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.
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?