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[AMPS] morse code on ships

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Subject: [AMPS] morse code on ships
Date: Mon, 01 Feb 1999 08:51:33 -0500

At 07:17 AM 2/1/99 +0000, Steve Thompson wrote:
>In message <>,
>>On Thu, 28 Jan 1999 12:08:41 -0600 Andy Wallace <>
>>>This, I guess, is why the Coast Guard, the military, and ships at sea 
>>>have all
>>>dropped CW as being inefficient and archaic.
>>>Andy  K5VM
>>It was not dropped for that reason at all.
>>Modern satellite communications takes the uncertainity out of MF/HF QRN,
>>QSB, etc. 
>>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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