In message <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
>On Thu, 28 Jan 1999 12:08:41 -0600 Andy Wallace <email@example.com>
>>This, I guess, is why the Coast Guard, the military, and ships at sea
>>dropped CW as being inefficient and archaic.
>It was not dropped for that reason at all.
>Modern satellite communications takes the uncertainity out of MF/HF QRN,
>Now, a new question ...can a ship maintain satelite communications when
>it is listing 30 degrees or the stern is under water?
>73 Carl KM1H
Floating satellite beacon(s) get jettisoned automatically to raise an
alarm through a UHF satellite network (I forget its acronym).
The discussion has been timely - as of today (1st Feb) the international
morse requirement for maritime traffic has formally ceased.
I can't see morse dying out in amateur use, its just too valuable. On
the other hand, I can't remember an argument in favour of morse
*testing* which amounted to more than 'I did it, so everyone else
should'. In today's environment, a much better understanding of EMC will
be much more powerful when arguing to retain our priveledges.
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