There's no surprise about the no-code license. We all knew it was coming,
sooner or later.
I have some reservations about the action, but it should bring new blood
into the hobby. The question is what kind?
My main reservation is why in the hell are they giving prime real estate to
these guys on 20. Why not simply make a subband up above 14300 for them to
learn about radio communication. The same is true for 15....21400 and
up....same concept for 80, 40 etc. If they want prime real estate on these
let them learn the code. FCC decided "incentive licensing" was a great idea in
I and many others lost close to half of our HF privileges and had to upgrade
our general class licenses to extra, by copying code at 20 WPM to get full
privileges back. If they want full privileges let them earn them.
One thing we can probably agree about is this will eventually be the death
knell for code...not today or tomorrow, but CW will be kinda like those old
rigs from the 40's and 50s the old timers take out and play with....quaint
nostalgia like straight key night.
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