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Subject: Re: [TenTec] Extra...Extra...
From: "Rick - DJ0IP / NJ0IP" <Rick@DJ0IP.de>
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Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2012 16:16:00 +0100
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And if you ever want a divorce, just work a lot of CW using the speaker
instead of headphones.
Works every time!

-----Original Message-----
From: tentec-bounces@contesting.com [mailto:tentec-bounces@contesting.com]
On Behalf Of Kim Elmore
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 4:03 PM
To: Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Extra...Extra...

At 11:54 PM 2/15/2012, you wrote:
>Thanks, Kim...   I will.
>And once I learn the Code, then I will be a "real" ham.

Oh, pshaw! This is a bit (OK, a lot) OT, but...

While I love CW (part of what drew me to TenTec -- there, I worked TT 
into this) and CW constitutes about 99.9% of my on-the-air time, 
knowing CW doesn't make you a "real ham" any more than knowing how to 
do a graphical Fjortoft 24 h prog makes you a real meteorologist. And 
I *am* a real meteorologist and I once knew how to do one, but it's 
neither a necessary nor sufficient condition.

What makes a real ham is mostly summed up in the Amateur's Code:

CONSIDERATE . . . never knowingly operates in such a way as to lessen 
the pleasure of others.

LOYAL . . . amateurs offer loyalty, encouragement and support to 
other amateurs, local clubs, and the American Radio Relay League, 
through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented 
nationally and internationally. (Some may legitimately argue with the 
ARRL part. I accept that, even though I'm a Life member and 
fundamentally support its mission.)

PROGRESSIVE . . . with knowledge abreast of science, well-built and 
efficient station and operation above reproach.

FRIENDLY . . . slow and patient operating when requested; friendly 
advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, cooperation 
and consideration for the interests of others. These are the 
hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED . . . Radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties 
owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC . . . station and skill always ready for the service to 
country and community.

Nuthin' in there about knowin' CW. Or Baudot, ASCII, EBCDIC or... 
Even so, I heartily encourage you to learn and use it! At least for 
me, there's nothing quite like a cold Winter's night perfumed with 
the music of CW. Another benefit is that it's far more difficult to 
be a jerk on CW. On 'phone it's easy, but on CW? Not so much.

Kim N5OP

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