, I knew an extra, that once he passed the 20wpm test, never touched a key again. He didn't like CW, but wanted to be an extra.

The requirement never made someone like CW, it was just a requirement.

The requirement is gone, but working DX with a 5W qrp rig is still an area where CW delivers. I will say that PSK31 is pretty good, but carrying a laptop, interface, and bigger battery up in the mountains, doesn't have the same appeal, as a K1 or KX-1.

CW is here to stay.
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WB4AUW
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« Reply #67 on: October 11, 2009, 10:01:04 AM »

I think the number of CW operators is dwindling. I haven't been very active in the past few years but have found myself listening and copying code just to keep in practice.
The most enjoyable and most rewarding QSOs I've ever had were the ones I had as a Novice. I really do hope CW is around for a long time.
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KA3DNR
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« Reply #68 on: October 16, 2009, 06:20:21 PM »

How about tapping SOS on the pipes of a collapsed building, nerd head?

Your too intellectual (full of facts, doctrine, and biases) that you no longer have common sense.
 
Ken is now our official CW spokesperson.

Go Ken Go!

Smiley

Marc
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KI6PDQ
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« Reply #69 on: October 23, 2009, 09:23:55 PM »

No it will not survive but who cares being life so short.
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KG4DGF
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« Reply #70 on: October 24, 2009, 03:21:37 PM »

Better question, how long with this thread survive?
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KF7ATL
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« Reply #71 on: October 24, 2009, 09:27:17 PM »

I just got my license  this year.  At first, I didn't see myself using cw.  I was happy on SSB.  Then I got to thinking that maybe I should try cw to see what all the fuss was about, and to see if I could learn it.  Guess what?  I discovered that even at 5-7 wpm cw is fun and challenging.  I love it, and use it now more than SSB.  I have made contacts using cw under poor conditiions that wouldn't have been possible using phone.

That's why I think cw will survive.  It's fun, and it works!

Oh, and to the guy who can't use a hand key because of carpel tunnel: try a single-lever paddle.  They are easy to use, easy on the wrist, and simple to homebrew.  I made one for less than $10.


KF7ATL
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KJ4MRB
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« Reply #72 on: October 26, 2009, 12:52:42 PM »

CW is the reason I decided to get my ticket earlier this year.

Now, I just got to finish my K1 and get an antenna up.

73
Don, KJ4MRB
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CORALMAN
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« Reply #73 on: October 26, 2009, 02:49:12 PM »

I've never got into Hamm, but i have continued to use my speedkey and oscillator, every since I got out of the navy in 1964.

Used to copy W1AW, but havn't done that for a few years now. I like copying fast code, so W1AW's 35 wpm was just right. ZBM1 6-62
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AE2K
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« Reply #74 on: November 24, 2009, 11:53:57 AM »

I am new to the hobby and its all I use, look for me 20 -30 mtrs during the day 40m at night. If u need me for a grid or a state, drop me an email, I'll be happy to oblige.
  vy 73,
 Joe
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