This is funny because the only time my wife requests I use headphones is when I
use RTTY or one of the other digital modes, except for CW. The kids, on the
On Feb 16, 2012, at 9:16, "Rick - DJ0IP / NJ0IP" <Rick@DJ0IP.de> wrote:
> And if you ever want a divorce, just work a lot of CW using the speaker
> instead of headphones.
> Works every time!
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> Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 4:03 PM
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> 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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