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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] two cents worth from an old fart
From: "Trent and Lorraine" <>
Date: Sun, 17 Dec 2006 07:00:02 +1000
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Hi All, 
(including Steve) 

Sorry to post something off topic but in VK the govt abolished the code some
time ago and while there was a lot of anger around the newbie's have made
the bands MUCH more active. We have had 1000 new licensees since the
introduction of the Foundation class in I think less than 12 months and many
of these are upgrading. Prior to this we only had around 13000 hams in all
of VK so its almost an 8% increase in one year. Make the newbie's welcome
and enjoy the hobby..


Trent VK4TI 

Trent Sampson 
[PO Box 1647 Toowoomba Qld 4350]  VK4TI 

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Subject: [TowerTalk] two cents worth from an old fart

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
bands let them learn the code. FCC decided "incentive  licensing" was a
great idea in the 60s.
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
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.
Bill K4XS/KH6

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