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Author Topic: FT-450D or IC-7200 ???  (Read 19138 times)
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« Reply #30 on: September 27, 2011, 09:30:44 PM »

Most new hams aren't doing CW but a surprising number are. It's become hip to learn CW now that it's not a bitter pill to be swallowed - now it is an interesting choice and an inexpensive way to prove one's self in the eyes of the Old Guard.

That said, my point was there's plenty of CW activity on the bands. I don't know about 100 years from now but right now it's doing fine.



I am a new Ham and am focused on CW.

Don
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« Reply #31 on: September 28, 2011, 07:03:16 AM »

That's great, Don. I've been active again in the last few years and have been pleasantly surprised at the number of new CW enthusiast that I have encountered on the bands.

Frank, if there's anything I can do to assist or guide you let me know.

73, Geoff
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« Reply #32 on: September 28, 2011, 07:59:45 AM »

I have not heard good quality sounding audio from any FT-450 or FT-450D.

Get the Icom  IC-7200 better radio al around.
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« Reply #33 on: September 29, 2011, 08:20:40 AM »

Geoff,
I'll keep that in mind.and thanks.

Frank
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KC9TNH
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« Reply #34 on: September 29, 2011, 09:58:16 AM »

Most new hams aren't doing CW but a surprising number are. It's become hip to learn CW now that it's not a bitter pill to be swallowed - now it is an interesting choice and an inexpensive way to prove one's self in the eyes of the Old Guard.

That said, my point was there's plenty of CW activity on the bands. I don't know about 100 years from now but right now it's doing fine.
A friend out west very recently went from walk-in to General, doesn't even have an HF rig yet, and first thing he asked was for me to burn some CW course material on a DVD for him. Thought that was pretty cool.
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« Reply #35 on: January 23, 2015, 01:51:33 PM »

I have to agree with W8JX. With the no code incentive licensing, new hams have enough problems trying to operate our appliances. Some want to avoid even tuning an amp . I am just guessing but would say that more than 70%will never operate code. In the old days if one were a ham over a year  the 5wpm novice license expired requiring another code test
at about 13 words per minute. It's been less restrictive for code since then with new license provisions. I was sorry to see the code requirement go, but we need to face reality. I hope you are right but my personal opinion is with W8JX.
 I am not anti code and am trying now to get my speed up to venture back into code. Just my opinion, after listening recently on the bands, that most newer hams in the USA are not interested in code.


Frank

I agree with both of you. The removal of the requirement to learn CW as part of a well rounded Amateur education was destructive to Amateur radio as a whole. Who can count all the hams who never knew they would love CW until they made their first  successful contact?   
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« Reply #36 on: January 26, 2015, 09:23:21 AM »

I had the same decision to make a while back and went with the FT-450D mostly because of the internal tuner and the 7200 not having FM capability which I wanted for 10 meters.
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