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[AMPS] morse code on ships

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Subject: [AMPS] morse code on ships
From: (Ian White, G3SEK)
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 1999 13:53:19 +0000
Steve Thompson wrote:
>I can't see morse dying out in amateur use, its just too valuable. 

It is also something that people want to use, simply because they enjoy
using it. In *amateur* radio - done for the love of it - we don't have
to use the "best" mode or the "most efficient". Simply enjoying using
the skill is all the justification it needs. As 'RZP said, maybe it is
an art form...

>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

The British First Class (CW) Operators Club has just gone on record as
opposing compulsory Morse testing. FOC still want to keep an *optional*
Morse test, as part of a modular exam structure, but they recognise
that forcing people to do it has actually created more Morse-haters than

>In today's environment, a much better understanding of EMC will
>be much more powerful when arguing to retain our priveledges.
Too right!

73 from Ian G3SEK          Editor, 'The VHF/UHF DX Book'
                          'In Practice' columnist for RadCom (RSGB)

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